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Can’t Afford Rent? These Young Urban Drifters Make Do in Unexpected Settings

From living in hotels to sleeping in the office, three young Chinese tell their stories of avoiding sky-high rents

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Land of Milk and Honey: The Story of China’s Most Profitable Milk Tea Brand

How a budget brand rose to become China’s biggest milk tea franchise

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The Workers in Limbo During Guangzhou’s Covid Outbreak

Workers in Guangzhou’s urban villages face days living on the streets as their residences restrict entry

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New Cities, Old Problems

China’s smart cities are yet to truly transform urban life

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How Small-Town Budget Brands Conquered China’s Biggest Cities

The pandemic and a slowing economy have seen Chinese consumers flock to low-price brands, from milk tea to clothing

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Industrial Evolution: Turning Old Factories into New Cultural Parks

Can heritage protection projects give new life to China’s abandoned factories?

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Off the Leash: Why are Pet-Friendly Spaces So Rare in China?

Dog ownership in China is booming, but finding inclusive spaces for animals remains a tall order in most cities

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Reading Spaces: How did Libraries Become Safe Havens for China’s Vulnerable?

China’s public libraries are vital but scarce resources for millions

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Parks, No Recreation: The Battle to Access China’s Public Spaces

China is trying to build more public spaces, but who has the right to use them—and how—remains contested

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The Sky’s the Limit: How China Fell Out of Love With Skyscrapers

Plagued by over-construction, safety issues, and environmental concerns, China’s skyscraper boom may be finally coming to an end

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