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Sep
2009
4 million RMB for a dog E-mail
News - Xi'an News
Written by ND
He belongs to the last pedigrees of its kind, and comes from the remote mountain valleys of the Himalayas and he costs as much as a single family house or a good car: The Tibetan Mastiff with the incredible creative name "Yangzi No. 2".

Now, the noble animal was sold - for 400,000 euros (~4 Million RMB) to a chinese (female) millionaire from Xi'an who is just known as "Miss Wang". (See Photo)

"Yangzi No. 2" does not know it, but since last Wednesday (9.9.2009) the Tibetan Mastiff (also called Tibetian Dogge) is probably the most expensive dog in the world:

As reported by the british "Telegraph", she already has a Tibetan Mastiff but she  was looking desperately for a dream partner for her darling. During the intensive search for a candidate Miss Wang had traveled for a long time through the remote mountain valleys between Tibet and the Chinese province Qinghai.

 
11
Sep
2009
9.9.09: Wedding-Boom E-mail
News - Xi'an News
Written by ND
Tens of thousands of couples married on this last Wednesday, 9. September 2009 to take advantage of the "lucky date" 9.9.09. This day brings luck, as it is believed in China.

The number "9" has almost the same sound as the words "long life" in Chinese. Reason enough for chinese fortune tellers to predict a happy and long life if couples marry on this special day. Canton, a south Chinese city, prepared itself for the biggest run of marriage-minded couples since the declaration of the People's Republic, 60 year ago, as  the local canton radio station reported. 6106 couples married in Canton on that last Wednesday.

Similar runs were heard from other cities as well. Hotels and Restaurants were booked out since a long time. In Shanghai for example about 5000 couples got married, and in Tianjin 4000.

And what about the old imperial city Xi'an?

Well, the marriage registration office had to extend its opening hours and moved in more personnel to handle the storm of marriage willing couples. Anyone who was mearby the registration last Wedmesday could see a very, very long line and masses of couples waiting for their turn.

 
28
Aug
2009
Terracotta Army not Emperor Qin's? E-mail
News - Xi'an News
Written by ND
The buildup of the famous terracotta army could have been ordered by a different ruler than Emperor Qin. The chinese historian CHEN JINQYUAN, finds it possible that it was not the founder of the legendary Qin dynasty - emperor Qin Shuhuangdi - who ordered the construction of the warriors.

The historian believes that it was the female ruler Empress XUAN who was the real mastermind for the terracotta army.

The scientist said to "Global Times" , a state-owned newspaper, that the look of the warriors supports his theory. The hairstyles and the clothing of the warriors shows their belonging to another epoche, and that was BEFORE Emperor Qin. Chen’s book, "TheTruth of Terracotta Warriors", outlines 63 examples illustrating his theory. Empress XUAN died 55 years before Qin was born.

 
17
Aug
2009
Keep burglars out. With butter. E-mail
News - Xi'an News
Written by ND
Because the repair costs of their broken video surveillance system were too high to bare, the management of Mingdemen Residence Area in Xi'an had an unusual idea to prevent burglars of entering the houses.

Thiefes regularly used the gas pipes, which are installed on the outside of the buildings, as ladders to enter the apartments.

Now, the managament bought 100 kilo butter to scrawl those gas tubes with it. They became so slick that it is literally impossible to climb them. "Using butter is the most cheapest measure to keep thieves out of our residence" said one of the housekeepers of almost 2000 apartments.

The repair costs for the video surveillance system would be around 60.000 RMB...
Well, hopefully the burglars won't climb the butter-pipes with toasts...

 
15
Aug
2009
Qimonda Xi'an: There is hope E-mail
News - Xi'an News
Written by ND
The QIMONDA story goes on: The "Inspur Group", a parent company of "Inspur International Limited", announced on Wednesday, 12. August 2009, that it will pay 30 mio. RMB to buy the Xi'an R&D center of the Germany-based memory chipmaker QIMONDA AG, to expand its business in the high-end integrated circuit design and R&D.

The acquired QIMONDA R&D center in Xi'an will be integrated into Inspur's existing IC design center, along with a national key laboratory for high-performance servers and massive storage, as said by an Inspur spokesman. Qimonda set up its R&D center in Xi'an in 2004, with a registered capital of 5 mio. US-Dollar. It owns equipment worth 80 Mio. RMB as well as assets.

According to Inspur, all existing employees of QIMONDA will be integrated and not loose their jobs...

 
27
Jul
2009
Xi'an-Urumqui train on fire E-mail
News - Xi'an News
Written by ND
A train (number K1043) catched fire on its way from Xi'an to Urumqui, which is the capital city of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, yesterday around 8:30 a.m. No injured passengers were reported so far.

The fire broke out when the train was driving through the Wuqiaoling tunnel (the longest railway tunnel in China).

An emergency stop was then initiated and the train stopped approx. 2000 metres before reaching the tunnel exit. All passengers were evacuated and safely guided by the train staff through all the remaining 2 km out of the railway tunnel. Heavy smoke from the burning train filled the tunnel but no passengers were harmed by it so far. The incident is now under investigation...
 
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