Chinese Splash November 2017

Conflict men fight quarrel businessmanOnlooker Gets Paid
Mr. Xiao was brutally beaten until disabled after stopping to watch an arguing couple. He later received about 230,000 RMB in compensation.

The assailant Mr. Guo was arguing with his girlfriend in front of a real estate shop on Wanping South Road, Xuhui area in Shanghai. Noticing Xiao watching, Guo yelled, “What are you looking at!?” Xiao felt he was doing nothing wrong by simply watching and answered, “Why can’t I have a look?” Guo then began to beat Xiao, eventually disabling him at level 10. The court ruled Guo compensate Xiao for 229,497 RMB.

In China, disability levels rank one to 10. Level 10 indicates “partly limited for daily capacity, working and learning abilities have declined and are partly limited for social communication capacities.”

Policeman Become Famous While Sitting on the Train Aisle With the SuspectPoliceman Sits with Perp
A photo of a policeman sitting in a hallway with his suspect next to him took the Internet by storm for a few days last month.

The policeman Zhou Yang was escorting the suspect back to Wenzhou on Oct 18. He and his team spent a few days finding and catching the suspect in Henan.

Due to the suspect’s lengthy criminal records, police decided to escort him back to Wenzhou at once. Since no seat tickets were left when buying the tickets, Zhou let the suspect sit next to him, in case he tried to escape. Zhou’s new colleague took the photo and sent it to a friend. The friend posted it online and the rest is history.


The low-carbon weedingA Low Carbon Wedding
Lacking complicated rites, without luxury, firecrackers, and all the unnecessary details, 20 couples had their low-carbon wedding ceremonies together in Zhejiang, Hangzhou.

Standing on the Qiantang riverbank, the couples were surrounded by many decorations made with recyclable materials and blessed by their families and friends. With low-carbon rings made from plants, they spoke out using their wedding vows.

Instead of spending money on the wedding, the couples donated money for a low-carbon plantation, which will help to neutralize the carbon emissions of the event. The affair was organized by the Hangzhou Low Carbon Science and Technology Museum, who will gather the couples during Arbor Day next year to plant the new saplings and hang name tags, growing endless love.

The floating tea potA Floating Teapot
In front of a supermarket in Shijiazhuang, a huge teapot was floating and pouring “tea,” which attracted a lot of attention. Some onlookers tried to figure out the secret, while most stood in awe.

The floating teapot, located at the corner of the Xinshinan Road and Hongqi Street in Shijiazhuang (Hebei), weighs about two tons. Its spout continuously pours liquid and its body defies gravity, having nothing to apparently support it (when looking from the distance). Looking closer, a steel rod is hidden in the pouring “tea” to keep the pot floating. A water pump continuously recirculates the liquid. Having discovered the trick dismayed few who continued staring at the contraption for a while before losing interest and eventually walking away.

Cerebral Palsy Girl Challenge the Great WallDisability Battles Wall
Taylor Walker-Lear, an 11-year-old Australian with cerebral palsy, climbed the Great Wall with a little help from her parents.

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was two and a half years old, the disability prevented her from standing and walking, but couldn’t stop her brave heart. Before challenging the Great Wall, the pre-teen already had climbed Australia’s highest peak—Mount Kosciuszko.

Though the weather wasn’t cooperative during her climb on the Wall, she paid no mind and slowly moved step by step with her parents. After achieving her “Great Wall dream,” she will focus on swimming to attend the 2020 Paralympics in an effort to win nine gold medals, surpassing her idol, Jacqueline Freney, a Paralympic athlete that already has eight golds.

02A11J31College Couples’ Dorms
Nankai University opened a new “couples’ dormitory” for students in relationships, which has caused a heated discussion.

The issue is that though students stay in the same city as their partners, they still functionally are in a long-distance relationship. Why? Because the university’s campus is so large that students have to attend classes in very different parts of the city. In all, Nankai University covers an area of 4.56 million sq meters over the Balitai, Jinnan and Taida branches. If the couple lives at different branches, they’re unlikely to often see each other.

To improve this, Nankai University has created a couples’ dormitory especially for coupled students. For now, it’s only opened for students who are already married. To apply, couples will need to show proof of marriage and both students’ cards.