Can’t say we blame them. With some of the worst pollution and only 10% of the population owning cars, a vending machine that dispenses cheap electric rental cars seems like a no-brainer to us. Wait a minute – a *vending machine* that dispense cars?!?! In Hangzhou, China, citizens walk up to the multi-story Kandi Car garage, insert their credit card, push a few buttons, and viola, a fully-charged electric vehicle is retrieved via robotic arms, tracks, and elevators and deposited at their feet.
Called “coffin apartments”, they’re Japan’s and China’s solution to cheap housing for the poor and underprivileged citizens. Designed to fit a single bed and not even tall enough to stand up in, these tiny apartments are stacked atop each other to maximize space – and profits. Hidden amid the multi-million dollar high-rise apartments in Tokyo and gleaming skyscrapers in Hong Kong, they are not for the claustrophobic.
Forty-two people have died and thousands have been injured in a wave of giant hornet attacks in central China. Victims of the bizarre attacks, which began about three months ago, described being chased for hundreds of yards by the creatures and stung as many as 200 times. The giant hornets can grow up to three inches in length and as thick as a human thumb. Their stingers can reach nearly ½ inch in length. In the city of Ankang alone, 18 people have died from the stings which, like America’s “Killer Bees”, are highly toxic and can lead to anaphylactic shock and renal failure (as if you wouldn’t die from sheer terror alone).
Soaring property values in China have some Chinese living like hamsters in tall stacks of shipping containers. For less than $80 a month, rural migrants can rent out a stark steel metal container on the outskirts of Shanghai. In 2001, officials tore down a similar container village in Pudong, consisting of over 100 “homes”, because it was “too dangerous”. The teetering stack of containers in Shanghai has been housing Chinese migrant workers for over a decade.
According to admittedly sketchy and incomplete reports, on the morning of June 4, 2013, a Air China Boeing 757 on route from Chengdu to Guangzhou was flying at an altitude of 26,000 feet when suddenly it was struck by an unknown flying object. The collision occurred 20 minutes after takeoff, soon after the aircraft reached cruising altitude. There were no injuries aboard the aircraft but the Boeing 757 suffered major damage to the nose cone of the aircraft. Pilots chose to turn back to the airport in Chengdu where they made an emergency landing, stepped outside, and were stunned to see the extensive damage caused to the plane by the collision.
Looking like someone out of the Flintstones, 38-year-old Liu Lingchao is the human equivalent of a real-life human snail, carrying his 132 pound (60 kilogram) house, made of bamboo poles and plastic sheets, on his back as he travels throughout China. A veritable travelling salesmen, he earns money for food and supplies by collecting plastic bottles and metal cans along his route that he sells when he passes through a new Chinese city along his way.
What are these crazy kids up to now? They are going to school! In China, the youth of Zhangjiawan village in Long Tianping County have 195-foot (60 meter) cliff they have to climb in order to get to school. There is a safer route but it takes three hours to get to school via the roundabout path so parents have their kids climb these custom-built ladders each day. The ladders are built by the parents that live in the area and are replaced every few years for, ahem, safety reasons.
A fisherman from the Shandong Province in China claims to have discovered a bizarre-looking skeleton in the China Sea last week. Found on March 28, 2013, the skeleton consists of 153-segments and looks something like a translucent dragon. Researchers have noted that the skeleton is 11 ½ feet (3.5 meters) long and appears mammalian and not amphibian in nature.
70-year-old Hua Chi, from Tongren, China, seems disappointed that his aging body only allows him to pray 1,0000 times each day (only 500 if the weather is cold). In his younger days, his strict daily ritual consisted of 2,000 – 3,000 prayers each day. In fact, Chi has prayed in his Tongren monastery for nearly 20 years, in the same spot, each day. His prayer routine is so consistent, he has left 1 1/2 inch deep footprints ingrained in the monastery’s floor. Check out the photo montage below.
Up until the 1994, there existed, just north of Kowloon Bay, a bizarre city in Hong Kong named Kowloon Walled City. Over time the veritable lawless (and unclaimed by any government) Kowloon Walled City became a curious stack of cheaply constructed boxes through which ran a maze of dark alleys and exposed pipe and wiring and housed drug dealers and addicts, pimps and prostitutes, organized gangs, gambling dens, criminal headquarters, and private citizens all living together in a tangled mess of humanity. Only 6 1/2 acres in size, it contained over 30,000 people giving it a population density of over 1 million people per square mile, all living on top of each other in cheaply constructed dwellings with no plumbing or water supply, in an enclosed and isolated city that even the federal police were afraid to enter.