Shanghai police get armed with guns

More than 1,000 police officers in Shanghai will now be armed when on patrol. Is this really a good idea?

According to the city’s public security bureau, the decision to arm officers was made in the wake of a fatal knife attack in Kunming, Yunnan Province last month which left 29 people dead.

“Violent crime and the extreme behavior of some individuals have become real threats to public security and people’s safety,” said city police official Rui Minghua.

“From now on, Shanghai police can open fire to stop violent crime if faced with situations like the Kunming attack.”

The 9mm revolver issued to the officers yesterday was specially designed by the Ministry of Public Security and can shoot both real and rubber bullets.

Police officials said the gun will never jam ...

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white collar Professional women left without husbands

The so-called shengnyu, or “leftover women”, this rather insulting word was coined six years ago, referring to single, urban and educated women over the age of 27. This group of women faces intense pressure to marry, but many of them find it hard to find someone they really want to spend the rest of their lives with.

Leftover women, professional single females in their late twenties. It’s become a buzz word in China. And this group of women is growing rapidly in the cities. They’re facing an unprecedented “unmarried crisis”. The women hope to find the perfect man. rich, tall,good looking. great job and smart.

Many of them spent time on their education and personal career development to prove their personal value in modern society. But when they finally start the search for Mr...

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Thousands of officials punished

Both ‘tigers’ and ‘flies’ targeted as nation’s anti-corruption campaign bites hard

Disciplinary supervision authorities punished 182,038 corrupt officials last year, an increase of 13.3 percent from 2012, the country’s top anti-graft agency said on Friday.

The authorities received more than 1.95 million tips from whistle-blowers and investigated 172,532 corruption cases in 2013, said Huang Shuxian, deputy secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

Among those investigated, 31 are senior officials directly administered by the CPC Central Committee, Huang said at a Beijing news conference.

The commission has transferred the cases of eight senior officials including Liu Tienan, former deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, t...

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Official smoking ban likely to affect sales

Sales of high-end cigarettes will be hit hard due to a new regulation forbidding smoking and giving cigarettes to officials at all levels of government though this will create a favorable environment for consolidation of the tobacco industry, analysts said Monday. No need to run out to buy more cartons of cigarettes.

The General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, the country’s cabinet, jointly released a notice Sunday that demanded Chinese officials take the lead in obeying the ban, according to the website of State Council, as well as reiterating the existing smoking ban in public places.

The notice stated officials are prohibited from smoking in public, including schools, hospitals, sports venues, and public vehicles, since this affects the e...

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China’s famous baozi

The public hailed President Xi Jinping after he made a man-of-the-people appearance at the Qing Feng steamed bun restaurant in Beijing on December 28, 2013.

A steamed bun is a type of traditional food in China and is believed to have been invented by Zhuge Liang during the Three Kingdoms period (220-280 AD). Steamed buns are normally stuffed with vegetables or pork and wrapped in a soft flour shell.

So let’s take a look at some of the steamed buns China is famous for:

Jiasan juicy steamed buns

The Jiasan restaurant is famous for its Muslim-style juicy steamed buns. The buns here are made with mutton or beef. People often eat the buns with a special vinegar and chili sauce. Be careful of the hot juice when you eat them!

Din Tai Fung

Starting from a stand in Taiwan, Din Tai Fung is recognize...

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Revlon kisses China goodbye, Another company pulls out of Shanghai

Cosmetics and beauty products maker Revlon Inc’s decision to exit the Chinese market comes from having a failed marketing strategy, single distribution channel and weak products that don’t meet local needs, experts say.

The New-York based company is leaving China after 37 years and will shed 1,100 jobs as part of cost-cutting measures, the company announced on Tuesday.

Most of the job cuts will be in China, where Revlon’s operations make up only 2 percent of the company’s sales, which have been falling. Revlon declined to comment on Thursday.

Global sales dropped 1.3 percent to $1.02 billion in the nine months ended last September, compared with the same period in 2012.

Revenue in Asia decreased 3.5 percent to $166.8 million during that time.

The departure from China will save Revlon $11 m...

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Strawberry picking just one of fun activities in Chongming

At its peak of juiciness and with intense flavor and fragrance, strawberries growing on nearly 333 hectares on Chongming Island are ripe for picking. A total of 7,500 tons of strawberries are expected from December to April this year — a bumper crop. This is a great family affair.

Visitors can indulge themselves in all that berry goodness at the second Chongming Strawberry Culture Festival that is running until May 8 at Holiday Island Farm in Gangxi Town. A great weekend trip for people in Shanghai.

They can pick, taste and buy fresh strawberries at the farm. Picking your own costs 30 yuan (US$4.96) per 500 grams, while the price at market ranges from 17 yuan to 25 yuan per 500 grams.

The Holiday Island Farm began growing strawberries on Chongming Island in 2007 and has become very po...

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Gen Y’s motto: show me the money

Career success is defined mostly by compensation: Recruitment survey

When it comes to defining success, the standards vary from person to person and can include intangible rewards. But with few exceptions, young people in China these days have one main requirement: cold, hard cash.

In a survey by global human resources firm Hays, by far the most important metric of career success for China’s Generation Y (aged 18 to 30) is creating personal wealth, as 64 percent of the 1,000 young people surveyed listed it as their top priority.

In other surveyed countries, job satisfaction and enjoyment of work were the top priorities...

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Chinese dama lose big on gold, Gold craze in China

The bargain-hunting middle-aged Chinese women known as “dama”, have exerted the influence of the rising Chinese middle class in the gold market this year. As 2013 ends as a bleak year for gold, how do their gold investments look now?

Zhang Fengping, who along with her two sisters spent 100,000 yuan (about $16,500) on gold in May, says she is holding back to see what happens next.

“Gold prices plunged last week, encouraging me to buy another 100,000 yuan worth. But a relative who works in a bank suggested that I wait, because the price may continue to fall.”

An analyst from Societe Generale is much more explicit: gold is losing ground as a safe-haven asset.

Throughout 2013, the global gold market has risen and fallen in line with expectations that the Federal Reserve would withdraw its qua...

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Record New Year’s Day splurge in China

Chinese consumers are spending a record amounts, with total transaction value via UnionPay over 100 billion yuan (16 billion U.S. dollars) on New Year’s Day alone.

China UnionPay, the nation’s central bankcard association, said the value represented an increase of 53 percent year on year, a record growth for recent years.

Transactions in supermarkets and department stores rose 52 percent while household appliances jumped 43 percent.

With gold prices in low territory, there was more spending on jewelry, up 77 percent.

Most strikingly, purchases from overseas via UnionPay’s online payment services shot up by 860 percent.

The Chinese were allowed a day off for New Year according to new holiday arrangements for 2014...

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