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June 2015 Issue | by Ankur Shah | Hidden Hangzhou

Old Dog, New Tricks

Dismiss this gem of a place as a mere tourist trap at your peril. Even in these days of widespread Disneyfication, there’s a lot more to Hangzhou than meets the eye

June 2015 Issue | by Sean Silbert

The Big Freeze

May 2015 Issue | by Alice Stevenson | Spellbinding Yunnan


One of China’s most spectacular hiking trails has remained aloof from the development that has ruined others

May 2015 Issue | by Sean Silbert | flavor of the month

Once you pop…

April 2015 Issue | by Kenneth Kagan | Tempting Tainan


Tell any Taiwanese that you’re going to Tainan, and that morsel of information will quickly dominate the rest of the conversation.

April 2015 Issue | by Sean Silbert | flavor of the month

Links to the Past

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March 2015 Issue | by Will Philipps | Tranquil Xinjiang

The Silk Railroad

Few foreign visitors to Xinjiang in China’s northwest make the journey by train–even fewer would ever consider going during the region’s punishing winter. Our writer braves minus-20 temperatures in order to beat the tourist crowds

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March 2015 Issue | by Sean Silbert | flavor of the month

Bean there, done that

February 2015 Issue | by Alexa Macdonald | Sacred Shaanxi

Brushing Fingers with the Buddha

While the pursuit of tourist dollars has eroded the serene rural setting of the Famen Temple in Shaanxi Province, descending into its underground palace allows even the casual visitor to step onto genuinely hallowed ground

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February 2015 Issue | by Sean Silbert | flavor of the month

Feed a cold

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January 2015 Issue | by Lisa Gay | Historic Zhouzhuang

Family Matters

You can barely move in Zhouzhuang without bumping into an ancient something-or-other. While the relics are well preserved, the town’s real pull is its honor roll of prominent residents

January 2015 Issue | by Sean Silbert | flavor of the month

Bubble bubble

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Editor's Picks

Sex for Snacks

In cities like Shanghai and Chongqing, a handful of high school…[More]

Worked to Death

A growing number of young Chinese white-collar employees are dying of…[More]


How Communism’s most controversial theorist finally found an audience – in…[More]

What do Chinese People Want?

“I wish I could do what you do.”…[More]


A student of Buddhism with a keen interest in China’s…[More]

Prize Fighter

Elevated into the State-approved pantheon of great Chinese writers thanks to…[More]

Dams in Distress

In 1975, over 60 dams collapsed after a rainstorm in Zhumadian city, Henan…[More]

Pathologically Politicized

Practitioners at all levels concur that “messy” is the word that…[More]


China’s indigenous honey bee is under threat from both environmental…[More]

Exam Boot Camp

A middle school in Anhui province has earned a reputation for…[More]

The New Class

China’s growing online education market has attracted the attention of…[More]

From Stall to Mall

Taobao’s shift towards a business-to-consumer model has come at a…[More]

In Whose Court?

The failure of the country’s administrative litigation system has prompted…[More]

Tradition on Trial

After Confucianism made the maintenance of inequality between the sexes fundamental…[More]

Inevitable Brutality

The vicious murder of a doctor in a Zhejiang hospital shows…[More]

Progress or Pornography?

A new sex education primer aimed at elementary school-age children has…[More]

Graft Breeds Graft

The gap between the investigation and prosecution of official corruption cases…[More]

Saving Nature

The concept of animal welfare is yet to be widely acknowledged…[More]

Problem Solved?

Former Politburo member Bo Xilai’s public trial sends mixed messages…[More]

An Avoidable Tragedy

Poor city planning and lax safety regulations turned a minor gas…[More]


A 74-year-old man surnamed Xie from Shenyang, Liaoning Province was duped out of 420,000 yuan (US$69,342), despite bank employees’ efforts to…[More]


A policeman pulled his gun to dissuade villagers from stealing oranges…[More]

Who Cares?

A new law decrees that all Chinese citizens are now obliged…[More]

Mean Streets

The chengguan system has become the most visible symptom of a…[More]

How do Chinese people live?

So, the bottom line is that Beijing is an expensive place.…[More]

Back in Action

After stagnating for 10 years, China’s SOE reform has fired up…[More]


The hanging coffins of the Bo people, a Chinese ethnic minority…[More]


Wang Xun, an archeologist with Peking University, arranged the bones of…[More]

Trust Trip

Embarking on a three-month car journey around China without handing over…[More]

Fading Lights

For those who grew up under the bright lights of China…[More]