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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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).
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.