Weirdest fountain in the world? This one in China is made from 10,000 toilets

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 28 February 2014

In Foshan, China, you can find the number one contender for the title of ‘Weirdest Fountain in the World’. There exists an installation built out of 10,000 recycled toilets, sinks, and urinals, covering a 100 meter long and 5 meter high wall. The public art piece was created by artist Shu Yong, who spent two months creating the bizarre sight.

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Guys get put in ‘store rooms’ in Chinese malls while waiting for their partners to shop

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 20 January 2014

Apparently, Chinese malls understand consumer behavior – or should we say anti-consumer behavior – so well that some of them have even set aside some sort of store room for unenthusiastic guys to be kept in as they wait for their partners to be done with their retail therapy.

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This guy outsourced his job to China so he could watch cat videos all day

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 14 January 2014

What is this? An enterprising code developer working for a US infrastructure firm actually outsourced his entire job to a Chinese company so all he had to do every day was to turn up in office at 9am, go on Reddit, watch cat videos, take a lunch break, go on Ebay, check Facebook and LinkedIn updates, hand in a work report for the day, then knock off at 5pm sharp.

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Slightly embarrassing childhood photos of kids growing up in China

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Thursday 9 January 2014

Given a choice between laughing and wincing at these embarrassing childhood photos, we’d obviously go for the former. But only because of two things: 1. we aren’t one of the kiddos pictured and 2. no one was cruel enough to take a picture in our time to scar us for life. Double score.

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What happens when a crane operator is also into photography?

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Friday 27 December 2013

What do you get when you give a crane operator a camera? Amazing, award-winning photographs of Shanghai’s rising skyline, that’s what. Wei Gensheng is a crane operator working on the tallest building in China and second tallest in the world, the Shanghai Tower. At 121 storeys tall, it’s fairly easy to say that Gensheng has […]

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The lost underwater city of Shi Cheng in China

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Thursday 19 December 2013

Atlantis isn’t the only underwater world around. In China, underneath the man-made lake of Qiandao, sits the ancient city of Shi Cheng. The city, dubbed as Lion City because of nearby Five Lion Mountain, is a 1,300 year old city that was submerged 53 years ago. The Chinese flooded the valley to make way for […]

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App tells people in China when air is safe and sort of clean

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Friday 22 November 2013

Dustin Grzesik, a geophysicist by training, has done the population of China a big favor. He’s developed an app, Banshirne, that ‘predicts when the capital will enjoy its next bout of clean air’. Amusing to some, yeah, but China faces a dire situation, with air pollution levels having reached up to 800 last year (50 […]

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Chinese artists will handpaint your Instagram Pic

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 22 November 2013

If you think you’ve got an Instagram pic worthy of wall space, pixeli.st might be for you. This company offers handmade oil paintings from your face Instagrams and photos, with the tagline ‘your pixels, our paint’. It’s really quite amazing how realistic their paintings are.

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China home to world’s largest ball pit

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 7 November 2013

Kids seem to have all the fun when it comes to amusement parks and traveling shows, so why not give the adults some excitement? China sure knows how to do just that! As part of the Kerry Hotel’s “Pink October” campaign and raising awareness of breast cancer prevention, they added 1 million pink and green […]

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Rooms with no view: Fake windows adorn these apartments in China

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 5 November 2013

In the latest on China’s notoriety for fake products, three buildings of a high-rise residential complex in the Shibei district of Qingdao have been gaining a lot of attention for sporting fake painted windows on their walls. Just… wow.

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The radiation mask trend in China

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Saturday 2 November 2013

With China’s air pollution problem, these masks are the perfect accessory for residents who want to protect their lungs. However, there is one catch: these are not masks for air pollution. These are masks for radiation from computers. These peculiar things are called “fang fushe mian ju.” They cover the entire face (with openings for […]

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Photos from the smog-filled Chinese city of Harbin

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Thursday 24 October 2013

No this isn’t the foggy town of Silent Hill. That fog also isn’t fog; it’s smog. Welcome to the northern city of Harbin, China, home to 11 million people. In the past days, school has been cancelled, the airport has been closed, and certain bus routes have been suspended due to the city’s serious smog […]

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China turns Olympic Stadium into colourful underwater theme park

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Saturday 19 October 2013

It’s an open secret that many structures that were built specifically for the Olympics, eventually become white elephants – a valuable but burdensome possession whose cost of upkeep is more troublesome than its worth. Many of these magnificent buildings, once the pride and joy of the host country, end up decrepit and abandoned.

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One million cockroaches escape from farm in Jiangsu

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By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Monday 7 October 2013

Recently, a mob of cockroaches swarmed away from their nursery in China when an “unknown perpetrator” broke in. The cockroaches were being kept in a nursery in Jiangsu, China for use in traditional Chinese medicine. Apparently, the number of escaped cockroaches was reported as being at least one million. That’s a lot of creepy crawlies to […]

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Man free-climbs 268-metre building in China

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Friday 4 October 2013

Michael Kemeter is one crazy Austrian! He’s a daredevil who has absolutely no fear and he’s just proved it with a 268-meter free climb of one of the tallest buildings in the Hunan capital of Changsha. Watch the video and see as he makes the 90 minute climb look like a piece of cake, and […]

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