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Photo Essay: An Entire Day on the Beijing Subway

A photo essay at Vice by Oscar Holland and Lukas von Rantzau shows an entire day on Line 2 of Beijing’s subway, from the first train to the last: 5:05 AM – The doors to the first train open. “Welcome to Subway Line...

Xiamen’s Bus Arsonist: the Unlikely Martyr

At The Atlantic, Fei Wang describes the hard life of Chen Shuizong, the alleged arsonist in the Xiamen BRT bus fire that killed 47 people on June 7, who like suicide bomber Qian Mingqi two years ago has received a surprising...

Report: Suicidal Man Caused Xiamen Bus Blaze

State-run media this weekend claimed that an unemployed man on a suicide mission was responsible for the fire that killed 47 people on a bus in Xiamen on Friday, according to Edward Wong of The New York Times: The reports...

‘Gutter Oil’ Expected to Fuel Shanghai Buses

One of China’s ongoing food safety scandals involves the illegal recycling, repackaging, and reuse of cooking oil — which after crude processing is known as “gutter oil” (地沟油). In the midst of an ongoing food...

China Approves Series of Infrastructure Projects

Aiming to boost its economy, China has recently approved huge budget allocations for railway and subway projects. From Reuters: China has approved construction of two city subway projects worth 49 billion yuan ($7.87 billion),...

Humans Acted Alone in Shanghai Metro Collision

The Shanghai subway collision which injured nearly 300 last week was attributed initially to signal failure, and then to poor execution of back-up protocols after a power outage. Now, it has been blamed squarely on human error,...

Shanghai Rail Commuters Get Onboard With a Prayer

At Bloomberg’s World View blog, Adam Minter describes reactions to the recent Metro accident in Shanghai, where many, for all their reservations, have little choice but to keep riding the subway and hope for the best. As...

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