2011-10-17This is the story of Da Yu, a girl who, with the help of Weibo, was able to pursue her true passion.
2011-09-29The second Creative Beijing festival opened Sept 22 in the city's Dongcheng district. For seven days between 2 pm and 10 pm, citizens can travel to Ditan Park to join the "creative temple fair".
2011-09-28The Beijing farmers market started back in Sept 2010 by a few foreigners. Over time it was taken over by a few Chinese volunteers.
2011-07-25A growing number of young people from around the world are traveling to China to learn the ancient practice of TCM. They have come to the place of the theories' roots to begin learning the wisdom behind the respected Eastern discipline.
2011-07-24They were uniformly green, with grim-faced soldiers astride most of the time. But now, they are trendy collector's items popular with the expatriate community.
2011-07-19How would you get rid of unwanted things that still have many years of use left in them? A) Give them to a friend; b) Sell them online; or c) Leave them for the garbage collector? Hayley Robinson and her husband, Beijing residents from Britain, who used their clothes washer/dryer to wash their newborn son's cloth diapers before switching to disposable ones, decided to offer it to strangers on Freecycle Beijing, an online community that advocates giving away things one no longer wants.
2011-07-17Ola Zdzarska says Beijing is full of attractive and interesting men and women who are just waiting to meet a partner. "There is plenty of fish in the sea, especially in Beijing. The biggest difference in Beijing compared to other cities in Europe is that more women speed-date than men. Chinese men are too shy," she says.
2011-07-17It is a rainy night in Portland, and Susan Conley has just tucked into bed her two boys, Thorne, age 10 and Aidan, age 8. She has not quite recovered from the residual jet lag of two weeks in Asia on a book tour promoting her memoir, The Foremost Good Fortune. And I am making her think, forcing her to dig deep and dissect some of the book's themes that express the trials and tribulations of an expat mom living in China with cancer.
2011-07-15Yu Jianrong has a ringside view of China's rural tribulations. But he prefers to position himself as an observer whose keen insights into the petition system allow his remedies to be palatable to both sides of the social divide.
2011-06-07In a concealed office on one of Beijing's oldest residential streets, some young entrepreneurs sit in a hutong courtyard house tapping away at computers as they delve into the secret lives of China's rising generation.
There is nothing new about someone traveling in a recreational vehicle (RV) or even living in one if they cannot afford a proper home. But if someone parks his RV beside his 100-square-meter apartment and lives in it for five years, you might well call him weird.
2011-05-09Commuters in the capital might soon find themselves in a taxi driven by a Dutchman, Liu Yujie discovers.
If Beijing's current crop of indie groups can boast anything over their mainstream pop predecessors, it is the success they have enjoyed in attempts to export their sounds overseas.
2011-04-14The country's youthful indie rock scene is continuing to be sculpted by China's rapid social transformations, and the changes are captured in the music of the Beijing band Rustic.
While a Daiyuexuan studio writing brush may cost only 5 yuan, it undergoes more than 100 steps before it reaches the store's shelves.