Chinese schools opened again yesterday after the summer holiday, yet as the front page of the Chongqing Shangbao (重庆商报) reports today, when high school students at the Bashu (巴蜀) Middle School in Chongqing arrived for class yesterday, they were confronted with an unexpected new development. In addition to the conventional graduation certificate, anyone desiring to be an “outstanding” student is now able to obtain a special certificate to that effect that is unique to Bashu Middle School – as long as they refrain from “puppy love.” Read more
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The top headline in today’s Chongqing Times: “Chongqing’s fattest man – how did he get that way?” The accompanying picture features this man riding an escalator wearing a too-small shirt that exposes his belly, and another man behind him surreptitiously taking a photo on his cell phone. The editors were also kind enough to publish this man’s measurements on the front page in large type: 1.65 meters tall, and 342 jin (171 kilograms or about 377 pounds). Read more
The Southern Metropolis Daily is a Guangdong-based newspaper with a big print circulation in its home province, and a wide national audience online. The front page headline today is: “At the Party Congress, Wangyang said we must let go of the false idea that the party and government are responsible for providing people’s happiness.” This has been circulated all over the Chinese Internet since last night, when it first appeared.
Wang Yang is the Provincial Party Secretary of Guangdong Province, and a member of the CPC Central Committee. He is the representative of what has been called the “Guangdong Model’. In contrast to Bo Xilai’s state-led, neo-Maoist ‘Chongqing Model,’ Wang’s way is seen as more private enterprise-friendly and politically liberal.
What has got Chinese netizens so excited about this headline is the idea that a government official is finally acknowledging it is not the government’s role to give and take happiness like a feudal ruler. Read more
The headline on the front page of today’s Chongqing Economic Times is: “The spring [property] fair closes, selling 2,988 high rise apartments at an average price of 6,136 yuan.” The article says the housing market is not expected to crash. It interviews several people (who appear to be experts but who are cited without affiliation) on their expectations for the property market. Nearly all of them say it will remain fairly stable and strong.
The front page of the Chongqing Economic Times today featured the headline: “50 tax payers are the backbone of Chongqing’s economic development.” The article describes a speech that Huang Qifan, the mayor of Chongqing, gave yesterday at the 2011 Chongqing Municipality Annual Commendation Meeting.