China turns Olympic Stadium into colourful underwater theme park

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Annie Churdar Contributor

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

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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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Kowloon Walled City photographed by Greg Girard and Ian Lambot

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Friday 27 September 2013

Notorious for drugs and crime, Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City was once thought to be the most densely populated place in the world. Over 50,000 people were crammed into 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, which made for intolerably unsanitary conditions and anarchic political turmoil. Photographers Greg Girard and Ian Lambot spend five years living in the […]

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Hello Kitty launches Banana Beer for women

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Thursday 26 September 2013

It’s hard to avoid Hello Kitty these days (toy stores, bookstores, grocery stores–she’s everywhere!) and soon when you visit your local bar in China or Taiwan, you’ll be greeted with that super sweet feline’s smile – on a beer can! Hello Kitty marketers say these new fruit-flavored beers (banana, peach, lemon-lime, passion fruit) are targeted towards women, with each can containing just 2.5% alcohol content (half of a Budweiser).

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Xbox One leaked in China, well the casing anyway

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Thursday 19 September 2013

If you can’t wait for November, you can now get your hands on an Xbox One.. casing that is. Though the console isn’t set for release yet in the US or in any other part of the world, Microsoft’s Xbox One is already available in China via local manufacturers. With their secret Xbox One cloning […]

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Frighteningly dystopian urban spaces in China that have been abandoned

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 17 September 2013

Looking at these pictures of failed urban planning in China — including deserted cities in Inner Mongolia and Tianjin that could not attract residents, a sprawling shopping mall in Guangdong lacking in shop tenants, and an unfinished amusement park outside of Beijing that never opened — we are reminded of just how much unexplored terrain […]

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Chinese zoo tried to pass a dog off as a lion

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Friday 16 August 2013

A zoo in China’s People’s Park of Luohe has reportedly been attempting to pass off common species as exotic species. One such attempt involved a Tibetan mastiff masquerading as an African lion, but as you might guess, nobody was fooled. As a result of the lion scandal, the zoo is currently under fire from, well, everyone.

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This audacious and illegal rooftop mountain villa in China? It’s priceless

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 15 August 2013

You’ve got to love how people always find a way to work around the law. Well, until the law catches up with them. Apparently, a guy from China who owns a chain of acupuncture clinics has been steadily building a mountain retreat since 2007 — complete with trees, fake rocks and the such — on […]

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Rainbow Mountains in China’s Danxia Landform Geological Park

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Tuesday 6 August 2013

At first glance, you’d assume that these images couldn’t possibly be real. Surprisingly, they are actual mountains in China’s Danxia Landform Geological Park. The incredible colours are the result of layers of sandstone and various minerals, which the mountain range its vivid patterns.

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The Chinese found a way to grow teeth from human pee

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 2 August 2013

Hmm, what’s this? A bunch of Chinese scientists from Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health have actually regenerated teeth successfully using stem cells from human pee, which spells very real implications for teeth replacement options. Gross factor aside, there’s another catch: these grown teeth aren’t as hard as natural teeth. Still, it’s early days. As […]

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China’s Nail Houses: owners refusing to budge for the sake of development

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By Francis Andrews in New Trends on Thursday 1 August 2013

The West doesn’t look too kindly on China’s human rights record. But while homeowners across the US can have their property seized by any government official brandishing an ‘eminent decree’ order, the Chinese don’t seem so gung ho. At least in some cases. This means that rather than the bulldozers barreling in and flattening whatever […]

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Forget guard dogs, China’s taking to guard geese

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 31 July 2013

We’ve known geese to be a feisty bunch yes, but who knew they’d make good partners in, er, fighting crime? In the Xinjiang province of China, the boys in blue are using geese to watch over the police stations at night.

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China’s New Century Global Center is the world’s largest building

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Architecture on Friday 19 July 2013

A year ago, the largest building in the world was Dubai’s International Airport terminal 3. As of July 1, China’s New Century Global Center steals the title at 1.2 million square feet and 18 stories. This colossal building is in the mega-city of Chengdu, and it contains 14 IMAX screens, restaurants, hotels, plenty of shopping, […]

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Anti-pervert hairy stockings for young Chinese girls

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By Cheyenne Tulsa in New Trends on Tuesday 25 June 2013

China’s micro blogging site, Sina Weibo, posted this photo of a pair of hairy-leg tights, reportedly for young girls to wear in the summer to prevent the perverts. As mentioned (seriously) on the site: ‘Super sexy, summertime anti-pervert full-leg of hair stockings are essential for all young girls going out’. I don’t know where one […]

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