Song Youzhou (above) is a man with no more than six years of formal schooling. Yet this unassuming son of a tractor technician is hogging the headlines with his latest invention, a futuristic vehicle that can straddle car lanes and may finally ease Beijing's chronic traffic gridlock. The Elevated High-speed Express Bus pilot project is to start by the end of the year and see completion by 2012. The concept is brilliant, with the straddle-bus making use of space above the cars. It will run on electricity and solar panels mounted on the roof of the buses, providing a clean, green answer to Beijing's road woes. That is only one of Song's many inventions. "I was not a good student at school. I was busy thinking of things no one had ever heard of," Song, 52, says with a naughty smile.
2010-08-16Chu Yu, a rich businessman and adventurer, leads a peaceful life on a mountain in suburban Beijing, but he hopes to revolutionize the way Chinese people think. Wang Ru reports
2010-05-26There is a farm named Hualu (flower dews) next to the Yongding River in Longquan town in Mentougou district.
2010-05-13Liu Weidong is an expert in outdoor activities. As a group leader he has been to many places. Now he prefers to travel on his own as he can get to know the locals and make friends with them.
2010-05-06Shen Taotao gave up her job in the TV station and has opened a tea house in Guo Zi Jian (the Imperial College) for 11 years.
2010-04-29Xu Deliang graduated from Peking University and became a cross talker. He was a member in De Yunshe which is a well-known group of cross talk in Beijing but left them in 2008. In 2009 Xu went back to the stage and now cross talks with his old partner Wang Wenlin in Haidian Cross Talk Club.
2010-04-22Xing Yu is a Peking Opera fan. Despite being a girl, she plays the role of Lao Sheng, which means old man.
2010-04-13Yuan Jiayang has worked many jobs and finally decided to set up his own Western Wedding business in Beijing.
2010-04-07Wang Jing is a ham radio amateur. He lives in the Hutong and set up a radio antenna on the roof of his house.
2010-03-31Li Zonghua started to study Beijing opera from being a child. She used to be an actress but changed to be a costume maker. Now Li has a costume workshop in Beijing 8.1 Military Region.
2010-03-23Feng Yan has sold cats for over 10 years. But he never looks at his cats as a commodity but rather considers all the cats are his pets.
2010-03-16Hong Gong has been a drummer in a band named "Yin Hao" for more than 10 years. He married last year (2009) and became a father later.
2010-03-05Feng Deyin has a clay sculpture museum in the Handicraft and Culture Street in Beijing International Toy Centre. The main subject of his clay sculpture is Beijing culture. Through his clay sculpture you also can see the history of Beijing.
2010-02-22Wu Yi is a hip hop DJ. He likes music, sports and reptiles. He and his friends set up a Chinese Kendama Union to promote the game.
2008-09-16Holding a small bottle of rose otto, Li Jiyong, a farmer in suburban Beijing, marvels that the same hands that once carried buckets of manure have actually created this "liquid gold".