Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Hundreds of People Rush to China's "Ruby Village" Hoping to Make a Fortune

Over the past few days hundreds of people rushed to Houzhang, a small village in China's Zhejiang Province, in search of precious rubies. About a thousand people went to the village on June 20th carrying with them equipment including hoes, shovels and flashlights. 

Houzhang's "ruby rush" began a few days ago when a netizen wrote on his WeChat account that residents of Houzhang village had found small rubies in the earth, some of which were allegedly worth up to 25,000 RMB (around 3,800 USD). Local villagers began excavating the ground, hoping to make a fortune overnight, but as the news spread, they were soon joined by scores of people from outside the town. 

According to local reports, over a thousand people rushed to the village on June 19 alone, digging not only at daytime, but also during the night: they have heard that in the darkness the rubies are easier to spot because they reflect the flashlights. Whether young or old, male or female, all take part in the treasure hunt.  

Monday, 13 June 2016

Chinese Passengers on Chongqing-bound Flight Attack Flight Attendant

Hainan Airlines aircraft
(photo by Aero Icarus, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

On June 12 a Hainan Airlines flight from Taiyuan to Chongqing was delayed after two male passengers assaulted a flight attendant.

Flight HU7041 was scheduled for departure at 1:30 from Taiyuan Wusu International Airport. After the completion of boarding and safety check procedures the plane reached the runway and was taxiing, but the pilot stopped the aircraft shortly before take-off.