China Splash February 2017

lost boy

Long-Lost Toddler Found Parents in DG
Relying on DNA technology and a national database, a 15-year-old boy successfully found his parents after 12 years of lost contact. In 2005, the boy named Luo Wenjie was taken away from his parents’ barber shop in Shunde, Foshan, because his parents were too busy with the business. For 12 years, he had been sold to two different families: one in Heyuan, Guangdong and the other one in Guangxi. The Guangxi father took him to Dongguan to work in a construction site. The unbearable work and a bad-tempered father forced Luo to run away. In March 2016, he was sent to Guangdong Children’s Rescue Center in Zhangmutou. In December, Foshan police found a matched DNA for Luo’s parents in the national DNA database for “cracking down on the abduction of women and children.” On January 4, Luo’s parents came to see their lost son. Luo will start a new life with his parents in Foshan and attend school there.
(Via Foshan Daily)

New free Wi-Fi on Buses
Public internet connection has been provided in 100 buses around the city. Since the end of December, a pioneer project covering 100 blue buses from five cross-town routes (807, 841, 858, L3, Kuai 12) has been launched, offering free Wi-Fi to all passengers. Now any passengers with a smartphone can surf online under “Dgbus-wifi” at a speed of around 100kb/s, which is not enough to support videos and downloads. The project will last until March 24 before expanding to 71 lines with 1,394 buses across towns. (Via

Angry Men Hate Bikes

Angry Men Hate New Bikes
The newly launched, government-funded public biking system was already vandalized by four young people. On the evening of January 13, four youngsters, about 20 years old, arrived at the Huying Park North Gate stop and started to vandalize the bikes. They first tried to pull the bike out from the pole by grabbing the handlebar and back wheel. After it failed, they deflated and fiercely kicked the back wheel. In the last two minutes, they went to the command box and violently hit the screen. In the end, two of them took a device from the box and threw them into a bush. Three poles and 10 bikes were damaged, including some missing parts inside the box. The loss was estimated to be 60,000 RMB. Dongcheng Police have opened an investigation. (Via

Globally Competitive Cities
Dongguan ranked 154th in the 2017 Global City Competitiveness List, released by the Chinese Academy of Social Science and United Nations Habitat. Seventeen cities from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan came in the first 200 spots. Guangdong holds three, Shenzhen (66), Guangzhou (74) and Dongguan. Hong Kong was listed 6th, topping all the other Chinese cities, followed by Shanghai (7), Beijing (8) and Taipei (25). The top five competitive cities are: London, New York, Tokyo, Paris and Singapore. The list aims to evaluate the potential competitiveness of cities by considering six major factors, including global connection, local demand, software environment and hardware environment. (Via

Garbage and Sunlight Collector

Garbage and Sunlight Collector
On the streets of Qingxi, 100 brand-new solar-powered garbage sorting bins are being rolled out. Each topped with a solar panel, these trash cans can self-illuminate advertising boards at night using solar energy collected during the day. Even energy extracted from a cloudy day can still last 7 to 10 days. They are seen on Qingxi’s Xiangmang Road and Jufu Road, replacing the aging, rusty bins. It is said that the bin will send an alert to the command center to arrange clearage when it’s full. The purpose for the government to introduce solar trash cans is to utilize environmentally-friendly technologies in the improvement of city appearance. If the pilot project goes well, solar bins will be expanded to the whole town. (Via

Will Shanzhai End

Will Shanzhai End?
China is notorious for Shanzhai (counterfeit consumer goods), but in January, the Supreme People’s Court released a regulation and interpreted the country’s trademark law for the first time. It addressed that famous people and celebrities in politics, economy, culture, religion, ethnicity and other areas’ names can’t be registered as trademarks. It also explains that producers of creative works including drama, movies and television shows hold the “first-to-use” rights to the Chinese titles of their work and names of well-known fiction characters. Analysts commented that the interpretation was made to address the rising numbers of trademark disputes in recent years and hopefully will reduce counterfeit products. (Via

Teenager Kills Mother
A 16-year-old girl tied up her mother for eight days and blackmailed her father for money. She eventually caused the death of the mother. In January, CCTV reported on the horrifying story that happened last September in Heilongjian, generating national discussion. Teenager Chen Xinran had been fighting with her parents before they moved out of the apartment and left her alone. When Chen’s mother Li Xiaomei went back home to cook for her, Chen tied her up on a chair. Chen demanded for 50,000 RMB for her school tuition. For eight days, the father didn’t send the money because he received messages from his wife saying that she was fine and their daughter was merely playing. Chen even made a video showing she was beating Li and sent to the family WeChat group. On September 15 at around 11 pm, the father finally transferred 35,000 RMB to Chen. Three hours later, Chen discovered that Li was dying and called 120. When the ambulance arrived, Li was already dead. No food was found in Li’s stomach since Chen didn’t feed her mother for four days. Chen ran away, but later turned herself in the next day. Media sources reported that it was a consequence of a bad-temper father and a spoiling mother. (Via