Ancient salt-boiling sites excavated in Hebei

Archaeologists are conducting excavations of several salt-boiling sites constructed during the Tang Dynasty (618—907) in Huanghua, Hebei province. The majority of the sites are intact, although some are damaged. The diameters of the sites range from 1 to 6 meters. There are also a number of ash ditches and holes around the salt-boiling areas.

3 new insects discovered in Three Gorges nature reserve

Three new species of insects have been discovered in the Dalaoling Nature Reserve in the Three Gorges region. Preliminary information on the insects was released to the public last Sunday. The newly discovered species were discovered by an insect biodiversity research group led by Xie Guanglin, a doctor at Yangtze University. After an assessment by Shi Fuming, a renowned taxonomist specializing in katydids, the insects were confirmed as previously unrecorded species.

Dalaoling Natural Reserve is located in the Yangtze River’s Xiling Gorge, which boasts a good biological environment and biodiversity.

17-year-old boy kills mother after childhood spent ‘imprisoned’ in own home

Wang Xing, a 17-year-old boy from Jimo, Shandong province, killed his mother with an ax and buried her in a shallow grave under their chicken coop. Wang’s mother’s body was found several days later by the boy’s grandmother, Liu Kaolan, who lives next door. The boy was later arrested by police.

According to the investigation, the victim, Li Juan, was always overprotective of her son, forbidding him from leaving the house without her permission and supervision. Li was so cautious that other locals and even Wang’s grandparents next door hadn’t seen the boy in a long time.

Wang was eager to look for work outside the village, but Li discouraged his ambitions, claiming that the world outside was too dangerous for him. After killing Li, Wang took his mother’s phone along with 1,200 RMB and fled to Qingdao, securing the lock on the gate outside his house as he left. From Qingdao, Wang continued on to Jinan and then Chengdu, but he was finally apprehended by police on Sept. 22.

In court, the teenager was very calm, relating the events of his crime without any visible sadness or remorse.

3 grave robbers die in Shaanxi cave-in

On Nov. 27, three grave scavengers were buried alive after a cave-in occurred at an ancient grave site in Baoji, Shaanxi province. Although the local fire department quickly responded to the emergency, the lives of the men could not be saved.

The fire department received the emergency call at around 9 p.m., dispatching 14 firefighters and two rescue vehicles to deal with the incident. The rescue team used bare hands instead of tools to search for the buried men, for fear of accidentally injuring them with metal equipment. All three bodies were eventually recovered.

The ancient grave was first located by a construction team. After finding two rusty swords and one iron vessel in the soil around the site, the contractor contacted the local cultural relics management department, which sent experts to the site and found that the grave dated back to the Tang Dynasty. Word soon spread to nearby villages, and many villagers came to see the site for themselves.

Japanese skating rink closed after freezing 5,000 fish into ice block

An amusement park in Japan was forced to close on Nov. 27 after receiving a barrage of criticism for freezing 5,000 fish into the ice of its skating rink. The stunt was intended to draw crowds.

Space World, located in the city of Kitakyushu, was only open for two weeks before its suspension, according to Kyodo News. The facility hoped to offer visitors the opportunity to glide on a “sea” filled with 25 kinds of fish. However, the feat was widely condemned by the public for its cruelty.

Some people pitied the embedded fish, arguing that, far from novelty, it was actually unpleasant to look at the rink. Meanwhile, misunderstandings spread online that the fish were frozen while they were still alive.

A spokesperson for the park apologized to everyone who was upset by the stunt. The skating rink will reopen in the next month, after the fish are removed, said the spokesperson.

68-year-old woman sells vegetables into wee hours to afford apartment for son

Recently, a 68-year-old woman in Jinan, Shandong province attracted public attention for selling vegetables on the street until midnight in order to earn money to buy her son an apartment.

According to the woman, named Wang Guiying, her son lives in Weihai, another city in Shandong, with his wife and 4-year-old child. The family lives in a rented apartment. Wang said that the couple couldn’t even afford a TV set when they got married. Therefore, to help ease the financial burdens of her son and daughter-in-law, Wang decided to earn extra money by selling vegetables.

Wang said her goal is simply to help however she can, even though her son attempted to talk her out of it after learning of her plans. Wang’s son, Xia Jigui, told that he and his wife earn as much as 4,000 RMB every month, but they have nothing left after paying the rent.

For Xia, his mother’s actions make him sad, but they are also a call to action. He plans to work even harder to achieve his goal of buying a small apartment in Weihai.

Crimson sunset after rainy days in Guangdong

Crimson clouds appeared at sunset on Nov. 26 after several rainy days in Guangdong province. That afternoon, snow started to melt and the clouds appeared over Jinzi Mountain in Lianshan County.

The temperature in the Jinzi Mountain area dropped to minus 3 degrees Celsius a few days before, but the weather began to warm up on Saturday. The crimson clouds and other meteorological phenomena are often visible around Jinzi Mountain, as this area is heavily influenced by monsoons and air pressure from further inland. The region’s temperature and precipitation are also affected by the forests on the mountain.

BRICS Bank to finance 2 infrastructure projects in China and India

The New Development Bank (NDB) of the BRICS countries is set to finance two more projects in energy and road construction, in China and India, to the tune of $640 million, according to Kundapur Vaman Kamath, head of the bank.

The first agenda item is to build a wind power project, the Putian Pinghai Bay Offshore Wind Power Project, costing 2 billion RMB ($290 million); the second is to repair 1,500 kilometers of roads as part of India’s Madhya Pradesh Major District Roads Project, costing $350 million.

The Putian Pinghai Bay Offshore Wind Power Project is one of the largest offshore wind farms in the country. The facility is expected to generate 873 million kwh of electricity each year, cutting 870,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

The bank has so far approved seven projects, covering all its member countries and totaling $1.5 billion, according to the bank’s deputy head and chief operating officer Zhu Xian. In addition, the bank has approved the financing plan for 2017, stating that it is ready to finance another $2.5 billion worth of projects.