China's Capital Makes For One Big, Beautiful Toy City

The stereotype is that Beijing is all smog. That, of course, is not true. For instance, there are little toy people going about their business. Little toy cars hurrying to their destinations. And don't forget the little toy skyscrapers, defiantly reaching into the sky as the music swells in the background. » 9/24/13 6:30am 9/24/13 6:30am

China's Microfilms Are Worth Checking Out

"Microfilms" are all the rage in China's film-scape right now. These short films are called "Wei Dian Ying" (微电影), which mostly refers to low budget amateur digital videos hosted on streaming websites such as Youtube and Youku. Regardless of the term "micro", these films are anything but small. Short maybe, but not… » 4/26/13 6:30am 4/26/13 6:30am

Epic Trolling with Added Profanity in Beijing

Those who took the Line 5 on the Beijing subway home tonight were greeted with a surprise: big eff yous plastered all over the place.

Chinese news site iFeng shows numerous screens and display read, "Wang Peng ni mei" (王鹏你妹) or as ShanghaiIst explains: it's literally "Wang Peng, your sister", but that means… » 10/08/12 7:40am 10/08/12 7:40am

The Wonderful and Seedy World of Chinese Arcades

Hot, loud, flashy, and incredibly smoky. These are some of the best ways to describe the sensation of walking into an arcade in China. And when walking in during peak hours, the lines to play the latest fighting games usually snake across cabinets.

It's interesting to see that China still has a flourishing arcade… » 3/19/12 7:00am 3/19/12 7:00am

IBM and the Palace Museum Launch the 'Virtual Forbidden City'

In a move that seems designed to provide Chinese historians with even more ways to torture their poor students (I know at least one thing I'm forcing my » 10/11/08 3:00pm 10/11/08 3:00pm sections to do next quarter), IBM and the Palace Museum have teamed up to offer a virtual, immersive, and interactive version of the Forbidden Palace of Beijing. In…