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China’s other Muslims

THE faithful are returning from the <i>haj</i>. Waiting for prayers outside the Great Mosque in Tongxin, a remote town in the western province of Ningxia, Li …


China passes a milestone in business travel

In recent years China has become a world beater on several fronts. It is now a leading economy, does the most trade in luxury goods and is the …


A spending freeze by high-rolling Chinese tourists is scaring Europe’s luxury industry

Chinese shoppers buy more luxury goods than anyone else in the world. They account for 31% of global luxury purchases, according to consulting firm Bain & Company. They also do about 80% of their buying outside mainland China, where currency exchange rates and import tariffs mean higher prices. For …

Stock Markets

Why China Lacks Creativity

Beijing is focusing on the wrong problems<p>Every autumn when the Nobel Committee announces its latest winners it sets off another round in the anxious …

Nobel Prize

A 'Lost' Daughter Speaks, and All of China Listens

Author embraces a birth mother; one of her daughters stands in the background. Image credit: Chutian Metropolitan Daily<p>To date, I haven’t found my …

Chinese New Year

I have seen the future of media, and it's in China

In China, 668 million people use the internet, overwhelmingly via smartphones. That's twice the entire U.S. population. But thanks to the Great …


WeChat : « Notre stratégie pour nous développer en Europe

WeChat est un service mobile chinois qui combine messagerie, réseau social, plateforme de paiements, d’achats et de réservations en direct : on peut …

Chinese Scions’ Song: My Daddy’s Rich and My Lamborghini’s Good-Looking

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Andy Guo, an 18-year-old Chinese immigrant, loves driving his red Lamborghini Huracán. He does not love having to share the car with his twin brother, Anky.<p>“There’s a lot of conflict,” Mr. Guo said, as a crowd of admirers gazed at the vehicle and its vanity license …

British Columbia

A Week Behind The Great Firewall Of China

Living in a world of only Chinese apps–no Google, Facebook, Twitter!–made me appreciate how remarkable the country’s Internet actually is.<p>Last year, the Chinese government made me open a Yahoo account. Well, sort of. I was headed to China for the first time in four years, and I knew I would have a …


Abandoned architectural marvels in China's largest ghost town

<b>(CNN) —</b> Once intended to accommodate over one million residents, the new town of Kangbashi in northern China is today home to just one-tenth of its projected population.<p>In the early 2000s, Chinese government officials poured over $1 billion into the development of the city, several miles south of …


Ordos, China's largest ghost town - the abandoned city that's an architectural marvel - CNN Style

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Ghost Towns

30 charts and maps that explain China today

The visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the U.S. has prompted lots of definitive articles explaining China. We here at Wonkblog put together a voluminous one of our own.<p>But maybe you prefer not to read so many words, and just look at pictures instead. If that's the case, here are 30 charts and …


Before it's too late: Hong Kong author documents Chinese in Cuba

Hongkongers often have personal links with Chinese communities around the world, but former academic Louie Kin-sheun is a rare resident with a …


The song dynasty

LAST year a kitschy animated video about the drafting of China’s new five-year economic plan, probably commissioned by the government, attempted to …


Are publishers getting it wrong over the labelling of sponsored content?

Conventional wisdom on how to disclose that native advertising is advertising is at odds with new academic research<p>Let’s run a quick test of your native advertising nous.<p>A brand has commissioned some content that looks like deep and engaging editorial for a news site.<p>There are striking images, …

Digital Advertising

Charting China’s Rising Individualism in Names, Songs, and Attitudes

China has experienced rapid changes over the past five decades. From 1979 to 2015, Chinese GDP per capita increased from 2.7% of U.S. GDP per capita to 23.6%. Average wages increased sixfold, while absolute poverty declined from 41% of the population to approximately 5%. While the economic change …


Xiaomi's $45bn formula for success (and no, it's not 'copy Apple')

There's an easy-to-miss showroom on Maofang Road, in north Beijing's Haidian District, where you can lean over long pale-wood Apple Store-type …

New York Times

China’s ancient treasures under siege from army of tomb raiders

It’s perhaps not surprising that grave robbing has a long tradition in China – after all, Chinese civilisation stretches back several thousand years. …

Food & Dining

China Hopes to Outgrow Its 'Weird Architecture' Trend

The country wants stricter building standards—and fewer teapot-shaped buildings and knockoff White Houses.<p>Some of China’s most eye-catching buildings can only be described as “weird”: A hotel made in the form of traditional gods, a teapot-shaped information center, and of course, the CCTV tower, …

The Golden Generation

Why China’s super-rich send their children abroad.<p>On a crisp Sunday morning in November, Weymi Cho picked me up at my hotel, in downtown Vancouver, in her new car, a white Maserati GranTurismo with a red leather interior. She had slept only two hours the night before. A new karaoke machine had been …

Xi Jinping

Twenty-Somethings in Taiwan and the Country’s First Female President

Last week, Chou Tzuyu, a sixteen-year-old Taiwanese singer famous for being one-ninth of the multinational Korean pop group Twice, released a short video under the orders of her management company, JYP Entertainment. Unlike her usual spritely self, Tzuyu looked as though she’d been taken hostage, …