On a busy commercial street in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, this live-in bubble is being used as transparent tents that attract the attention of passersby. A pretty Chinese girl is living inside the tent for two days. This huge bubble is being used as commercial promotion for camping, taking a new approach to alternative living. Better than a normal tent, it has more room, the necessary furniture and no shortage of sunshine. It also provides a 360-degree view to the bubble resident while offering a unique scene to those who walk by. We can imagine it would be a rather unusual experience to camp outdoors in this prefabricated, modern-styled mobile hotel, and it will be damn hot if you use this tent during summer time. The transparent bubble tent is not original from China, the tent-like chamber was design by a French designer and previously it was only available in Europe …
A drunken man in Linfen in northern China dangles upside down on a high-voltage power cable and refuses to come down. While he was found climbing up the pole, the authorities immediately ordered to shut down the electricity. The idiot held on to the power cable for 15 minutes before falling to a lower cable and then to the ground. Fortunately local rescue teams had set up a landing pad for him, so he was not injured. He told the press he had drunk a lot because of being in a bad mood. It’s really incredible that someone so drunk was able to survive from this. Not everyone can become Jackie Chan.
During China’s annual Qingming Festival, also known as “Tomb Sweeping Day,” Chinese people repair and clean the graves of dead relatives as part of an ancient custom to ensure a peaceful afterlife. They also leave offerings of food, fake money and liquor. Under Mao, the practice of leaving offerings to the dead was suppressed, but it was quickly reinstated once he was no longer in power. In 2008, the festival was made a national holiday, and last year 520 million Chinese visited cemeteries – almost all bearing some kind of gift. Traditional gifts include fake money and paper bags of clothing. But in recent years, people are now giving paper representations of TV sets, washing machines, houses and luxury cars. With the popularity of Apple products in China, cardboard representations of popular mock Apple products have gone to the top of the gift list …
There are so much news from China that passes by that we couldn’t possibly cover it all. Here are the Chinese tech news that have left behind because we are just too busy or too lazy to post. There are stories on the shut down of China’s Nokia flagship store, Baidu knockoff Google Glass, Huawei loosing business in U.S. and so on, check them out after the break. Video for this week: young woman sells herself online, but not for sex … Hope everyone have a fresh start to your week.
Passengers on Shenzhen’s subway system will soon be able to access high-speed internet via wifi transmitters installed in stations and trains. The service is due to be rolled out in June. The speed of the network will be two to four times faster than traditional networks, but will still be exceedingly slow compared with global standards. The official wifi network will also solve the problem that was encountered last year when several trains were halted due to the interference with passengers’ portable Wi-Fi devices. The train system suffered a signal interference because it uses 2.4GHz band, which is a free band open to public for Wifi channel. The Shenzhen subway has 3G radio coverage, but the rise in popularity of wifi hotspot devices is causing the problem. Obviously, the subway in major Chinese cities are lacking extensive testing of subway communication systems. We hope an official Wi-Fi hotspot will be the right solution.
Thank to some close-circuit television, we can get to see another amazing crash survival techniques which happened in China. The Chinese scooter driver is lucky to be alive after he was wiped out by a car at an unspecified Chinese crossing and, instead of being scattered across the road like his little bike, he landed in one available safe place – on top of the car which hit him. If you can survive like this in such a acrobatics way, you’re properly jumping into a good fortune
Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. has traveled to Beijing to promote “Iron Man 3″ this weekend, which was filmed partly in China and features well-known Chinese actors. At the news conference, Downey – who reprises the role of Tony Stark in the upcoming movie – said he’s fascinated with Chinese culture and loves Chinese movies, while urging the local audience to see the superhero film. During the event, Downey also by publicly eating crispy sugar-coated fruit, a popular Chinese local confectionery. The production of Iron Man 3 has received a lot of international attention for its friendly involvement with Chinese company while filming and for its use of Chinese actors. The movie will be opened in China on May 3 ….
Cui Tiankai, China’s newly-appointed ambassador to Washington, said he might use Facebook to make friends in US. The 60-year-old man previously was China’s ambassador to Japan between 2007 and 2009. While he was making interview with the Chinese press, Cui said the first thing he will do while he arrives Washington is to make himself known to Americans. The Chinese officer said Facebook might be his preferred way to communicate with Americans. His colleagues over at the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar, its Facebook page already attracted more than 600 “likes.” China is among a few countries to have blocked Facebook, the country is a member of the “S.I.C.K.” group. Previously, Chinese web user were not happy after discovered their country news agency is allowed to use Twitter. Now the communist government is obviously telling their people certain authorities are allowed to use foreign social network to make new friends, but civilians are prohibited. And the most annoying part is the government doesn’t have the guts to admit they’re banning facebook
You could wait for tabletop computing device to drop in price so you can put one in your living room. Or you could build your own, like this Chinese IT repairer living at Foshan city, in southern China. The 40-years-old geek has spend about 8,000 yuan (US$1,282) to modify a coffee table into a 32-inch multitouch Android tablet. The DIY project took him half a month to complete. The cool looking “table PC” is powered by a dual-core 1.8GHz processor, 1GB RAM of memory and running Android Jelly Beans instead of the latest Windows 8 OS. And of course, the device has a few USB ports and installed with sound system. In order to make the surface of the coffee table with touch control, it also needs to custom made a 32-inch touch screen glass panel to cover on it …
Lenovo hasn’t been known for the quality of the display panels they put in their product lines. Ever since the Chinese PC maker took over IBM’s computer business, those ThinkPad laptop haven’t been a favourite to serious professional photographers, due to poor contrast and brightness and low color fidelity. It’s certainly surprise to hear Lenovo announced a professional 30-inch LCD display which will cover 99 percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut, which is a color space good for desktop publishing and digital printing. The new ThinkVision LT3053p display has so far only been made in Japan. The display sports a resolution of 2560 × 1600 pixels, promising crisp images and create a lot of area for photo and video editing. The monitor will start shipping from April 11, 2013 at a retail price of $1599 in the US. There is currently no information about the availability for other market region.