An old Chinese businessman has been awarded a patent by the Chinese authorities for his proposal to grow Chinese tea by using panda’s poop as fertilizer. The former university lecturer will soon start planting his experimental “panda tea” in a tea garden near Chengdu, Southwest China (Chengdu is the habitat of Chinese pandas). The “panda tea” will be the world’s most expensive tea, pegged at about US$34,500 per 500 grams, which is expected first batch to be picked up next spring. The independent inventor has sent out invitation through local media, summoning scientists from around the world to sample his fresh “panda tea” next spring …
We love to see the cheap knockoffs of Apple products, but if you ask us what is the best Apple knockoff on Earth, we would love to introduce you the fake Apple stores appearing across China recently. These stores really look like Apple store, and interestingly, they feature a glowing Apple logo outside the store. And we could not believe employees from these fake Apple stores are wearing blue t-shirts with the chunky Apple name tags around their necks too. Want to know more? We managed to get an inside story of one of these fake Apple stores, and we are shocked when we hear that the owner was originally an Apple authorized reseller.
We have some extremely exciting news! It seems although Apple is opening two new stores, they are hard at work finding out where they can put their next ones. Where will they go? More after the jump!
This. Is. Sad. After an explosion happened at Foxconn’s Chengdu plant last week, the latest news today is an employee at the Chengdu assembly plant leaped to his death from a dormitory building on the grounds of the industrial base on Thursday 1am (May 26) without specifying the reason, said a person familiar with the matter…
UPDATE: The employee jumped from the fifth floor and he died.
Foxconn CEO Terry Gou gives his public comment.
On Friday, a horrific explosion has occurred at the Foxconn Chengdu plant. We have collected the latest news and information on the status of the factory. Meanwhile, the press media from China are restricted to report any latest news, including the Government official media, Xinhua news. A Taiwan TV crew has arrived at the spot, and we have detailed information on what is going on at Chengdu’s factory after the explosion. What we know right now, Foxconn seems to be covering up the mess…
From China Xinhua news, a third employee has died from the explosion. After the first stage of investigation, the accidental explosion was caused by combustible dust which gathered at the dust collecting pipe in one of the polishing workshop. If you wonder what is combustible dust, you can watch this video show from CBS, and you will know how dangerous it is.
Foxconn was plagued by a string of worker suicides at the factory in Shenzhen last year, prompting the company to raise up workers’ salaries. Eventually, Foxconn planned to shift the manufacture lines to other province of China, in order to increase the production level. The city of Chengdu, provincial capital of Sichuan, is located at the southwest China. Last year August, Foxconn opened a new 2-billion-U.S.-dollar plant over there. With the help from the inland governments and officials, the new facotry take only about two months plus to build up and start to produce iPad. At the mean time, there is about 20,000 workers in Chengdu’s factory. Today, an explosion occurred at the factory, so this is the right time to let everyone know about the inside story of this newest Foxconn’s manufacture plant…
At around 19:00 in China, Foxconn Chengdu manufacture plant got an explosion, we are not sure actually what cause the explosion and how many casualties had resulted. At the scene, there are currently more than 10 fire engines, ambulances and 10 police cars had arrived on the scene. And, the explosion is happened in an operating room inside Foxconn. Video of the scene after the break.
UPDATE: The explosion happened in A5 building (A05), and we heard that building is also the production line of iPad 2! 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor were damaged as well. The explosion is likely to be caused by super-light dust.
UPDATE 2: We got a video of the latest scene. The situation is chaos, like a mess.
UPDATE 3: This explosion had already caused 6 men and 1 woman wounded.
UPDATE 4: Two people were killed and 16 injured, 3 seriously injured. Police’s investigation suggested the cause of explosion ruled out human factors.
UPDATE 5: Photos outside the Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital
UPDATE 6: We are glad to hear the fire got put out and some minor wounded had already packed their bags and go home!
UPDATE 7: Foxconn CEO Terry Gou is now heading to Chengdu plant!
UPDATE 8: Apple has provided a statement, and more photos.
UPDATE 9: The cause of the explosion is due to a special dust, which is flammable. And someone was smoking.
The China’s Secretary of Defense held test flights since January this year, and yesterday was the third test flight in total. The photos were posted on a Chinese forum and mentioned it took place in Chengdu as well. Videos after the break!
The knockoff Gundam in Chengdu theme park spotted at night with lights on. We think it wasn’t look as cool as the original Gundam. What do you think?
The knockoff Gundam was completed at the end of last year in a theme park in China, but it had been taken down somehow afterward. Recently, it is back again and looks so different…
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