SOCIETY

Sweat and Sacrifice: Five Stories of Gaokao

Hopes, fears, and reminisces from takers of China's high-stakes college entrance exams

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Mandarin in the Mountains

In a northern Thailand community founded by ex-Yunnan mercenaries, Chinese language schools attract rural youth and preserve an unusual heritage

BOOKS

5 Mao Dun Literary Prize-winners

Novels that won China’s highest literary honor

ARTS

Gallery: A Sense of Belongings

Art Factory exhibition “All We Love” mixes technology and nostalgia to ponder the meaning of home

FOOD

Donkey for Dinner

How a draft animal became a popular—and controversial—northern delicacy

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Red Riddles

Can you guess these well-known lantern riddles from Dream of the Red Chamber?

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

What Women Want/Don’t Want

TWOC presents the most desirable types of Chinese man and those opposite ones

TRADITIONAL CULTURE, TRAVEL

Going North

Cheap prices and “internet celebrity” stores are drawing Hong Kong millennial tourists to the mainland

ARTS, TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Farewell, Li Ao

The most quotable sayings from the controversial writer, who passed away on March 18

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Goodbye, Yellow Weasel Road

More than street snacks and brewpubs, Beijing’s hutong demolitions marks a twilight for traditional crafts

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