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China: World’s tallest skyscrapers will also be pollution-eating


Though it is already home to the world’s largest building – in the form of the New Century Global Centre in Chengdu – China is seeking to create the world’s tallest structure as well. Designed by UK-based Chetwoods Architects and known as the Phoenix Towers, this tower concept is slated to be built in Wuhan, … Continue reading

Chengdu man uncovers 800-year-old terracotta figurine after peeing on the side of the road


While peeing in public may be frowned upon in many places, mainlanders apparently take a slightly more tolerant attitude to the practice. In Hong Kong, this cultural clash has led to a number of altercations after mainland parents let their children relieve themselves in the territory’s streets. But at times, evacuating one’s bladder in public apparently can … Continue reading

China’s first lady attacks US because Michelle Obama ate Tibetan food


The following is a translation from Chinese media: It has been stressed that there was no politics in US first lady Michelle Obama’s China visit, but the arrangement of her last meal at a Tibetan restaurant gave China the message of US support for the Dalai Lama. In return, Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan wrote … Continue reading

Man jumps into tiger enclosure in China and asks to be eaten


On February 16, horrified onlookers watched as a Chinese man jumped into a bengal tiger enclosure at Chengdu Zoo in Sichuan province, south-west China. The man taunted the two tigers for twenty minutes, offering his flesh to them and asking to be eaten. Despite desperate attempts to enrage the animals, 27-year-old Yang Jinhai escaped with only … Continue reading

Australia’s Governor General meets top Chinese leaders


Australia’s Governor-General Quentin Bryce has met with China’s top political leaders in one of her final overseas tours in the post. Mrs Bryce held meetings last night with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. It was Mr Bryce’s first visit as the official head of … Continue reading

Women biggest buyers of voodoo dolls in China


A search for voodoo dolls on China’s online shopping platform Taobao yields thousands of results, with most of the 6,000 comments posted by females, according to the Chengdu-based West China City Daily. Among the voodoo curses are those that target former boyfriends, colleagues, bosses, and women who steal boyfriends. A Taobao merchant claimed that his … Continue reading

China’s J-20 stealth fighter: Finalisation test flight and interior weapon cabin


According to reports by Chinese media, at about 16:00 hours on July 6, 2013, China’s fourth-generation stealth fighter jet J-20 no. 2002 took off again at the aircraft plant in Chengdu for the test flight centre in Xian. This indicated that the work of test flying the J-20 has entered a new stage. On May … Continue reading

China’s city-sized mall, complete with artificial sun


For years, the race to build the world’s tallest tower has been dominated by the United Arab Emirates with the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, or the Tokyo Sky Tree of Japan. But China recently opened up a few front in this race with their unveiling of the world’s “largest building”. Known as the New Century … Continue reading

The China Syndrome


To the ham-lovers of Smithfield, Virginia, it is American weakness that explains why Chinese tycoons may soon own the giant pork producer that dominates their home town. Local hams, made from peanut-fed pigs and then hickory-smoked, first earned fame in colonial times. In Smithfield images of hogs vie with American flags as a badge of … Continue reading

China: Chengdu protest silenced


The article below by Fox News is a very insightful, albeit quick look, at the ongoing struggle for transparency and reform in China. The tone of the piece is focused on a key idea – If China’s government would be open and transparent about what’s being done and why in regards to the environment, maybe … Continue reading

China quake kills scores in rural Sichuan


A powerful earthquake has killed more than 150 people and injured several thousand in China’s rural south west, officials say. The 6.6-magnitude tremor sent people fleeing from buildings across Sichuan province, which was devastated by a massive quake five years ago. Villages close to the epicentre in Lushan county were left in ruins. Thousands of … Continue reading

China’s export boom that wasn’t; fabricated trade figures


A close reading of the numbers suggests accounting tricks have played a significant role in China’s economic data. Chinese government figures showing a 19.8 percent rise in the country’s exports for the three months to February were definitely puzzling. Due to lackluster demand from the U.S. and Europe, and banks being unwilling to lend to … Continue reading

China to Poland railroad begins operations


According to the agency PAP, the first direct container train from China arrived on Wednesday at Poland‘s Łódź Olechów station. It had followed a route of almost 10 thousand kilometres through China, Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus, taking fifteen days. This is much faster than the supply of containers to Europe by sea. As reported last … Continue reading

China’s solar plans are insane


China‘s bloated solar sector has been hard hit this year by plummeting prices brought on by overcapacity. Overseas demand, which absorbs most Chinese panels, is set to fall next year as tariffs are imposed and subsidies cut. However, consolidation in solar manufacturing is not yet in the cards. Instead, the government is turning its attention to boosting … Continue reading

