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Daredevils scale world’s second tallest building in China

A pair of daredevil climbers ascended to the top of the world’s second tallest building in China’s commercial hub Shanghai, posting a stomach-turning video which has received more than a million views. The duo, who identified themselves as Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov, said they scaled the Shanghai Tower, which…

Shanghai ‘roasts’ the giant Rubber Duck

Shanghai has served up a “roasted” version of a Dutch artist’s giant yellow duck, complete with drumsticks and crispy brown skin. Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck installation gained rave reviews when a 16.5 metre-tall (54-feet) version arrived in Hong Kong this summer. Hundreds of thousands of people viewed it against the…

Number of dead pigs in Shanghai river approaches 15,000

The number of dead pigs found in a river which runs through Shanghai has reached nearly 15,000, officials and reports said Tuesday, as a newspaper claimed the government was concealing the true tally. The images of dead pigs in China’s commercial hub have proved a huge embarrassment for the city,…

Dead pigs show dark side of China food industry

Thousands of dead pigs in a Shanghai river have cast a spotlight on China’s poorly regulated farm production, with the country’s favourite meat joining a long list of food scares. As of Friday, the number of carcasses recovered in recent days from the Huangpu river — which cuts through the…

Water contamination suspected as more than 1,000 pig corpses float down China’s Shanghai river

More than 1,000 dead pigs have been found floating in Shanghai’s main waterway, the Chinese city’s government said Monday, as residents expressed fears over possible drinking water contamination. Workers in the southwestern district of Songjiang fished more than 1,200 dead swine out of the Huangpu river, which goes on to…

Western students lag Asians by three years: study

Western schoolchildren are up to three years behind those in China’s Shanghai and success in Asian education is not just the product of pushy “tiger” parents, an Australian report released Friday said. The study by independent think-tank The Grattan Institute said East Asia was the centre of high performance in…

China city tightens control of microblogs

Shanghai will require microblog users to register under their real names from Monday, state media said, the latest local government in China to implement the rule after a spate of violent protests. Beijing and the southern province of Guangdong have also ordered users of weibos — microblogs similar to Twitter — to register using their real…

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