PHOTO STORY

It’s Snow Time: Winter in China’s Northeast

Everyday life in China’s frozen Northeast

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LIVING IN CHINA

Paint the Town

A centuries-old village in Anhui becomes a magnet for artists

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Live from Liangshan

Residents of “cliff villages” broadcast their lives at 2,500 meters’ altitude

ARTS

Bated Breath

The viral documentary traces China’s unregulated mining industry, and the health and safety risks that haunt it—and the director’s own family

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BOOKS

Monumental Memory

Yan Lianke’s memoir is a vivid meditation on life, death, and dignity in rural China

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TRADITIONAL CULTURE

First Aid

Grassroots cadre Tong Panfeng races to meet China’s deadline to eradicate poverty

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TRADITIONAL CULTURE

No Time to Waste

As landfills overflow, China’s villages struggle with the impact of the country’s trash problem

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SOCIETY

The Great Unbanked

Millions have opened accounts in the last decade, but China’s banks still strive for financial inclusion

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SOCIETY

Building Character

“Characteristic towns” are China’s latest rural development strategy, but can every village truly be special?

EDUCATION

Vocational Calling

Should rural youths pursue places at vocational schools instead of universities?

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