Monthly Archives: February 2011

Quianlong’s secret garden gets a concerted facelift

In the Forbidden City, a retired ruler made a refuge for himself – that is now being lovingly restored. Even before he abdicated the throne, the Emperor Qianlong was already preparing for retirement. He had a two-acre private courtyard built and filled it with his favorite books, art and a wall mural that brought his […]

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Finest Cuts: The Emperor’s Old Clothes

Even the emperor’s best clothes are subjected to wear and tear, especially after hundreds of years. So it did not surprise Wang Jialiang when officials from Beijing’s Palace Museum turned up at the doorsteps of his suburban Suzhou workshop bearing the imperial jacket of the Emperor Qianlong (1735-1796). They wanted repairs done for the centuries-old […]

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True flavor of dedication

It was not the kind of reception expected for a man who sells lamb kebabs for a living. Yet when Alimjan Halik touched down at Urumqi, capital city of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, he was feted like a returning hero. Better known as Alim, the 40-year-old had been selected as the “Cyberspace Personality Who […]

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Mission possible for Yang Liwei

Major General Yang Liwei admits he was scared of heights as a kid but this did not prevent him back from becoming China’s first man in space eight years ago. Though he returned from his mission aboard Shenzhou V as a national hero, he writes in his just published autobiography. The Long March to Space, […]

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Senior moments in computer gaming

Huang Jianqiu spends at least six hours a day on her computer playing games. But Huang is not an usual teenager or a 20-something gamer. Huang is a mother, a retired government official and is 57 years of age. She is one of many seniors captivated by computer games who happily logs on to play […]

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Tapping into online, mobile gaming market

The Chinese video game industry is growing up and changing the face of the gaming world. “The Asia-Pacifc region and Europe should end up taking 90 percent of online and mobile revenue,” said Tim Merel, co-founder of the London-based digital media investment firm Digi-Capital. “If you aren’t in China, you aren’t anywhere.” According to Digi-Capital, […]

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