Chinese photographer Zhao Huasen has manipulated photographs to make it look like commuters in China are riding around on invisible bikes. The series, titled Floating, is a challenge to what it means to really ‘see’ in the photographs.
Plastic nipples getting painted. Heaps of disembodied plastic body parts. This Zhejiang factory churns out cheap sex dolls for US$16 a bod and apparently sells more than 50,000 sex dolls to Japan and Korea annually. Which makes us wonder: what is the world population of sex dolls like?
Only in China. No, wait, only in Shanghai would you find a Marriage Market at People’s Park, which operates every weekend and attracts, literally, hundreds of people all in the united quest of finding the perfect match for their child, their sibling, or occasionally, themselves. So how does it work? Simple. Parents post basic bios of their unwed children on the fences. Interested parties peruse the bios and make their selections. And the rest is in the hands of fate.
Apparently there is a village in China where everyone has perfect vision. When people of that village spend time way for work, they start developing sight problems and get glasses. However, when they return home, their vision returns to normal after a few months. Supposedly, it’s because in the modern world, we spend so much time staring at things near us (computer screens, books, etc), whereas our eyes naturally want to spend a lot of time staring at intricate, branching structures like trees and also off into the far distance.
The T30 can not only pride itself in being a five-star hotel, but also the hotel that took 15 days to be constructed from ground up. While its lines are plain and conventional, a 9.0 magnitude resistant building that employs the use of state of the art air filtration technology and sustainable building features in [...]
A decade ago, work began on a Disneyland rip-off amusement park near the Great Wall of China outside Beijing. As per many development projects in China, disputes over property prices between government officials and local farmers caused the construction of Wonderland to grind to a halt, and it’s been sitting half-built and falling into ruin ever since. Reuters just posted some haunting photos of the park.
Lately, I’ve found myself connected to stories of men and nature: I read and saw 127 Hours, Into the Wild, and more recently The Longest Way, a video made by German student Christoph Rehage. His original plan was to walk from Beijing to Germany, but he only ended up doing 4646km in China. His video [...]
This is set to begin construction next year in Huangzhou and looks amazing. If this is where China wants to go as global superpower, I am in. It looks like an Opera House for comics and the Dutch firm MVRDV, who won the pitch, designed the complex around the shape of the speech bubble. It will have three comics libraries, interactive light displays on the outer surfaces.
I got to see this exhibit at the Tate in London last November after a European tour. Weiwei commissioned workshops in Jingdezhen, China to make 100 million unique, hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds. Then they were transported to London and spread across the turbine hall floor in a thick blanket. It was a thing to behold: [...]
The artist Ai Wei Wei was arrested and has been missing since April 3. Raise a voice and sign this petition for his release. Apparently the website hosting the petition, which was started by the Guggenheim Museum, has been cyber-attacked. So even though it’s a challenge to make a difference, someone is paying attention.
Is there anything the Chinese aren’t beating the world at? A 76 year-old man, Baojun Yuan, has been offering his Photoshop skills for free to his fellow citizens, having mastered Photoshop at the ripe young age of 60. Apparently he has already restored over 2,000 photographs. We bow down.
Internationally renowned contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, who has been subject to increasing pressure and intimidation from Chinese authorities, was recently detained again, resulting in global outrage.
This selection of elegantly designed Chinese public health posters date between the mid-1930s and the late-1950s and warn about aspirin tablets, hand-washing, and how to ‘get rid of the four pests’. We love.
This year’s Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, staged over 603,000 square meters, was a stunning exhibition of colour and creativity amongst mounds and mounds of ice and imagination.