Can Art Degree Programs Churn Out Real Artists?

Crowded enrollment, uneven teaching, and even censorship of projects are making some art students in China question the value of their degrees


How English Went from Imperialist Treachery to Lingua Franca

While English language education was once practically forbidden, decades of reform have turned it into massive business


How Ancient Chinese Scholars Celebrated Graduation

In the Tang dynasty, scholars celebrated the end of exams with food, bribes, and cosying up to officials


Blast in Hebei Kills Two and Other Trending News

Explosion kills two and injures 22, “gaokao” results released, farmers allowed to pay for property with wheat, Hong Kong floating restaurant sinks—it’s Viral Week


Violent Assault on Women at Restaurant Provokes Outrage and Other Trending News

Brutal attack on women provokes shock, luxury car owners feud over parking space, delayed ambulance blamed for student’s death, tattoo ban for minors—it’s Viral Week


Inside China’s “Gaokao Factory”

A former students recounts her grueling schedule and eventual withdrawal from Hengshui, a city notorious for exam-prep schools


Mudslide Causes Fatal Train Crash and Other Trending News

High-speed train driver killed in crash, man struck by lightning on dragon boat, four dead in Sichuan earthquake, gradual reopening in Shanghai and Beijing —it’s Viral Week


Viral Week: Didi banned from app stores and other trending news

China's space station astronauts take first space walk, red panda has four cubs, boy wears skirt to school, intricate tofu carvings amaze—it's Viral Week


Viral Week: Gaokao scores released and other trending news

Chinese Mars footage released, police dogs up for adoption, fire at martial arts school, gaokao scores released—it's Viral Week


Sweat and Sacrifice: Five Stories of Gaokao

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