STREET TALK

How Netizens Adapt Classic Literature to the Covid Age

Literary-minded social media posters are adapting famous works for the Covid-19 era

LANGUAGE

The Art of Saying Nothing

Chinese netizens have become experts at “feihua wenxue”: using superfluous language to get out of any awkward situation

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MODERN HISTORY

The Butterfly Effect: Redeeming China’s Early Romance Novels

How “Mandarin Duck and Butterfly,” a romantic literary movement from early 20th century China, became forgotten in the tides of modernization

HISTORY

How China Adopted Western Punctuation

The story of how Chinese punctuation evolved from the Han dynasty to today

ANCIENT HISTORY

Famous Cheating Scandals from Chinese History

China's imperial exams were a hotbed for fraud

TRAVEL

China's Most Famous Poetic Water Town

Shaoxing has long been a magnet for China's most famous poets, writers, and now tourists

ARTS

The Greatest Sayings of Lu Xun

Ten quotes from the 20th-century literary giant that tackle past—and present—Chinese society

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