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June 2016 Issue | by Liu Danqing | Zhang Huoding

Lone Star

Zhang Huoding’s intense discipline and talent propelled her to opera greatness, making her a bright star in a fading firmament

June 2016 Issue | by Rong Xiaoqing | Sent-down Youth

Facing Suf-fering

During the Cultural Revolution, millions of urban youth were sent to labor in the countryside for “re-education.” Almost 40 years later, two of them wrote a cantata about the experience that has since reverberated around the world

Photo by Dong Jiexu

May 2016 Issue | by Wen Tianyi | Xu Bing

Dragonfly Eyes

Prominent visual artist Xu Bing’s first feature film is composed solely of footage from China’s millions of surveillance cameras, altering viewers’ concepts of reality and showing them just how often they are being watched

Photo by Zhen Hongge

May 2016 Issue | by Chen Wei | Lü Jingren


Lü Jingren, one of China’s best-regarded book designers, believes the bookbinder’s art will always bring life to the printed word

April 2016 Issue | by Long Longfei, Wang Yan, Chen Wei | Guanxi Necropolis

Tomb of a Lost Emperor?

A four-year archeological dig in southern China has unearthed what is believed to be the 2,100-year-old burial site of one-time emperor, the first Marquis of Haihun

April 2016 Issue | by Wang Yan | Guanxi Necropolis

The Pain of Preservation

The excavation of the ancient tomb of a nobleman believed to be one-time emperor the Marquis of Haihun is providing China with an opportunity to showcase its latest breakthroughs in the field of conservation

Photo provided by Kim Young-hee

April 2016 Issue | by Fu Yao | Kim Young-hee

Godfather of Variety

One of South Korea’s leading impresarios has arrived in China to tap into a seemingly unquenchable thirst for reality TV

Photo by CFP

April 2016 Issue | by Wen Tianyi, Wan Jiahua | Kung Fu Panda 3


The decision to release two separate versions of Kung Fu Panda 3 – one for China, one for other world markets – proves how far Hollywood is willing to go to tap into the meteoric Chinese box office

Photo by Dong Jiexu

March 2016 Issue | by Wen Tianyi | Xu Lei


Despite being one of China’s most successful and well-paid authors, Xu Lei, who writes under the pen name Nanpai Sanshu, struggles to balance celebrity with a deep-seated need to escape from reality

February 2016 Issue | by Zhou Fengting, Yuan Ye | Documentarian Zhou Hao

Glimpse Into Chaos

By gaining exclusive access to the daily working life of a Chinese city mayor, fly-on-the-wall director Zhou Hao has enlivened public perceptions of a rich, complex social sphere

February 2016 Issue | by Wan Jiahuan | Director Feng Xiaogang

In Front of the Camera

After a two-year break from the film industry, director Feng Xiaogang, known mainly for his many light-hearted blockbusters, returns as a lead actor in an action flick. NewsChina talks with Feng about his new choice, the motivation behind it and what’s to come

Illustration by Leng Bingchuan

January 2016 Issue | by Wen Tianyi | Eileen Chang

Closing the Book

Two decades after her death, Eileen Chang remains one of China’s legendary modern writers. The recent release of new versions of two of her manuscripts makes the author’s oeuvre complete at last on the Chinese mainland

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