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IPhone 6 debuts – Chinese fans show buyer mania in Australia

As Australia becomes the first place in the world to debut Apple’s newest handset, it has triggered buyer mania with fans worldwide, including Chinese locals, lining up overnight to get their hands on the iPhone6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Since apple has not announced a release date for the iPhone 6 on the Chinese mainland, some locals decided they couldn’t put up with the unpredictable waiting time. Instead, they chose to travel all the way to Australia to pick up their dream phone.

Pictures went viral on Chinese social media on Friday showing Chinese citizens queuing in Australia to get the iPhone 6. How do they kill time during the long wait? Playing mahjong!

Mahjong is nicknamed as China’s national pastime — and still considered a favorite way to kill time and have fun.

Read more: http://www.cctvnews.cn/2014/09/19/iphone-6-debuts-chinese-fans-show-buyer-mania-in-australia/

17th Asian Games opening ceremony launches in S. Korea

The 17th Asian Games opening ceremony launched in Incheon, South Korea Friday evening, with fireworks display and 10,000 performing athletes. 

The four-hour ceremony also featured performances by local pop stars, notably South Korean heart throb, Kim Soo Hyun, who gained instant fame after his leading role in the drama “You Who Came From the Stars”, about love between an alien and a human being.

Athletes from 45 countries and regions will compete in 42 sports and China has sent a team of nearly 900 athletes to attend the event.

Organizers are hoping the event will boost interest and ticket sales for the two-week continental competition that will close on October 4.

The following pictures show some highlights of the opening ceremony, as well as the delegation from China entering the stadium. 

The breast story you’ll read today!

A bus line in east China’s Zhejiang Province is raising some eyebrows after setting aside special seating for mothers breastfeeding their babies on board, chinanews.com reported on Thursday.

The special ‘private’ seat was separated from other seats on bus #28 in Jinhua city, with curtains. The setting is intended to avoid embarrassment for women who want to feed their babies on the bus… and decline to wait until being in a more private space.

Read more: http://www.cctvnews.cn/2014/09/19/the-breast-story-youll-read-today/

Among the many strategies that urban management officials in China have deployed to tackle jaywalking, this perhaps has been the most cost-effective and successful one.

Twenty-one-year-old Leah, a British national, recently volunteered to work with officials in Zhuzhou city in Hunan Province.

Her first task was to help manage the traffic. And it seems that in a rather short period of time, it became clear that Leah was a natural.

Surprised at seeing a foreigner dressed as an urban management official, most people not only obeyed the rules but also stopped to exchange pleasantries.

Read more: http://www.cctvnews.cn/2014/09/19/how-a-british-girl-is-making-crowds-stop-in-china/

#China’s first and only Grand Slam winner #LiNa announced on Friday that she will be #retiring from international tennis.

The 32-year-old made the announcement in an open letter posted on her Sina Weibo account. A formal press conference is expected to be held on Sunday.

Li, who is ranked number 6 in the world, is currently in Munich receiving treatment for a knee injury. Over the past few days, there has been much speculation about her future.

All the rumors, however, came to an end with Li’s letter.

Read more: http://www.cctvnews.cn/2014/09/19/fans-pay-tribute-as-li-na-bids-farewell/

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School chef faces ‘biting’ criticism
An amateur video captured by a student at a Guangzhou university, in Guangdong Province proves that the chef always likes to have the very first taste.
The footage shows a middle aged female canteen employee fishing a bone out of a bucket of soup, biting it, and then throwing it back into the soup that was to be served to students.
The video was shot by a student from his dormitory beside the 3rd canteen of the Guangzhou Communications Technician Institute around 11 am on Tuesday, when students saw that a male employee and two females dragged a large bucket of soup out of the kitchen, according to a report by Info Times.
“One of the women fished out a rib from the soup and tore at it with her hands. We thought that was so unsanitary, so we wanted to record it,” one student who witnessed the whole incident told the media. But the students did not expect what happened next.
Read more: http://www.cctvnews.cn/2014/09/19/school-chef-faces-biting-criticism/

School chef faces ‘biting’ criticism

An amateur video captured by a student at a Guangzhou university, in Guangdong Province proves that the chef always likes to have the very first taste.

