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Gov’s Raid Backfires, Causes Spike in Uber Downloads

Uber’s Chinese branch in Guangzhou made international headlines when the Industrial and Commercial Bureau and Traffic Committee teamed up with local police to raid its offices on April 30. Police confiscated more than 1,000 iPhones, used by the company to keep Uber drivers connected...


Apple Eyes Partnership with Alibaba on Mobile Payment

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s annual visit to China had a dual purpose this year: aside from announcing a lofty environmental initiative to protect forests, Cook sought to partner with Alipay – an affiliate of thee-commerce giant Alibaba and China’s largest payment service provider. “Apple...


Lhasa Brings Basketball to Seat of the World

The Tibetan Autonomous Region announced the formation of its first professional basketball team, the Lhasa Jingtu, last Tuesday. The Huashang Morning Post reported that the team’s home court, the Lhasa Cultural and Sports Center, is located 3,658 meters above sea level and is the...


Rural Killings Draw Focus Back to the Mentally Ill

A 27-year-old man who was diagnosed with schizophrenia stabbed and killed four family members on May 11 in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province. Among the slain were his 80-year-old grandmother and a 1-year-old boy. Less than a week before the incident, 29-year-old Wang Jiaolong in Luochuan...


Beijing Today in Print (May 22, 2015)

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Blacklist Aims to Rein in Unruly Tourists

The China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) published its first record of bad tourist behaviors on May 7. It began collecting the information after passing temporary regulations last month. The blacklist named four especially awful Chinese tourists and included their genders, birthplaces and birthplaces. The...


Educators Profit on the Hassle of Diploma Validation

Certificates might be the most frustrating fact of life in China. Every interaction with schools, banks, employers and police requires the applicant to present a pile of documents and letters confirming the authenticity. But few are as mired in murky corruption as those which...


Charity Recipient Works to Repay Benefactors

Zeng Pengyu was surprised to receive a phone call from a young man asking for his bank account information so he could repay the money he borrowed on May 19. “I assumed it was another scam,” Zeng said. The caller, Xu Tao, is currently...