China

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Mounted on remnants of the old Ming Dynasty city wall, which once surrounded Beijing, are Western clocks and astronomical instruments for observing celestial bodies.

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The name of Chinese actress and pop singer Fan Bingbing has been cropping up more and more frequently in the headlines of Western news publications.

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When China’s last emperor departed Beijing’s Forbidden City in 1924, the imperial palace was shuttered, and along with it, an 18th-century garden.

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Post image for Chinese Government Has Had It with “Oversized, Weird” Architecture

Architects in China apparently need to tone down the quirkiness of their designs and quit erecting buildings that pass as giant pants, penises, and ancient coins.

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Nangdrol, an 18-year-old Tibetan living in Sichuan Province, China, penned a farewell letter on February 19, 2012.

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CHENGDU, China — In a series of eight-hour-long actions titled Puzzling Tracks, Zhou Bin placed an ant on a piece of rice paper.

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Post image for Do Not Pass “Bo”: Archaeologists Unearth 2,300-Year-Old Board Game in China

It includes a 14-face die carved from an animal tooth, 21 rectangular game pieces featuring painted numbers, and a broken tile that once made up part of the game board.

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Post image for Ai Weiwei Splits a 400-Year-Old Temple Between Two Beijing Galleries

BEIJING — Between two Beijing galleries, Ai Weiwei has divided a 400-year-old temple’s 1,500 worn, wooden pieces.

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News

Big Brother Is Bugging Ai Weiwei

by Carey Dunne on October 5, 2015

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“There’s always a surprise,” Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei wrote on Instagram yesterday, captioning a photograph of a surveillance device he found hidden in his studio after returning to Beijing from his first trip overseas in four years.

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Post image for Found Photographs Show How Couples Light It Up During Chinese Weddings

There are nearly as many smokers in China as there are Americans in the United States. That staggering statistic might help explain the central role cigarettes play in traditional Chinese weddings.

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