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Uproar Over Xi’an Temple Demolition Order

China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs has ordered an investigation of instructions to tear down buildings at a Buddhist temple complex in Xi’an. The controversial demolitions were ordered in preparation...

Officials' Luxury Watches Set Off Alarms

A survey of officials’ luxury watches has been censored on Sina Weibo, despite attracting praise from Xinhua for its inventive unmasking of corruption: the watches’ enormous price tags strongly suggest...

Separated At Birth? – Simon Elegant

TIME magazine Beijing correspondent Simon Elegant noticed something in common in the following two pictures: Is it just us or does the just-released design of the Olympic Torch look amazingly like….. Jingubang (ÈáëÁÆçÊ£í), the magic cudgel carried by the legendary Sun Wukong, Sage of Emptiness and Monkey King?Jodi Xu of our Beijing bureau thinks so. […]

Women Will Rule OK in Chinese Tourist Town – Independent

The Independent reports on a unique attempt to draw tourists: The city of Chongqing in south-west China – the world’s biggest city by some estimates with 32 million people – is planning to build a town dedicated to women in its Shuangqiao district. The municipal motto is “Women are never wrong” and the project will […]

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