Chinese man who’s lived down a manhole in Beijing for the past 10 years said dignity was a luxury

Alia | December 10th, 2013 - 6:10 am

Several elderly impoverished migrant workers have been found to live in heating sewers at the heart of Beijing for decades. “Dignity isn’t for everyone.” One of the “manhole dwellers” said.

Tsinghua professor: Non locals should take tests to get Beijing residency

Alia | October 16th, 2013 - 8:20 pm

“Non local people who want to acquire Beijing hukou need first pass a series of standard tests, which may include literacy, law, working skills, etc.”

Beijing official blamed Chinese way of cooking for air pollution

Alia | October 9th, 2013 - 8:15 pm
Zhao in interview

“Fart pollutes the air, too. We hope citizens fart as little as possible.” One netizen joked.

Egypt’s bloody crackdown reminds Chinese netizens of Tiananmen, but opinions vary

Alia | August 15th, 2013 - 6:23 pm
Egypt version of the tank man

Netizen 共富传记 asked: “Western-style democracy failed to solve Egypt’s problem. How could it solve China’s problem? I don’t think it’d work.”

Jackie Chan’s insensitive rants anger netizens in China…again

Alia | August 5th, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Jackie Chan praised Beijing’s blue sky on Weibo and wanted to call himself “world-known TV, singing and action star.” In response, Chinese netizens called him “model ass-kisser of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Beijing Gaokao math question: What is the probability of arriving in Beijing on a day with good air quality?

Alia | June 10th, 2013 - 9:53 pm

Beijing’s smog is so thick that even China’s almighty Gaokao, Chinese students’ annual 3-day drill, cannot ignore it.

Chinese real estate tycoon: Bras are more expensive than properties

Alia | May 28th, 2013 - 11:18 pm

Bras have suddenly become a hot economic benchmark in China. Both China’s real estate tycoons and taxi companies are filled with envy at bras makers’ massive profits.

Chinese netizens on Xi Jinping’s never-happened taxi trip: The news may be fake, but our expectations real

Alia | April 19th, 2013 - 5:04 am
Screenshot of Ta Kung Pao news page

One telling fact of the fake news is that most netizens, even those often very critical of the government, bought into the story almost immediately and applauded Xi’s move.

China wants to find PM2.5 a Chinese name, Netizens chime in

Alia | February 28th, 2013 - 3:08 am
Picture by News Weekly

It’s another heavy smog day in Beijing, and the Chinese government finally decided to do something about it – to find PM 2.5 a proper Chinese name. To help their government, Chinese netizens weighed in with creative name suggestions.

A one-day trip in Beijing…amid airpocalypse

Alia | January 30th, 2013 - 1:18 am

Below is one of the most-shared pictures on China’s leading microblogging service, Sina Weibo, for the past 24 hours. Enjoy your one-day trip in Beijing!