Comedy Showdown

2013-05-03 08:30:06

Ryan Ha sits in the corner at Taps bar in Beijing's Sanlitun district (三里屯). He looks out at the crowd, milling about their drinks and sausage platters. Behind him, a backlit poster reading "Comedy Club China" is pinned against the back wall of the stage. Ryan is the evening's compere and the operations manager for Comedy Club China. He spits information at light speed: dates, names, roles, places - showing he can think on his feet, a key trait for any good comedian.

Street talk: I almost died laughing

2013-05-03 08:30:06

We all love a good giggle, and there are dozens of ways to express it in English, from a barely audible titter to an all-out howl. But how often have you "fainted with laughter" or figuratively "spat out a mouthful of water" in amusement? Here are a few ways we can talk about laughing in Chinese so that you are never left speechless in a fit of hysteria.

Pilots of Beijing's airwaves

2013-05-02 17:58:23

Radio Beijing is scouting for new voices. The radio station has just started its four-step search for "distinctive, educated and capable" anchors who speak standard Chinese.

Major change offered for student choice

2013-05-02 17:52:21

A program to ensure college students can study subjects they are interested in, rather than chosen for them, has been launched.

Making an impact

2013-05-02 10:04:42

We Impact, a company that promotes sustainable lifestyles and business practices, has helped the pizza restaurant by suggesting ways it can improve its environmental footprint.

The green workplace

2013-05-02 09:48:03

Her position is still unique in a society that is just waking up to the value of being eco-friendly.

Class counts but hard to tell who's who

2013-05-02 05:01:26

While the rich are growing richer, it's the poor becoming middle-class who are driving China's booming economy and keeping the rest of the world afloat. So, who are China's middle class and how are they defined?

Trips at your fingertips

2013-05-01 16:46:31

Finding your way around China's capital - and most cities - is easy to do on the go, thanks to many smartphone apps for travelers.

Will the idiot box get smarter

2013-05-01 10:55:35

TV sets are fast losing their charm with the widespread use of laptops, iPads and smartphones.If the phone fits, wear it

Envoys dig in at Earth Day bamboo garden

2013-04-28 16:07:24

Two dozen diplomats joined a bamboo-planting ceremony for Earth Day last week, as the International Bamboo and Rattan Network hosted an Ambassador's Day program.

City guide(April 29-June 28)

2013-04-28 15:59:14

City guide of Beijing, Shanghai,Hongkong and Macao.

'Chinese Bridge' language competition held in Bulgaria

2013-04-28 15:55:26

Bulgarian national qualifications of the Sixth "Chinese Bridge" -- Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students, were held here on Saturday.