China’s Pet Psychics Promise to Bridge the Species Gap

Netizens are turning to “pet communicators” to improve their relationships with their furry friends, despite a lack of science behind these animal psychics


Degrees of Disillusionment: What’s Driving China’s Certification Craze?

Young workers are turning to qualifications, exams, and certificates to stay ahead in a competitive job market and to feel productive in their spare time


12 Hours in the Lipstick King’s E-Commerce Empire

Amid the fervor of Singles Day, a 12-hour livestream with e-commerce luminary Li Jiaqi unveils his many talents beyond mere marketing savvy


Creativity Meets Constraint: China’s Video Games Head to Overseas Markets

Chinese game developers hoping to dodge bureaucracy and make profits abroad still face problems with localization


How Women in Small Towns Got a Taste For Gold

Women in China’s lower-tier cities and towns are increasingly buying gold accessories for investment and prestige


Welcome to China’s Most International Small Town

Despite being a small county-level city 300 kilometers from Shanghai, Yiwu has 10,000 foreign residents from over 100 countries


Was China’s Love for Camping Just a Pandemic-Fueled Fad?

With Covid-19 restrictions lifted, campsites struggle to adapt to fierce competition and increased choice for travel-deprived tourists


15-Minute City: Can It Solve Chinese Urban Sprawl?

Fed up with suburban sprawl, Chinese urban planners are advocating cities where all needs can be met within walking distance


Barbe-Queue Forever: How Social Media Hype Changed Zibo

An online craze for Zibo’s barbecue has brought a deluge of tourists to the previously unheralded city, but does it change locals’ lives for better or worse?


Last Bus Home: Are China’s Coach Services Doomed?

With an aging ridership and canceled routes, China’s intercity buses struggle to survive