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  • Music a two-way street

    2013-05-03 10:14

    If you want to talk to Dick Mackridge about China, be prepared for him to burst into song.

  • Idiot box Needs to get smarter

    2013-05-03 10:14

    Song-and-dance duets are 78-year-old Ren Shuzhen's favorite, and like many other people in Northeast China, the resident of Jilin province spends almost the entire evening watching them.

  • Making an impact

    2013-05-02 10:04

    We Impact, a company that promotes sustainable lifestyles and business practices, has helped the pizza restaurant by suggesting ways it can improve its environmental footprint.

  • The green workplace

    2013-05-02 09:48

    Her position is still unique in a society that is just waking up to the value of being eco-friendly.

  • Class counts but hard to tell who's who

    2013-05-02 05:01

    While the rich are growing richer, it's the poor becoming middle-class who are driving China's booming economy and keeping the rest of the world afloat. So, who are China's middle class and how are they defined?

  • China changes its tune

    2013-04-26 11:14

    If you have been invited to a formal Chinese banquet or wedding in the past few decades, it is likely you were served a bowl of soup. Swimming within that bowl of soup may have been translucent strands: chewy in texture, thick like vermicelli and fairly innocuous in taste. If you lifted your spoon and ate a bite, you most likely had a taste of shark fin soup (鱼翅汤 yúchìtāng).

  • Worthy of an empress

    2013-04-26 11:14

    Anyone with an interest in Chinese history will know how difficult it was to flatter Dowager Cixi with gifts. With a huge collection of priceless objects in her possession, very little could impress the empress, who was known for her decadence.

  • Kite festival puts Weifang on the map

    2013-04-23 10:39

    The 30th Weifang International Kites Festival kicked off on April 20 in Shandong province's Weifang.

  • Aeronautics scholarship launched

    2013-04-23 10:29

    A scholarship provided to students of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics has been launched in Beijing.

  • Change of heart

    2013-04-19 11:21

    The first thing that drew university student Lu Song toward a volunteer position in Kenya was the opportunity to put the experience on applications for postgraduate study in the US. The second was the chance to spend a summer abroad having some adventures.

  • The bird man of Africa

    2013-04-19 11:21

    Zhang Jianwen is an adventurer. The 34-year-old has been to the heartlands of Africa and returned home with many a tale to tell.

  • Life of Guo

    2013-04-18 09:23

    Qingdao's Guo Chuan recently became the first Chinese person to sail solo around the world.

  • Group a building block for Africa

    An unusually heavy downpour hit Durban for two days before the BRICS summit's debut on African soil, but interest for a better platform for emerging markets were still sparked at the summit.