Grief, Anger Over 11 Deaths in Qiqihar School Roof Collapse

Ten young volleyball players and their coach were killed and four others injured when the roof of their middle-school gymnasium in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang province, collapsed during a practice on Sunday. The tragedy has touched...

The Rise of Copycat Architecture in China

Many have mused on the phenomenon of China’s copycat buildings, as well as entire facsimile towns. There are numerous news reports and accounts from bemused tourists who have stumbled upon a slice of Austria in Guangdong,...

67 Killed, 100,000 Displaced by Yunnan Quakes

Two earthquakes in south-west China have killed at least 67 people (as of 1:02 a.m., local time) and forced more than 100,000 from their homes. Xinhua described the damage and initial relief efforts. Sixty-seven people have been...

Shanghai Residents Walking On, Walking On Broken Glass

Shanghai has been stricken with a plague of exploding glass windows, as substandard materials, design and maintenance meet fierce summer heat. From Shanghai Daily last week: “Poor quality, improper design or installation...

China Issues Guidelines on Post-Quake Reconstruction

The Chinese government has announced plans for rebuilding towns and cleaning up damage from the earthquake. From Xinhua: China’s State Council published on Friday guidelines on post-quake reconstruction, emphasizing house...

Hovering Over Air in Beijing – Tim Johnson

From China Rises: Living in China is like being in a laboratory and observing an experiment unfold. The speed of change in the physical surroundings, especially in cities like Beijing, has no parallel anywhere in the world, as far as I can tell. A modern gold rush is afoot here, and prospectors are arriving from […]



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