Jun 09, 2021 08:11 PM

Woman Detained After Insulting Beijing Bus Rider, China’s Falling Infant Mortality Rate, and the Exam Bell Heard Around the Nation

Here’s today’s ranking of the top 10 most-read domestic stories in China, in economics, finance and current affairs. We want to help give you a sense of what’s trending in the Chinese language sphere.

Internet users continue to follow the migrating herd of Asian elephants in the southwestern province of Yunnan, as well as Guangzhou’s Covid flare-up. They are also paying attention to the country’s falling infant mortality rate and the school that mistakenly ended a test for the national college entrance exam by ringing a bell early.

1. Shanghai university lecturer arrested over colleague’s murder

A 39-year-old university lecturer in Shanghai was arrested (link in Chinese) Monday on suspicion of stabbing his colleague to death, local police said.

2. Woman detained after insulting rider on Beijing bus

A woman in Beijing was punished with administrative detention (external source, in Chinese) after she “used discriminatory language” to insult another passenger whom she accused of not giving up her seat on the bus, local police said Tuesday. The woman, who said she was a native of the capital in a viral video of the incident, called the other passenger a “stinky migrant.”

3. Eight missing miners in Heilongjiang found alive

Eight people who went missing on Saturday following an incident at a coal mine in Jixi, Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, have been rescued (in Chinese), the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

4. Asian elephants protect family ‘at all costs’


A Yunnan University professor said Sunday that Asian elephants value their family highly (external source, in Chinese). If a relative is in danger, other elephants will try to protect it “at all costs.” The professor’s comments come as China has been captivated by a migrating herd of elephants in Yunnan province.

5. School in Fujian accidentally ends college entrance exam early

A school in Fuzhou, East China’s Fujian province, mistakenly rang the bell that signaled the end of a test for the national college entrance exams about two minutes early on Monday, according to the provincial education authority.

6. China’s infant mortality rate falls to 5.4% in 2020

Last year, China’s infant mortality rate fell to 5.4 per 1,000 live births, and the mortality rate for children under age 5 fell to 7.5 per 1,000 live births, according to the National Health Commission (external source, in Chinese).

7. Henan TV broadcaster clears social media account after fake news accusations

Henan Television, a provincial broadcaster, reportedly cleared (external source, in Chinese) its account on social media platform Weibo following accusations regarding its involvement in a woman’s protest against Tesla at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year.

8. Guangzhou Covid-19 patient gets arrested for concealing travel history

A Covid-19 patient in Guangzhou, South China’s Guangdong province, has been arrested for concealing his travel history (external source, in Chinese). After he was diagnosed with the Covid-19, the patient didn’t tell the doctor he had been in contact with confirmed cases and had visited a high-risk area.

9. Government names social organizations suspected of being illegal

The Ministry of Civil Affairs released a list of eight social organizations suspected of being illegal (external source, in Chinese) on Monday, including the China Hairdressing and Beauty Association and the China Construction Industry Association.

10. Shanghai shopping mall bans people who haven’t been vaccinated

According to a video that went viral Monday, the Pacific Life Plaza in Shanghai has banned unvaccinated people (external source, in Chinese). Local authorities have urged the shopping mall to rectify its behaviour.

Read the top 10 global news on the same day.

Translated by reporter Cai Xuejiao.

The daily ranking of most read news stories among Chinese people, about China and global affairs, is jointly provided to you by Caixin Insight and HANA Data, an artificial intelligence technology team.

The key indicators calculated on the list are based on mass data sourced from China’s mainstream social media platforms and online news websites. Click here for a detailed introduction of our methodology.

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