Fake plate catches eyes of passers-by

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - China -

A man from Xing­tai has re­turned home af­ter driv­ing his trac­tor to Lhasa in the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion. Liu Ningliang started his jour­ney in Ningjun county on April 7 and reached Lhasa on July 28 af­ter driv­ing his trac­tor through Shanxi, Shaanxi, Gansu and Qing­hai prov­inces and the Ningxia Hui au­ton­o­mous re­gion. Liu, who lived in his trac­tor dur­ing the more than 1,300-kilo­me­ter jour­ney, said A man in Zhengzhou nearly died on his wed­ding day late last month af­ter his friends emp­tied half a dozen fire ex­tin­guish­ers di­rectly into his face as a prac­ti­cal joke. The groom, who has not been named, col­lapsed in the wake of the in­ci­dent and had to be re­vived by paramedics. Med­i­cal ex­perts said the man was lucky to be alive, as the pow­der in­side fire ex­tin­guish­ers is toxic. Such wed­ding-day pranks, or naodong­fang, are com­mon at Chi­nese wed­ding cer­e­monies, par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral ar­eas. A 78-year-old man in Hechi has be­come some­thing of a lo­cal celebrity af­ter fa­ther­ing two chil­dren de­spite his ad­vanced age. Huang Yousheng had a son with his wife Tan Caiy­ing, who is 43 years his ju­nior, in 2015. Some were skep­ti­cal that the boy was Huang’s, so he had a DNA test car­ried out and went on to fa­ther a daugh­ter, who was born last year, to “prove his viril­ity”. Huang, a prac­ti­tioner of tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine, mar­ried Tan, a former pa­tient, in 2015. A man in the city’s Men­tougou dis­trict has been caught us­ing a fake li­cense plate af­ter passers-by no­ticed that it had too many English let­ters and posted pho­tos of it on­line. The 30-year-old, sur­named Dong, was driv­ing around with a plate on his car bear­ing six English let­ters, whereas all li­cense plates in China have no more than three such let­ters, ac­cord­ing to traf­fic po­lice. Dong, who au­thor­i­ties de­scribed as an un­em­ployed drug ad­dict, was de­tained two days af­ter a photo of his fake plate was posted on­line. He was placed in a de­ten­tion house and fined 5,000 yuan ($760) as pun­ish­ment.

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