On November 23rd, Cangshan District and Taijiang District started enforcing the directive to close down unlicensed training schools/centers caught in the previous two stages of inspection this year. The first stage is set from end of May till June 15th, when special inspection teams are formed and intelligence is gathered. The 2nd stage lasts from June 15th to July 20th, when the inspection teams get down to business and give out red cards to all the illegal operators. According to Fujian Education TV, a total of 10 inspection teams were dispatched and 31 training schools/centers were ordered to suspend operation in Gulou District alone at this stage. “All that have not acquired valid licenses is not allowed to run their business”, said Mr. Zhang, the deputy director of Private Education Sector of Gulou District. According to PRC Private Education Promotion Law, all private schools/centers are required to obtain Registration from the Industry and Commerce Department and Operational License from the local Education Bureau. However, the process of getting an operational license is often criticized as being not only laborious but also expensive, which breeds non-compliance. This opinion is echoed by a proprietor of YoLe, a private piano training institute in Gulou District on one of the raid days July 20th. (more…)
China will update its national train operation diagram from July 1st, 2018 in order to bring more routes and efficiency to the rail network. The highlight for Fuzhou residents will be an addition of direct trains to Guangzhou – the capital city of neighboring Guangdong province. A ride from Fuzhou to Guangzhou will take exactly 6 hours and vice versa. (more…)
What? – FZ-HK Rail
When? – September
How long? -Under 6 hours
How much? – 330 kuai
A completion ceremony of the 17-mile Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) was held at West Kowloon station in Hong Kong late in March. At the ceremony, Vibrant Express was announced as the brand name for Hong Kong – Shenzhen – Guangzhou high-speed services. Since then, test runs of Vibrant Express trains have been taking place between HK and SZ/GZ regularly. (more…)
Fujian Tianxin is off to a shaky start in the game on Saturday May 19. Only 2 minutes into the opening, Zewen Chen, a striker on the opposing team intercepts an innocuous-looking pass from defensive back Kaifang Jin and converts it to Hefei’s first goal with a powerful shot. Fujian is able to organize some consistent attacks in the first halve but fails to score. (more…)
On May 15th, Fuzhou Public Security Bureau started a campaign to review background information on all drivers registered with local Internet-based ride hailing services. The new measure was put in place following a passenger killing that shoved the country in shock. (more…)
On Thursday, residents of Shuxiang Dadi (书香大第) in Gulou area noticed 4 smart-looking garbage cans down at their apartment buildings: one each for metallic waste, paper, PET and glass. Waste outside these categories apparently need to go to the ‘traditional’ garbage can nearby. A couple of company staff members were giving hands-on instruction on how to use these smart cans. (more…)
Trailing Hunan Xiangtao 0:2 at halftime, the Fujian squad didn’t quit and were resolved to pull out a victory on Saturday. Their grit resulted in a more focused second half offensive attack and eventually into a Fujian Tianxin’s win.
The first day of Labor Day holiday (April 29- May 1) saw the launch of Pocket Beer School, delivered physically at Pocket Brewery in Jinshan and by brew master Shihai Sun hands-on. There were office workers, college students etc, all drawn in here for the common love for craft beer. Shihai had all covered with tons of information about beer and the class. A British ale was what the group looked to brew for their first brew day. Many had the chance to lay their hands on all the grinders, muslin bags, kegs and other rigs.
On April 19th, Fuzhou Zoo released to the public a health status report of their enclosed animals, which showed multiple kangaroos were attacked by visitors, resulting in one killed and another injured since end of February.
Pegas Fly has launched flights from Fuzhou to Moscow on April 17th, the first service for the airline to south east China. For Fuzhou Changle Airport, it is the third inter-continental route after Fuzhou-Sydney and Fuzhou-NYC connections. The 10-hour-long flights are being operated with B767-300 (278 economic seats, 12 business) on a weekly basis, departing from Fuzhou for Moscow at 5:00 pm on Tuesdays, and returning at 11:25 pm from Moscow. According to the flights operator, the price of return tickets is in a range of 6,000 yuan – 8,000 yuan.