Category Archives: Local

Police Bust Gambling Ring Based on FishingJoy App

The iOS and Android game FishingJoy has become a new tool for gamblers to earn money, Beijing police said. The recent bust of a gambling ring with some 30 participants in Fangshan District resulted in six being arrested on charges of illegal gambling. FishingJoy...


Beijing Subway Cuts Ticket Fares for Early Commuters

The Beijing Subway Company began discounting tickets by 50 percent for commuters who board before 7 am on January 1. The subway said its new policy was intended to incentivize passengers to board early to relieve pressure during the morning commute. However, it has...


Stores Fold Under Pressure of E-commerce

The end of 2016 brought sweeping closures to brick-and-mortar retailers throughout the capital. Shoemaker Red Dragon announced plans to close its retail outlet at Jiaodaokou, Dongcheng District – formerly its busiest store. The manager surnamed Guan told Beijing Youth Daily reporters that the company...


Beijing Scientists Short on Child Cadavers

Luo Yixiao, the five-year-old girl whose father drew public attention with a column designed to encourage her, passed away in January. After her death, Luo’s father donated her body to the Health Science Center at Shenzhen University. Luo’s body was the 53rd donated for...


City’s Overfilled Kindergartens Create Opening for Training Schools

As Chinese families begin having their second children, kindergartens and daycare centers are struggling to keep up with the growth in enrollment. Training organizations have seized on the opportunity to expand their business, offering classes similar to public kindergartens. But few such schools are...


Beijing License Plates Rent for 13,000 Yuan

Beijing’s license plate raffle system has made car purchasing expensive and difficult. For would-be drivers in need of a quick solution, the city has developed a booming – and illegal – market in license plate rental. An elderly man surnamed Yang in Tiantongyuan, Changping...


First Maglev Train Arrives in Beijing

The maglev train cars for the upcoming Line S1, Beijing’s first maglev line, arrived at Shimenying, Mentougou district on December 25. Line S1 will run from Shimenying in the west and end at Pingguoyuan, where passengers can transfer to Line 1 and the western...


Beijing’s Didi, Uber Drivers Required to Pass Exam

The Beijing Municipal Transportation Commission has new requirements for drivers who take requests from online car booking apps such as Didi Dache and Uber. Drivers who wish to keep their accounts and serve clients will be required to pass a national exam and regional...


Time-Honored Brand Brings Back Kabobs

Most people are familiar with Daoxiangcun as a time-honored creator of traditional Beijing treats. But in addition to mooncakes, cakes and dried fruits, the chain used to be known for its kabobs. On December 27, Doxiangcun announced its retail locations would begin selling kabobs...


Man Arrested for Stealing Public Bicycles

Police in Changping District arrested a man for stealing five public bicycles operated by the Ofo and Mobike bicycle rental networks and hiding them in his apartment. Mobike contacted police on November 19 to report the theft of one of their bicycles. The GPS...