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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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China vs Chinatown

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Wednesday 8 May 2013

With her minimalistic China vs Chinatown split-panel graphic series, New York-based art director Mengwen Xiang views Chinatown as a stereotype of China, and contrasts the two against each other. It’s brilliant, subtle, wicked and makes for a quick educational crash course about the world’s most populated country.

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Entertainment: the epic new music video from Phoenix

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By Annie Churdar in New Music on Friday 26 April 2013

The video for Entertainment, the first single from Phoenix’s album Bankrupt!, is a dozen Asian soap operas mashed together to create the most epic visual experience possible. I love all the colours and confusing drama. Even though the song lyrics are in English, Phoenix masterfully creates the feeling of confusion typically experienced while watching a foreign film.

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The latest fad in China? Dogs in pantyhose, of course

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 10 April 2013

Seems like the Chinese have just invented a new way to punish their dogs: make them strap on some pantyhose, and stilettos too, for added sexiness. Is it just us, or do most of the dogs in the pictures sport a resigned look on their face? It’s amusing for all of one second, but quickly […]

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World’s first panda hotel in China’s Sichuan province

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Cool Travel on Wednesday 6 March 2013

The Haoduo Panda Hotel is the world’s first panda-themed hotel, where everything from the decor to the staff are pandas (well, people in panda costumes). Nestled at the foot of Emei Mountain in China’s Sichuan province, the panda hotel will officially open in May, with rates starting at about $45 per night.

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This is what our grandparents think of when they hear about Twitter

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By Lost At E Minor in New Photography on Thursday 28 February 2013

Imagine what Twitter might have looked like some 30 years ago. Imagine what our grandparents think of when they hear about Twitter. Gaston Lisak puts those thoughts in this context: ‘my grandma, like all the grandma’s in the neighborhood, used to own a bird as a pet. However, nowadays the bird cage is open and […]

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Black and white photos of 1920s China

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By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Tuesday 26 February 2013

During the turn of the 19th century, China was home to a lovely clash of East-meets-West culture. And lucky for us, Louis-Philippe Messelier, a French wool trader turned photojournalist, was there to capture the energy of the period in this series of black and white photos. Anything from unusual street performers, pristine countryside, film studios, […]

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Photographs of China’s bodyguards toughening up

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Monday 28 January 2013

Photographer Ed Jones offers us a peep at the serious regimen that over 40 bodyguard trainees in China wake up to daily before dawn, like braving sub-zero temperatures and martial arts bootcamps under former Portuguese special forces bodyguard Marco Borges. They will eventually go on to provide security for Chinese investors in places such as Africa and the Middle East.

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Shan-Shui City: city of mountains and water

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By Cormack O'Connor in Architecture on Thursday 24 January 2013

Architect Ma Yansong has designed a whole new city in China that towers into the sky like a beautiful mountain range, symbolizing nature as an abstraction of reality. With a built-in waterfall and connecting bridges, the towers, dubbed Shan-Shui City (‘the city of mountains and water’), are a place for people to work, socialize and live.

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