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  • Young people are starting sex earlier, report says

    YOUNG people in Shanghai are having their first sexual activity earlier than older generations, and more choose cohabitation before marriage, according to a report issued yesterday by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

    People born in the 1980s have sex for the first time at an average age of 21, said the report based on the questionnaires of 2,200 locals born from the 1950s to the 1980s. The average is the same for men and women.

    In comparison, men and women born in the 1970s had their first sex at an average age of 23, while the average age for people born in the 1960s or 1950s was 25 for men and 23 for women.

    Meanwhile, about 45 percent of married people born in the 1980s live together before marriage, compared with 30 percent for people born in the 1970s and 15 percent among those born in the 1960s and 1950s.

    “More kids experience early puberty now,” said Zhou Haiwang, deputy director of the academy’s population and development studies. “Children also have easier access to sex information from novels and websites, compared with the previous generations,” he said.

    He advised local schools to introduce sex education to students earlier, including in primary schools. Many schools now wait until students are in middle school before giving them sex education.

    “Children should know the hazards of unprotected sex and abortion,” Zhou said.

    The study found about half of people born in the 1980s have never had sex. “This reflects many young people are not as open as the prevailing thoughts about them,” Zhou said.

    Another part of the report noted that older people have poorer awareness of safe sex than young people. Nearly half of all respondents seldom use condoms, particularly migrants.

    About 63.8 percent of people born in the 1950s and 1960s have never used condoms. But that proportion drops sharply with younger generations. The percentage is 39.8 percent for people born in the 1970s and 25.6 percent for those born in the 1980s.

    Most local couples said they were satisfied with their sex lives, according to the report. About 72 percent of people in marriage or living together said their sex life is “very harmonious” or “harmonious.” Only 3 percent said it was “disharmonious” or “very disharmonious” and the remainder choose “mediocre.”

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  • Marrying a billionaire — yes, it can be taught!

    Ladies, why live such a tough life working so hard, running the rat race to improve your own social mobility when you can just find a billionaire and marry him? And that’s exactly what one school in Beijing is offering to teach you — for as low as US$46 an hour, you can learn how to win the heart of a rich man!

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  • High-end chocolates: Jean-Paul Hevin opens first China store


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    Last Wednesday, high-end chocolate maker Jean-Paul Hevin celebrated the opening of his first China boutique with a hot chocolate making demonstration at ifc Mall in Shanghai. Constantly ranked as one of the world’s top chocolatiers, (no.1 in Japan in 2004, no.1 in France just last year, and a collection of other awards for specific chocolate treats under his belt) Hevin showed us his careful chocolate-making process, whipping up 6 different flavored chocolate beverages with some interesting combinations like mango, green tea, and raspberry.

    Hevin himself has spent a considerable amount of time in Asia, particularly Japan, and often fuses those eastern influences into his confections. The green tea mixed with chocolate was one but it was his ginger hot chocolate that left the deepest impression. You also couldn’t go wrong with his range of classically French macarons. Yup, we think your girlfriend will approve of this place.

  • Beijing car plates oversubscribed by 10 times

    Over 215,000 people applied for car licences in Beijing this month, but only 20,000 will be issued as the capital seeks to curb its massive traffic jams, state press said Sunday.

    Under a new system aimed at controlling the number of cars on Beijing streets that began this year, applicants must apply in the first eight days of the month for the 20,000 available plates issued monthly.

    According to Xinhua news agency, 215,425 people applied for the January allotment. A lottery on January 26 will decide who gets the licences and the right to buy a new car.

    Under the new rules, only 240,000 new cars will be registered in Beijing this year, compared to the record 800,000 automobiles that took to the streets of the capital last year, the report said.

    Authorities have admitted that the registration cap along with other measures such as higher parking fees in the city centre and stricter enforcement of traffic rules will not automatically ease the chronic gridlock.

    Expectations that the government was going to restrict the number of new number plates sparked a surge in sales last month, with more than 20,000 cars sold in the first week of December, state media said.

    That was more than double the 9,000 cars sold in the same period in 2009.

    Beijing’s air is among the most polluted in the world and the problem is getting worse amid high demand for private vehicles from increasingly affluent residents.

    The number of registered cars in Beijing stood at 4.8 million in late December as an average of over 2,000 new cars hit the capital’s streets every day last year, officials said.

