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Rich Kid Buys Girl 8-Foot Tall Costco Teddy Bear, Gets Rejected

Even a costly 8-ft tall Costco teddy bear could not help this rich kid win the love of this girl.

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Even a costly 8-ft tall Costco teddy bear could not help this fu’erdai rich kid win the love of the girl he likes. She rejected the boy, but took the tall bear – which has become a hot item among Chinese exchange students.

An 8-ft (2,4 mt) tall bear has drawn a lot of attention at Hangzhou Normal University on September 25. A rich student drove the enormous teddy bear to campus with his Porsche car on Monday, to show his love to the girl he likes.

Photos of the spectacle were posted on Weibo and on a Hangzhou Normal University WeChat account, where people reported that the girl rejected the young man, but kept the teddy bear.

According to the Weibo account of China Newsweek Magazine, the bear is a hit among Chinese fu’erdai who are studying abroad. “Almost everyone has bought one by now,” Newsweek writes.

Costsco is one of America’s biggest warehouses, with overseas branches in, amongst others, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. The 8-feet tall bears have been on sale since 2015.

Currently, there are only three of these Costco teddy bears available in the mainland, according to China Newsweek. But on Taobao, dozens of similar bears are sold for around 800-900 RMB (±$120-$136).

Although many people on WeChat and Weibo found the story funny, there are also many people who say it is just another marketing stunt. Over the past few years, brands or companies often stage a spectacular scene in hopes it will go viral on social media. Sometimes it is to advertise a product, but it could also be about the posters in the background of the scene.

If this indeed concerns a marketing stunt, it is not clear who is behind it. “It must be a Costco campaign,” some say, while others think the scene has been set up by online warehouse TMall.com.

But there are also many netizens who do believe the scene is real: “This is what China’s nouveau riche kids do – flaunt their wealth,” many commented. Others were more concerned with the behavior of the girl: “She rejected the man, but accepted the bear?!”

By Manya Koetse


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Oil Tanker Truck Explosion Sends Shock Waves through Wenling, Zhejiang

A major oil tanker explosion has left over a hundred people injured and at least ten dead in Wenling, Zhejiang.

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On June 13, the explosion of an oil tanker truck has caused chaos in the city of Wenling in China’s Zhejiang province, leaving at least 112 127 people injured and nine 10 people dead.

The explosion took place in the afternoon at approximately 16:40 near the exit of the G15 Shenhai highway, causing a loud bang and wrecking some homes in the vicinity.

The hashtag “Zhejiang Wenling Tanker Wagon Explosion” (#浙江温岭槽罐车爆炸#) and other related hashtags (#浙江温岭一油罐车爆炸#) are attracting millions of views on social media site Weibo on Saturday evening (local time), with Chinese media and netizens sharing the footage of the damage caused by the explosion.

“My god, this is so scary,” a typical comment on Weibo says, with many people expressing their shock over the major incident.

Emergency and rescue workers are currently still at the scene to assist victims and clear away the wreckage caused by the explosion.

On Saturday night around 21:15 local time, Chiense state media outlet CCTV was still broadcasting a live stream through Weibo showing the latest images and footage of the situation and interviewing injured people in the hospital.

Local authorities and Chinese media are warning people not to go near Wenling’s Daxi to keep the roads clear for rescue workers.

Meanwhile, people on Chinese social media are spreading praying emoji’s and candles, expressing their sympathies for the victims of today’s explosion.

By Manya Koetse

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China’s Shulan City in “Wartime Mode” after Recording 13 COVID-19 Infections

Local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases in Shulan.

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The city of Shulan in China’s Jilin Province is top trending on Chinese social media today after local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases.

These are the first local infections in the entire province after a period of 73 days, China News reports, with other previous cases all being infections from abroad.

Last week, on May 7th, a female resident was the first to be tested positive for COVID-19. The city in northeast China is now the only place in the PRC to be marked as “high risk.”

One page on social media platform Weibo dedicated to the topic of Shulan going into “wartime mode” (“战时状态”) had received over 190 million views by Monday evening local time.

What does this “wartime mode” entail?
– All residents stay home, lockdown of residential compounds
– All public places closed
– Schools closed
– All public transportation suspended
– No more selling of fever-reducing medicine in clinics or stores

According to CGTN, a total of 290 people who have been in close contact with the infected patients have been traced and placed under medical observation.

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