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July 19, 2010 | Reuters
BEIJING -- China's National Tourism Administration has issued an advisory on travel to Hong Kong after a video of mainland tourists being insulted and "forced to shop" by a Hong Kong tour guide sparked outrage on the Internet. A former British colony, Hong Kong attracts hordes of Chinese tourists, many of them on shopping trips for luxury or brand-name goods that are more expensive on the mainland. "An undated video clip currently circulating on the Internet shows a Hong Kong tour guide allegedly abusing a group of visitors from the Chinese mainland and forcing them to shop, triggering a backlash from the mainland public," the Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Chinese director Lou Ye has been banned from making movies in his home country for five years because his film was screened at Cannes in May without government approval, state media said. The main Xinhua News Agency said that Lou's movie, "Summer Palace," would be confiscated and income from it seized. The film is a sexually explicit love story set against China's pro-democracy protests of 1989, which led up to the brutal Tiananmen Square crackdown.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1985 | From the Associated Press
China will construct a city for making films in northeast China, the official news agency Xinhua reported. The film city, to be built in three years, will be in Changchun, the capital of Jilin province, 525 miles northeast of Peking. It will feature a group of complexes built in various historical styles from periods up to 2,000 years ago, Xinhua said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A Chinese court ruled Friday that a Chinese science fiction writer did not have enough evidence to prove that 20th Century Fox stole his ideas when making the 2004 movie "The Day After Tomorrow." Li Jianmin, 43, had said there were at least 308 scenes in the film that were substantially similar to the concept and plots of two plays he completed in 2001 and 2002, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1990 | Associated Press
China on Friday successfully launched its 30th satellite, a retrievable remote-sensing device that is to be in orbit for eight days, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The launch is China's fifth this year, its busiest since China sent up its first satellite in 1970. The satellite was launched by a Long March-2 carrier rocket from the Jiuquan space center in northwest China's Gansu province, Xinhua said. It carries animals and plants whose reactions to weightlessness will be studied.
FOOD
December 21, 1997
A Beijing chef named Li Enhai stretched 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of dough into 65,536 noodles in 20 minutes week before last. The noodles, which were as fine as human hair, measured 328,680 feet end to end, the Xinhua News Agency said. Noodle stretching is a Chinese technique of repeatedly stretching a lump of dough until the gluten spontaneously forms into strings.
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