China’s breakneck growth rate has helped create some problems that are very unique to China.
Its emphasis on speed over safety, poor environmental track record. use of substandard construction materials, extreme punishments for white collar crimes, and the propaganda aimed at protecting the image of the Communist party, are all part of the problem.
Buildings and bridges have collapsed, the much lauded high speed rail line has caused controversy, and food safety continues to be a concern.
In other instances, the sheer size of its population and its position as the world’s largest pork consumer has made the country hold a national pork reserve.
In light of this we highlighted 19 crazy things that have happened in China.
Buildings fall over sideways and are sometimes intact.
One construction worker was killed when this 13-floor building collapsed almost intact. There are constant fears that safety comes second to speed.
Cities with no occupants pop up all over the country.
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China’s infrastructure investment driven growth has caused ghost cities and ghost malls to prop up all across the country.
People spend thousands of dollars on walnuts.
They also spend hundreds of thousands on dollars on jade.
Government officials have spent thousands of dollars on gold and silver mooncakes.
26-mile bridges get built to nowhere.
Cute kids get replaced by cuter kids.
Concerned with appearances China lied about the little girl that sang “Ode to the motherland” at the Beijing Olympics. Yang Peiyi the real singer wasn’t considered cute enough and Lin Miaoke was brought in to lip synch the song. The music director Chen Qigang told the AP: “The audience will understand that it’s in the national interest.”
Whole media organizations get banned.
China blocked Bloomberg.com after it ran an article on the wealth of the family of president-in-waiting Xi Jinping.
White collar executives get sentenced to death for their role in the shadow banking system.
TV programs are based on interviews with criminals before their execution.
Bridges collapse within a few months of being built.
Wealthy people have stand-ins at their trials
In China the extremely wealthy are believed to hire body doubles to appear as them in court and serve out prison sentences.