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Pig Worships In Front of Temple

On the Fourth day of the Chinese New Year of the Sheep, a pig stole the show in front of a temple in Tatou village, Yongjia Bridge Town, Wenzhou province, clearly doing the gesture of worshiping by kneeling. Onlookers were moved by its gesture, chanting a buddhist mantra for the pig. Onlookers presumed that the pig hoped to gain a human body in the next life, so he or she could obtain the Buddhist teachings.

A video of the pig worshipping, was uploaded by a Chinese blogger the next day and attracted 7.7million viewers in the first 24 hours.

Some people tried to move the pig away, but the pig did not want to leave the temple, and kept kneeling. So monks in the temple came out and conducted a Buddhist ceremony for the pig, praying for a better after-life.

After the monks completed the ceremony for the pig, the pig left.


2 days later, the owner of the pig, Mr Huang alerted the media that it was one of his three pigs that ran away on Sunday morning, He found the three pigs later in the day, and sent them to the abbattoir that evening! He was so surprised and regretted his action after watching the TV news....but was too late. Mr Huang said that he would not have sent it to be killed if he knew what had happened in front of temple.

But some people said that the pig might be better off now as its wish maybe fulfilled.?

This leads to an old news report in China in 1923.

Wikileaks Cables Reveal China Upset By US Embassy's Pollution Reports PDF Print E-mail
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The US Embassy in Beijing decided to release its own reports on the quality of Beijing’s air because the Chinese official statistics were "unreliable". So the Twitter service @BeijingAir was born.

According to a US Embassy cable from 2009 released by Wikileaks, China’s government was upset with the service because it conflicted with the official Chinese statistics, which was causing “confusion” and undesirable “social consequences.” From the cable:

According to Wang, the existence of the machine and the openness of the Twitter site are “not fair” to the Beijing EPB. He cited that the Twitter site’s consistent characterization in recent days of Beijing air quality as “unhealthy” or “very unhealthy” takes credit away from “all the progress” Beijing EPB has made in recent years in improving the city’s air quality. Wang added that the fact that the Embassy’s air quality data is not based on the Chinese-approved standards for measuring air pollution is not only confusing but also insulting, citing that the U.S. government would be similarly incensed if the Chinese Embassy in Washington were to do the same. Wang concluded by again urging that if data could not be limited to Americans only, the Embassy should identify a “compromise.” Ultimately, MFA would “hate to see” the bilateral environmental cooperation or even the overall relationship negatively “affected by this issue.”

The US Embassy responded to this request for “compromise” with the following statement:

[...] the Embassy’s primary interest is to make the information collected by the air monitor as easily-accessible by Mission personnel, family members, and Americans residing and traveling in Beijing as possible. Therefore, the Embassy has no position on non-American citizens also having access to the data, nor is the Embassy concerned with how others choose to interpret the information found on the Twitter site. The Embassy does, however, have a strong interest in “setting the record straight,” and ensuring that the public understands that mission health has always been and remains the primary motivation for the program. Furthermore, because the Embassy’s monitor only collects data in one location, it cannot replace or negate the information provided by the Beijing EPB. Finally, since the Embassy collects data on PM 2.5 and Beijing EPB on PM 10, and each is indexed differently, the two indices cannot and should not be compared. Therefore, until the Beijing EPB begins publishing PM 2.5 data (which they already have the equipment to collect) on a real time basis, the Embassy is not able to discontinue its program for monitoring PM 2.5 onsite

Of course, Twitter is now blocked in China by the communist regime to stop Chinese citizens from having a source of information other than the state media propaganda.

However, Chinese bloggers still spread the information provided by @BeijingAir.

Chinese bloggers keep spreading translated Air Quality Index (AQI) according to twitter: BeijingAir (screenshot)


Advice from A Chinese blogger: If you have to visit Beijing, try to arrange your visit at a raining day.



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