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Shout-Out – October 31, 2014

A Fujian man ended up wrestling his blind date, after communication broke down on an unromantic night out. ‘My mother said a woman with big hips is most likely to give birth to a son,’ the man said on an after-dinner walk, ‘but yours are not big and I guess you could not have a son.’ The woman promptly slapped her unsuitable suitors face. Just as comfortable fighting a woman as insulting one, the man pushed his date, and the pair wrestled on the ground until the police arrived.

The man had also told the woman that his family had only had one son in three generations.


Shout-Out – October 30, 2014

Now even mahjong has come under the scrutiny of the government’s anti-extravagance campaign. The popular Chinese game, which has been played for centuries and may even have been invented by Confucius, was the recent target of a commentary in the People’s Daily. The article, published on Tuesday, blasted officials for ‘going to rural retreats to have fun,’ and playing ‘mahjong and poker,’ adding that these practices ‘must resolutely stop.’

According to the Shanghai Daily, some officials have also reacted to the war on extravagance by holding secret sauna parties and hiding alcohol in plastic bottles.


Shout-Out – October 29, 2014

A taxi driver dragged a drunk man for 100 meters behind his taxi, in an attempt to avoid taking an unwanted ride. The driver, named Wu, thought the passenger, Song, had been drinking. Wu told Song he had been drinking, but Song grabbed hold of the car door. The driver was so desperate to get rid of his boozed-up passenger that he sped up and tried to drive away. After the incident, Song was left with brain injuries.

Wu was identified with the help of CCTV cameras and was found guilty of intentional injury. He offered to compensate Song more than 260,000 RMB and was given a three-year suspended jail sentence. 

Shout-Out – October 28, 2014

Shanghai’s new London taxis are proving useful for Shanghai’s disabled citizens. Priority is being given to wheelchair users, who account for around 10 percent of the taxis’ daily passengers. The new taxis are larger than standard Shanghai cabs, and are well-suited to accompanying the needs of wheelchair users. Despite the fact that the taxis cost 5 RMB more to flag down (starting fare is 19 RMB), drivers say they are earning less because of increased gas costs and a higher rental payable to the taxi company.


Shout – Out – July 4, 2013

Today is the last chance to take advantage of our Shimen Canyon Trip‘s early bird deal. Everyone’s more than welcome to join the trip on the 20th and 21st July. For just 1000 RMB, you get four-star accommodation, food, Shanghai Brewery Beer and even a first-aid kit. The trip includes hiking through lush countryside to giant waterfalls, a BBQ and party, as well as optional zip-lining. The price is 1000 RMB if you RSVP today, or 1100 RMB after today.

Shout-Out – July 3, 2013

A daughter has been ordered to visit her mother every two months. The People’s Court of Beitang District in Wuxi ruled in favour of the mother, who sued her daughter for not visiting her enough. According to the revised Law for the Protection of the Rights and Interests of the Elderly, children should visit their elderly parents regularly. Prior to the law being amended, there were cases of senior citizens suing their children over lack of support. Now the law has changed, there may be more rulings on the side of parents in the future. As yet, there is no clear information on how often children should visit and what penalties will be given if they don’t.

Shout-Out – July 2, 2013

Chinese star Li Na could be heading for glory at this year’s Wimbledon. 31-year old Li Na is seeded sixth to win the competition this year. The player racketed her way into the quarter finals on Monday. Though she’s seeded sixth, Li Na has never won Wimbledon before. The furthest stage she’s reached is the quarter finals. Novak Djokavic and Andy Murray are the top remaining seeds in the men’s singles. Li Na will face Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarter finals. Agnieszka Radwanska is seeded fourth to win this year.

Shout-Out – July 1, 2013

Things are looking good for job-seekers in Shanghai. Shanghai Expat’s first Job-Seeker’s Happy Hour is happening tomorrow, July 2nd. There’ll be drinks, guest speakers with advice on interviews and career development, and a stunning view of Xintiandi. Our career-boosting event gets going at 7 p.m. at the XTD Elevated lounge bar on the 5th floor of the Langham Hotel. Entrance, including 2 drinks, is 120 RMB if you RSVP here by 4.30pm on July 2nd. Entrance on the door still gets you two drinks, and will cost 150 RMB. The event continues until 9.30 p.m. and happy hour drink deals will be available throughout.

Shout-Out – June 28,2013

Canada Day is this Monday, July 1st. Though the official date is on Monday, there’ll be celebrations in Shanghai on Sunday. La Fête du Canada Day is being hosted at the Rico Rico Beach on the Bund. There’ll be music, games, and sports including a volleyball tournament. The holiday marks the Constitution Act of 1867, when three colonies were united into one country: Canada. The holiday is commonly celebrated with parades, carnivals, concerts and carnivals. Festivities are commonplace in Canadian expat communities around the world.