The Fast and Furious Dragon Boat Racers of Foshan

In Foshan, the Ming-dynasty tradition of dragon boat racing continues to draw daring local competitors and big crowds


Viral Hinterland: The Famous Chinese County That No One Visits

Journeying through the viral Shandong county netizens once dubbed the “center of the universe”


The Quest for Quiet: Can “Reverse Travel” Save China’s Tourists From Holiday Crowds?

Between crowded tourist hotspots and boring small towns, young vacationers struggle to find a middle ground


Throwing Eggs: How “Guandan” Became China’s Favorite Card Game

The regional card game “guandan,” literally “throwing eggs,” has become one of the country’s most popular social activities


Hot and Spicy: How Malatang Conquered China

As a Gansu variety of “malatang” goes viral online, we delve into the history and appeal of one of China’s most ubiquitous dishes


China’s Tin City: How the Metal Made Gejiu

The boom, bust, and rebirth of a small Yunnan city built atop mountains of tin


Caverns of Culture: Leisure and Spirituality in China’s Karst Caves | Photo Story

Photographer Cai Shanhai captures life and leisure of southwest China’s “cave dwellers”


What Video Games (Don’t) Teach Us About China

Video games mix real-world history and fiction in ways that inform—and perhaps distort—people’s views of China


Big Belly Business: China’s Latest Corporate Craze

Young professionals’ new office trend for rotundity blurs the line between ambition and absurdity


High Stakes in Short Takes: China’s Booming Micro-Drama Business

Insider anxiety, regulatory scrutiny, and widespread criticism challenge the micro-drama industry in sustaining its billion-dollar saga