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You know, life is difficult enough with out the ground itself opening up to swallow you.

Unfortunately, four bus riders faced that very fate in northern China this week. A sinkhole about 10-feet-deep caved in under a sidewalk, welcoming those poor people into its waiting maw.

As the Associated Press reported:

A provincial broadcaster said four people were injured in the Saturday incident in the provincial capital of Harbin.

The surveillance camera video shows pedestrians walking or standing on the sidewalk when it suddenly gave in.

Three people fell straight into the hole, while a woman clung to pipes just underneath the sidewalk. Another person standing on the edge fell sideways into the hole.



Luckily, they all survived. Unluckily, now they will live with the knowledge that the ground hungers for them and can open up again at any time.

Now, we all have to live with that knowledge.

Via: WeiboVideo
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An absolutely enormous explosion rocked the Tianjin province of China in the late hours of Aug. 11.



Very little information has come out about the cause of the gigantic fireball, how many casualties it caused or what impact it could have on the industrial province.

So far, the BBC has only the barest of details.

The explosion reportedly occurred at the Tianjin Binhai New Development Zone at about 23:30 (15:30 GMT). Pictures and video footage shared on social media suggest a number of people were wounded by the blast.

Several nearby tower blocks are without power, according to the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.



At this time, most of what is known has come out of social media, with hundreds of people posting the devastating event and its aftermath in the city, which lies southeast of the country's capital Beijing.





The blast was even visible from space:



According to Wikipedia, over 15 million people live in the Tianjin province. The area in which the explosion occurred is reportedly home to 219 Fortune 500 companies.

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Via: Daily Mail
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China is fighting the good fight against nature - doing everything it can to keep Winter at bay.

To help battle the blues, the city of Changchun in China is installing plastic sheeting with pictures of lush, green shrubbery around the edge of the street, hiding all of the real plants which are now brown and bare.

"Many people feel depressed in the winter, and the site of the denuded trees only contributes to that feeling," said a local official. "We want to try and cheer people up a bit by putting some greenery around to make them feel better."

Thousands of meters of the plastic sheeting were rolled out this week, and if they're lucky, plastic flowers may be on the way as well. Seriously.

Just don't bother stopping to smell these roses.

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Well, here's your new "What Does the Fox Say."

Singer Wang Rong Rollin's video for "Chick, Chick" involves chickens and women dressed up like chickens. And most of the lyrics are just animal sounds.

What more could you ask for in an insane video from China?

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Via: Time
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Occupy Central With Peace and Love, as the protest is officially known, aims to foment democratic change by paralyzing the heart of this freewheeling financial hub. It was originally slated to begin Wednesday, but an aligned student demonstration Friday gathered such momentum that its leaders brought the launch forward.

Hong Kong has been run under a "one country, two systems" since British colonial rule ended in 1997. Beijing had promised to let residents choose the city's Chief Executive, the tellingly corporate title of the top job in this bastion of free enterprise, by 2017, but now insists that all candidates must first be vetted by a committee perceived as curated by the Chinese Community Party.

Hong Kong's democracy activists see this as a betrayal; Beijing retorts that the Special Administrative Region already enjoys considerable autonomy and lacks patriotism.
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Via: CBS Sports
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After changing his Chinese name to "The Panda's Friend" the former NBA star wants to have fun with his fans by wearing these shoes. Instead of making a shoe that includes both white and black, each show is a different color.

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