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'Peking University butcher' sees annual sales of $257 million

When Lu Buxuan graduated from China's elite Peking University at the beginning of the century, he decided to sell pork in a market stall, leading to a huge debate over the usefulness of a prestigious university degree. Today, he is still selling pork, and his company's annual sales reach 1.8 billion yuan ($257 million).
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/11 16:33:39

Police arrest man addicted to stealing high heels

A man in South China has been detained for multiple larcenies, but instead of money or jewelry, the target of his crime spree was women's high-heel shoes.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/11 16:28:40

French woman told not French enough for Quebec residency

A French woman seeking permanent residency in Quebec, Canada was turned down on grounds that her French was not good enough.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/10 18:23:40

Netizens complain about complicated 11/11 shopping rules

The Double 11 shopping spree, the world's largest online shopping event during which billions are spent, got underway at the stroke of midnight Sunday with some netizens complaining about how difficult it was to get deep discounts this year.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/10 18:22:43

Stinky rice noodle factory offers workers $1,000-a-month bonus

Workers at a rice noodle factory in South China are getting up to 7,000 yuan ($1,000) a month as a "stink" bonus during the lead-up to the Double 11 shopping spree as a reward for putting up their malodorous workplace.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/10 18:21:56

Boss gives pork to firm's shopaholics

A company in Central China has come up with an odd Double 11 shopping-spree contest that rewarded its most spendthrift employee with the largest chunk of pork.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/10 18:13:40

Xinjiang logistics station is most remote in China

A courier company has established a delivery depot in the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, which is said to be the westernmost logistics center in China.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/10 18:13:39

Flames and fireworks as Myanmar's dangerous fire balloon festival opens

The gigantic hot air balloon folded into itself and fell in a ball of flames, scattering onlookers below at the beginning of Myanmar's stunning yet treacherous fire balloon festival.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/6 16:28:40

Russian had gold in her shoe

Russian customs officers have detained a woman at the Chinese border with nearly two kilograms of gold in her shoes after she appeared to be walking strangely, authorities said on Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/6 16:23:43

Man chugs bottle of liquor that is banned on high-speed train

A man in Central China wasn't about to waste an already-open bottle of baijiu - China's famous liquor - when he was prevented from bringing it into a local railway station. He sat down by the security check and drank all that was left in the bottle.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/6 16:23:40

Woman shunned by in-laws after hospital report mistakenly shows she had seven abortions

A hospital in East China has offered a woman two chickens in compensation for an error in her medical report saying she had seven abortions, which caused her husband and in-laws to doubt her fidelity.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/6 16:18:41

Firefighter vows his love, surprises fiancée with a wedding ring that will take him 60 years to pay off

A firefighter in East China got a pleasant surprise at the end of a challenging exercise in which he climbed up a rope to reach the top floor of a training building. His future wife was there in her white wedding dress.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/6 16:18:40

Australia win the inaugural 'Ashes' of jousting against England

Australia and England took their storied sports rivalry to another level, and another century, this weekend as the two nations faced off in a jousting tournament, won by the Australian side Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/5 16:33:40

Employees get a bonus and holiday for Double 11 shopping spree

Year-end bonuses came early to the delight of factory workers in East China, who not only received bundles of cash but a week's holiday, just in time for the annual Double 11 shopping spree.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/5 16:28:41

Scenic area installs anti-suicide glass wall

Authorities at Mount Emei, in Southwest China's Sichuan Province have installed a 1.8-meter-tall glass wall along the edge of an infamous cliff where some people have jumped to their death.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/5 16:28:41

College student offers service to cure procrastination

A college student is offering her procrastinating, unfocused schoolmates a service to cure their laziness for just 5 yuan ($0.70) a day.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/5 16:28:40

Litter-picking dog learns to sort trash

A dog and its master in East China are putting local litter bugs to shame.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/5 16:23:40

Disneyland then World Cup as Kolisi's dad makes first overseas trip

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has arranged for his father to watch him in Saturday's World Cup final - his first-ever overseas trip - and Kolisi senior headed straight for Disneyland.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/4 19:17:43