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A Kuaidi’s Pain – Package Courier Severely Beaten for Being Five Minutes Late

An express courier from Zhuzhou, Hunan, has suffered permanent injuries after being severely beaten by the woman he was delivering a package to. According to multiple reports on Weibo, the courier – called kuaidi in China – was beaten for being five minutes late.

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An express courier from Zhuzhou, Hunan, has suffered permanent injuries after being severely beaten by the woman he was delivering a package to. According to multiple reports on Weibo, the courier – called kuaidi in China – was beaten for being five minutes late. Couriers in China often work long hours for low pay under unsafe conditions.

On July 28, courier Guo Junliang (郭君良1) from Zhuzhou phoned up a woman named Yan X. to tell her he was coming over with her package in 2-3 minutes. The woman, waiting at the bottom of the building, was so agitated when the courier arrived five minutes later than expected, that she started hitting him with her umbrella.

The story has attracted much attention on Weibo, where it momentarily became a top trending topic (#快递员迟到5分钟被打#) on July 31.

As the woman was beating the courier, another man at the scene reportedly came over and also started hitting and kicking the kuaidi. The abuse left Guo Junliang, who works for ZTO Express (中通快递), with permanent internal injuries. As a result, he is now suffering from incontinence.

 

“She beat him because the weather was ‘very hot’ and she was ‘on her period’.”

 

The woman told Chinese reporters that she lost her temper and beat him because the weather was “very hot” and because she was “on her period.” She also said she regretted the incident. Local police are now investigating the case.

On Weibo, many people are commenting on this story: “I often have couriers coming to my door, and I really appreciate how hard they work in high temperatures. We have to be more considerate of them,” a netizen named Lapkit said.

“This society is really sick. People only care about fulfilling their own desires, without considering the difficulties of others. Very selfish!”, another Weibo user wrote.

It is not easy being a courier in China, a country that has the world’s largest market for package delivery. Earlier this year, New York Times featured an article about the life of couriers in China.

 

“Nearly 25% of China’s couriers work over 12 hours a day, seven days a week.”

 

The article says there are around 1.2 million kuaidi , or express delivery, in China. They are mostly unskilled workers from China’s rural areas. Although nearly 25% of China’s couriers work over 12 hours a day, seven days a week, their work is often low-paid and unsafe.

Guo Junliang cried as he spoke to TV reporters from the hospital. “We are out in the burning sun for hours, and she says she is already tired from standing outside for 2-3 minutes. This behavior towards couriers really is abominable.”

Guo also said he still had received no apologies. Many commenters on Weibo said they found the incident “inconceivable.”

“Her phone number should be blacklisted by all delivery companies so that no kuaidi ever needs to serve her again,” many wrote.

By Manya Koetse

1 According to written media reports, the name is Guo Junliang (郭君良), but in his tv interview the courier was cited as Peng Junliang (彭君良).

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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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