China’s unique opportunity with foreign banks; must liberalise quickly to become top global financial hub


Economic growth in China for this year is projected to be 7.7% and while this figure is one most countries around the world are highly envious of, it’s low by Chinese standards. But that does not mean that every sector is doing worse than usual, when it comes to banking (both high-street and investments) the … Continue reading

Western China’s rise set to ecplise that of the East; Chengdu seeks to become a global financial hub


Chinese development has always been a tale of two nations. There is the China we read about in the news, a booming 21st century metropolis primed to dominate the world economy and finance the expansion of the Communist Party. But there is also an under-developed rural and Western China, where GDP per capita is practically … Continue reading

Murder, sex and lies: the biggest scandal in the history of China’s communist party


On the 26th of September, the state news agency Xinhua, published an official account on the investigation on Bo XiLai, the ex-communist party leader of Chongqing (a Southern Chinese city with a population of more than 28 million). In the report, Bo is accused of “bribing”, “involvement” in the murderer of British Businessman Neil HeyWood and “sexual relationships with many woman”. In China, such … Continue reading

China hints at lenient sentence against ex-cop


China signalled Tuesday it will be lenient with an ex-police chief enmeshed in a political scandal roiling the country’s leadership, saying he cooperated with investigators who brought down a top Chinese politician’s wife for the murder of a British businessman. Wang Lijun’s trial in Chengdu city’s Intermediate Court concluded Tuesday without a verdict after two … Continue reading

Tight security as China opens police chief trial


Police and security forces surrounded a courthouse in southwest China on Monday, ahead of the long-awaited trial of the mafia-busting cop at the centre of the Neil Heywood murder scandal. Wang Lijun, the flamboyant former police chief and vice-mayor of Chongqing, will enter the dock at Chengdu‘s Intermediate People’s Court at 8am on Tuesday and … Continue reading

China: Bo Xilai to be expelled from party


Ming Pao and Singtao Daily report: according to Asahi Shimbun, leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have decided at their Beidaihe meeting to expel Bo Xilai, former secretary of CCP Chongqing Municipal Committee, from the party. They both report: Asahi Shimbun says, a CCP source, having attended the Beidaihe meeting, reveals that at the … Continue reading

China: Trial of Wang Lijun must begin soon for dealing with Bo’s case


On August 10, SCMP reported that the trial of Wang Lijun’s crime of treason would begin in the week from August 12 to 18, but  as far as we know, the trial was not held in that week. Now another Hong Kong newspaper, Singtao Daily, reports that according to boxun.com, hearing of Wang Lijun’s case … Continue reading

Successful first flight of second prototype of J20


According to Singtao Daily comprehensive report, the second prototype of J20 stealth fighter aircraft, China’s fifth-generation of combat aircraft, made its first flight in Chengdu in the afternoon of May 16. The aircraft flew for approximately 20 minutes and then landed safely. The flight is said to be a complete success. In its report, the … Continue reading

Comment on the environment in China


Nature is the only thing that is currently truly sustainable on our planet. There’s plenty of greenwashing going on right now, especially in the U.S.  Greenhouse Project Denver is concerned with growing more local food year round in an almost closed system – where the inputs are minimal and the outputs are much greater. The … Continue reading

Exploring the Ancient Sites and Streets of Wenshu Temple and Beyond


Published at eChinacities online magazine Many visitors come to Chengdu for the temples, the shopping, the restaurants and sightseeing. Wenshu Temple and surrounding area has all that and more. Lined with quaint buildings in the ancient Chinese architectural style, each part of this fascinating area has its own feel and its own culture, yet it … Continue reading

Vegetables with a Vengeance – Meat-free Dining in Chengdu


Published at eChinacites online magazine Like most other Western foods in Chengdu, or China for that matter, many vegetarian restaurants never seem to get it quite right. However, there are a few that are surprisingly good, even if their menus overly emphasise tofu-based dishes. That’s fine, if you really love your tofu. However, for those … Continue reading

Where to Get a Good Pizza in Chengdu


Published at eChinacities online magazine Pizzas are a staple for many Western travellers, and Chengdu has a lot of expats looking for pizzas. Pizza is a little taste of home, a link to sanity and the “real world.” So the question arises: where can one get a good pizza in Chengdu? For the traveller who … Continue reading

Chengdu’s Tibetan Quarter – Gateway to Tibet


Published at eChinacities online magazine Many consider Chengdu to be the gateway to Tibet, so it is only reasonable that visitors to Chengdu would want to visit the Tibetan Quarter. Chengdu’s Tibetan Quarter, or Little Lhasa, is located in the south-west of Chengdu, near the First Ring Road. It is in close proximity to two … Continue reading

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