For his The Real Toy Story photography series, German artist Michael Wolf — who we’ve previously appreciated — visited toy factories in China to document the mass production of heaps of toys ranging from SpongeBob SquarePants to Mickey Mouse, as well as the factory workers behind the assembly, finer paintwork, and the such. Surprisingly, there are very few grumpy faces we spotted in there.
Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, which opens in Jan 2013, has an unusual design that’s seen it being compared — rather unkindly — to a toilet seat. Which puts it in similar company with another building in Suzhou, which has been dubbed a pair of underpants. People can be mean.
We all have a vision of what we think the future will look like. So what does the ever present growth of China mean for Westerners? That is the question China-based French photographer Benoit Cezard is trying to answer through his interesting and controversial series, China 2050. The series show Westerners performing a range of “blue collar” jobs that may currently be performed by poorer Chinese migrants – cleaners, construction workers and waiters are all included. Is this the future for the Western world?
Si Chan is a clothing designer from Macau, China, and I am in love with his menʼs collection for Fall/Winter 2012-2013. This mouth watering clothing line is called Hug Me. It is inspired by loneliness and the desire for warm human interaction. My favorite piece is a sweater/jacket adorned with long gloves in every color except black. Si Chan is a genius and I really want to give him a hug.
Snake venom wine was first consumed in China during the Western Zhou Dynasty by practitioners and patients of traditional Chinese medicine. They believed that it promoted vitality and health. The snakes were preserved for their ‘essence’ and left to steep in a glass jar of rice wine, sometimes enhanced with smaller snakes and medicinal herbs. Traditionally, because of the high alcohol content, it was drunk in shot glasses. However, heavier drinkers ate certain parts of the snake such as the gall bladder, eyeballs and stomach. If you dare try some yourself, you can order a bottle at Asian Snake Wine. The expression “hair of the dog that bit you” just doesn’t seem… enough.
Once in a while, we chance across something totally random on the Internet and go, ‘What?”. This is one of these things. All you need to know about this themed site by Shanghai-based blogger Mary Anne Oxendale, you’ll know from the brief description on the homepage (‘China has 1.3 billion people and 5.4 million mops. This is their story’).
If you’re afraid of heights, this is definitely not for you. This glass walkway at China’s Tianmen National Park gives walkers a view like no other. The walkway is 2.5 inches thick, 3 feet wide, and about 200 feet long. Walkers are required to wear shoe covers to keep the glass clean, so that the dizzying view below is not obscured.
Soak up, but first cover up. These balaclava-like nylon masks were invented to protect female Chinese beachgoers in Shandong from toasting their faces in harmful sun rays. We keep half-expecting them to wrestle each other because of the masks.
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 […]