Foot Spas, Steamed Buns, and Midday Drinking

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It may not be Monty Python’s famous “Ministry of Silly Walks,” but it’s close. The Office of Forbidding Midday Alcohol Consumption, a local government initiative in China’s southern Henan province which seeks to reduce alcohol …

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What China’s Reading: ‘Broken Dreams, USA’

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Zhou Xiaoping, a 33-year-old, selfie-snapping blogger, has quickly become the new face of Chinese patriotism — or, some would say, nationalism. On Oct. 15, Chinese President Xi Jinping held a forum in Beijing in which the president …

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Chinese People Used to Think Pandas Were Monsters

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“Rich Chinese are literally eating this exotic mammal into extinction,” read a recent Global Post expose of the devastating trade in the pangolin, a scaly anteater that Chinese consider a delicacy. According to the Post, the adorable animals …

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In China, Law Isn’t Winning

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From Oct. 20 to 23, China’s Communist Party is meeting for a plenary session focused on so-called fazhi, or rule of law, and yifa zhiguo, or rule by law. What that actually means: the party will rule …

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‘If We Lose This, We Lose Everything’

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HONG KONG — Protests rumbled across the Chinese territory of Hong Kong as police and what authorities estimated were 9,000 pro-democracy demonstrators battled to control blocks and intersections in the financial capital. As the clashes spread, pitting …

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How to Buy Banned Chinese Books on Alibaba

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On Oct. 10, rumors began to circulate on Weibo, China’s Twitter, that a new group of scholars had been banned from publishing their books in the mainland, while booksellers there would be prohibited from selling works by …

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Hong Kong Showdown

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HONG KONG — The city’s youth were at it again. On the night of Oct. 15, hundreds of young democracy protesters converged on Lung Wo Road near the government center, prepared for what they hoped was …

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