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“You Are in China Now” – Aggressive Police Notice to Foreigners

An English police notice to foreigners in Shenzhen, China, issued by a local bureau, is causing amusement amongst China’s social media users for being the “most aggressive English announcement”.

Manya Koetse



An English notice to foreigners in Shenzhen, China, issued by local police, is causing amusement amongst China’s social media users for being the “most aggressive English announcement”.

A local police station in Shenzhen, China, recently issued a special notice to foreigners in informal English. The note has become popular on WeChat and Weibo for its somewhat straightforward tone and creative use of language, with many netizens calling it the “most aggressive English announcement.”

The note tells foreigners to get registered at the police station within a week, or else they can expect a “big operation” against them, and a 2000 rmb [±305US$] fine.

Funny as it may be, the notice has been very effective, local police staff members say.


“All foreigners: no matter who you are no matter where are you come from, you are in China now, so obey our law do the register in the local police station (shekou police station) or you will be fine up to 2000 rmb. We will give you one week to do the register. One week later we will have a big operation against those foreigner who have not register in police station. thank you.”

According to The Paper, Shenzhen’s Shekou police station has confirmed the notice was issued on June 2nd because there recently were some issues involving unregistered foreigners – of which there are many in Shenzhen’s Shekou area. In order to save the police station from more work, they decided to place this announcement in cooperation with the civil police in charge of foreign nationals, urging all foreigners to register at the local police station this week.

In China, it is required for all foreign nationals to register with local police within 24 hours after their arrival. When staying at a hotel, staff members will do it for their guests. People who are not staying in a hotel officially need to go to the public security organ in the place where they are staying to register their address and go through the registration formalities.

According to China News, the notice was distributed in all neighborhoods of the area and has proved effective: many foreigners have already come to the police station to get registered. After all, no matter who they are no matter where they come from, they’re in China now.

– By Manya Koetse & Diandian Guo

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    Bendover ForMaos

    June 5, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    No need to register as long as you pay off the local CCP gangster, they’re ALL for sale here.

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    Jeff Xie

    June 7, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Well, congratulations. You’ve just brought yourself a huge problem from none other than the US government. Congratlations

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    October 26, 2016 at 3:06 am

    did not know this from australia my chinese wife and i visit the family every year wife said no problem..

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    Toni Eleninovski

    February 23, 2019 at 12:23 am

    This has become more and more common to see informal English notes from public offices. I believe the government bureaucracy has caught up with Western society, as in some examples on this website from a cultural scholar in China.

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Delivery Man in Anhui Run Over by Ambulance Sent to Rescue Him

From bad to worse: this Eleme delivery man was run over by an ambulance after being hit by an SUV.

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On April 12, a delivery man in the city of Bozhou, Anhui province, was run over by an ambulance arriving at the scene of an accident where he had just been injured.

Shocking footage circulating on Chinese social media shows the delivery man lying in the middle of the road when the ambulance arrives and runs over his leg. The incident happened around 12:00 in the afternoon (link to video, viewer discretion advised).

While the delivery man already suffered injuries because he was hit by an SUV shortly before, things quickly went from bad to worse when the ambulance that was supposed to come to his rescue crushed his leg. The man is currently undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Mengcheng county.

Statement on Weibo by the official Mengcheng county account (@蒙城发布).

According to recent news reports, the ambulance driver has currently been suspended and is under investigation.

The incident received a lot of attention on Weibo today, where the hashtag page discussing the double accident received over 150 million views (#外卖员被救护车二次碾压#).

Many comments relating to this incident are focused on the role of the traffic police at the scene of the accident, with people wondering why there was no guard standing next to the victim.

Thousands of commenters also address how sorry they feel for the victim, especially because the lives of many food delivery drivers – facing long working hours and low wages – is already tough enough.

According to Toutiao News (头条新闻), the delivery man works for Chinese food delivery giant Eleme. Wang Gang (王刚, alias) is approximately 30 years old and has a wife and a child. He had only been working for Eleme for a few months and reportedly did not have any prior accidents.

In Monday’s double accident, Wang suffered a mild skull fracture, seven broken ribs, and a fractured lower leg. He is in stable condition.

By Manya Koetse

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Video Showing Suihua Female Worker Hitting Deputy Director with a Mop Goes Viral on Weibo

The Suihua deputy director was attacked with a mop after female workers accused him of harassing them.

Manya Koetse



A video showing a woman beating the director of her work department with a mop has gone viral on Chinese social media. The woman who posted the video accuses the office leader of harassing his female subordinates.

The incident took place on April 11th in the city of Suihua, Heilongjiang province. The man who was beaten in the video is Mr. Wang, the deputy director of the poverty alleviation department of the Beilin district of Suihua.

The 14-minute video shows a woman storming into Wang’s office while another woman is behind her, filming. The first woman initially goes to Wang’s desk and throws some stuff on the ground, before she asks the other woman to give her the mop. She then proceeds to hit Wang in the face and head with the mop multiple times. The other woman yells at Wang that she cannot put up with his harassing texts anymore.

At one point in the video, Wang claims he was “just joking,” but the woman claims he is guilty of harassing multiple women in the department. Local authorities investigated the case after the video went viral.

According to Chinese news reports, Mr. Wang has now been removed from his office and Party position for “lifestyle violations of discipline” (for more information on this, China Law Translate has translated the Chapter XI of the Chinese Communist Party Disciplinary Regulations here.)

The woman hitting Wang with the mop reportedly has not been punished for her actions due to “mental illness.”

On Weibo, many people praise the women for stepping up and rebelling against the deputy director, and fighting to protect themselves. Some people call it “courageous” and a “brave revenge.”

“Harassers deserve to be hit,” one commenter writes, with another person adding: “It is good that young people nowadays come forward against older and more powerful leaders.”

There are also people on Weibo who question the reported “mental illness” condition of the woman who hit Wang, with some suggesting she could have not been a state office worker if she suffered from serious mental issues. Others also denounce the fact that the woman was labeled this way, while allegedly having been harassed and finding no help after reporting it to the police. At the same time, a majority of commenters express relief that the woman will not face punishment for hitting Wang with the mop.

Since the outcome of the investigations has not been made public, some netizens demand to see the investigation’s conclusions to know if the official was indeed guilty of sexual harassment and why nothing was done about the female worker’s alleged reports to police about his behaviour.

Over the past year, the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace has been receiving more attention on Chinese social media. In March of this year, a Shanghai court awarded approximately $15,000 to a plaintiff in a sexual harassment suit against a colleague who had sent disturbing text messages to her over a period of six months (link). In December of 2020, a landmark court case of the female scriptwriter Zhou Xiaoxuan versus Chinese famous TV host Zhu Jun attracted major attention on social media.

By Manya Koetse, with contributions by Miranda Barnes

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