ANCIENT HISTORY

Ancient China’s Favorite Poisons

Tales of treachery behind four toxins from Chinese history

FOOD

Discover China’s Many Forms of Barbecue

From fresh oysters in Guangdong to lamb skewers in Xinjiang, China’s barbecues come in countless sumptuous varieties

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SOCIETY

The Evolution of Factory Life in China’s Industrial Northeast

A look back at the past of one of Jilin’s most important industries shows just how far the province has come

TRAVEL

Under Hainan’s Canopy

An extract from TWOC’s guide to Hainan explores the island’s astounding natural beauty, from lush rainforests to soaring mountains

NEWS

Shanghai University Mocked for Online Swimming Exam and Other Trending News

Online swim exam mocked, Shanghai gradually opens up, “baijiu” ice cream launched, woman sells goodnight messages—it’s Viral Week

IDIOMS

Useful Chinese Idioms About Insects

As summer begins and cicadas start humming, learn some common insect-related “chengyu”

TRAVEL

Travel Around China From Your Couch

The most off-beat virtual experiences for the locked down tourist

STREET TALK

Beijing’s Outbreak Spawns Even More Covid Slang

As Covid prevention policies roll on, so too do online slang and memes

MODERN HISTORY

The Legendary Century-Long Life of a Leprosy Patient, Part 1

From wandering the streets to living in a leprosy colony, an ordinary 93-year-old woman recounts an extraordinary century of life

MODERN HISTORY

The Legendary Century-Long Life of a Leprosy Patient, Part 2

Read the second part of the story of Xu He as she leaves the leprosy village—and find out why she comes back

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