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Hunan School Demands Wedding Presents From Teachers, Otherwise Penalties Will Follow

A local school in China’s Hunan province stirred controversy when they issued a formal announcement saying that teachers are required to give out presents to the school staff in case of weddings or funerals, or else they will be penalized.

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A local school in China’s Hunan province stirred controversy when they issued a formal announcement saying that teachers are required to give out presents to the school staff in case of weddings or funerals, or else they will be penalized.

Teachers and employees at a school in Xiangyin county, Hunan, were unpleasantly surprised when they received an official notice stating they are required to “participate in social relations” (人情往来) and give out presents to school staff in case of a family wedding or funeral (红白喜事).

If they would not adhere to this rule, the notice said, an amount of 100 yuan (±14$) would be deducted from their salary.

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The notice, that was issued on January 1st, was soon exposed by netizens and picked up by local media.

It literally states that if anyone from the school staff has a wedding of funeral within their direct family, all teachers are required to participate (indirectly meaning they have to give a present/money), or else they will receive less salary.

The official notice states that those who do not agree are considered “unreasonable in dealing with people” (不通人情).

According to Beijing News, the rule has been canceled on January 4th, soon after it was shared on social media. The school principal stated that he was not aware of this notice and that the staff office had issued it without his consent. The school is currently “investigating the matter.”

“Ha! They kidnap your wages without consulting first!”, one netizen responded to the issue. “Poor teachers,” another person said: “They have to educate others but have a brainless leadership.”

It is tradition to bring monetary gifts to Chinese weddings and funerals – not just as a way of wishing luck to a new couple or console a grieving family, but also to help the family pay for the costly ceremony.

“Giving monetary gifts is something between people, not up for the school to decide,” some people say.

Another female netizen says: “Chinese social relation etiquettes are so troublesome! I was only working for this company for a month when my boss’s parents passed away. Then my colleague’s mother-in-law passed away. I had to attend the funeral and felt so awkward because I was not feeling sad at all!”

– 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’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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