The footage shows a middle aged female canteen employee fishing a bone out of a bucket of soup, biting it, and then throwing it back into the soup that was to be served to students.

The video was shot by a student from his dormitory beside the 3rd canteen of the Guangzhou Communications Technician Institute around 11 am on Tuesday, when students saw that a male employee and two females dragged a large bucket of soup out of the kitchen, according to a report by Info Times.

“One of the women fished out a rib from the soup and tore at it with her hands. We thought that was so unsanitary, so we wanted to record it,” one student who witnessed the whole incident told the media. But the students did not expect what happened next.

Read more: http://www.cctvnews.cn/2014/09/19/school-chef-faces-biting-criticism/

Alibaba IPO set to make history

In the classic tale One Thousand and One Nights, Alibaba was a poor woodcutter. Today, however, there is nothing poor about the E-commerce goliath to which he lent his name that is now poised to stage the biggest Initial Public Offering in U.S history.

On Thursday, The Alibaba Group set its initial IPO price at $68.00 USD per share, which had been the ceiling of its expected range. This puts the company valuation at 168 billion dollars.

Read more: http://www.cctvnews.cn/2014/09/19/alibaba-ipo-set-to-make-history/

Chinese billionaires on the march 
In another victory in the continuing effort to build socialism with Chinese characteristics, China recently welcomed 35 new billionaires into the world.
The stunning wealth creation was part of a sharp rise in the global billionaire population. According to a survey by the research firm Wealth X, China is now the home of 190 billionaires making it the second most billionaire-replete country behind only the United States, which has 571.
The survey also revealed that Asia’s billionaires create wealth faster than those in any other region, with a wealth growth rate of 18.7 percent. In the world today, most billionaires are concentrated in finance, banking, investment, and real estate. Eighty-eight percent of them are male.
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Chinese billionaires on the march 

In another victory in the continuing effort to build socialism with Chinese characteristics, China recently welcomed 35 new billionaires into the world.

The stunning wealth creation was part of a sharp rise in the global billionaire population. According to a survey by the research firm Wealth X, China is now the home of 190 billionaires making it the second most billionaire-replete country behind only the United States, which has 571.

The survey also revealed that Asia’s billionaires create wealth faster than those in any other region, with a wealth growth rate of 18.7 percent. In the world today, most billionaires are concentrated in finance, banking, investment, and real estate. Eighty-eight percent of them are male.

Read more: http://wp.me/p4xlGl-1lB

The world’s smallest air force

Xu Shuquan, a retired elementary school teacher from Chengdu, Sichuan Province has made over 10, 000 folded paper planes over the past sixty years. 

Varied in size and shape, these planes actually bear certain resemblances to real models, such as the Soviet Union’s Su-27.

Origami, or the traditional art of paper folding, dates back to the 17th century AD, and historically became popularized in Japan. 

The following pictures show the only air force that can fit in your living room.

Boy jumps from building for a reward from teacher
A 12-year-old boy broke his leg when he jumped from the school building after his teacher offered a reward of 50 Yuan ($8.1) for anyone who would do so.
The incident apparently took place in May this year; however, it has come to light this week when it came before a justice bureau in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province.
According to the Wuhan Morning Post, the teacher, surnamed Yin, was employed at a primary school in the Hanyan District of the city.
Pleased at the salary he received at the end of May, he told the students that he would award 50 Yuan to anyone who would jump off the second floor of the building.
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Boy jumps from building for a reward from teacher

A 12-year-old boy broke his leg when he jumped from the school building after his teacher offered a reward of 50 Yuan ($8.1) for anyone who would do so.

The incident apparently took place in May this year; however, it has come to light this week when it came before a justice bureau in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province.

According to the Wuhan Morning Post, the teacher, surnamed Yin, was employed at a primary school in the Hanyan District of the city.

Pleased at the salary he received at the end of May, he told the students that he would award 50 Yuan to anyone who would jump off the second floor of the building.

Read more: http://wp.me/p4xlGl-1kZ