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Shout-Out – July 22, 2014

Tooth tattoos have become increasingly popular in the United States and Shanghai. More and more Shanghai residents have been visiting cosmetic surgeons in order to get toothy tattoos. There is a choice between temporary tattoos, which are drawn or stuck onto the teeth, and permanent designs drilled into the teeth. Recently warnings about the tattoos have been in the news; drilling can damage teeth and stickers can cause allergies. ‘We don’t encourage young people to have tooth tattoos,’ said one doctor.

Shout-Out – July 21, 2014

Sexist parking spaces have caused ongoing dispute across China. A mall in Dalian has ten spaces marked in pink; these spaces are an extra thirty centimeters wide. ‘We just wanted to make things easier for our customers,’ claimed female manager Yang Hongjun. Last year Beijing police said on their microblog that female drivers lack a sense of direction. The pink parking spaces have sparked nationwide discussion about gender equality.

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Shout-Out – July 18, 2014

China’s first holographic phone was released yesterday afternoon in Beijing. The phone, called the Takee,  is designed by ShenZhen Estar Displaytech Co., Ltd. It has a 5.5 inch screen and allows users to view 3D images. The invention includes features such as an air-touch screen and eye-tracking technology; the holographs work by projecting light directly to where your eyes focus. The Takee phone is the result of ten years of research and development.

Shout-Out – July 17, 2014

One of China’s most picturesque towns has become the subject for flood photography. Fenghuang is a town in Hunan province boasting architecture that dates back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. The town has applied for world heritage status recognition from UNESCO, and attracts up to 30,000 visitors a day. Heavy rains this week have taken the town’s Toujiang river to 1.1 metres above its highest previous level. Over 120,000 people have been evacuated from Fenghuang and the surrounding area.

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Shout-Out – March 21, 2013

Some fishy scales have been sniffed out in Shanghai. Several seafood outlets have been found serving customers with less than they’re paying for. A branch of Merrylin’s in Honkou was found to have a remote control receiver inside their electronic weighing scale. The scale allowed staff to manipulate the weight of seafood, making it appear to weigh more by up to forty-five per cent. The Merrylin’s branch was hit with fines, and an additional 100,000 yuan of profits was confiscated

Shout-Out – March 20, 2013

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Shout-Out – March 19, 2013

The local government is working on putting a halt to unlicensed clinics. In 2012 over 2000 were raided and shutdown. Some clinics moved their practices to suburban areas where they can target migrant workers who can’t afford medical work and are harder to detect. Hundreds of unsanctioned doctors were arrested for practicing medicine without a license. Most of these clinics were doing dental work and specializing in Chinese medicine.

Shout-Out – March 18, 2013

Pudong International Airport’s Terminal 1 is going to go through a facelift that’ll last until the end of 2014. The terminal, which was open in 1999, sees an average of 20 million travelers a year. After the renovations, the terminal will be able to service nearly double that. 6 additional floors will be added and lounge areas will be updated. There are 88 construction projects taking place in Shanghai at the moment including Shanghai Tower.

Shout-Out – March, 15, 2013

The number of drug users in Shanghai continues to grow and city officials believe it’s an issue that needs to addressed. Manufactured drugs like MDMA and ketamine are becoming more popular amongst new users. Although Shanghai police have stepped up drug enforcement, dealers and drug makers have gotten smarter about avoiding detection. A majority of drugs arrive in Shanghai by mail. Traditionally, heroin and opium have been the most common drugs used in China but their popularity has gone down as pills and other man made drugs are in demand.