A tree trunk is painted with parrots in the Zoological and Botanical Garden in Changchun, capital of Northeast China’s Jilin province. [Photo by Ding Luyang/chinadaily.com.cn]

Around 40 trees with scars have become popular decorations, painted with vivid images of animals at the Zoological and Botanical Garden in Changchun, capital of Northeast China’s Jilin province.

Feng Shuxuan, 56, an experienced worker at this garden, has painted these images based on the shapes of the scars and direction of the branches, and has created various animal images like wolves, owls, tigers and giraffes, according to a report from ifeng.com, a news portal.

“I usually choose those trees with scars or holes, and then paint after polishing, padding and carving,” said Feng, who has worked here since 1987. “The painting can also prevent the trees from losing water.”

Carbon dioxide leaked in a cargo ship at Longyan Port in Rongcheng, Weihai, East China’s Shandong province at around 4 pm Saturday afternoon, killing 10 people, according to local authorities.

Local health bodies launched an emergency response immediately after the accident, and 19 injured are now receiving medical treatment in local hospitals.

The National Health Commission on Sunday morning sent three experts in critical care medicine, respiration, and neurology to Weihai to help treat the injured, according to the National Health Commission.

An emergency-management team headed by the Shandong vice-governor and including provincial medical experts arrived in Weihai Saturday evening to address the accident.

Those being treated are not suffering from life-threatening injuries, according to local authorities.

An initial investigation has shown the accident was caused by crew malpractice.

The Fujian Shipping Company, located where the cargo ship is registered, has sent people to Weihai to handle the accident.

A file photo of Sun Xiaoguo.

A central inspection group targeting gang-related crimes on Friday required Yunnan authorities to probe a case in which a death penalty convict managed to escape capital punishment and continue to lead criminal gangs.

The Yunnan Committee of the Communist Party of China said that all civil servants who had helped shelter the convict would be investigated and punished according to the law, no matter how high ranking they are.

Findings will be made public in a timely manner to address public concern, it said in a statement on Friday.

Sun Xiaoguo from Kunming, Southwest China’s Yunnan province, has a long list of criminal convictions dating back to 1994.

Convicted of rape, Sun was sentenced to two years in jail in 1995. In 1998, he was sentenced to death for crimes such as rape and intentional injury, according to a Southern Weekly report.

A local newspaper in Kunming reported late April this year that several criminal gangs, including one led by Sun, had been smashed in a crackdown on gang-related crimes. Sun was arrested again for gang activities in April.

Follow-up stories in the national media discovered that Sun was the same man convicted in 1998 and that he had therefore escaped death and been living as a free man.

Since his release, Sun changed his surname to Li and started to run several businesses including a number of nightclubs in Kunming. It was reported that he was nicknamed Big Boss Li by locals.

It was reported that Sun’s mother was the police officer handling the criminal investigation, while his stepfather was the deputy head of a district police station in Kunming. The identity of his father remains a mystery.

Since early last year, China has stepped up efforts to crack down on criminal gangs, launching a three-year campaign against organized crime and officials who shelter such criminal organizations.

Chinese police by February had busted nearly 7,000 mafia-style groups and cracked 79,270 criminal cases, seized 851 guns and assets worth 62.1 billion yuan ($9.23 billion, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Public Security.

During the 2019 Wuhan Food Festival, which kicked off on Monday, a set of Chinese chime bells carved from wax gourds wow visitors. Three skilled local cooks spent a whole week to create bells from 50 wax gourds. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Cooks don’t only just cook. To be the best in their occupation, they very often turn vegetables into artworks.

A good example of that fact is provided at a food festival in Wuhan, capital of Central China’s Hubei province.

During the 2019 Wuhan Food Festival, which kicked off on Monday, a set of Chinese bells carved from wax gourds wowed visitors.

Three skilled local cooks spent a whole week creating the bells using 50 wax gourds.

So realistic were the bells, many visitors wanted to ring them.

While the food festival will last for five months, the wax gourd bells will remain fresh for only a few days.

Floodwaters engulf a street in Longchuan county, Heyuan city, Guangdong province, on Monday.ZENG HUANYANG/FOR CHINA DAILY

Deaths, landslides reported as waters inundate homes

Qiu Zhongrong held high a bag of food and candles as he mad his way through neck-high muddy water on a narrow road leading to his flooded home.

“I knew the way very well, so I could step on the more solid areas of ground. Otherwise, I would have drowned. And I’m 1.75 meters tall,” he said.

