Heartwarming! China’s homeless embrace learning at Hangzhou’s open library

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in News on Wednesday 10 December 2014

As China’s first library that opens its doors to all visitors without charging them for access, the Library of Hangzhou is said to be the country’s most open library as well as the ‘warmest library in China’s history’ by netizens. This open-ness has even led the library to be a haven for Zhejiang capital’s homeless […]

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There are cars and more cars and . . . is that a giant ferris wheel on this bridge in China?

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Tuesday 9 December 2014

Possibly the only ferris wheel on a bridge in the world, the Tianjin Eye is a 120 meter (394 feet) tall giant of its kind built above the Yongle Bridge which spans over the Hai River in Tianjin, China. Electrically powered, it has 48 passenger capsules. Each accommodates eight passengers and takes 30 minutes to […]

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This flower turns amazingly transparent when touched by raindrops

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Tuesday 18 November 2014

The Diphylleia Grayi is a wonderfully unique flower whose petals turn clear as glass when it’s splattered with raindrops. Commonly referred to as the skeleton flower, it hails from the moist wooded mountainsides in the colder regions of China and Japan. The flowers come out in late spring, with large, fuzzy green, umbrella-like foliage topped […]

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These fire hydrants were creatively painted to spread the message of fire safety

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Wednesday 12 November 2014

The city of Wenzhou in China held a fire hydrant painting competition recently as part of its efforts to increase fire safety awareness. 200 contestants took part, aged four to 90 and everyone was determined to unleash their creativity on an unsuspecting public.

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Keep calm at the doctors with the resident stress reliever: a ginger tabby cat!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 October 2014

Visiting the doctor can be a really terrifying experience if you think about all those needles, all those tools poking and prodding you, and of course, all those diagnoses. But one clinic in China has kept their patients’ worries at bay by employing the help of a four-legged friend.

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Woman rips apart ATM when it wouldn’t let her withdraw cash

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in News on Friday 24 October 2014

What do you do when an ATM wouldn’t let you withdraw any cash? I’ll roll my eyes, mutter an expletive under my breath and make a call to the bank’s hotline. Not this woman from Guangdong, China who literally took matters in her own hands and ripped the ATM apart!

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The stuff people wear when they collect their lottery winnings

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Friday 24 October 2014

What do you get dressed in when you are about to collect your US$85 million in lottery jackpot winnings? It’s a no brainer, right? A bear costume, of course. Which is what this lucky Chinese man donned when he claimed this amount in the Shanxi province of China, incidentally also the third-largest jackpot in the history of the Shanxi lottery. Still keeping the costume resolutely on when he spoke to the media, the mystery winner said he spends about US$3,200 to US$4,900 on lottery tickets annually.

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Man with no legs conquered the most dangerous mountain in China

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in News on Thursday 16 October 2014

Jianmen Pass is unanimously touted as the most dangerous mountain road in China and poses a challenge for any able-bodied person to reach its peak. Yet one person has successfully reached the top, despite having lost both his legs in an accident. Chen Zhou completed an arduous  journey of 2,080 meters on the steep and dangerous road, with some of the slopes reaching 96 degrees, and cliffs standing more than 400-meters high.

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This man scoured the beach for one million seashells to stick onto his house

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Tuesday 7 October 2014

When we were very young, we recited ‘She sells seashells by the seashore’ in its entirety to see who would get their tongue twisted. Well, Xiao Yongsheng from Lingshan Island of China’s Shandong province has put those seashells to better use instead. He spent two years building a shell house by decorating the outer walls and the roof with more than one million colorful shells he collected on his own private beach.

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You can now have a girlfriend via your mobile phone and determine the number of days you keep her

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Monday 29 September 2014

Some vendors on Taobao, China’s leading e-commerce website, are offering virtual girlfriend services via mobile phones to men. The girlfriend services, which cost 20-30 yuan (US$3-$5) a day, involve hired female employees sending messages and calling male customers via mobile phones and online messaging applications to wake up them up in the morning, listen to their complaints, encourage them when they are not motivated and say good night to them before bed.

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Yes, you’re seeing correctly: these really are peaches in sexy panties

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Trends on Tuesday 5 August 2014

There’s a new craze sweeping China’s Yangshan, an area known as much for its fruit as it is for its lingerie: panty-wearing peaches. That’s right, it’s rows and rows of peaches in panties, designed to make the luscious peaches look that much more appealing to prospective buyers. And it seems to be working. As for […]

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Chinese company uses 3D printing to build ten houses in one day

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Friday 11 July 2014

3D printing is fast changing the way we manufacture objects, from tools and toys, to clothing, and even body parts. Recently, giant 3D printers in China were able to produce ten houses in just one day, and at a cost of less than US$5,000 per house, proving just how time and cost efficient 3D printing […]

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The Chinese have invented an automatic sperm extractor … where to begin?

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Tech on Monday 30 June 2014

We’re not sure if this is the greatest thing to ever happen to MANkind, or the very worst. A new machine is hitting Chinese hospitals, which according to the urology director of Nanjing Hospital is designed ‘to help individuals that are finding it difficult to retrieve sperm the old fashioned way’.

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Chinese girl shows Victoria Secret models how it’s really done

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Fashion on Thursday 5 June 2014

One Chinese ‘lingerie lady’ has been titillating numerous eyeballs at her lingerie stall within a marketplace in Fengrun District of Tangshan City, Hebei Province of China. Not one to let her good looks and sexy bod go to waste, our lass has been wearing nothing but the very skimpy products she is selling while striking supermodel poses for all and sundry.

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Are your pets lonely? Sign them up for SmellMe, China’s pet-only social network

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 21 May 2014

The mainland Chinese have been consistently making a stir in the tech scene, and now they have one more thing to add to that list: SmellMe, a social networking platform just for pets. Apparently it is still in its early days with ‘only’ 500,000 registered users on it. Besides making social updates via the mobile […]

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