Sup­posed heal­ing bridge draws vis­i­tors

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

A man in Haimen, sur­named Yang, caused a three-car pileup on June 24 af­ter chas­ing af­ter a driver who had run over and killed his pet dog. Yang chased the other man, sur­named Shi, for about 1 kilo­me­ter be­fore the two col­lided and ca­reered into a parked car, owned by a man sur­named Jiang. Fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, traf­fic po­lice de­ter­mined that Yang was fully re­spon­si­ble for the ac­ci­dent and or­dered him to pay more than 10,000 yuan ($1,470) in com­pen­sa­tion to the other two car own­ers. Shi, mean­while, was in­structed to A bridge in the cap­i­tal’s Tem­ple of Heaven com­plex has be­come a mag­net for the sick and in­jured, amid ru­mors that a mar­ble strip run­ning down its length has the abil­ity to cure ail­ments. A grow­ing num­ber of vis­i­tors have taken to ly­ing on the an­cient ar­chi­tec­ture dur­ing hot sum­mer days, with some even strip­ping off their clothes to get closer to the mar­ble due to its sup­posed cu­ra­tive prop­er­ties. The site’s ad­min­is­tra­tive com­mit­tee has is­sued a state­ment re­it­er­at­ing that the bridge has no spe­cial heal­ing pow­ers. Mar­ble is some­times used by prac­ti­tion­ers of tra­di­tional Chi­nese med- A woman in her 70s had to call on fire­fight­ers re­cently to help re­move seven rings that had be­come stuck fast on her fin­gers. The woman usu­ally wears nine rings, but had only been able to re­move two while at a hos­pi­tal. To avoid hurt­ing her, the fire­fight­ers first re­moved the rings that were most eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, be­fore us­ing a spe­cial set of tools to take off the re­main­ing three. The “lady of rings”, as she is known, is ru­mored to have

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