This plucky 7-year-old drove his drunken, spaced-out dad all the way home

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By Kenny Ong in News on Tuesday 17 February 2015

In the city of Yizhou, Guangxi in China, onlookers rubbed their eyes in disbelief when they saw a small child driving a motorised tractor vehicle through the streets, his father sound asleep in the back.

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This bizarre Chinese contest sees pigs being carried on an icy runway

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Friday 13 February 2015

If you missed out on this year’s annual pig-carrying competition, you’re going to have to wait another 12 months before seeing (or competing in) it again. This very strange and unique contest takes place in Changsha, Hunan Province every year. It involved participants running/sliding down an icy track, accompanied by a Ningxiang pig.

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An inside tour of public and private art at 798 Art District, Beijing

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By David Langley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 11 February 2015

Starting in the 1950’s, 798 was originally part of the 718 Factory district of Beijing. During the “Great Leap Forward” the recently formed People’s Republic of China constructed a massive district for the people to live and work on a variety of military and civilian equipment. 798, in particular, was where the ammunitions factories were located.

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These resilient kids from Yunnan attend school at sub zero tempertures, with icicles in their hair

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By Kenny Ong in News on Tuesday 3 February 2015

As temperatures plummet to minus 5 celsius, these plucky children of Yunnan Province in China walk for two hours to get to school daily. Many do not own scarves and headwear and so they arrive at school with hair that is literally frozen. Zhang Jingfu, the headmaster of their school, took these pictures of the students to raise awareness about their plight during the freezing months.

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13 tons of candy were laid on this Chinese street for a very sweet and worthy cause

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By Kenny Ong in New Events on Thursday 29 January 2015

Welcome to the world’s sweetest street. At 607 feet long and 23 feet wide, Chengdu Street in Sichuan province of Southern China has been covered with 13 tons of candy, and it’s all for a good cause. In celebration of the Chinese New Year on February 19, 2000, volunteers took to this street and placed […]

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These colourful mountainous slopes in China make us want to run for the hills

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 20 January 2015

Somewhere in China’s Gansu province is Zhangye Danxia, an unusually colorful national geopark located in the northern foothills of Linze and Sunan counties’ Qillian Mountains.

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If you’re still building the same old snowman year after year, you may be frozen in time

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Thursday 25 December 2014

If you have been faithfully building a snowman year after year, and not even an abominable one at that, perhaps you may want to do something different this year. As you can see from these pictures taken in China and Japan, they run the gamut from anime characters to favorite destinations and even ice cold […]

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

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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?

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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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