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Science Graduate Arranges the Moon to Propose

A Science and Engineering graduate proposed to his girlfriend in a very special way. Instead of a ring, he gave her a gigantic 3D moon. It triggered online debates in China on the true meaning of marriage.

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A Science and Engineering graduate proposed to his girlfriend in a very special way. Instead of a ring, he gave her a gigantic 3D moon. It triggered online debates in China on the true meaning of marriage.

On 25 September, a young man named Yong Peng made a huge 8 diameter 3D moon figure accompanied by two banners. He placed them in a residential neighbourhood. One of the banners said: “Mum, I give you the moon. Please let me marry your daughter.” The other read: “Marry me, Qing Er. I will grab you the moon even if I have no car and no house”.

The surprising proposal turned out to be successful. It attracted lots of people with much discussion on Sina Weibo, leading the topic to become trending under the hashtag of ‘Science&Engineering Boy Takes the Moon to Propose” (#理工男摘月亮求婚#)

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Sina Weibo netizens later found out the reason behind Yong Peng’s extravagant proposal. His girlfriend’s mother disapproved of their marriage because Yong Peng did not have any property or a car in Beijing, and she thought her daughter would suffer if she would marry him. Because Yong Peng works in aerospace engineering, she said that she would consider their marriage if he could get her daughter the moon.

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The comments in Sina Weibo are twofold. While some appreciate Yong Peng’s romantic gesture, others say he should not get married because he doesn’t have a property and a car.

User Andy1993 says: “The moon is meaningless and not practical. Money is the major key to a happy marriage.”

User A-MonsterGirl does not agree. She says: “This is way too romantic and is better than a diamond ring or luxurious car. What is vital to a blissful marriage is what’s in his heart rather than what’s in his wallet.”

– by Jennifer Tang

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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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By Manya Koetse (@manyapan)
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