China

Military training with bottles balanced on heads

Business

Alibaba IPO prices at top of range, raising $21.8b
  • Insider explain what hinders film industry

    Though China has become a key market for film companies, it has a long way to go before it can create a Hollywood-like ecosystem for the global entertainment industry.

  • Shanghai gold import surges

    Gold imports travelling through Shanghai's Pudong International Airport surged by 200 percent month on month.

  • 'Fast forward' on financial reforms urged

    Financial reform in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone needs to speed up, especially when it comes to opening up the capital account and liberalizing the exchange rate.

Life

Sinologists gather in Beijing
  • Eat, drink, and stay slim

    Mooncakes, hairy crabs and Chinese yellow wine; these are the things that automatically come to when one's thoughts turn to the Mid-autumn Festival dinner.

  • Introducing the not-so-loudspeaker

    A prototype high-tech amplifier designed by a group of college students may spell an end to quarrels and fights between elderly dancing enthusiasts and their annoyed neighbors.

  • YOG opening ceremony director shares insights

    The opening ceremony of the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will be "very different" from that of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, according to Chen Weiya, general director of both events.

Food

Cybercrabs and essential e-food

Culture

In photos: Finding serenity in Zen Buddhism

Entertainment

Entertainment weekly photos: Sept 13 - 19
  • Prada Spring/Summer 2015 collection

    Models present creations from the Prada Spring/Summer 2015 collection during Milan Fashion week September 18, 2014.

  • A rise in fallen stars

    Director Wang Quan'an's prostitution scandal makes him the latest among a slew of celebrities to be detained in the ongoing crackdown. But in addition to public condemnation, the disgraced now may face virtual bans from the entertainment industry.

'Old newcomers'

Elderly people who leave home to take care of their grandchildren account for 10 percent of 144 million people aged 60 or older, according to a survey.

General aviation hub reaches for the sky

As China's private aircraft sector prepares for takeoff, reform is desperately needed.

Endangered species threatens livelihoods

Wild Asian elephants have been wreaking havoc in villages in Southwest China as their habitat is destroyed and they're forced to search for food.

Chinese mavericks set to amaze racing world

Horse racing is hugely popular in many countries, but in China the industry is still in its infancy.

Helping them breathing

Workers hit by dust-related lung disease need more support.

Going the distance

A report from Peking University showed that residents in Beijing spent the longest time commuting, about 1.32 hours a day for work on average.

Righting wrong judgements

Latest acquittal of man on death row seen as major step forward for Chinese law while other problems like torture in interrogation still need to be urgently addressed.

People progress

A city in Fujian province steps up eff orts to integrate valued migrant workers and
balance urbanization with heart.

Caring out of the ordinary

Understanding, family support remain crucial for Chinese children suffering from rare diseases.

Young China - You've got talent

I had a great experience recently. I scored an unexpected role as a substitute judge of an English competition for kids.

Clearing the way with clean waters

Concerted efforts to restore reservoir area shine out in nationwide environmental campaign.

Host of Japan's historic surrender

A little-known site in Hunan province lays claim to receiving the first formal surrender by the Japanese invaders to China.

Scottish voters have rejected independence

Scottish voters have rejected independence, results showed support for the union had now exceeded 50 percent of the turnout.

Alibaba set to soar at $68 per share

China's e-commerce giant could raise $21 billion and give it a market valuation of $167.6 billion, overtaking US corporate icons Disney and Boeing.

Xi and Modi map out new era

President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have signed deals worth billions of dollars and pledges to control border disputes.

A rise in fallen stars

Director Wang Quan'an's prostitution scandal makes him the latest among a slew of celebrities to be detained in the ongoing crackdown.

China-Europe

Europe map dotted with Huawei R&D
  • Free-trade area gets big dose of medicine

    German healthcare operator and medical product provider Artemed Group said on July 22 that it would set up a hospital in Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone.

  • Promoting the modern Mersey beat

    In 19th century, when the first batch of Chinese immigrants arrived in Europe by sea, many headed for Liverpool in northwest England, creating what is still considered the continent's oldest Chinese community.

  • The British PM who loved China

    Visitors now have the opportunity to visit the former home of Sir Edward Heath, the prime minister who famously was instrumental in establishing full diplomatic relationship between the UK and China.

Europe

Scottish voters have rejected independence
  • Salmond concedes defeat

    Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond conceded defeat on Friday over his bid to win independence and demanded the British government rapidly meet its promise of more powers for Edinburgh.

  • France to launch air strikes in Iraq

    French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday his country is ready to launch air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq "soon".

  • Fake wine scandal tests region image

    Italian law enforcement officials nabbed the perpetrator behind a plot that would have flooded markets with more than a quarter of a million bottles of counterfeit wine passed off as the product of one of Italy's most prestigious wine regions.

World

Obama pledges diplomatic resolution of Ukraine crisis
  • Becoming a man

    A Bukusu youth waits outside his uncle's home for a circumcision ritual in Kenya's western region of Bungoma August 8, 2014.

  • US House okay's plan to train Syrian

    The US House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama's plan to train and equip Syrian rebels as part of efforts to fight the Islamic State militant group.

  • Japan mulls further sanctions on Russia

    The Japanese government is mulling to further impose sanctions against Russia on current turbulence in Ukraine.

Sports

South Korean pop stars to shine Asian Games
  • Li Na announces retirement on Weibo

    China's two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na announced her retirement via Sina Weibo on Friday morning and will hold a press conference on Sunday in Beijing, according to her agent company, IMG.

  • Netizens rally to wish Li Na the best

    While there is no official confirmation of Li Na's pending retirement, the Chinese tennis ace received an overwhelming number of good wishes from fans across the Internet - around 13 million.

Alibaba's new journey
  • Exam reform a far cry from progress

    The gaokao system reform should include the reform of the exam and admission systems as well, with the latter being the key to the success of the overall reform of the education system.

  • Sports diplomacy may not work for ties

    But given its refusal to apologize for the past incidents, the DPRK's "sports diplomacy" in Incheon can only partly influence inter-Korean relations.

  • Opposition not excluded from election

    'Pan-democrats' should correct the flaws in their thinking about the process for electing the chief executive by universal suffrage.

Travel

Chilanqiao cultural block seen in E China's Anhui
  • Beijing's first auto train ready to serve

    Many people have the idea of traveling around another city in their very own. Now they can have their vehicles transported to the destination by rail.

  • Who is eligible to visit the DPRK?

    With the exception of people from the Republic of Korea, citizens of most countries can travel to the DPRK at any time of the year, providing they are registered with an accredited tourist operator, and have the relevant visa.

  • Macao,When the sun sets Macao

    The nightlife in Macao is like a never-ending carnival with hundreds of flamboyant and neon-lit entertainment venues, especially in the central business district near the Lisboa Hotel.

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