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#Travel

Growing up in Vancouver, Keith Chow didn’t know much about Kaiping. As an adult, he found his family’s origins there — and his forebearers’ impressive, towering home Read More

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#Buddhism

#Electronic Music

Mainland fans are eager for the return of Yakushiji, who melds Buddhist sutras with rock, hip hop, and electronic music Read More

#Film

Audiences flocked to acclaimed films by comedian Jia Ling, veteran director Zhang Yimou, and more over the Chinese New Year holiday Read More

#Music

#Chinese diaspora

Featuring luminaries from LA’s music scene, the group mixes house and trip hop to recall the best of 90s Hong Kong Read More

#Technology

#religion

Viral Video of Apple Vision Pro-wearing Worshipper at Buddhist Incense Burning Sparks Debate on Technology and Tradition Read More

#Chinese New Year

#Andy Lau

Andy Lau’s holiday jam has woven itself into the fabric of Chinese New Year celebrations worldwide Read More

#Food

#coffee

A chili-infused latte from Jiangxi province is going viral online, marking 2024’s first bizarre coffee innovation Read More

#Music

The Gen Z artist reinvigorating jazz and classical music for young generations won big, along with classical pianist Wang Yujia Read More

#Chinese New Year

#Labelhood

As the Year of the Dragon draws near, the collab showcases Chinese designers and brings a touch of home to Chinese fashion lovers in London Read More

#gaming

Discontent over a popular Chinese video game’s underwhelming New Year’s gifts has led to an exodus of its followers on platforms including Douyin and Bilibili Read More

#Chinese culture

#shopping malls

In China’s stylish and upmarket venues, deciphering restroom signs has become a challenge as interior designers put artistry over clarity Read More

#Film

Sean Wang’s coming-of-age feature Dìdi picked up critical accolades and an Audience Award Read More

#Chinese New Year

Feeling that the major television event is out of touch with their lives, young people are posting skits online imagining what the gala would look like with them running the show Read More

#Politics

#History

As China prepares for Lunar New Year, fireworks are igniting heated discussions on how to balance tradition with safety and environmental concerns Read More

#Food

Turning their backs on marketing hype and overly positive reviews, young Chinese foodies are searching for hidden gems by trying out restaurants with mediocre online ratings Read More

#ufc

#mma

The two leading Chinese female fighters are poised to rock the octagon as they go head-to-head in a landmark moment for mixed martial arts in China Read More

#pets

Low on time, space, and money, some young people are choosing to keep fish instead of cats and dogs Read More

#tea shops

The city’s Public Security Bureau has launched its own tea shop, complete with a pun-based name Read More

#Travel

Harbin has long been a major wintertime destination, but its Ice and Snow Festival has reached a whole new level this year Read More

#television

Critics and viewers have praised the show’s visuals and deep engagement with Shanghai culture, but also found it overlong and over-stylized Read More

#Sports

#Formula One

Local fans are eager to witness China’s first-ever F1 driver finally race on home soil Read More

#movie

Theatrical screenings of hit film Shining for One Thing feature artificial snow in a key scene, but quality varies greatly Read More

#cultural heritage

Spectators around China celebrated New Year’s Eve in a cascade of sparks, embracing an ancient Chinese folk art Read More

#cats

#Dating

A one-off marketing event for an app in Shanghai’s People’s Park has turned cat matchmaking into a trend Read More

#gaming

In a statement after the market plummeted, China’s National Press and Publication Administration said it would “carefully study” public comments. Will the regulator eventually loosen its grip on the world’s largest gaming market? Read More

#Bilibili

The winner this year captures users’ surprise and admiration for the unfamiliar and unexpected Read More

#Animals

#memes

The Latin America mammals’ chilled-out, unbothered appearance has made it a hit with Chinese youth, and the fodder for countless memes Read More

#hot pot

#dance

Videos of staff at Haidilao restaurants performing the ‘Kemusan’ are blowing up online, but the dance has been criticized as vulgar Read More

#artificial intelligence

The copyright debate over AI artwork has escalated following the Beijing Internet Court’ recent ruling in favor of copyright protection for an AI-generated image Read More

#trends

The baby bowl phenomenon is a prime example of Chinese youth wanting to slink back into childhood rather than face adult life Read More

#online video

The app ReelShort has American viewers addicted to short videos reprising plots from trashy Chinese web novels Read More

#cultural heritage

Elderly villagers in a remote part of Sichuan province have inadvertently damaged recently-discovered ancient Buddha statues Read More

#ByteDance

Faced with a market downturn and underwhelming performance compared to its major rivals, the Chinese internet giant is strategically downsizing its gaming division Read More

#McDonald's

The fast food giant’s fresh marketing concepts continue to win over young consumers Read More

