Villagers in Xinjiang have been told to fight terrorism with stern looks. Recent violence in the area has led the government to organise anti-terror drills and dispense advice on how to deal with the terrorist threat. Suggested weapons for dealing with bloodthirsty assailants included pitchforks, wooden clubs and spades. Officials also advised that frowns and stern looks could be an effective method of deterring potential attackers. The stern look technique was rated four out of six for effectiveness while wooden clubs scored six out of six.
A man has been locked up, as a punishment for trying to get into jail. The man pretended to have committed a crime so he could get back into prison to see an old friend. The Henan man ,named Hou, called the police to report a fight in the city of Xin’an. It turned out that there was no fight;only Hou, who had been drinking, was at the scene. When the police arrived, Hou threw bottles at the police cars to try to add to his list of offences. Hou told police he had been lonely since completing his recent jail sentence. ‘I want to reunite with my friend and enjoy the peace of jail,’ he said.
A pagoda in Jiangxi collapsed just after being built, but then remained standing for a further 400 years. The Xiushui Pagoda dates back to the Ming Dynasty, and a significant part of the structure collapsed just after it was completed. ‘My ancestors told me that [part of the tower] had long toppled,’ said one local. There is even a legend to explain the half-collapse of the tower. The tower was built to appease a male and female monster living on the mountain where it is built. After the tower was built the female monster fled and took half the mountain with her. Clearly the male monster was not too interested in following her.
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Jackie Chan’s son has been arrested for possession of cannabis in Beijing. The news might be as much of a blow to Jackie Chan as it is to his son Jaycee; Chan Senior signed up to be a ‘Narcotics Control Ambassador’ of the Chinese police 5 years ago. Three and a half ounces of marijuana were found at Jaycee Chan’s Beijing house. Police also said the martial arts star’s son tested positive in a drug test. The younger Mr Chan, aged 32, is also an actor and singer, but has struggled to live up to expectations created by his father’s success.