Alibaba makes $9.3m transaction revenue on 11.11 shopping festival

| November 11th, 2014

November 11 has become the most celebrated unofficial festival in China since 2009 when Alibaba, the owner of China’s biggest online shopping platform Taobao, coined the festival and offered half price on its B2C portal Tmall. Because there are 4 number "1" in the date, it is also called Single’s Day. The marketing tactic has been so successful that it feels like women and men of the whole country have entered a frantic combat mode in order to flash […]Read more…

APEC red carpet snapshots: when in Beijing

| November 10th, 2014

Nov 10, China President Xi Jinping and his national idol wife Peng liyuan were in the spotlight again as they received leaders from APEC countries in a gala held in the Water Cube. It is normal for the remarkable two to wear Chinese characteristic clothes when receiving guests, but interestingly, the guests also arrive in the Water Cube in unified style, the co-called New Chinese Uniform specially designed for APEC 2014 reception.

Without further delay, let’s see how country leaders […]Read more…

Xi Jinping: China to invest $40 billion to connect Asia

| November 8th, 2014

During a meeting on Nov 8th that aimed to strengthen connectivity partnership, President Xi Jinping announced that China will invest 40 billion USD to set up Silk Road Fund.

He emphasized that the missions of building a silk road economic belt and a 21st century marine silk road are inter-linked and complementing each other. If the "belt" and the "road" are the two wings that help Asia’s economy take off, then connectivity is the veins and nerves of the […]Read more…

He’s not that into you, it’s the APEC blue

| November 7th, 2014

The 2014 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) is a big deal for Beijing, since it is the first international economic organization that China takes part in. To make sure that CEOs and leaders of the region have a nice stay in Beijing, a series of new approaches are put in place.

The most significant objective is to recreate the blue sky that Beijing has long lost. In order to get rid of the embarrassing smog, factories in Beijing and […]Read more…

Under pressure! Waiting for the bus

| November 5th, 2014

"Pressure pushing down on me Pressing down on you, no man ask for Under pressure that burns a building down…"

Queen’s "Under Pressure" might come in handy to describe the feeling of the passengers waiting at a bus stop in Foshan City, Guangdong Province. On Nov 3rd, Foping Rd bus stop was seen covered in debris and fallen scaffolds from a nearby demolition project. However seeing that the bus stop was still standing strong, commuters continued […]Read more…

National hero turns criminal, scams 460,000 yuan

| November 4th, 2014

Fame is a double-edged sword and not many can handle it well. 21-year-old Lei Chunian learned his lesson the hard way. 6 years ago, he saved 7 classmates during the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake and thus honored as one of the "figures that move China" by CCTV and even became a torch carrier for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. However, 6 years later the national hero was put on a trial stand for fraud and faced up to 10 years jail time. […]Read more…

3-year-old street cleaner’s little helper

| November 3rd, 2014

7am on a freezing morning, a 3 years old little girl was seen helping the street cleaner sweep fallen leaves in Changchun City, Jilin Province. The street cleaner is called Lv Shuying, and the little helper is her grand daughter Yingying.

 

Every morning, grandma gets up at 3am, and goes to work at 3:30am while Yingying remains asleep. At 6am, grandma returns home to make breakfast for Yingying and prepare her for kindergarten. Then they have to return to the […]Read more…

Literally bullshit, Hunan villagers drink animal feces tea to fight cancer

| November 2nd, 2014

It’s not unheard of that people suffering from terminal disease will try every method, however bizarre they seem, to find a cure or buy more time. But the villagers from Hunan Prov’s Jinshi Village take a really shocking approach: drinking animal feces tea to prevent and treat cancers and other diseases.

There are over 20 households in Jinshi Village that genuinely observe the so-called "feces therapy". And they have developed a sound system to process their harvest. First, villagers go […]Read more…

Guangxi Prov plants 70 power poles in a 300 meter sidewalk

| November 1st, 2014

Just another reminder of how capable the city planners are in China, Beihai City of Guangxi Province shows to the world that it can plant 70 power poles in a 300-meter long sidewalk. Residents in the area complained that the overloaded power poles not only occupy the their walking space, also the criss-crossing wires overhead are invitations for safety hazards.

Oct 31, reporter visited the community management office to find out why that area is in so much need for power. An […]Read more…

Mainland media call Hong Kong protestors extreme opposition

| September 28th, 2014

September 28 is a day to remember in Hong Kong history as it sees the emergence of what started as a student groups led peaceful march escalating into Hong Kong’s unprecedented protests and police crackdown. When almost every major west media was breaking the news, mainland media unsurprisingly treated the matter in complete opposite way – silence.

In fact, today’s headlines in the Hong Kong-Macau section on one of China’s biggest news portal ifeng are: 4 Chinese faces on the Nobel Prize […]Read more…

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

| September 27th, 2014

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

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

 

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

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…