Kowloon Walled City photographed by Greg Girard and Ian Lambot

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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