Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday: 100m hoppers Splash out on China's Singles' Day

Tom Phillips
Guardian
Last year 27,000 merchants joined and Alibaba’s sites grossed £6.1b.

China Decries Shenyang Pollution Called 'Worst Ever' by Activists

BBC
On Sunday pollution readings were about 50 times higher than that considered safe by the World Health Organization.

China's One-Child Policy and American Adoptees

STAV ZIV
Newsweek
“I felt winded. My stomach dropped. My eyebrows raised. I managed a small chuckle. Talk about feeling a mix of emotions.”

How Smartphones are Solving One of China’s Biggest Mysteries

Ana Swanson
Washington Post
For decades, China has been engaged in a building boom of a scale that is hard to wrap your mind around.

How China Wants to Rate Its Citizens

JIAYANG FAN
New Yorker
In certain respects, a national credit system of some kind is long overdue in China.

China Box Office: 'Ant-Man' Narrowly Wins Another Week

Patrick Brzeski
Hollywood Reporter
Marvel's "mighty" superhero Ant-Man continued to punch above its weight at the Chinese box office, winning a second consecutive week...

China Is Losing Interest in Learning English

Huileng Tan
CNBC
China is losing interest in learning English, sending its proficiency in the global language of business falling ten places in a worldwide ranking.

Kids Get Violent: China's School Bullying Epidemic

Shen Lu and Elaine Yu
CNN
Liu Lizhu was not aware her shy, 15-year-old son had been bullied at school until he ended up in hospital with a ruptured spleen.

China Two-Child Policy Not Valid Until March, Government Says

BBC
Couples must continue to obey the country's one-child policy until the law changes in March...

Amartya Sen: Women’s Progress Outdid China’s One-Child Policy

AMARTYA SEN
New York Times
The abandonment of the one-child policy in China is a momentous change.

China to End One-Child Policy, Allowing Families Two Children

CHRIS BUCKLEY
New York Times
China’s Communist Party brought to an end the decades-old “one child” policy.

Crouching Trekker, Hidden Buildings: China's Urban Explorers

Tom Phillips
Guardian
Intrepid urbexers are wandering through the industrial wastelands of China.

Teaching the Common Core in China

DAVID METZ
New York Times
It was to be my first parents meeting at Zhoushan’s most elite high school.

China Court: Rape Risk Higher for Women With ‘Bad Habits’ Like Smoking, Drinking

Xu Yangjingjing and Simon Denyer
Washington Post
Women who smoke, drink and dress provocatively are more likely to be raped.

Hong Kong Is the Happiest Place in China, According to WeChat Posts

Richard Macauley
Quartz
Hong Kong is home to the happiest people in Greater China, closely followed by Taiwan, according to Tencent.

Two-Child Policy Is Too Little, Too Late

Adam Minter
Bloomberg
When Chinese leaders convene this week for a four-day meeting on the future of the country’s economy, the biggest news might have to do with babies.

Not Enough Women in China? Let Men Share a Wife, an Economist Suggests

DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW
New York Times
“No one is forcing anyone to accept ‘one wife, many husbands!’ ”

‘Kingdom of Daughters’ in China Draws Tourists to Its Matrilineal Society

AMY QIN
New York Times
It was morning in the lakeside village of Luoshui here in southwestern China.

China’s Other Women

Hannah Beech
Time
Under Mao, China promoted socialist equality for women, but the market-reform era has left many commodified in a country where mistress can be a career choice.

How Hungry Is China for the World's Food?

John W. Schoen
CNBC
China's transformation from an agrarian economy remains a work in progress...

Chinese Schools 'Robbing Young of Individuality'

Hannah Richardson
BBC
China's education system is robbing its young people of the chance to become unique individuals...

In China, Strong-Arm Tour Guides Are Forcing People to Shop

Julie Makinen
Los Angeles Times
It may sound like a spendthrift’s dream vacation: being “forced to shop.”

The 11 Deadliest Places to Drive

Eric Bellman
WSJ: China Real Time Report
More than 1.2 million people die in traffic accidents every year across the world.

Feminism With Chinese Characteristics

David Volodzko
Diplomat
China is making progress on women’s issues, but anyone trying to publicize remaining issues faces a serious backlash.

