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Drought Cripples China- Alcohol Producers Suffer, Even Tipsy Spirits

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 1, 2010

You know times are tough when tipsy spirits must shut down. That is an alcohol producer in China that was forced to shut down, due t the drought in China. Don’t worry though, the communist party forced the smaller companies to shut down, but the big dog, Maotai was allowed to keep plugging away.


“Half-bare riverbeds, dried-up fields, closed distilleries and the fretful faces of winemakers make up the main picture of Maotai, China’s town of spirits, where the time-honored brand of liquor called Maotai, bears its name.

The continuous drought in Guizhou Province has forced over half of the distilleries in the town by the Chishui River to suspend production, while the rest shell out more money on water to keep their distilleries running.

The water in the Chishui River, known for its unique properties, is used by most of the distilleries and wineries in Maotai to make the famous liquor. The riverside town attracts many people to invest in making the fiery colorless spirit. In one decade, hundreds of distilleries sprang up along the river.

But now the drought has forced many of them to cut production, some even suspending operations. The Yunfeng Distillery, who owns the brand Tipsy Spirit, is one of the affected distilleries. “Production is still going on, but because of the drought, the total volume may be impacted,” said a staff surnamed Chen on March 24.

“I have to buy high-priced water every three to four days,” said Zheng Guocai, manager of a small distillery in Maotai. “One truck can carry 20 tons of water and the transportation cost is 500 yuan ($73.21) per truck.”

One driver says he can earn 3,500 yuan a day from trucking water back and forth seven times.

Local liquor-makers either pay truck drivers to pump up water from Chishui River into liquor containers, or buy water from Da Yanyuan Waters, a local company that sells water piped in from Luzhou, Sichuan Province, which is also along the Chishui River. The price of water, at 2.3 yuan per ton, is prohibitive for those small-scale distilleries, and medium-sized or large distilleries have no choice but pay the extra cost.

But even if the small distilleries are willing to pay for high-priced water, the government of Maotai town ordered some small and water-guzzling distilleries to suspend production, to ensure normal production for large liquor producers like Maotai.

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Sina Dumps Google

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 1, 2010

China is like a mafia, when the big boss makes a decision, all of the minions will follow.

“The web portal Sina.com is revaluing its contract with Google after the international search giant redirected its service to Hong Kong last Tuesday, a Sina PR manager said.

In its latest tussle with Beijing authorities, Google redirected its service to HK, effectively ending its search results filtering, as required by Chinese law.

The Sina PR manager said the company’s international contracts are all based on its long-term business plan as well as their accordance with Chinese law, “which Google fails both obviously.”

According to Xinhua, Google’s Chinese contractors include Sina, China Mobile, China Union, PC manufacturer Lenovo, downloading server Xunlei and soft provider Kingsoft.

Former business partner Tom Online has already ended its affiliation with Google, citing “the expiration of their agreement”.

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Chinese Waiting for that Train

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A picture is worth a thousand words or thousands of Chinese

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5 More Drug Dealers Executed in China

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From Xinhua, but I wonder if they still harvest their organs to sell?

“Five drug dealers have been executed in east China’s Fujian province on Thursday, for illegally manufacturing, possessing and selling drugs, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

One of the criminals was also charged with illegal possession of guns.

Chinese criminal law details an elaborate and rigorous penalty on drug trafficking. Extreme penalties would be dealt according to the weight and category of the narcotics in-point. Sometimes just a few grams over might put the criminal on death row.

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Prices in China

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Use 7 RMB to the dollar to make it easy.

18 mo. gym membership decent part of town 1800 rmb= 250U$

personal trainer- 100 rmb per hour= 15U$

red bull- 6.0  rmb = .90U$

chuanr snack 7rmb= 1.00 U$

flight Beijing to Shangahi 2600rmb= 380 U$ (2 hour flight)

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Girl stabbed with Needle in Chinese Store

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I heard of this in Xinjiang, but not elsewhere. This is from Chinadaily

A 13-year-old girl has been stabbed in the leg with a needle while touring a crowded supermarket, the Beijing Times reported today.

Xiao Xia was shopping in the northeast Wangjing neighborhood of Beijing with her mother when she felt a pricking pain in her right leg while moving through a busy passage on Saturday night.

Xiao Xia’s mother Mrs. Ding took her daughter to a restroom and found a needle wound. She immediately informed security and police.

Xiao was taken to Wangjing Hospital for tests although the wound did not show any immediate abnormal reactions, but medics said more tests would be required in the future as diseases like Aids can not be detected right away. “It never happens in our supermarket, and we hope the police can find the person who pricked people here,” said a worker of the supermarket.

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Solving the Drought Problem China Style- Make ’em Move

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To fight the horrible drought, China is relying on two things. Seeding the clouds to fool mother nature and make it rain, and if this doesnt work, then resort  to Chinese ingenuity, make the people move. Instead of investigating why this phenomenon is occuring, they are forcing farmers from thier land, offering them a better life supposedly, and not much else


“KUNMING – Southwest China’s Yunnan province intends to send more migrants to work outside the province as severe drought worsens.

Bai Enpei, chief of the Yunnan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, said the government will try to increase the number of migrant workers from Yunnan by 500,000 to 800,000 this year.

Bai said the authorities will organize more migrants to work in other parts of the country rather than let them wait at home for water. This will help not only to tackle the drinking water shortages, but also to increase their income, he said.

The government will offer free skills training and organize job fairs, the official said.

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Chinese Man who Killed School Kids, Wanted to Kill 30

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Nanping, Fujian – The man who stabbed 13 primary students within 55 seconds in Nanping City, Fujian province, on March 23, 2010, said he had planned to kill 30 students on that day, according to local police on March 25.

Nanping police have ruled out the possibility of Zheng Minsheng’s mental insanity after he confessed his intention of killing 30 people that day.

Officials in Nanping municipal party committee and government expressed their willingness to execute a quick investigation and sentence for Zheng. A 260,000 yuan ($38,085) compensation fee for victims’ families has been approved by Nanping municipal government

Days after the bloodshed, an air of uncertainty still hung over Nanping city, especially around the residential area where Zheng lived. It was reported that his family, including his mother and six brothers, had moved out of the area.”

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