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Dali hit by 5.0 magnitude earthquake
At 5:07 this morning Binchuan County in Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture was shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale. No injuries have been reported so far, but most homes in the area are suffering from severe cracking and many homes have collapsed.

Kunming hostage crisis resolved
Kunming police were busy early on Sunday morning when a man held a young woman hostage at a Citic Bank ATM on Beijing Lu. At 6:40 am migrant worker Wu Wenkai, 32, took Yang Lifeng, 23, hostage with a knife. Shortly afterward, police had sealed off the area, with a large group of passersby watching the hostage situation unfold through the glass of the ATM booth.

Police negotiated with Wu for eight hours before succeeding in ending the standoff without violence on Sunday afternoon. Wu reportedly said that he had resorted to taking a hostage to bring attention to his unpaid wages.

Qujing's roads filling up with motorized vehicles
As of October 20, the government of Qujing had registered 605,000 motorized vehicles, accounting for more than 10 percent of all of Yunnan's motorized vehicles.

Unlike Kunming, where automobiles make up the bulk of the more than one million registered motorized vehicles, the motorcycle is king in Qujing. According to government statistics, motorcycles account for 65 percent of the vehicles on Qujing's roads.

Qujing, Yunnan's second-largest city, is one of China's wealthiest cities in terms of purchasing power parity, primarily from its pillar industries of tobacco, pharmaceuticals and mining. However, Qujing's economy is slowly moving away from the large state-owned enterprise model, with the share of local GDP generated by retail and real estate growing rapidly in recent years.

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