This Is Where China’s Future Will Be Decided

Matt O'Brien...
Washington Post
Lanzhou, China — The first thing you notice is the dust.

Taiwan Prepares For Turmoil As China Watches Its Elections From Afar

Martin Woollacott
Guardian
The basic question before voters in next year’s poll is whether they will still exist as a country.

Ai Weiwei Memoir Coming in Spring 2017

STAV ZIV
Newsweek
Crown Publishing Group announced that it will publish a memoir by the artist in the spring of 2017.

Culture Shock: Chinese Ministry Slammed on Not-so-Social Media

Josh Chin
WSJ: China Real Time Report
Watch the country’s culture ministry get eviscerated on social media.

China Tightens TV Censorship after Cleavage Controversies

Patrick Brzeski
Hollywood Reporter
New rules may require some Chinese shows to delay broadcasts by as much as six months.

A Land China Loves and Hates

Murong Xuecun
New York Times
The Chinese hostility to America is first and foremost the result of government propaganda.

Escalator Death in China Heightens Safety Concerns

PATRICK BOEHLER
New York Times
A 4-year-old boy was killed after getting trapped in an escalator at a subway station in the southwestern city of Chongqing.

China Opens Communist Party Theme Park

Shen Lu and Maggie Hiufu Wong
CNN
Who needs Disneyland when you can have a theme park for youngsters to declare their loyalty to China's Communist Party?...

When Palace Museum Meets Creativity

China Daily
In the minds of most people, Emperor and his concubines lived their lives solemnly.

Chinese Hospitals Still Offering Gay 'Cure' Therapy, Film Reveals

Emma Graham-Harrison and Shaunagh...
Guardian
Channel 4’s Unreported World finds doctors prescribing drugs and electric shocks to gay men and lesbians despite Beijing legalising homosexuality in 1997.

Yes, He Can: Sichuan’s Answer to Barack Obama Cashes in on His Moment in the Sun

Keira Lu Huang
South China Morning Post
A man from the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan has been making a living by looking like US President Barack Obama.

A Year on, Mixed Views on What Hong Kong Protests Achieved

Vincent Yu
Associated Press
"Has the Umbrella Movement accomplished anything? If so, what?"...

Once Seed Was Planted, Chinese Headwear Fad Grew Like Weeds

Chris Buckley
New York Times
Across China, grown-ups are sporting plastic decorations on their heads in the shape of vegetables, fruit and flowers.

HK Fined By Fifa For Fans Booing Chinese Anthem

BBC
The Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) has been fined $40,000 Hong Kong dollars ($5,160; £3,400) by Fifa.

More Working Women in China Freeze Their Eggs

LAURIE BURKITT
Wall Street Journal
Government limits fertility treatment, so career-focused women turn to U.S. for help in having babies.

Gay Couples in China Look Abroad to Start a Family

Laurie Burkitt
WSJ: China Real Time Report
Xu Zhe decided a few years ago that he wanted to get married and have a baby—typical life plans for a young man in China.

China’s Butler Boom

BIANCA BOSKER
New Yorker
On a recent morning at a butler-training school in Chengdu, China,;lessons began at 8 A.M.,with an exercise in “opening the villa.”

Suspect in China Parcel Bombings Died in Explosion, Police Say

Bloomberg
Wei Yinyong, 33, a local man previously named as a suspect, was identified following DNA tests.

Children of the Yuan Percent: Everyone Hates China’s Rich Kids

Christopher Beam
Bloomberg
The fuerdai, China’s second-generation rich kids, are the most loathed group in the country.

The Chinese Government Is Censoring A Documentary About Mothers Who Love Their Gay Kids

Josh Horwitz
Quartz
The upcoming court case of a filmmaker from Beijing, stands out.

China’s Mountain Hermits Seek a Highway to Heaven

Tom Hancock
Agence France-Presse
His unheated hut is half way up a mountain with no electricity, and his diet consists mostly of cabbage. But Master Hou says he has found a recipe for joy. "There is no happier way for a person to live on this earth," he declared,...

Fidel Castro Wins China’s Alternative Peace Prize

Associated Press
Guardian
In line with past recipients, the ailing Castro did not come to Beijing to pick up his award and it was unclear whether he was aware of the honour. The prize, in the form of a gold statuette and certificate, was instead handed to a Cuban foreign...