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China's 'High Speed Sisters' Are a Throwback to a Bygone Era

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (file photo)(BEIJING) -- In China, much is made about forward progress, but an increasingly popular job is a throwback to a different era -- one that might raise the eyebrows of a few feminists.
They’re called "high speed sisters" -- the more than 300 female attendants on the bullet train between Beijing and Shanghai.  Candidates learn to smile showing only eight front teeth by practicing daily chopstick-biting exercises.  They must also know three different types of bows.  An apology for bad service, for example, requires a bow at precisely 45 degrees.

High speed sisters debuted on the bullet train last summer.  Now, China Southern Airlines is following suit in its search for new stewardesses.  The company even held a televised, American Idol-style search.  To be eligible for the position one must be single, not wear glasses and be 25 years old or younger with straight legs.

Those requirements did not seem to put off eager job seekers; tens of thousands of women applied.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


China Issues Temporary Moratorium on High-Speed Rail Projects

Comstock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- In the wake of last month’s rail crash that killed 40 people, authorities in China have issued a temporary suspension on new high-speed rail projects and have ordered trains that are currently operating to run at slower speeds.

The State Council has said that checks will need to be carried out on existing lines, while new proposed projects will have to be re-evaluated before any new projects can be started.

The halt comes as the government has been facing a great deal of criticism for its handling of the crash.

It is unclear how long the suspension will last.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Bullet Train Crash in China Leaves at least 11 Dead

Getty/George Doyle/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- A train crash in eastern China left at least 11 people dead and dozens more injured.

Rescue workers were dispatched to the crash site in eastern China. Two of the train carriages of a bullet train had fallen off a bridge, with four cars on a second train also derailed.

Chinese bullet trains travel at an average of 95 miles per hour.

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