#Education

From wine tasting to dumping exes, China’s night schools emerge as an oasis for stressed-out young people Read More

#Hong Kong

#Crime

Claiming to use feng shui to help buyers make profitable investments, scammers have stolen millions from Hong Kongers Read More

#Internet

#Technology

The new network is more than 10 times faster than the fastest internet in the United States Read More

#Gaokao

#Shanghai

The secret dwelling has sparked discussions on housing affordability and rent hikes in metropolises like Shanghai Read More

#Netflix

#Michelle Yeoh

Powered by an all-Asian cast and writers room, this is your chance to see Michelle Yeoh power-drilling through a guy’s skull Read More

#li jiaqi

#Singles' Day

The “King of Lipstick” reportedly sold over 25 billion RMB of merchandise during this year’s Singles Day shopping festival Read More

#ufc

#mma

UFC is making a long-awaited return to Shanghai, with China’s top-ranking male fighter Song Yadong fighting in the main event Read More

#McDonald's

#Fashion

The collaboration between Crocs and McDonald’s marks a moment of synergy between two established brands who aren’t afraid to play with new ideas Read More

#Film

Director Wuershan reportedly dreamed up the fantasy epic after watching the first ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie in 2001 Read More

#Entertainment

Gen-Z is joining in on an activity previously reserved for the middle-aged, leading to a collision between two different forms of dance Read More

#Live Music

#LGBTQ

Regulators stated that the new rule was in direct response to The 1975’s now-infamous onstage kiss Read More

#Hip Hop

#Chinese hip hop

THE ANCIENT WAR mixes together trap, drill, and trance to bring together China’s electronic and hip hop underground scenes Read More

#Taylor Swift

#AI

Social media users have mixed opinions on the technology — some are excited to dub full TV shows, while others worry about the danger of fake news Read More

#gaming

#Steam

The game uses professional actresses instead of computer-generated graphics Read More

#Environment

Dilraba Dilmurat, Qin Lan, and other divas are traveling the globe — fans say it feels like traveling alongside a group of friends Read More

#NBA

#Hong Kong

The born-and-raised Hong Konger has his sights set on playing in the NBA Read More

#Shaolin Temple

#Los Angeles

Modern-day wuxia company Immortal Studios is putting the spotlight on Shaolin’s global cultural legacy Read More

#Halloween

#nightlife

There’s been an uptick in Chinese cultural costumes, as folks take a tongue-in-cheek approach to the holiday Read More

#Halloween

As Halloween approaches, one subway network is saying “boo” to scary makeup Read More

#zootopia

#Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland’s eighth themed land will open by the end of the year Read More

#skating

#Shanghai

The short doc by Roni Shao gives audiences a peek inside a world of skaters, and skate videographers Read More

#golden rooster awards

The 2023 Golden Rooster Award nominations are here, but audiences are split over the titles that were (and weren’t) selected Read More

#celebrities

When a fan shouted at Chan to speak Mandarin, he refused and chastised audience members Read More

#Art

Eight days prior, a different work by the same artist had sold for $2.6 million at Sotheby’s Read More

#Netflix

#TV

The new Netflix series is under close scrutiny, with fans still reeling from the highly-criticized 2010 film adaptation Read More

#Edison Chen

#Adidas

“I spent the summer in Europe immersing myself in the Adidas brand, which gave me a new point of view,” says Chen Read More

#Basketball

#macau

Nick Young, AKA Swaggy P, is returning to the court as part of the ASEAN league Read More

#Basketball

#rural China

The Village Basketball League or ‘CunBA’ in a rural corner of Guizhou province has become a huge hit with sports fans Read More

#hot pot

#movie theater

Some worry the simmering broth will detract from the moviegoing experience Read More

#Fashion

#Shanghai Fashion Week

Zhou’s experiments in “techno-orientalism” continue, making a conceptual statement at Shanghai Fashion Week Read More

#Shanghai Fashion Week

Shanghai Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2024 is here, and there’s lots to take in Read More

#Food

The ‘Too Good to Go’ food trend has gained popularity in China, but doubts over food safety remain Read More

#bboy

#Hip Hop

The young Japanese champ narrowly cinched a victory over the Korean legend Read More

#Fashion

#Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing’s most significant public appearance since her 2018 tax evasion scandal was met with a mixed response Read More

#moon

#space exploration

China’s lofty lunar ambitions are the source of much excitement, as well as some controversy Read More

#Music

#Electronic Music

Catch up on Techno, Rap, Ambient, and Funk from China’s Best DJs Read More

#influencer

#rural China

#farming

Rural life influencer returns after a two-year break, but her new look is raising eyebrows Read More

#science

“If life ever existed there, it could have been destroyed and reborn many times,” says one researcher Read More

#esports

#hangzhou

Previously a demonstration event, this is the first time that esports will have full medal status Read More

