» 08/21/2012, 00.00
Beijing, war on superstition: even unlucky numbers must be used
The Chinese shun number 4 (similar to the sound of the word "death") in hospitals, homes, phone numbers. They prefer the number 8 (prosperity), 5 (unlimited wealth), 9 (long lasting life). From now on, Beijing buildings will have to submit to the dictatorship of numerical progression. Yet the same government made the Olympics start on August 8 at 8:08 pm!
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Heavy rains spare ancient Forbidden City, flood modern skyscrapers (photos)
Built 600 years ago, the imperial palace has a drainage system that works better than modern ones. Despite weeks of pounding rains across China, hundreds of “water spitting” dragon-shaped drainage points in the Forbidden City release excess water and prevent flooding. Online humour stresses how “modern drainage systems can't even beat the ancient ones that were erected six centuries ago!"
CPC tightens crackdown on "superstitions", but also targets religions
The Communist Party launches new internal rules: expulsion and prison for officials who believe in "feudal superstitions." Xi Jinping warns members not to ask questions “that should not be asked”. Analysts fear a new wave of repressions against the five official religions.
Temples and gynaecologists’ waiting rooms crowded in the lucky Year of the Pig
Chinese families wait for hours to visit Taoist temples to receive good omens. In Guangdong fines for restaurateurs who serve civet cat meat. Authorities fear a baby boom.
17/08/2012 TAIWAN - CHINA
Ghost month: superstitions and good business
In the seventh lunar month the spirits of the dead roam free. Children, young people and adults try to placate and guard against them with offerings of food, paper notes, prayers. An ancient tradition.
Yunnan and Guizhou earthquake victims top 80
Premier Wen Jiabao visits area to comfort families of victims. Official sources speak of 730 injured, 6,650 houses destroyed and about 430 thousand damaged. 650 tents and 3 thousand blankets sent. People throng the streets in fear of further collapses. Some mountainous areas still isolated.
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