Plane landing on near-empty road in Beichuan, Sichuan

Laowai lands airplane on road in Sichuan

Imagine the surprise of locals as they watched a small plane land on the relatively barren Liaoning Dadao in Beichuan, Sichuan, and pull into a gas station recently.

According to the report at GoChengdoo, the pilot, identified only as "Andy", was forced to land the plane after experiencing a fuel shortage shortly after takeoff. Travelling with his company's chairman, Chen Wei, he decided to land on the nearly empt…

Andrew Hales: Taking people's umbrellas

Stealing umbrellas just for laughs in Chengdu

Youtube celebrity and prankster Andrew Hales, who makes awkwardly funny videos for his channel Losing All Hope Was Freedom (LAHWF), is currently in Chengdu, Sichuan, and messing with the locals.

In his first video from the city, he randomly approaches people and takes their umbrella. Reactions range from confusion to tight-fisted objection to laughter. Watch for yourself:

And for you VPNless folks, Youku ve…

Sichuan Quake devestation - Birds-eye View

Earthquake strikes Sichuan, hundreds killed or injured [updated]

The tragic disaster comes only weeks before the 5th anniversary of the devastating Wenchuan Earthquake, which hit the same region in 2008 killing nearly 70,000 people.

BBC Report on Youtube:

Al Jazeera report:

For up-to-date reports, keep your eyes on Xinhua's dedicated page, as well as SCMP's live blog.

Update 04/21/2013: Xinhua has reported that the death toll has risen to 186, with 21 people st…

Photo: Hot Cha

I've seen some fancy tea pouring before, but this takes things to a slightly elevated level. Shot by Peter Luginbühl in Chengdu, Sichuan.

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Fact or Fiction X: Moving On Up

Welcome back one and all to the September edition of Fact or Fiction. Those of you who read any or all of the last seven will know, every edition I will have a guest and we will discuss a few of the big issues in China of the day. Every answer will have a “Fact” or a “Fiction” and some justification to go along with it.

My guest today is someone you may recognize from Chengdu Living, or China Travel, Sascha Matusz…

Crazy bus fire in Chengdu

The #1 reason I don't ride the bus (actually #1 is over-crowding - but fuck). Warning: Probably not best to watch this if you are sensitive to rather terrifying images and people screaming.

Update June 7, 2009
Here are a few links putting the video in context.

What Lessons Can We Learn from the Chengdu Bus Fire? [CRIENGLISH]
An Eyewitness Account Of The Chengdu Bus Fire [ESWN] (h/t Neddy)
Chengdu Bus …

Afterquake — music to remind us that help is still needed

It's hard to believe it's already been a year since tragedy struck Sichuan -- killing nearly 90,000 people and displacing millions.

And while time can't pass fast enough in putting that horrible day firmly behind us all, today is a good day to remember that its survivors are still in need.

Working hard to remind us all of this is a fantastic new project by folk artist Abigail Washburn and Dave Liang of the Shan…

Help keep Sichuan warm this winter

Hong Kong-based photographer, and sometimes LLW blogger, Derrick Chang is on a mission to keep Sichuan warm this winter.

Though the region is usually most associated with hot and steamy bamboo forests, when the winter months hit, much of Sichuan is very cold and rainy - a fact that is no doubt looming on the minds of the many left homeless by the May 12 earthquake.

To help with this, Derrick has decided to spen…

Laowai Quake Relief Part V: Emergency Evangelism

What follows is the fifth part of a series of posts we're running by fellow Laowai - Turner Sparks. Turner and his friend Jake decided just sitting around Suzhou and watching quake relief efforts on TV was not good enough, and so hopped into Turner's car and pointed it towards Chengdu. Read Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV
Thursday
Our friend Shannon arrived by plane from Suzhou Wednesday night after hearing …

Laowai Quake Relief Part IV: The Youth Lead by Example

What follows is the fourth part of a series of posts we're running by fellow Laowai - Turner Sparks. Turner and his friend Jake decided just sitting around Suzhou and watching quake relief efforts on TV was not good enough, and so hopped into Turner's car and pointed it towards Chengdu. Read Part I, Part II and Part III
After spending Wednesday down at the Red Cross continuing to load and unload supply trucks, we re…