He’s still at it, Chen Si. Since 2003, he’s been patrolling the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge every weekend to find and stop people who are about to jump into the river to end their lives. I met up with him in 2010. This week, GQ China did so as well.
For all its reputation of being a spic and span clean city, Singapore still has some hidden treasures where things just feel a bit smudgier than in those dozens of shiny malls, glistering skyscrapers and luxurious condo complexes.
Shanghai is building a seaside country park, promising to be a 35.7 square kilometer collection of culture, sports, and ‘water development’. The city developing the coast for recreation instead of container terminals, a massive airport and industry. Sounds like a first, if you’ve never been to Jinshan City Beach that is.
Fang Xiu Ying shows 68-year old Mrs. Fang in her last days as family and neighbors care for her in a small rural village in southeastern China. It’s an impressive, straightforward documentary by Chinese director Wang Bing.
In Urumqi, a Chinese city divided by deadly racial violence and suppression of its muslim Uighur population, an ethnically mixed baseball team is training to win the national championship. Against all odds.