Tents that were supposed to be given out to victims left homeless after the devastating earthquake of May 12 have been discovered in unaffected, wealthy areas of the epicentre city of Chengdu - and, according to web users, they are selling for 1,300RMB (€120). With refugees left unsheltered, protests have broken out over the apparent corruption. Read more...
This video was filmed in the seconds that followed the earthquake in Beichuan, a town near the epicentre. The footage was shot in a theatre where a group of children were putting on a performance. It's 2pm (China time) on the twelfth of May. The ground is still shaking and the walls are collapsing around those still alive. See the video.
some 30 years ago with fake Levi's jeans
and Versace bags. Then the market
became more sophisticated, with faux
iPhones on the racks. Now, the Chinese counterfeit goods trade has gone even further, with the production of identical copies of Russian-designed fighter
planes. Read more.
A Chinese journalist managed to get access to a stream of images delivered by a surveillance camera located on the roof of a building. Although the camera was supposed to be keeping an eye on a set of crossroads, the journalist noticed that during the night, the policeman in charge was lingering on the windows of a building across the street. Read more...
Crouching next to a car is far safer than staying inside it.
Following the death of over 14,800 people in the huge earthquake that devastated China on Monday, a Chinese web-user is circulating an email with pictures of quake ruins to illustrate where to hide, and more importantly, where not to. See the instructions, entitled "Where should you hide during an earthquake? Not where you were taught!"
Thirty Tibetans accused of taking part in the riots last month have been convicted today with sentences ranging from three years in jail to life imprisonment. One of our Observers has sent us the first images of the trial, made public by the state press agency Xinhua, just as the sentences were handed out. See the pictures.