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China Battles Biggest COVID Surge Since Wuhan

City of 17.5M has been locked down

(Newser) - As much of the rest of the world is lifting COVID restrictions, China is battling to contain its worst wave of the virus since Wuhan in 2020. Shenzhen, a tech business hub in southern China that's home to 17.5 million people, was locked down on Sunday, and Jilin,...

Rail Lines, Winds Blamed for Skyscraper Wobble

US consulate warns citizens to stay away from Shenzhen's SEG Plaza

(Newser) - Officials in Shenzhen say they haven't detected anything particularly unusual about the 71-story SEG Plaza skyscraper—apart from the fact that it started shaking Tuesday afternoon, causing panic in the south China city. Local authorities say the shaking was apparently caused by a combination of winds, two underground rail...

Thousands Flee Shaking Skyscraper
Thousands Flee
Shaking Skyscraper

Thousands Flee Shaking Skyscraper

There was no earthquake recorded in southern Chinese city at the time

(Newser) - There were scenes of panic in Shenzhen, southern China Tuesday afternoon as one of the city's tallest skyscrapers started shaking. Thousands of workers and shoppers ran to safety as the 71-story SEG Plaza wobbled, the BBC reports. Authorities say the 21-year-old building was safely evacuated, along with some neighboring...

A Few Cheaters Is Normal. This Race Had 258

Some face lifetime bans after Sunday's half marathon in Shenzhen

(Newser) - More than 250 half-marathon runners are facing bans in China for what organizers describe as blatant cheating in a race in Shenzhen. Some 237 participants in Sunday's race face two-year bans after traffic cameras spotted them taking shortcuts. One video shows runners making a U-turn through a treed area...

China's Hottest New Toy Shoots Needles

Parents are no fans of the mini-crossbows

(Newser) - Powerful mini-crossbows that shoot toothpicks and needles are the new must-have toy for schoolkids across China—and a nightmare for concerned parents and school officials, reports the AP . Several cities including Shenzhen and Qingdao have reportedly banned sales of the palm-sized contraptions, which sell for about $1 and are powerful...

Door Panel Saved Man Buried in Landslide for 60 Hours

He had been trying to get out of his room when the building collapsed

(Newser) - A migrant worker was pulled out alive Wednesday after he was buried for more than 60 hours in a massive landslide that swept through part of a major manufacturing city in southern China. A spokesman for the Shenzhen Emergency Response Office said that the man, Tian Zeming, was rescued around...

91 Missing After Landslide Buries Industrial Park

Pile of man-made waste collapsed in Shenzhen disaster

(Newser) - Rescuers are searching for at least 91 missing people a day after a mountain of excavated soil and construction waste buried dozens of buildings when it swept through an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. China's official Xinhua News Agency said the landslide buried or damaged...

China Cops Busted Feasting on Giant Salamander

Endangered species on the menu at gathering of officials

(Newser) - A group of police officers in southern China lived up to negative stereotypes about both their country and their profession by allegedly dining on a critically endangered animal and beating up journalists who sneaked into the restaurant. According to local media in Shenzhen, senior public security officials were at a...

The World's Most-Visited City Is...

Hong Kong, followed by Singapore

(Newser) - When it comes to the world's most-visited cities, Asia has a clear lead: Of the top five, four are on the continent, according to a list published by the Telegraph and based on a Euromonitor International report. The number one most-visited city? Hong Kong, which saw 23,770,200...

Threat Diverts Second Chinese Flight
 Threat Diverts 2nd China Flight 

Threat Diverts 2nd China Flight

Shenzhen Airlines diversion follows Air China threat

(Newser) - A Chinese flight was forced to divert because of a mid-air threat last night, just a day after another security threat forced a New York-bound Air China plane to return to Beijing . The Shenzhen airline flight from Hubei province to the southern city of Shenzhen landed safely in Wuhan following...

Tigers Kill Zoo Gardener
 Tigers Kill 
 Zoo Gardener 

Tigers Kill Zoo Gardener

Worker climbed over barrier, fell to waiting animals

(Newser) - Siberian tigers killed a Chinese zoo gardener after he climbed over a barrier and toppled into their enclosure, the Daily Telegraph reports. The man appeared to have lifted himself onto the barrier, apparently to pull out weeds, before he dropped into a group of “four or five” animals gathered...

'Suicide Factory' Workers Relocated to Avoid Raises

Only iPhone workers will get hefty wage hikes promised by Foxconn

(Newser) - Here's one way to avoid paying the hefty raises promised to 300,000 workers at the suicide-plagued Foxconn electronics plant in Shenzhen, China: move most of them to less expensive, remote plants in other parts of the country. Foxconn is apparently keeping the iPhone workers in Shenzhen, but moving Hewlett...

Apple 'Suicide Plant' Hikes Wages Again

Foxconn announces 66% performance-based pay raise

(Newser) - The owners of a suicide-plagued electronics plant in southern China have announced the second pay rise in under a week. Foxconn employees, who received a 30% across-the-board hike last week, will be eligible for a 66% performance-based pay rise if they pass a 3-month performance review, Reuters reports. Execs say...

Worker Kills Himself Over AWOL iPhone 4G Prototype

(Newser) - A Chinese worker accused of stealing an iPhone 4G prototype jumped to his death from the 12th floor of his apartment building in the southern city of Shenzhen, the BBC reports. The man, 25, responsible for shipping 16 iPhone prototypes to Apple, had reported one missing. His friends say he...

iPhone Ignites 'Love Craze' in China

Black market phones flooding country from Hong Kong

(Newser) - The iPhone is not sold in China yet, but already black market iPhones—known as "Ai Feng" or "Love Craze"—have flooded in from Hong Kong. Wired News reports computer superstore shelves are full, and supplies so plentiful the black market price is plummeting. "It's like...

Chinese Issue Big Brother ID Cards
Chinese Issue Big Brother
ID Cards

Chinese Issue Big Brother ID Cards

Reproductive history, religion, landlord phone numbers will be listed

(Newser) - The Chinese government is beefing up already stringent surveillance measures, installing 20,000 police security cameras in one city and issuing computer chip identity cards to millions listing work and reproductive history, religion, police records and even landlord phone numbers. The cards will help track citizens for any number of...

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