The results of the Scottish independence referendum are in. Shanghai Expat users have voted YES to an independent Scotland. An overwhelming 63 percent of Shanghai Expat members think Scotland should take the chance to be a self-ruling nation. Results from the actual vote in Scotland are being counted at the time of writing. You can follow the results as they come in on the BBC here, but it’s much more interesting to follow the reactions in our forums. According to forum member GC, the results will be in at around 6 am Greenwich Mean Time , or 1 pm China Standard Time on Friday.
Internet cafes are some of the smokiest places in Shanghai, with ferries and taxis trailing close behind. In 2010, Shanghai set out an anti smoking law banning smoking in public places. According to the Shanghai Daily, this law banned smoking in public venues, including bars, restaurants, and internet cafes. As anyone who has stepped outside in Shanghai will know, this rule is often flagrantly ignored. Anti-smoking inspectors discovered 299 internet cafes put up non-smoking signs, but also provided ashtrays for their customers. 300 smokers have been fined in internet cafes so far this year, which doesn’t seem so significant when you consider the thousands of people lighting up across Shanghai right now.
A married man has been fined 30,000 RMB for tricking a woman out of her virginity. The woman, aged 35, met the man online five years ago. The man, named Li, told the woman, named Chen, that he was a bachelor, and had sex with her on a trip to Singapore. Three months later he broke up with Chen. The heartbroken woman broke into Li’s house to find him with his wife. Chen filed a lawsuit on March 26, accusing Li of violating her virginity by deception. The court fined Li 30,000 RMB. It was the first case of its kind in Shanghai.
Almost half of mainland China’s richest people have plans to move abroad within five years. The Barclays Wealth report surveyed 2,000 people from 17 different countries, all of whom had more than $US1.5 million dollars in total net worth. 47 percent of wealthy mainlanders planned to move abroad within the next five years, compared with 23 percent of well-off Singaporeans and 20 percent of loaded Brits. Only six percent of American millionaires had plans to leave the USA, and India’s wealthy are even more attached to their homeland, with just 5 percent planning to leave.