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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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Wife Killed in Guangdong While Chasing Car of Husband and Mistress

A woman in Guangdong’s Zhongshan was crushed by her husband’s car in September of this year while trying to catch her spouse in the act of cheating on her.

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A woman chasing a car with her husband and his alleged mistress in it was tragically killed in Zhongshan earlier this year. Footage of the incident made its rounds on Weibo this weekend.

A 44-year-old woman was tragically killed earlier this year in Zhongshan, Guangdong, while trying to catch her cheating husband in the act while he was driving his Mercedes with his alleged mistress in the passenger’s seat.

A surveillance video of the incident, that reportedly occurred on September 1st in Nantou (north of Zhongshan), was making its rounds on Chinese social media on Sunday. The video was released by Chinese audiovisual news platform Pear Video.

Footage shows how the Mercedes driver, later identified as the woman’s 46-year-old husband, slows down for oncoming traffic in a narrow road, when his wife runs up from behind the car and spots a girl in the passenger seat.

She runs towards the passenger side’s car door, and tries to open it, but the girl inside blocks the door.

As the woman keeps trying to pull the car door open, she follows the car as it slowly starts to drive away. When the driver suddenly hits the gas and speeds up, the woman is pulled along with the car, still holding the door handle.

Another surveillance camera further down the street captures how the woman first runs along but then trips and is dragged along under the car. She then falls on the street, where her lifeless body is left behind.

According to Chinese media reports, witnesses called for an ambulance but medical workers were not able to rescue the woman – she died as a result of being crushed by the car. The husband, the CEO of a local paint factory, later turned himself in at a local police station.

Three months after the incident took place, the case attracted the attention of netizens again when it became a hot social media topic this weekend. One video of the incident received 3,1 million views in a few days time.

“This just hurts to watch,” one commenter said: “If you don’t love each other anymore, just separate, there is no need for such a thing.”

Others said that the man was definitely guilty of killing his wife – some even argued he deserved the death penalty for his actions.

Violent confrontations between women or men and their cheating spouses, or their lovers, often become trending topics on Chinese social media. In November of this year, footage of a woman smashing her husband’s car windows also became trending online.

Various videos showing women publicly humiliating and beating up their husband’s mistress also made their rounds on Weibo last year.

“China should set up special laws for cheating spouses and their lovers,” some people on Weibo suggested.

By Manya Koetse

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Sick Wild Panda Rescued by Villagers in Sichuan

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With less than 2000 pandas living in the wild, it is rare to have an encounter with a wild panda; so these villagers in Sichuan were very surprised to find a panda after hearing its cries from the forest.

Villagers from Wawushan (瓦屋山), Sichuan, were surprised to find a wild panda curled up in a bamboo forest on Thursday night. The first person who found the panda responded to his family members, who said they had heard a noise from the forest, ECNS reports.

As the animal appeared to be emaciated and ill, the family called for help. While waiting for veterinarians from the Chengdu Giant Panda Conservation Research Base to arrive, villagers build a shed for the panda to protect her against the wind and rain.

Rescuers take the panda to the Sichuan Giant Panda Conservation Research Center.

The panda has been taken to Chengdu Research Base, and has been found to suffer from a rib fracture, parasites and stomach problems. The panda is a female that is estimated to be between 16 and 20 years old. She has been doing better since veterinarians have been giving her medical treatment, KK News reports on Weibo, where the panda news received approximately 4000 shares and thousands of comments.

It is rare for people to encounter pandas in the wild. According to China’s State Forestry Administration, there were fewer than 2000 pandas living in the wild after 2013. Wild pandas mainly live in the mountains of the provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu.

“If this would be a wild boar, it would have been eaten,” some people comment: “But a national treasure is a national treasure.”

By Manya Koetse

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