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…

‘Operation Fox Hunting 2014′ – China’s new tactic against fleeing government officials

| September 10th, 2014
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Last month, we wrote about the general demography of Chinese going abroad. Today let’s zoom in to take a look at a special group – the corrupted government officials. For decades, corrupted government officials in China have always had a Plan B for themselves and their families given the high occupational hazard – jail time. However that plan is becoming more and more difficult nowadays, since the new Politburo of the CCP comes into power with anti-corruption as one [...]Read more…

5 Tips to prevent threats of cyber snooping in China

| September 9th, 2014

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Business owners and entrepreneurs around the world are always waiting for a chance to enter Chinese market, mainly due to its enormous business opportunities. However, if you are not careful, a trip to China can threaten your business. Electronic snooping may pose a definite threat to your intellectual property, ideas and information. Entrepreneurs found that the data snooping is affecting every stage of their stay at hotels in China. Moreover, they have seen clear signs that phone [...]Read more…

The ones left behind by fast growing China

| September 9th, 2014
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Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important festivals in China, a day when the moon reaches its perfect roundness of the year and families come together to enjoy moon cakes and grapefruits under the silver moon shine. However, in some rural areas of China, this precious family ritual has become luxury that many families can’t afford.

Thanks to the unprecedented speed of urbanization, China becomes the world’s second largest economy. While the society is moving forward everyday, many children are [...]Read more…

6 months after MH370 disappearance, families still await the return of their loved ones

| September 6th, 2014
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Sept 8,2014 will mark the half year milestone since the tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airline MH370 which was scheduled to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. The plane lost contact with air traffic control less than an hour after takeoff, disappearing together with 239 people on board including 154 Chinese. Sept 8 will also be the traditional Mid-autumn Festival in China, a day with perfect full moon that celebrates family reunion. However, for the families that lose [...]Read more…

From amputee to swimming champion, girl proves herself more than able

| September 5th, 2014
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In 2000, 4-year-old girl Qian Hongyan lost her legs in a tragic car accident, her family were afraid that the amputation might also take away her upbeat spirits and optimism. But young Qian Hongyan decided that this is just another way to roll. So Qian’s grandpa cut open a basketball to secure her upper body, and made her pairs of wooden handle. Just like that, Qian Hongyan started to walk with the handles and move around on the basketball. [...]Read more…

A game of shrill: the cricket fighting business in China

| September 3rd, 2014
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Spain has bullfighting, Americas has cockfighting, over here in China we have equally if not more heavily invested cricket fighting. The age old sport has been celebrated in China for over a thousand years, punctuated only by the Cultural Revolution(1966-1976). Today it is still widely played throughout the country. In fact, cricket fighting has become one of the pillar industries in Ningyang, Shandong Province, generating over 10 million RMB transaction revenue annually. From catching, selling to training and fighting, cricket [...]Read more…

Become a local Laowai, settle into China quicker!

| September 2nd, 2014
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You know how it is when you first go to China. Everything is new, strange…, exciting! Unusual sights, strange smells, new customs to get used to and, of course, finding your way about with the food—what to eat and what not to, what tastes good and what not so…! Of course, settling in to any new country always takes time and, in the early days, people are prone to feeling homesick or not integrating into the local environment.

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A school with only 1 student

| September 2nd, 2014

Sept 1 is the official school opening day in mainland China. Many pupils will happily grab their school  bags and flock to the joyful headquarter of buddies and games. However, that is not the case for 6 years old girl Liu Xinyi, whose first day of school was greeted by no playmate other than the one and only teacher in the school.

In a rural village of Enshi City, Hubei Province, more and more peasants have no other ways of making [...]Read more…

Life in a youth diving camp

| August 31st, 2014
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In Anshan city of Anhui Province, a group of children aged from 6-10 years old are committed to diving practice for a whole 2 years. At the end of the training, they either get selected into the official diving regiment, or go home.

 

56-year-old Hu Qijun is a retired athletes and coach to the children. He has been coaching for the larger part of 30 years and his coaching spectrum varies from gymnastics to diving. To the young athletes, he is [...]Read more…