    But the current congestion is already so severe that parts of the the city often resemble parking lots.

    On a single evening in September, a record 140 traffic jams were observed as the number of vehicles on Beijing’s streets exceeded 4.5 million.

    China’s auto sales are likely to reach 18 million units in 2010, up 32 percent from the previous year, when the nation took the title of the world’s top auto market from the United States.

  • “Ant tribe” university graduates find degrees are nearly worthless

    Liu Yang, a coal miner’s daughter, arrived in Beijing this summer with a degree from Datong University, the equivalent of about £90 in her wallet and an air of invincibility.

    Her first taste of reality came later the same day, as she lugged her bags through a tumbledown neighbourhood not far from the Olympic Village where tens of thousands of other young strivers cram four to a room.

    Unable to find a bed and unimpressed by the rabbit warren of buildings, Ms Liu scowled as the smell of rubbish wafted up around her. "Beijing isn’t like this in the movies," she said.

    Often the first from their families to go to university, graduates like Ms Liu are part of an unprecedented wave of young people all around China who were supposed to move the country’s labour-dependent economy toward a white-collar future. In 1998, when then president Jiang Zemin announced plans to bolster higher education, Chinese universities produced 830,000 graduates a year. Last May, that number was more than six million and rising.

    It is a remarkable achievement, yet for a government fixated on stability such figures are also a cause for concern. The economy, despite its robust growth, does not generate enough good professional jobs to absorb the influx of highly educated young adults.

    "College essentially provided them with nothing," said Zhang Ming, a political scientist and vocal critic of China’s education system. "For many young graduates, it’s all about survival. If there was ever an economic crisis, they could be a source of instability."

    In a kind of cruel reversal, China’s old migrant class – uneducated villagers who flocked to factory towns to make goods for export – are now in high demand, with spot labour shortages driving up wages.

    But the supply of those trained in accounting, finance and computer programming now seems limitless, and their value has plunged. Between 2003 and 2009, the average starting salary for migrant labourers grew by nearly 80 per cent; during the same period, starting pay for graduates stayed the same.

    China: Tough times are no deterrent

    Chinese sociologists have created a term for educated young people like Ms Liu who move in search of work: the ant tribe. It is a reference to their immense numbers – at least 100,000 in Beijing alone – and to the fact that they often settle in crowded neighbourhoods, toiling for wages that would give even low-paid factory workers pause.

    "Like ants, they gather in colonies, sometimes underground in basements, and work long and hard," said Zhou Xiaozheng, a sociology professor at Renmin University in Beijing.


  • New rules of China airlines to pay passengers in cash for delay

    Domestic airline companies are expected to implement new regulations on flight delay compensation, according to China Air Transport Association recently.

    It was reported that new regulations included providing information, ticket refunds as well as endorsement and compensation for those irregular flights.

    The compensation is divided into carrier and non-carrier reasons.

    The non-carrier reasons refer to reasons including the weather, emergencies, air traffic control, passengers’ safety inspection and public safety reasons, while carrier reasons refer to reasons including the flight plan, maintenance, flight deployment, transportation services and crew troubles.

    According to the regulation, airline companies do not assume liability because of non-carrier reasons. Airports or airlines should assist passengers to contact food services and rest facilities, which will be paid by passengers themselves.

    However, airline companies are required to provide free food and beverage services and accommodations for passengers for delay in intermediate stops.


  • First sex workers protest in China demands legalization of prostitution

    In what’s thought to be the first of its kind in the country, a small group of women have asked onlookers in Wuhan to end discrimination against sex workers by scrapping anti-prostitution laws and stopping the current sex industry crackdown.

    According to The Guardian, Ye Haiyan, the women at the forefront of the protest, had decided to speak out after seeing women publicly humiliated following police raids – a police act that was only recently made illegal by the Ministry of Security.

    Ye Haiyan, who blogs and tweets under the name Hooligan Sparrow, is an activist who once raised controversy for posting nude pictures of herself online. More recently, she launched the Chinese Women’s Rights Workshop, which distributes condoms and AIDS-prevention pamphlets to brothels in Wuhan, though she said sex workers were reluctant to use them in fear that they could be brought in as evidence of prostitution.


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