China’s breakneck growth rate has helped create some problems that are very unique to China.
Its emphasis on speed over safety, poor environmental track record. use of substandard construction materials, extreme punishments for white collar crimes, and the propaganda aimed at protecting the image of the Communist party, are all part of the problem.
Buildings and bridges have collapsed, the much lauded high speed rail line has caused controversy, and food safety continues to be a concern.
In other instances, the sheer size of its population and its position as the world’s largest pork consumer has made the country hold a national pork reserve.
In light of this we highlighted 19 crazy things that have happened in China.
One construction worker was killed when this 13-floor building collapsed almost intact. There are constant fears that safety comes second to speed.
Jade prices first started to rise in 2005 but the jade bubble is said to be popping.
The 8-lane Qingdao bridge is the world's longest bridge and cost 14.8 billion yuan to build but sees a fraction of the traffic that was expected, according to the Financial Times.
'Interviews Before Execution' was a popular television program. Henan TV only cancelled the show after Chinese officials worried about how it would impact China's image abroad following publicity surrounding a BBC documentary on the show.
One person was killed and 22 injured, when the Wuyishan Gongguan Bridge collapsed in China's Fujian province.
In China the extremely wealthy are believed to hire body doubles to appear as them in court and serve out prison sentences.
As Chinese cities develop across the country fake stores have become increasingly prevalent. Arguably the most famous fake store was the fake Apple store in Kunming, southern China.
China's dairy industry has been hit with milk contamination scandals since 2008. Milk products have been found containing everything from mercury to melamine, and detergent.
Environmental pollution and chemical spills have caused rivers in China to turn red.
China has replaced the U.S. to become the world's largest consumer of pork. The country has a national pork reserve that it releases when prices soar.
Cars came to a standstill on China's highways during its Golden Week holidays. Drivers were seen exiting their cars to stretch and even do push-ups.
Foxconn installed nets outside its worker dormitories and hired mental health professionals to prevent suicides.
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