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The Sham Marriage App Helping China’s Gay Community

With homosexuality illegal until 1997 and prejudice still rife, gays and lesbians are increasingly joining forces with the help of matchmaking apps

Beware of China's Safety Record

Murong Xuecun
Chinese people have paid heavily for a flawed system. Now that Chinese-style construction and management are going global, what price is the world prepared to pay?

China's Middle Class Isn't What We Thought It Was

Linette Lopez and Lucinda Shen
For years, multinational companies have been rubbing their hands together in anticipation of the growth of the Chinese middle class.

Caixin Media


Government Enlists NGOs to Help Homeless

from Caixin
Drivers roll up car windows as an autumn wind chills a traffic-clogged overpass in western Beijing’s Liuliqiao area. And under the concrete overpass, homeless people are gathering for a chilly night’s rest after wandering city streets.Among the...

The Young Foreigners Embedded in Chinese Local Government

Ben Bland
Communist China has a long history of recruiting foreign experts to advise state-owned companies and teach at universities.

China's Napoleon Complex

Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore
With Deng’s political reforms in the 1980s and 1990s came increased discrimination based on appearance.

Sinica Podcast


The Pace of Change in Beijing: Live at the Bookworm, Part I

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, David Moser from Sinica Podcast
This week’s Sinica podcast was recorded last month during a special live event at the Bookworm literary festival, where David Moser and Kaiser Kuo were joined by Jeremy Goldkorn, fresh off the plane from Nashville. Topics in this podcast: Beijing...



The Watch

Hai Zhang
On a trip back to China in 2011, photographer Hai Zhang came across a crowd in the People’s Square of Wushan, a town outside of Chongqing. People had gathered to watch a gala sponsored by a local real estate developer to promote his new residential...

How Smartphones are Solving One of China’s Biggest Mysteries

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

20 Photos That Show How Insanely Crowded China Has Become

Jack Sommer
China has reportedly dropped its long-standing one-child policy, which was first enacted decades ago in an effort to curb overpopulation.The current population rests at around 1.4 billion after having the policy in place for over 35 years. Only time...

Crouching Trekker, Hidden Buildings: China's Urban Explorers

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

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

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

Caixin Media


Moving 2 Million People for Beijing’s Urban Reset

from Caixin
Nearly 2 million Beijing residents will be moved to the city’s outlying districts from the center by 2020 as part of a massive urban revamp designed to better control people, traffic, and smog.The movers include up to 1 million government workers...

Once Seed Was Planted, Chinese Headwear Fad Grew Like Weeds

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