Dance: Fei Tian (飞天)

“Fei Tian(飞天),” performed by seven girls from Guangzhou, became the most popular dance during Chinese CCTV New Year’s Gala. The inspiration for the dance came from Dunhuang’s mural art. Fei Tian is...

Why China Should Move the Capital – Xinyu Mei

Xinyu Mei says that China should seriously consider moving its water-poor and overpopulated capital, from China Dialogue: …Retaining Beijing as the capital continues to present problems. A city of 20 million people located in such a water-poor area raises concerns. Should the authorities not consider the capacity of the environment? Can we really afford the […]

The Forbidden City of Terry Gou – Jason Dean

Jason Dean writes a report on Terry Gou (ÈÉ≠Âè∞Èì≠), a Taiwanese tycoon who “owns about 30% of Hon Hai Precision, an Electronics Manufacturing Services company that makes the AirPort Express for Apple Computer, among other technology parts.” From The Wall Street Journal: Past a guarded gate on the outskirts of this city sits one of […]

A Plague on Paradise in China – Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen is a freelance writer and photographer from London who has lived in China for the past three years. He writes an article for Asia Times Online to alarm people to pay attention to the enviromental crisis at Yangshuo where “it has become popular with foreign backpackers.” Eyeing the sweaty crowd shifting along West […]

Geely Cars and CEO Li Shufu – China Car Times

Danwei introduced a series of video clips by China Car Times “profiling the Geely automobile company and its charismatic founder Li Shufu.” Part 1: [Click here to see the rest of the series via China Car Times]

A Leap Forward, or a Great Sellout? – David Barboza

From The New York Times: Homegrown blockbusters were supposed to be China’s answer to Hollywood. And, to some extent, the extravagant budgets and eye-popping special effects of “Curse of the Golden Flower,” “The Promise” and “The Banquet” did their job. For the past two years Chinese films have shattered box-office records here, while outperforming Hollywood […]

What Can a Clever News Censor Change? – Liang Jing

Liang Jing (梁京) wrote the following commentary (see original Chinese version here). Many thanks to David Kelly of the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore for providing the translation to CDT: What can a...

Police Officers Must Not Be Rude – Beijing Morning News

From BBC’s Chinese section, partially translated by CDT: According to Beijing Morning News, The Beijing Public Security Bureau did a comprehensive survey earlier this year on rude language and behavior which citizens feel most abhorrent. The Disciplinary Committee of Beijing Public Security Bureau printed a training manual for police officers. It also said that police […]

Slogans with Chinese Characteristics – Banyue

From Danwei blog: In China, you will see slogans every day and everywhere. Not only is this a tradition with a long history, it is a trend that has remained popular, particularly in the red and crazy 1950s – 1970s…. ÊôÆÂèä‰∏ÄËÉéÔºåÊéßÂà∂‰∫åËÉéÔºåÊ∂àÁÅ≠‰∏âËÉé„ÄÇ Popularize the first child, control the second child, exterminate the third child. This is […]

China: Reactions to the Virginia Tech slayings – John Kennedy

From Global Voices Online: In response to the slayings at Virginia Tech this week, upon seeing the shooter’s ethnicity prematurely declared to be that of Chinese, many de facto Chinese bloggers were in disbelief, some ran with the false news to further their political agendas, but most were sympathetic to the victims, their classmates, friends […]

China’s Empty Forests – Yongfeng Feng

From Chinadialogue: Every year around this time, many cities and regions of China hold a tree-planting month. Employers in the cities often fund tree-planting outings for their staff. In counties, towns and villages, farmers are given support for tree-planting projects, which they hope will bring in some extra earnings. A renewed enthusiasm for greening the […]

Music Series: Gao Qi’s “Now If I …”

Gao Qi (È´òÊóó), born in 1968 in Beijing, grew up in a musical family. He founded “Overload Band(Ë∂ÖËΩΩ‰πêÈòü)” in 1991 and became the lead singer and main songwriter. Besides music, Gao is also good at writing, which helps his touching and meaningful lyrics. Gao’s “Overload Band ” impresses people a lot, especially young people. His […]

Music Video: Should I be Sad If You Fell Down? – Mu Rongxuan

Despite of the government media blackout, more netizen created digital arts on the “Nailhouse” case are circulating online. Remixed with pictures of the Chongqing nailhouse and other force eviction footages, this music parody is a old patriotic song with new lyrics, translated by CDT: “This is my blood and sweat My private property All of […]

Video: China Rises – Xiao Sha Documentary

Youtube carries a video clip about gymnast Xiao Sha, which is part of the documentary China Rises. Xiao Sha, a 14-year-old gymnast from rural Guizhou, came to a training center in Beijing to prepare for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Hard daily training makes Xiao Sha tired and homesick but she never gives up because she […]

Photo Series: The Best Film Director and Cast in China?

Wenxuecity posted a group of photos of local officers donating blankets to poor farmers. In Chinese, it is called “giving warmth (ÈÄÅÊ∏©Êöñ).” The title is a satire because the “giving warmth” is more like a show for the officers’ reputation than real help to the farmers. “Team, time to start work.”



Subscribe to CDT


Browsers Unbounded by Lantern

Now, you can combat internet censorship in a new way: by toggling the switch below while browsing China Digital Times, you can provide a secure "bridge" for people who want to freely access information. This open-source project is powered by Lantern, know more about this project.

Google Ads 1

Giving Assistant

Google Ads 2

Anti-censorship Tools

Life Without Walls

Click on the image to download Firefly for circumvention

Open popup

Welcome back!

CDT is a non-profit media site, and we need your support. Your contribution will help us provide more translations, breaking news, and other content you love.