Beijing's Giant New Desalination Plant Will Give Water to the People

Beijing is one thirsty city. Its population of 22 million consumes barely 100 cubic meters of water per capita—one fifth the international water-shortage level—thanks to a chronic drought in the nation's north. But this massive desalination plant could help supply a third of the city's water singlehandedly. » 4/21/14 11:40am 4/21/14 11:40am

China Offers Smog Insurance for Sight-Seeing Tourists Who Can't See

China's debilitating smog problem isn't anything new at this point—at least for its residents. Tourists to Beijing, however, are still struggling with the fact that the sights they came for can often be virtually unseeable. To appease this growing group of angry travelers, China's biggest online travel agency now… » 3/21/14 12:20pm 3/21/14 12:20pm

The Worst Air Pollution in the World Is NOT in Beijing

Man, do we love talking at how much China's air quality sucks—so much that we've even been suckered into fake viral memes about it. But, as the New York Times reports, Beijing's air pollution isn't even that bad... relatively speaking. "Lately, a very bad air day in Beijing is about an average one in New Delhi," says… » 1/27/14 2:20pm 1/27/14 2:20pm

Modern Day China Painted By North Korean Propaganda Artists

At first glance, The Beautiful Future—a series of paintings made in Pyongyang, North Korea—looks like standard propaganda fare: Happy citizens, lush farmlands, and bustling industry. Except something's amiss: In the background of each painting stands an iconic piece of Beijing architecture—from the CCTV building to… » 10/21/13 12:25pm 10/21/13 12:25pm

Apple Stores in China Don't Actually Require Scalped Tickets

Last week, 9to5 Mac ran a piece from the Beijing Evening News about Apple store scalpers selling Genius Bar reservations. In their article, the Beijing Evening News claims that it's impossible to make an appointment at the Genius Bar without purchasing one from a scalper. But is it really? » 8/05/13 1:04pm 8/05/13 1:04pm

Hutong Vs. Highrise: A Photo Essay On China's Radical Urban Changes

Beijing is one of the earliest still-existant cities planned around a grid: the old city is organized around a chessboard-like matrix of alleys, known as hutong, that date back at least a millenium. But as developers in Beijing scramble to built modern towers in the urban core, hutong are disappearing. » 6/20/13 6:18pm 6/20/13 6:18pm

Irate Customers Egg an Apple Store When the New iPhone Is a No-Show…

They had come from miles around and stood in sub-zero degree weather for hours, patiently waiting for the store to open its doors. Today was iPhone day in Beijing! But when the doors did open, the huddled masses were told there would be no iPhone 4S, not today. And then shit got real. » 1/12/12 11:47pm 1/12/12 11:47pm

China Wants to Track Its Citizens By Tapping Into Their Cell Phones

In yet another frightening instance of China manipulating technology for their purpose, China is looking to track 17 million Chinese citizens by tapping into their cell phone's location. The 'research', as China would like their people to think of it, is part of an initiative to improve Beijing's public transportation… » 3/03/11 4:20pm 3/03/11 4:20pm