A tooth for a tooth, farmers occupy main road as sunning ground

| September 27th, 2014
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In a newly constructed Kexue Main Road in Zhengzhou City, the usual grey asphalt pavement turns into a golden boulevard of corns which covered 2/3 of the six-lane road and stretched as long as 5km. According to local villagers, the newly harvested corns can be properly dried in a couple of days and packed for sale on the spot thanks to the sunny weather and good ventilation on the road.

When asked why they occupied the public road for private [...]Read more…

The daily life of grass root models

| September 26th, 2014
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25 years old Xiao Ling comes from Gansu Province, she has been modeling in Shanxi Province for 3 years now. She met her current roommate Xiao Xie from one of her fashion show and they had become inseparable since.

 

Auto show and photography modeling are their main source of work. Unlike professional models, they have to live with very unstable booking. According to Xiao Ling, she can make about 4000 yuan (about 650 USD) in a good month. The auto shows [...]Read more…

Tourism in the middle kingdom falls from grace

| September 25th, 2014
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In recent years, outbound traveling gains significant popularity in China as you can see here. In 2013, more than 98 million Chinese tourists crossed the border and spent almost 130 billion USD overseas, making China world’s No.1 country in outbound tourists number and spending. However, China as a destination for foreign tourists is not looking as good. 2013 marked the second consecutive declining year for its inbound tourism.

In fact, inbound tourism has been suffering diminishing growth in [...]Read more…

Iron fist in a velvet glove, Chinese women on construction site

| September 24th, 2014
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There is a saying in the man-dominated construction business, "Use man as if they were iron man, use woman as if they were man". These women construction workers follow their husbands around the country to make a living. According to a "Construction workers living condition away from home report" done by Little Bird Immigrant Worker’s Aid Hotline, woman construction workers have taken up 10.18% of the total construction site workforce. It’s not their wishes to become such an ‘Iron Women’ [...]Read more…

China Media analysis

| September 23rd, 2014
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1. Introduction

This analysis describes Chinas media system and should give insight in the media situation in China, it includes the historical development of the media system, a DESTEP analysis, a description of the mass media infrastructure and environment, legal framework and in general about the media freedom in China.

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Who is killing the birds in beautiful Inner Mongolia

| September 20th, 2014
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In Monglian, the name Qagan Nur Lake means ‘white lake’ because it is a natural salt lake which make it a perfect habitat for spirulina and wild birds. It was also known for having no industrial pollution within its 200km surrounding areas. The people living on the prairie take water from the natural mineral water from underground river. However, that might only exist in postcards from now on. The famous white lake is now bleeding under Inner Mongolia’s blue sky.

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Chinese girls selecting life partners: what do they really want?

| September 20th, 2014
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We can all dream about finding our perfect life partner—and Chinese girls are no exception.

In these modern times of “instant everything” courtesy of the internet, a variety of social media such as WeiBo or Twitter, plus various communication apps such as Line or WhatsApp, Chinese girls are faced with far greater choices than ever before about a prospective boyfriend or husband.

So much more information is immediately available about a prospective partner these days: for example, you can check out his [...]Read more…

Chinese folk custom: how to make your dragon

| September 19th, 2014
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Ever since Yuan Dynasty in 1360s, fire dragon dance has been a huge Mid-autumn Festival folk custom in Guangzhou’s Baiyuan District. On the night of the full moon, all lights will be on and villagers will lead 4 fire dragons dancing throughout the alleys and streets, as a way of praying for good weather and good harvests next year. The 4 fire dragons are hand-made by different family clans in their respective temples. Every year the making of fire dragon [...]Read more…

Guangzhou City through the lens of an architect

| September 17th, 2014
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When the famous Guangzhou East Tower was reaching 100m in 2013, Da Xin joined the construction team as a site engineer. From then on, he has been photographing the ever changing landscape of Guangzhou City from the top of the new born skyscraper.

Everyday Da Xin goes there to check the construction progress and supervise safety and quality. He recalls one day in April when he was inspecting the tower top at a 400m height, suddenly there was lightening and thunders [...]Read more…

Too shy to share your umbrella? Show it

| September 16th, 2014
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Rainy day, you are walking with your umbrella, feeling lucky. In front of you there is a girl walking in hurry and she’s getting wet from the pouring rain. You want to walk up there and say “hey come over here I have an umbrella”. But the sentence stuck in your throat because you are afraid the minute you say it you are considered weirdo or having hidden agenda. Fear no more, with this little gadget by 4 Hong Kong [...]Read more…

Family planning or math game, the review of China’s new relax policy

| September 15th, 2014
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Family Planning poster in China during 1960s-1970s, courtesy of National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland

To increase the falling fertility rate in China, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has eased the one-child policy conditionally in 2013, namely the relaxed policy which means a couple could generally only have a second child if either parent is an only child. According to the national health and family planning commission, the new policy occurring with the population growth rate will be limited and [...]Read more…

Hot and rising, the iPhone fever in China

| September 14th, 2014
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Whenever there is a new iPhone coming out, there will be a huge panic buying in China. The night before Tim Cook unveiled iPhone 6, Apple took over the whole SNS world in China – everybody is talking about it. Exactly how successful the Apple cult is in China? The following infographic put together by sohu.com may give us a hint.

Back in 2011 when iPhone 4S was newly launched, it was so sought-after that only getting a train ticket during [...]Read more…

China’s Guinness world record complex

| September 13th, 2014
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As if having the world’s biggest population is not good enough, China continues with the obsession of producing “miracles” and applying for Guinness World Records. Until 2011, China has already held 454 Guinness world records, which made it the 7th most Guinness record holding country in the world. While there are some truly amazing records in the book, many others are simply vain attempts for attention. Still it is entertaining to know that somewhere sometime there are a certain group [...]Read more…