Feng Xiaogang's new film If You Are the One 2, a sequel to his 2008 romantic comedy, opens Wednesday in China before hitting box offices in North America on Christmas Eve.
If You Are The One 2 released
Feng Xiaogang's new film If You Are the One 2, a sequel to his 2008 romantic comedy, opens Wednesday in China before hitting box offices in North America on Christmas Eve, China.org.cn reports. It is the first Chinese film to be released in North America almost simultaneously as it premieres at home. The film is set to open in 20 theaters in the US and Canada in cities with significant Chinese populations.
Eating garlic lowers blood pressure
Drinking orange juice and eating garlic every day can help lower blood pressure, China News of Traditional Chinese Medicine reports. Orange juice contains large amounts of vitamin C, which helps dilate blood vessels and reduce hypertension. And garlic helps the body maintain a proper level of enzymes that prevent high blood pressure.
Wife divorced for not bathing
Perhaps the old saying "neatness counts" should be heeded more often after a man divorced his wife -- just five days into their marriage -- and claimed she is an utter slob, the Qianjiang Evening News reports. The couple got married Dec. 16 in Zhejiang Province's Ningbo City after being acquainted for one year. But the husband believed his wife lacked adequate hygiene. "She hasn't washed her hair in five days and doesn't like to take a bath," the man complained. His wife said it isn't easy to change her habits so quickly and believes it unnecessary to "frequently" wash her hair and clothes during the cold of winter.
Hong Kong looks to mainland for maids
The number of Filipino domestic help workers bound for Hong Kong has decreased by half since the hostage crisis in the Philippines in August, leaving a shortage of maids for the city's residents, Guangzhou Daily reports. The Hong Kong government is now looking to the possibility of allowing domestic help workers from the mainland, which currently is illegal. Hong Kong laws allow Chinese mainland citizens to become permanent residents of Hong Kong after working in Hong Kong for seven years, which is apparently a problem for somebody. Many Hong Kong residents also worry that a large number of young women entering the city would have a negative impact on the stability of Hong Kong families.
'Most difficult' railway opens
The 377km long Yiwan Railway, from Yichang in Hubei Province to Wanzhou District in Chongqing, opens for traffic Wednesday, the Beijing Daily reports. It took 50,000 workers seven years to build the railway, advancing only 50 km each year, the slowest rate of construction in the history of Chinese railways. Designer Hu Ziping said the Yiwan Railway had been so difficult to build because of the karst landforms along the route. Erosion by the Yangtze River had formed numerous gorges and construction was dogged by underground rivers and caves. Workers faced the constant danger of collapse and flooding. After other links are completed next year, the 18-hour journey time from Wuhan to Chongqing will be cut to 5 hours, and the trip from Chongqing to Shanghai will take less than 12 hours.
(China.org.cn December 22, 2010)