Chinese Admit to Killing 12 Uighur Rioters

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A rare admission from the Chinese government sees officals acknowledging having shot dead 12 Uighur protesters in last week in Urumqi, Xinjiang province.

Police shot dead 12 armed Uighurs attacking civilians and ransacking shops after they ignored warning shots fired into the air, said Nuer Baikeli.

Of the 12, three were killed on the spot, while nine died either on their way to or after arriving at hospital.

“In any country ruled by law, the use of force is necessary to protect the interest of the people and stop violent crime. This is the duty of policemen. This is bestowed on policemen by the law,” the governor said.

News Source:
Daily Nation

Shanghai Experiences Solar Eclipse Tourism

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NASA says suburban Shanghai will be one of the best spots in the world to catch Wednesday's astronomical phenomenon, reports Tan Weiyun. Jinshan City Beach may be the best spot in Shanghai to catch the total solar eclipse next Wednesday.

According to a report from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, one of the better places to catch the eclipse is in Shanghai's suburban Jinshan District, which is along the Hangzhou Bay. So far, the beach's management committee has signed deals with more than 45 international travel agencies and astronomy groups, arranging for more than 1,300 people from 12 countries and regions to see the eclipse on Wednesday.

Since hotels are largely booked in Jinshan, many overseas eclipse watchers will go to Zhejiang Province across the Hangzhou Bay. More than 400 travellers in eclipse tour groups have arranged to stay in towns such as Jiaxing and Anji. The towns have signed with more than 10 international travel agencies from Japan, Singapore, the United States and Spain, among others. To add to the festive feel of the eclipse, various beach parties and carnivals will be held on Wednesday. Tickets to the beach remain the same price as last year.

From Monday to Friday its 30 Yuan (US$4.4) per person and on weekends it costs 50 Yuan each. Tickets from 5:30pm to 8pm are 50 Yuan every day. Students, soldiers, people with disabilities, retirees, seniors and children under 1.2 meters will receive a discount.

Both these photos included were from the last eclipse in China 1st August 2008. Observed at Eclipse City Camp in the Gobi Desert, near Jiayuguan, China.

News Source:
Shanghi Daily

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Sichuan Mandarin Beef: Recipe

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Sichuan Mandarin Beef (with Noodles, mushrooms and cashew nuts)
Serves 4 hungry men

An Authentic Chinese meal, slightly adapted by the limitations of an English supermarket. However still remains a filling and tasty meal accented with mandarins, honey, rice wine and cashew nuts to give a fuller sweet flavour.

Prep time:
Cooking Time: 10mins

You Will Need:

2 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine
4 tbsp light soy sauce
4 tbsp clear honey
2 small squeezed mandarins juice & zest
pinch ground white pepper
450g Beef Frying Steak / Fillet (shredded or whole)
3 Cloves of Garlic
1 tbsp groundnut oil
150g/3½oz fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced (or opened field mushrooms if unavailable)
Handful of Cashew Nuts (optional)
400g Fresh Medium Egg Noodles

To serve:
1 mandarin, peeled and segmented
1 spring onion, finely sliced or in 4cm strips (optional)

Mixed salad leaves (optional)

To Cook:

1. Prepare the Beef marinade; place the rice wine, soy sauce, honey, freshly squeezed mandarin juice, zest and ground white pepper into a large bowl and stir well to mix thicker honey into the mixture. It should be a fairly runny consistency. Add the beef steak to the marinade, cover the bowl with cling film and leave to marinate for 10-15 minutes in the fridge.

2. Whilst marinating the beef, cut the garlic and prepare the mushrooms, spring onion and peel and segment the mandarins ready to serve.

3. Heat a wok until smoking and add the groundnut oil, then add the steak without the marinade and garlic, keep the marinade for the mushrooms and cashew nuts. Fry for 1-2 minutes for rare, 2-3 minutes for medium, or longer for well-done. Transfer the steak into bowl, cover with foil and leave to rest for five minutes.

4. Whilst leaving the beef to rest, pour the reserved marinade into the wok and cook over a high heat for 30 seconds, or until the sauce is sticky.

5. Add the shiitake mushrooms and the cashew nuts to the wok and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the mushrooms are softened. Add a splash of water to help create some steam to cook the mushrooms. As the mushrooms start to soften add the noodles to the wok.

You can now either add the sliced beef steak to the wok with mushrooms and noodles for the last minute, or serve straight away. If you decided to have full beef steaks, then serve now.

6. Leave to rest for a minute, then serve Sichuan Mandarin Beef and garnish with two mandarin segments and spring onion, if using, and serve with a bowl and a pair of chopsticks.

7. Enjoy the meal and watch out for the mandarin pips in your segments.

Serving suggestion:

To serve full steak, remove the foil from the bowl and spoon the noodles and mushrooms alongside the steaks... How about trying this with a small salad instead of noodles?

Meal as I serve it

I adapted this recipe for my site from this Sichuan Orange Beef recipe

If you have made Sichuan Mandarin Beef or have any idea about how it could be adapted, please leave any comments below.

100 English Children Quarentined in China

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More than 100 schoolchildren and their teachers from the UK and US have been quarantined in Beijing after eight children were found to have swine flu.

The students were part of a 1,000-strong group of visitors to China from across the world learning about the country’s language and culture.

More than 500 Britons were understood to be on the trip organised by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the British Council and Chinese organisation Hanban.

The four, who attend Clevedon School in north Somerset, are all in their late teens and are part of a group of 12 from that school, plus two teachers.

"We are quarantined in the hotel and are all currently well as we have daily temperature checks which are all good," they said in an e-mail sent from their hotel room.

The hotel is really nice and we have proper toilets. We hope we experience more of China as we should be out within four days."

One of the boys, Christopher Hicks, said that they had been visiting the Great Wall of China when they were called back, because they had previously shared a bus with a pupil from another school who had tested positive for the virus.

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