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  • A life governed by apps

    2013-03-14 10:05

    Another day begins with the shrill call of the phone's alarm. Where are you? Open your eyes. Turn the alarm off, a swig of water unglues your tongue and you start working out on your apps.

  • Chinese haircuts for good luck

    2013-03-14 09:37

    Barbershops enjoyed brisk trade on Wednesday, as it was a lucky day to get a haircut according to Chinese tradition.

  • Overseas students younger, more diverse

    2013-03-13 10:03

    Increasing numbers of Chinese students are opting to learn practical rather than purely academic skills overseas. A fascination with wood

  • Listen to your body before it's too late

    2013-03-13 09:27

    China now has about 230 million people with cardiovascular diseases, in the high risk group of having heart problems and stroke. Playing with fate

  • Mother's milk

    2013-03-13 09:08

    With many Chinese families having only one child, parents give their babies the best they can afford, especially when it comes to milk and food.

  • Eat, drink, live China

    2013-03-12 05:41

    The Pairi Daiza zoo is a 40-minute drive south of Brussels, set among farmland, forest and zigzagging country roads. Zoo chief Eric Domb sees it as a platform that exhibits animals, plants and people, and also civilization manifested in eight "worlds" set out over several hectares of what he calls paradise.

  • Top Cats

    2013-03-11 15:32

    Feline beauty contest in Beijing will have animal-lovers purring next weekend

  • Seeking deliberation in a scarf

    2013-03-11 15:26

    Some luxury labels have seen the importance of time-intensive handicraft art, trying to preserve and popularize it. Barking up the right tree

  • 20-year-old dog and 140-year-old human

    2013-03-11 14:02

    Of all the philosophies, ancient or modern, Western or Chinese, Daoism values life most dearly.

  • Cultural regulators set to be merged

    2013-03-11 13:14

    The planned merger of two regulators, one on press and the other on broadcasting, will boost the development of Chinese culture and increase its global influence.

  • Fan plans simple for this band

    2013-03-11 10:42

    Members of Canadian rock band Simple Plan have had such close ties with fans that the two sides have even collaborated on a song.

  • Star power

    2013-03-09 08:09

    While the debate rages on whether a movie project should be director-oriented or producer-oriented, Chinese stars are becoming more dexterous in handling both sides of the camera. Some, like Xu Zheng, have taken on the role of the director, with great success, and more are appearing in the credits of the lower-profile but no less crucial producer.

  • 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.