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Fuzhou Man Charged for Assault after Alleged Samaritan Act
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Michael
February 21, 2019
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Mr. Yu Zhao, 22

On Feb 17, a Weibo post went viral online on Chinese social media in which a Fuzhou man, named Yu Zhao, detailed the grievances he received from local law enforcement after allegedly performing a  Good Samaritan act.  The post was re-posted 608 thousand times on Weibo alone as of today, and it soon became one of the hottest topics in the whole nation.

Mr. Zhao accounted that he heard commotion and cries of ‘rape’ from downstairs on the night of Dec 26th and went to check, only to find a man (later identified as Hua Li) beating a woman (named Guolv Zou) in the hallway outside her flat.  Mr. Zhao wrote, seeing this, he stepped up and tried to break them apart, when Hua Li turned to attack him.  Yu Zhao fought back and in the exchange one kick landed on Hua Li’s belly which caused bowel rupture, that was later verified as a second degree injury in Chinese forensic evaluation system.  Yu Zhao was taken in custody on Dec 29 on charges of intentional assault and spent the following 14 days in a detention center before being bailed out by his girlfriend. (more…)

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Westlake Park
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Michael
February 16, 2019
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It’s a true blessing that the city planners of Fuzhou seem to consistently care about green spaces in this relatively densely populated city.  Noticeably there have been new or enlarged parks emerging on the map of Fuzhou,  but no others could tender the heart of the locals or arouse their childhood memories like Westlake (or Xihu) Lake does.   It was the go-to destination for all the school trips and family weekend get-away until 2000’s,  as well as one of the first things coming through their mind when they wanted to take their date out – in the park or out in one of the bars lining the lake front.  (more…)

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Fuzhou Orders Night-time Fireworks Ban as Holiday Nears
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Michael
January 26, 2019
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Fuzhou Fireworks Control Office has recently issued regulations on the use of fireworks as Spring Festival gets around the corner.  Per the code, the use of fireworks at night-time is prohibited in the City proper – including the entirety of Gulou, Cangshan and Taijiang Districts as well as most areas of Jin’an and Mawei Districts.  The ban is to be observed from 10 pm through 6 am during a broader holiday period of Jan 29th – Feb 19th. However, the Spring Fest Eve and Day (Feb 4th & 5th) are exempt from the late hours ban in light of holiday spirit and Chinese tradition. (more…)

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Trial Run Launched on Fuzhou Metro Line 2
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Michael
January 22, 2019
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According to a news release of Fuzhou Government Press Office, Fuzhou Metro Line 2 entered into trial run on January 20th,  about ten days ahead of schedule.   Line 2, as shown on the map in green, is 30.6 km long with 22 stations including an interchange with Line 1 at the Nanmendou Station. It runs across the city from the College Town to Gu Shan, and goes underneath two major rivers in its path.  The test runs without passengers will continue into late April.

The construction of Line 2, which was a $1.18bn contract awarded to China Communications Construction Company, kicked off in 2014 and was scheduled to complete in 2016 per the original plan.  (more…)

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