Constantin Holzer, a young PhD candidate with Renmin University of China, never fails to amaze his Chinese students with his proficiency in six languages, especially Chinese.
Chu Kewei's fellow soldiers weren't expecting much when they learned the next recruit was a university grad.
Leaving the rolling green hills of California's serene wine country to head to the Far East was a bitter pill for Dr Richard Saint Cyr to swallow.
Fan Jinshi didn't set out to be the guardian of the treasures of the Silk Road. When she first went to Dunhuang, Gansu province, the petite archeologist never imagined she would spend a year living alone in the forsaken outpost with no running water, no electricity or even a decent toilet.
Explaining the law to villagers is a major challenge for Du Quantang, a grassroots prosecuting officer in Beijing's Pinggu district.
Wang Xueyi is helped by his younger brother onto his wheelchair, on Oct 26, 2011, in Xiji, Ningxia Hui autonomous region.
Not everyone would be thrilled like Dong to receive more than 10,000 used ink pen refills.
"Imagine you are at a party. A tall guy in the same major approaches you," the hypnotist said in a deep, quiet voice to a boy sitting next to him.
Cui Xianren, who was severely injured in an explosion, earns money by writing characters with chalk on the streets.
When asked how much money he had spent on building a new house, Ma Yongxiang answered, "180,000 yuan ($28,000)". He gave his proud reply while sitting in the living room of his newly built house, which has nine rooms and two yards.
His dreams of long-distance running gone, Hou Jinlin has turned to racing cable cars up and down a hill.
Asking Li Zhi a question is like clicking on the "search" button in Wikipedia.