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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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Bizarre Nanning Incident: Passer-By Throws Resting Girl from Yongjiang Bridge

Video footage of a man throwing a random girl from the bridge in Nanning is making its way on Chinese social media.

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Within a time frame of just three seconds, an unsuspecting woman having a rest on a bridge in Nanning gets picked up and thrown off the guardrail. As security footage is going viral, netizens are shocked by the bizarre incident.

Security footage that captures how a man throws a random woman of a bridge in Nanning is quickly spreading on Chinese social media today (video on Weibo here).

In the 38-second-long surveillance video, a man dressed in black can be seen walking on the bridge. In the distance stands a young woman, leaning against the bridge guardrail, seemingly having a rest. Suddenly, the man walks towards her, lifts her up by her leg and buttocks, and throws her over the railing, into the Yong River (邕江).

The entire incident, that took place on the evening of October 2nd, occurred within a time frame of just three seconds. The footage further shows that the man continues his walk as the traffic keeps rushing by.

According to the Guangxi Daily, the local Nanning Qingxiu police station received reports of the incident around seven o’clock on Tuesday night. The police immediately dispatched police officers to the scene.

Arriving at the scene, they found a group of people who had caught the man suspected of throwing the woman off the bridge. He was arrested at the spot.

With the help of bystanders, the woman was rescued and brought to the Second People’s Hospital in Nanning. The 19-year-old victim, who surname is Wei (伟), is not in critical condition. However, her high fall did cause her to injure her waist and spine.

According to family and friends, Wei did not know the man who threw her off the bridge. She was just having a rest, looking out over the river after having dinner in town.

A reporter of the local television station of Nanning stated the victim still has trouble to understand what has happened to her.

Wei told the reporter that she recalls using her last breath to scream for help just before she hit the water. It is because of the help of a man by the name of Abo (阿伯), who at that time happened to be swimming nearby, that she is still alive, she says.

“He tried to kill her, but he was unsuccesful,” one Weibo commenter said. Others called for the man to get a long prison sentence, and called the incident “absolutely terrifying.”

A statement released by the Nanning Qingxiu police department discloses that the suspect is a man named Tang (唐) from outside Nanning. He is still in custody while police further investigates the case.

By Gabi Verberg

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World’s Largest Terminal: Spectacular Photos of Beijing’s New Airport

The city’s new international airport will be the biggest one in the world.

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Its opening is more than a year from now, but Beijing’s new international airport is already a spectacular sight.

Beijing’s new airport, that is expected to open in fall of 2019, is attracting some attention on Chinese social media lately as construction work on the major airport is speeding up.

A 7,200 tons and 404.5-meter-long roof was placed on the airport’s no.1 hangar earlier this week.

The airport is located in southern Beijing in Daxing (大兴区), and is expected to welcome some 72 million travelers per year in the future. The terminal area will cover some 700,000 square meter.

Photo of the upcoming airport posted on Weibo by @永定河孔雀城

According to Sina News, at most 8000 builders are working on the construction site at the same time.

The terminal building was designed by ADPI in collaboration with, amongst other consultants, Zaha Hadid Architects, who are known for their futuristic structures.

The airport is also called the “alien base” (外星人基地) by some netizens due to its extraordinary size and design.

Dozens of photos of the airport construction site are circulating on Weibo.

Photographer Chou Gui (@chougui17) posted a collection of various photos of the upcoming airport on their Weibo account.

Chinese state media propagate Beijing’s Daxing International Airport as being “100% China-made.” Located in the Daxing district of southern Beijing, it will become an important part of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei city cluster.

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