Qiu said that on Monday morning, water from rivers that burst their banks caused sudden flooding to his home in Shipi village, Shangping township, Heyuan, Guangdong province.

He was in Heyuan when he heard from his sister, who lives in another village, just how serious the flooding was. His brother-in-law tried to drive him home until floodwaters reached the doors of their pickup truck. At that point, Qiu continued his journey on foot.

Qiu reached home shortly after 11 am only to see floodwaters nearly 2-meters high in the first floor of his three-story house. With the door unable to be opened due to the waters inside, he entered his home through a window. His parents and niece were still inside.

“I was really worried. My father is in his 70s, my mother is 57 and my niece is just 2,” he said.

Qiu’s mother had only managed to grab one can of baby milk power before she escaped to the second floor, which was not furnished.

“They were desperate,” Qiu said.

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A doctor who reportedly installed unnecessary heart stents in exchange for kickbacks has been suspended from his post, according to the First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University.

The doctor, Yang Xiangjun, inserted the stents in patients to get kickbacks, his doctoral student reported Friday on the internet. The report said that Yang could get 10,000 yuan ($1,447) for installing one stent.

Yang is under investigation and a report will be released to the public, according to the hospital.

On the hospital’s official website, Yang is described as the chief physician, professor and doctoral tutor of its cardiovascular department.

He is also the deputy dean of the Institute of Clinical Medicine and director of the Department of Cardiology under Soochow University.

A Boeing 737 MAX 9 airplane at the Boeing factory in Renton, Washington on March 7, 2017. [Photo/VCG]

The China Air Transport Association said Friday it will assist member airlines to seek compensation from Boeing for the grounding of 737 MAX aircraft as well as the delayed delivery of future planes.

“China’s airlines are the largest user of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which also caused us the biggest loss during the incident,” said Liu Shuguo, secretary-general of the association. “We will actively support and assist member companies with their compensation claims.”

Thirteen of the association’s airlines by the end of March had grounded 96 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, among them Air China, China Eastern and China Southern.

According to previous plans, more than 130 such aircraft were scheduled to be delivered to Chinese airlines this year.

“It’s estimated that the delayed delivery and continued grounding of 737 MAX aircraft will cause a total loss of about 4 billion yuan by the end of June,” Liu added.

Passengers have their tickets checked at Anqing Railway Station, East China’s Anhui province, June 9, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING – More Chinese people took trips around the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday which ended Sunday, official data showed Monday.

Rail passenger number rose 7.7 percent year on year to 50.74 million during the holiday, while air passenger number added 3.1 percent to 4.82 million, according to data from the China Railway Corporation and Civil Aviation Administration of China.

On June 7, about 14.25 million passengers took train trips, up 1 million from one year earlier, marking a record high.

China also witnessed a steady increase in the number of flights during the holiday. There were 47,000 flights, up 4.5 percent year on year.

Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu were hot destinations for train passengers, while Hangzhou, Lijiang, Tianjin and Ningbo saw a large number of air passengers, data showed.

Yun Guangzhong. [Photo/nmgnews.com.cn]

BEIJING – Yun Guangzhong, a senior official of Inner Mongolia autonomous region, has been under investigation by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission for suspected severe violations of disciplines and laws, an official statement said Tuesday.

Yun is a member of the Standing Committee of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regional Committee of the CPC and secretary of the Hohhot Municipal Committee of the CPC.

Police in Zaozhuang, Shandong province, are looking into allegations a local company produced and sold substandard cement to a school in Henan province for the building of student dormitories.

The city’s Taierzhuang district government held a news conference Sunday morning to announce local police had detained two suspects at Zaozhuang Pengyuan Building Materials Co.

Cement samples collected from the Zhicheng Experiemntal School in Henan’s Luyi county were sent to examiners in Shandong and Jiangsu provinces, and both said the samples were of inferior quality.

The district’s market regulator said the school purchased 25 of a total 200 metric tons of problematic cement. Investigations traced 150 metric tons through sales records so far.

The inquiry came after the public was outraged by recent media reports claiming the cement used for the student dormitory in March could easily be crumbled by hand.

School authorities said it has more than 900 boarding students, mostly left-behind children whose parents work in big cities for better salaries.

The school then lodged complaints to Shandong regulators, which fined the company but failed to trace other problematic cement, or give explanations as to why such cement was approved in the first place.

The district government said it has urged the company to negotiate compensation with the school.

It will seriously investigate the company, as well as the market regulator for any possible dereliction of duty. The authority will also establish a credit system and long-term supervision to ensure the quality of cement and other building materials.