May 30th, 2012


May Daily Presents: TOP TWEETS

Jin Yong's garden of literature has now become a high-end tearoom/restaurant

A tearoom in Hangzhou and a sacked (or not!) TV anchor are among the most talked-about topics on China’s Twitter clone, Sina Weibo microblog, on Wednesday.

1. Actress Zhang Ziyi (章子怡) issued a statement to deny reports that she had sex for money with disgraced government official Bo Xilai (薄熙来) and billionaire Xu Ming (徐明).

2. The garden-type cultural club — built by novelist Louis Cha, better known by his pen name Jin Yong (金 庸), and later donated to Hangzhou city government in 1996 — has been transformed into a high-class tearoom/restaurant, which has led to widespread criticism.

3. Twelve young people sold their houses and cars to raise more than 8 million yuan ($1.3 million) to fulfill their dreams of touring the world. They plan to visit 200-plus cities in over 60 nations in two caravans.

4. China Central Television (CCTV) denied rumors that it has sacked anchorman Zhao Pu (赵普). Sources said Zhao was not fired but has been suspended from duties for six months because he exposed food scandals about yogurt and jelly on his microblog.

5. The deadly traffic accident in Shenzhen caused by a racing car on Saturday morning continues to attract public attention as family members of the victims suspect the driver currently detained by the police was not the real culprit.



Do You Know the Way to Wuliangye?

BEIJING — Feel comfortable flying into Johnnie Walker Airport? How about Wild Turkey International? That’s more or less what awaits travelers to two new airports in China, which local governments want to name after the country’s most celebrated liquors, Maotai and Wuliangye.

It’s probably safe to say that, around the world, passengers, pilots and the aviation authorities would prefer flying to be associated with sobriety rather than drunkenness.

So news that officials in the southwestern province of Sichuan want to name two airports for the liquor brands, which are headquartered in their cities, is provoking serious debate in China — and hilarity.

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Source: New York Times

Sounds legit. They can probably use the Maotai as fuel for the airplanes.

2Kolegas Celebrates 7 Years of Rock


This past weekend, 2 Kolegas – one of Beijing’s oldest, continually operational rock venues – celebrated its seventh anniversary with a two-night blowout featuring such legendary house bands as Buyi, Nucleus, Skarving and Wu and the Side Effects.

There’s a good reason to celebrate. In Beijing, where construction has been known to steamroll entire neighborhoods and fickle landlords are always raising rents, it’s tough for noisy, low-earning establishments (i.e. rock clubs) to stay put for long. But 2K (also known as 两个好朋友) has lasted largely thanks to two factors: 1) location and 2) its owners.

If you’ve never had the fortune of venturing into 2K, now’s the time to do it – 2K is, hands down, the best place to see a show during good weather. The venue is hidden away deep inside the grounds of a drive-in movie theater (汽车电影院) over on Liangmaqiao. You wander through an archway and up a curving road festooned with Christmas lights and flanked by trees until you hit a secret courtyard of restaurants. Back to the left is 2K, which on most summer weekends is overflowing with music and drunken revelers. While it may not be as big as venues like Mao Livehouse or Yugong Yishan, 2K boasts a cozy, intimate interior and (best of all during warm weather) an enclosed courtyard, where music lovers can holler their lungs out without fear of censure from the neighbors.

Just as crucial to the bar’s success are co-owners Liu Miao and Gao Feng, a couple of jolly music-lovers and makers who started the venue together as a means of supporting both the music scene and themselves. I recently talked with Liu Miao, who plays in Nucleus and Lidong, about his early years in Beijing, the Ningxia-based music community that centers around 2K and the genesis of his now seven-year-old bar.

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Source: The World of Chinese