China Scene: South

Updated: 2008-05-08 07:13

Young panda cubs ready for their close-up

Three giant panda cubs - Bi Li, Hui Hui and You You - have been on display at Guangzhou Xiangjiang Safari Park in this Guangdong provincial capital since May 1.

The cubs, which were born in 2005, making them about 10 years old in human terms, are the youngest pandas the southern metropolis has ever imported. They were born at the Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan province. The young pandas arrived at the park last month.

The new cubs are expected to boost visitor numbers to the safari park, which is considering letting the young pandas have close contact with tourists.

(Information Times)

Jasmine harvest blooms business opportunities

Hengxian county in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region is enjoying a bumper jasmine harvest this year.

The county, known as "jasmine town", is expects to produce more than 80,000 tons of the flower this year. More than 100,000 mu (6,667 hectares) of land are under cultivation.

The bumper harvest has attracted many business people and jasmine tea processing companies from around the county.

Currently a kilogram of jasmine flowers goes for 7-and 8 yuan (a little more than $1).


Guangzhou communities up to their necks in rats

Many housing estates and neighborhood committees in Guangzhou are looking for help battling a major rat infestation.

Many apartments in the southern metropolis have been damaged by the rodents.

In addition to stealing food, the rats have also eaten people's furniture, household appliances and other property.

But none of the rat traps, poison or glue patches have proven effective in fighting the creatures.

(New Express Daily)

(China Daily 05/08/2008 page5)