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

Goodbye, Yellow Weasel Road

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

HISTORY, TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Paradise Lost

Is World Heritage status really about preservation or tourist dollars?

ARTS, HISTORY

Momentous Mementos

Objects China received in the name of diplomacy

HEALTH, NEWS

Recipe for Obesity

China takes world’s lead in child obesity, but it’s unclear who’s to blame

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