#moutai

#branding

Kweichow Moutai is getting pretty loose with its brand collaborations, in a bid to win younger customers Read More

#Basketball

#Chinese Basketball Association

#Jeremy Lin

#Linsanity

#NBA

#taiwan

Jeremy Lin took to social media to announce that he would be playing alongside his brother as part of the New Taipei Kings Read More

#Chinese Parents

Netizens are chiming in on instances when they’ve been asked (or hired) to impersonate the parents of students Read More

#LGBTQ

Although pleas for the legal recognition of same-sex marriage were denied, the court recognized the need for an alternative framework that imparts “a sense of legitimacy” Read More

#Luckin Coffee

#moutai

Luckin Coffee has teamed up with liquor brand Kweichow Moutai. But is it a good thing? Read More

#Tony Leung

#Film

The legendary Hong Kong singer and actor was moved to tears while accepting the prestigious Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award Read More

#Hong Kong

This year’s pageant created a virtual host by fusing together past champions, then asked contestants to have conversations with AI-produced, elderly versions of themselves Read More

#Fashion

Chinese fashionistas have found a way to turn ‘ugly’ orthopedic shoes into must-have accessories Read More

#News

Jet skiing across choppy waters to South Korea is undoubtedly one of the most extreme escape attempts witnessed in recent times Read More

#Black in China

#ASMR

Black influencers based in China are heading to hair spas to create content Read More

#NBA

#Livestreaming

The lightning-fast sales event elicited an unexpected celebration from an excited Harden Read More

#artificial intelligence

AI technology has reached the fast-moving world of commercial livestreaming in China Read More

#Zhang Weili

#ufc

Zhang Weili put on a show at UFC 292, retaining her title and proving that she’s here to stay Read More

#university

#lying flat

Seen as a ‘pseudo gap year,’ delaying one’s graduation is becoming a popular choice to avoid grim career prospects Read More

#gaming

#Sun Wukong

The groundbreaking ‘souls-like’ game has finally reached a playable form Read More

#korea

A series of worrying homicide threats in Korea ignited a wider conversation on Chinese social media platforms Read More

#short film

#AI

The short film, starring RADII favorite Gigi Lee and directed by Gary Yong, uses AI to tap into a Chinese cultural landscape Read More

#Chengdu

#sci-fi

The new Chengdu Science-Fiction Museum nears completion, as it gets ready to welcome the World Science Fiction Convention and Hugo Awards Ceremony Read More

#library

Located in Changning District, Shanghai’s first AI-powered library is a symbol of the city’s focus on cultural development Read More

#Music

#R&B

Jasmine Yen, daughter of martial arts legend Donnie Yen, has kicked off a music career Read More

#mma

#Song Yadong

Violent crimes are on the rise in California, especially those targeting Asian citizens — and UFC fighter Song Yadong is the latest victim Read More

#beauty

To make their legs look longer and waists slimmer, young Chinese women are donning temporary belly button tattoos Read More

#Film

The 17th edition of the FIRST International Film Festival highlighted major social issues, and the young filmmakers who grapple with them Read More

#games

#chinajoy

#Gen Z

The 20th anniversary of ChinaJoy was a spectacle of anime, comics, and gaming culture Read More

#Poll
Sound off on our question of the day!
Q: Is the Hangzhou Zoo's Malayan sun bear a real bear, or a human in a costume?

Real bear 🐻

Definitely a human 🚶‍♂️

#Technology

#AI

Companies like Baidu and Xiaohongshu are racing to ride the waves of the AI revolution Read More

#work pressure

Young workers are quitting their jobs at big companies, and celebrating with hotpot and humor Read More

#Film

#Asian-American

Based on the bestselling novel, ‘Love in Taipei’ captures romance at the iconic Love Boat study program Read More

#TFBoys

#Entertainment

Multiple hashtags emerged in rapid succession, spurring on conversations around the failure of ticket-vending platforms Read More

#Family

Unable or unwilling to have children, Chinese millennials and Gen-Z are sarcastically embracing stuffed pets Read More

#Politics

#drugs

U.S Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is consuming the magic mushroom ‘jian shou qing’, and nobody knows what to think Read More

#Film

#Entertainment

Hide your mom — 1980s heartthrob Fei Xiang is back in ‘Creation of the Gods’ Read More

#Basketball

#NBA

Jimmy Butler rounded out his China tour by announcing exclusive new Li-Ning shoes, and receiving the questionable gift of a ‘cotton basketball’ Read More

#controversy

#Fashion

“Hot milk style,” a fashion trend in which some parents dress their children in adult-oriented outfits, received immediate pushback online Read More

#games

#Dating

The scientists were vehemently against ‘otome’ dating sims targeting young women, but glossed over the ones aimed at men Read More

