Thursday, February 17, 2005

"Hallowed ground turned into haunt of hookers"

"The administrator of Luzhou Martyrs Cemetery and a local police officer have been dismissed for ignoring strip shows and other debauched activities taking place there, reports the West China Metropolis News.

An undercover film crew from China Central Television secured the damning evidence of the goings at the cemetery in Luzhou, Sichuan. The screening of their report late last month prompted relevant local government departments to strip Peng Zhu, the cemetery's administrator, of his post, and to fire Liu Gangjiang, chief of a local police sub-bureau.

Luzhou Martyrs Cemetery is the burial place of many of China's revolutionary heroes. In recent months it has been desecrated by the activities of prostitutes, striptease artists and their punters."

This and other anecdotes about life in today's China can be found on the web at the English-language China Daily. Scroll about half-way down the page to the "Home Scene" heading in the left column. "Home Scene" is divided by region, East, South, West, North. Stories range from the aforementioned hookers in Sichuan to pet cemeteries in Shanghai to remorseful pick-pockets in Beijing. And that's just today's batch...

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