Monthly Archives: September 2010

Rare sightings

“It will be four weeks of rough terrain and steep mountains in the far reaches of China, are you interested?” British adventure writer Simon Chapman asked me last January. He had been researching a rare monkey he wanted to base a new book on, and was planning a trip to Yunnan in western China. I […]

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Hutong spirit alive and well

Once a strictly residential hutong area, Wudaoying was opened to businesses and pedestrians in 2006 and has since seen rampant growth. It is being hailed as the newer sibling of well-known Beijing shopping and bar street Nanluoguxiang, but Wudaoying is still new enough to exhibit the unique fusion of classic hutong life with the retro […]

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Nanjing drama

Andy Goldstein believes he has a sunny future in Jiangsu’s provincial capital Nanjing. The 28-year-old Texan, who has lived in the city for nearly seven years and works as SolarUS, Inc’s China office chief, says Nanjing has just the right mix of “real China” and internationalism. It provides an insightful prism for observing how business […]

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In the footsteps of emperors

Chengde is a small and picturesque city around two-hour’s drive from Beijing. Here, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) emperors built a summer palace as an imperial retreat for the rulers and their courts to flee the heat of summer every year. These days, it’s a place where tourists, day-trippers and history buffs can get a taste of […]

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Terracotta warriors to meet G20 delegates – and protesters

NEW YORK — While many arts and sports facilities in Toronto, Canada, will be shut down during the upcoming G20 meeting scheduled for June 26-27, the largest terracotta warrior show in North America is set to open on the same day as the world leaders assemble in the city. This is despite the fact that […]

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Need For Smart Electricity Grids

We use electricity every day, but what we might not know is that most of the world’s electricity today is still running on networks we used over 50 years ago. How does this impact us? Purely in terms of costs, the US wastes $80 billion a year in power cuts, not to mention the energy […]

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