Balancing the books

2011-08-16 08:05:56

The ending has been written for Borders Group, the second-largest bookstore chain in the United States.

Showmanship with stylish flair

2011-08-14 07:49:23

You've either got it or you haven't. Tom Jones has it, Mick Jagger had it in spades. Tony Bennett, when we heard him, still had it. Van Morrison never cultivated it and didn't care. We're talking about showmanship: the ability to hold an audience in the palm of your hand.

Diamond fans & tipsy flowers

2011-08-14 07:49:01

Her whimsical, beautiful creations are worth a fortune, literally. But as Han Bingbin finds out, Cindy Chao's real mission is to blaze a path for Chinese designers in the world of jewelry design.

The genius of madness

2011-08-14 07:49:23

Xu Wei was mad. Just like the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, it was this insanity that made him one of the greatest artists in Chinese history.

A reading light at the end of a long dark tunnel

2011-08-12 08:18:00

Xia Yu's autobiographical essay collection The Sound of Darkness is an immense dark cave, resounding with detonations, shrill sirens and harrowing wails.

New beats for old art

2011-08-12 08:18:00

While traditionalists frequently lament the threat to ancient Chinese art forms, local rock heroes are spearheading their own reinvention of these arts.

A fashion force by design

2011-08-12 08:18:00

The country is in desperate need of fashion designers as it seeks to transform itself from being manufacturer to becoming a creator.

Beijing boutique strikes optimistic note for designers

2011-08-12 08:18:00

Wang Yaoyu's black T-shirt and skinny jeans are appropriate work attire for this 29-year-old.

What's On

2011-08-12 08:18:00

The second Mercedes-Benz International Music Festival will kick off this weekend in Beijing.

A legend in his own lifetime

2011-08-12 08:18:00

The Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an are obviously a must-see, but so is "old farmer" Chen Zhongshi.


2011-08-12 08:18:00

Two international best-selling children's books have been introduced to young Chinese readers by Hachette-Phoenix, a French-Chinese joint publisher based in Beijing.

From Murrieta to Beijing

2011-08-09 08:39:13

The past few years have been surreal for pop-rock band Neon Trees. They've sold more than 1 million digital copies of their hit single, Animal. Now they're here.