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Brand-New Chengdu Apartments Smashed Up by Construction Workers [Video]

The owners of brand-new apartments in Chengdu recently have become the victim of a dispute between contractor and developer, that led to a sudden destruction of their homes in the early morning of June 28.

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The owners of brand-new apartments in Chengdu recently have become the victim of a dispute between contractor and developer, that led to a sudden destruction of their homes in the early morning of June 28.

Twenty different brand-new apartments within one neighborhood in the Longquanyi district of Chengdu (成都龙泉驿) were recently destroyed by a group of approximately 100 construction workers.

The workers reportedly stormed into the apartment building in the early morning of June 28, forcing open dozens of doors and smashing apart twenty brand-new apartments. Some homeowners have an estimated damage of 300,000 RMB (±45,000US$).

Ongoing investigation

The Longquanyi district police has sent out a message through its official Weibo account:

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“On June 28 on 7.27 in the morning, Longquan police received a call that a group of people were purposely damaging property. After receiving this notification, we gathered a police force of 200 man and rushed to the scene to stop this illegal activity, control the situation and launch an investigation.”

According to the police, initial investigations revealed that the rampage was caused by a financial conflict between the contractors and the developers of the apartment building. This conflict escalated and led to the contractor’s side gathering a group of approximately 100 people who stormed the complex and smashed up different apartments, that had just been newly renovated by the owners.

After the rampage, a total of 17 people were questioned. The police have now taken 4 people in custody for intentional destruction of property, while the investigation is still ongoing.

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Brainless and evil

The destructive rampage has become a point of discussion on Sina Weibo, where many netizens are angered. “Those contractor people don’t have any brains,” one Weibo netizen says: “They pretend like smashing up those apartments is like getting paid – as if this settles their bill!”

“There people need to be seriously punished,” another netizen writes.

Many Weibo netizens sympathize with the homeowners for losing so much of their hard-earned money. The average monthly salary in China’s biggest cities now stands at around 6070 RMB (±913US$).

“These migrant workers did not get their money, so they ruined the homes that people bought with their painstakingly earned cash. If you need to smash something, do it to the house of the real estate boss, or some government. This is intolerable! Evil!” another person writes.

“This just makes me cry. It is not easy for normal people to buy a house, they shed blood, sweat and tears for this beautiful dream. The people who did this need to severely punished.”

Watch the full news video here, originally published on Sina Weibo, edited and translated by Whatsonweibo.com:

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, Sino-Japanese relations and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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Pet Hotels are Booming Business in Beijing

Chinese pet lovers are willing to pay up to 900 RMB (±136$) per night to give their pet a comfortable stay at one of Beijing’s ‘pet hotels’ (宠物酒店).

Qing Yan

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The success of luxurious pet lodging in Beijing has become especially apparent over the past October holiday. Chinese animal lovers are willing to pay up to 900 RMB (±136$) per night to give their pet the time of their lives while they are out of town.

For loving pet owners, before heading out on a holiday, finding a trustworthy pet lodge is often just as important as finding a comfortable hotel for themselves. And nowadays, both should be booked as early as possible during a holiday season.

In Beijing, the booming business of pet lodging was especially noticeable during the Golden Week holiday. Various Chinese media reported that pet hotels in Beijing have become so popular that they were already fully booked a month before the holiday started.

This is also what Zhang Wen, a local pet lodge owner, told Beijing Youth Daily (@北京青年报). He and his colleagues are specialized in tending to every possible need of Beijing’s household pets while their families are taking a holiday.

Some pet hotels now charge as high as 900 RMB (±136$) per day to lodge a pet. The pet lodging business is quickly expanding across Beijing. Some local residents now also improvise lodging facilities in their private homes, asking approximately 30-50 RMB (±5-8$) per day.

With a growing demand for comfortable lodges for family pets, Beijing’s ‘pet hotels’ are increasingly competitive. Some offer private rooms for dogs and assign a member of staff for every pet to look after its diet, sanitation, cleaning, and exercise.

Some pet hotels are even equipped with sporting, beauty, bathing, and water purification facilities, resembling a five-star hotel. Non-traditional pets such as spiders and lizards are also welcome, as long as their owners clarify their routines in advance.

Criticism on luxurious pet hotels

On Weibo, the topic “Luxurious Pet Hotel Charges 900 RMB Per Day” (#豪华宠物酒店900一天#) received some 15 million views this October.

The news, which was first reported by Beijing Youth Daily, stirred discussions on social media. Although many people find the pet hotels cute or funny, there are also many who comment that this kind of extravagance for pets painfully points out the rich-poor divide in China.

“Dogs are living a better life than us humans now,” some said: “I can’t even stay at a hotel that is this expensive.”

One netizen sarcastically commented: “If you can’t afford housing in Beijing, just go and become a pet to someone here.”

Some even find the boom in luxurious pet hotels a worrying trend, saying “this will intensify the social conflicts.”

Besides the extravagant pet spoiling, there are also other reasons why netizens criticize the spread of fancy pet lodging. On social media, questions over epidemic issues are also surfacing.

Some companies that were interviewed by Chinese media failed to show any credentials for providing lodging services and had no in-house veterinary to offer health examinations for the pets taken in; China currently does not have a specific national legal framework nor corresponding regulatory measures for qualified pet lodgings.

By Qing Yan

Edited by Manya Koetse.
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China Local News

China’s ‘Wedding of the Year’ Is the Talk of the Day on Weibo

This rich second generation “fu’erdai” couple just celebrated China’s wedding of the year in Wenzhou.

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Although many still think of Angelababy and Huang Xiaoming when talking about ‘China’s biggest wedding’, this fu’erdai couple have just celebrated a wedding that is even more extravagant.

See our latest Weivlog on this Wenzhou wedding of the year, which became one of top trending topics on Weibo on October 11, here:

By Manya Koetse

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