#TV

#Chinese drama

Shows like ‘The Long Season,’ ‘Three-Body,’ and ‘The Knockout’ have the highest Douban ratings from the first half of the year Read More

#Film

Animated film ‘Thirty Thousand Miles From Chang’an’ is capturing the hearts of adult audiences, who connect with its setting of China’s romantic and turbulent Tang Dynasty, and with its heartfelt portrayal of middle-age Read More

#idols

#Entertainment

Down-to-earth comedic actor Wei Daxun is skyrocketing in popularity, as Chinese viewers begin to lose faith in low-talent, scandal-laden idols Read More

#Byron Mann

#Film

The ‘Wu Assassins’ and ‘Street Fighter’ actor discusses writing, producing, and starring in a movie about Hong Kong elites Read More

#Eleme

#Alibaba

The new measures aim to ensure the safety and wellbeing of delivery drivers, both full and part-time Read More

#LGBTQ

#Entertainment

Uyghur actress Dilraba’s recent red carpet appearance has catalyzed a fierce debate online Read More

#Film

#Barbie

The film’s apparent depiction of the nine-dash-line in the South China Sea has become an unexpected source of contention Read More

#Film

Viewers were struck by the film’s poignant storytelling and gritty realism, a far cry from the fantasy and escapism which usually characterizes the martial arts genre Read More

#body positivity

Not skinny but not plus-size, 'midsize' influencers in China promote the beauty of being average. Is it working? Read More

#pop music

The singer’s death after a long struggle with depression is sparking discussions around mental health Read More

#scandal

#Cai Xukun

The idol allegedly forced a woman to get an abortion, becoming the third Chinese Prada brand ambassador to face a major scandal in the past two years Read More

#Music

#Video

Music agent Christy Wu and producer Leo Zhang created ‘homegrown’ to nurture China’s indie music scene Read More

#architecture

#trends

The trend is one part interior design, one part dismal economic necessity Read More

#TV

#martial arts

Inspired by the writings of Bruce Lee, ‘Warrior’ is back, empowered by even more dizzying heights of Chinese hip hop energy Read More

#Sports

#Fashion

Breakaway hit sport pickleball is landing in China full-force, checking boxes of fitness, friendship, and fashion Read More

#Art

Xu Bing’s work is largely text-based, and refreshingly enigmatic Read More

#Contemporary Art

#Art

Zhang Huan is a legend of contemporary Chinese art, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to reinvent his own story Read More

#Fashion

#body positivity

Women in China have noticed that their clothing is becoming smaller and smaller, sparking discussions around beauty standards and body image Read More

#Art

#digital art

Du Kun’s intricate works combine traditional Chinese artistic motifs with bold contemporary concepts Read More

#Gen Z

#lying flat

Forget flowers and hat throwing, this year’s graduation shoots are characterized by pessimism, sarcasm, and a bleak outlook on the job market Read More

#Art

#AI

Dabeiyuzhou is a Chinese digital artist who’s becoming known for his Sinofuturistic visuals and concept-heavy NFT productions Read More

#Food

#viral

A long-lost dish from Hubei province has returned — but it’s off to a rocky start Read More

#Lionel Messi

#Soccer

As Messi arrives in China for a friendly match against Australia, a scam offer is circulating which promises dinner and a personal toast from the star Read More

#Art

#Buddhism

The grand, classical art of Chinese Buddhist grottoes could be lost to time. Now, an increasingly digital approach is allowing artists, academics, and the general public to preserve and enjoy these works Read More

#Apple

#Technology

Between the Apple Vision Pro announcement, and Apple’s underwhelming first livestream event, Chinese customers are starting to feel skeptical Read More

#Shanghai International Film Festival

Returning from a pandemic-era hiatus, this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival features plenty of domestically-produced work Read More

#Fashion

Gen-Z and millennials in China are embracing the 2022 fashion trend, characterized by bold colors, intricate patterns, and a sense of fun Read More

#Chinese American

#TV

The new Disney TV show is getting lots of love in the US. In China, not so much Read More

#blackpink

#macau

The K-pop supergroup later changed the word to ‘Macau,’ but controversy had already exploded on social media Read More

#Poll
Sound off on our question of the day!
Q: What’s your favorite “punk health” modality?

Goji berries when drinking 🍻

Cucumber at music festivals 🥒

Skincare after sleep deprivation 🧴

Herbal lozenge with cigarettes 🚬

#AI

A scam that swindled a business owner out of 4.3 million RMB is the latest news that has people talking about deepfakes Read More

#Comedy

Chinese comedy fans are witnessing a crackdown on stand-up Read More

#digital art

#Art

Immersive digital art experiences are catching on, but some are starting to question the value of an exhibition with no real artworks Read More

#Rap of China

Big names like MC Jin, VaVa, and GAI return for China’s most popular hip hop show Read More