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Man Drops Dead after Mahjong Lucky “Draw Dead Wall”

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A game of mahjong ended fatally this week when a Chongqing man could not handle the excitement of winning a game of mahjong through the lucky “draw dead wall.”

The “draw dead wall” (杠上开花 or 岭上开花), also known as the Rinshan Kaihou, is a lucky draw in different variations of mahjong. It literally means “a flower blooms on a ridge,” and occurs when a supplemental tile is drawn from the “dead wall” to keep the number of tiles in the hand consistent and then completes the hand.

The incident occurred on December 29 in a local park. On Weibo, Sohu reports that upon seeing his sudden success in the game of mahjong, the man was overwhelmed with excitement and fell to the floor.

Medical workers rushed to the scene but were unable to resuscitate the man. Footage of the scene was shared on Weibo over the past few days, with thousands of people commenting on it.

Many people offer condolences and say that they hope “he died a happy man.”

A maintenance worker at the local park told Chinese media that the man was around 60 years old, and that it is yet unclear if he suffered from a health condition.

Some netizens wonder if the man’s fellow mahjong players can potentially be held responsible for his death.

Playing mahjong is a popular leisure activity amongst eldery people in China, particularly in public places such as parks.

By Manya Koetse

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Yunnan “Ice Boy” Walks to School in -9 Degrees Celsius

He walked 4,5 kilometers in -9 degrees, but school is also out of heating.

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A young boy from Yunnan has attracted the attention of Weibo’s netizens this week for his ‘icy looks’ after walking to school in -9 degrees Celsius.

The boy is from Xinjie Town in Ludian County Zhaotong, Yunnan Province, and has to walk a mountainous track to his school for 4,5 kilometers every day.

People’s Daily reports that a photo of the boy went viral on January 9 on Chinese social media, after the teacher sent it to the school’s headmaster.

It shows the third grader with frozen hair and eyebrows, and a red face. The school children in the back are laughing.

The school has not disclosed the boy’s name to protect his identity, but the principal did tell Chinese media:

The temperature was minus nine degrees that morning, and it was the first day of the finals exams. The temperature had dropped within half an hour, and his home was already far away, so when he arrived in the classroom his hair was covered in frost. It’s a cute kid and he made a funny face when he came to the classroom, making his classmates laugh..”

The school also confirmed that the boy’s parents are laborers who work away from home, and that the boy lives together with his brother and sister as so-called “left-behind children” (留守儿童).

The area around Ludian county is relatively poor. In 2014, the area was hit by 6.5-magnitude earthquake, killing more than 600 people and destroying about 80,000 homes

The phenomenon of China’s “left-behind children” are a result of the country’s rapid urbanization, as people leave the countryside to find work in the cities. Having no means to look after their children while parents are working in urban areas, they often choose to leave their children in the countryside, where other family members can take care of them.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission released a report in 2015 estimating that there are more than 61 million left-behind children in China.

Another result of China’s urbanization is that smaller rural schools are closing their doors. Last year, the story of one teacher who kept a school open for two remaining students also became trending on Weibo.

The principal of ‘ice boy’s’ school also told a People’s Daily reporter that there currently is no heating at their school, but that they are doing all they can to arrange a heating system.

On Weibo, many netizens are concerned about the ‘ice boy’ (#冰花男孩#) and his fellow students and are offering to donate money, clothes, or other items to support the school.

By Manya Koetse

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Woman Attacked by Dog in Middle of Busy Intersection

Multiple cars passed by, but one driver ran from his bus to help the woman.

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Out of nowhere, a female pedestrian was attacked by an aggressive Tibetan Mastiff dog in the city of Zibo this week. A courageous bus driver came to her rescue.

A female pedestrian in Zibo, Shandong, was attacked by a Tibetan Mastiff in the middle of a busy intersection this week. Chinese news outlet The Paper reports that the woman was on her way home when the dog suddenly attacked her.

While the woman is lying on the road, struggling to get away from the aggressive dog, multiple cars pass by without stopping. Within a minute, however, both a taxi and public transport bus stop. Only the bus driver gets out to offer help.

Watch footage of the incident here:

Security footage shows how the bus driver runs towards the woman from the other side of the road and starts hitting the dog with a fire extinguisher. The woman gets away, but then the dog turns against the bus driver and starts attacking him before some bystanders then succeed in chasing the dog away.

The woman and the bus driver were both taken to the hospital for their injuries.

Local police are currently investigating the case, but the dog is still on the loose and nothing is known about its probable owner.

Bystanders who do not intervene while witnessing a dangerous situation often make headlines in China.

The bystander effect is a social psychological matter; the more people that witness a person in peril, the less the chances are that one of them intervenes. In other words: one is more likely to help out in an emergency situation when one is alone, than when there are ten people standing by. When the first person does help out, it is far more likely that others will follow.

In China, the ‘bystander effect’ has received ample media attention over the past five years, with one of the high-profile cases being the 2011 Foshan incident, when security cameras recorded how a two-year-old girl was struck by a van. As she lay in the road, 18 people passed by without helping. The girl was killed when a second car hit her and the story became international news.

“I hope the bus driver gets a prize for his courage. So many cars pass by and the only one really helping is him,” multiple commenters on Weibo say.

“The man should be awarded for his good deed,” many say.

– By Manya Koetse

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