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Adorable Ili pika photographed for the first time in 20 years

Earlier this week, we introduced you to a number of adorable furry critters native to Hokkaido, Japan. Just when you thought we here at RocketNews24 couldn’t possibly find anything to top the cuteness of the Ezo Momonga, a type of flying squirrel so fluffy it’s almost criminal, we’re following up with a close contender: the Ili pika.

Conservationist Li Weidong managed to photograph the creature, which resembles a cross between a bunny and a hamster, for the first time in 20 years back in July. With the Ili pika currently in danger of extinction due to climate change and other factors, Li is calling for China to do more to protect the endangered species.

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Buyer’s remorse? Not if you’ve got confidence like this girl

For the normal human being, fashion is hard work. There are so many things to think about when considering what sort of outfit you will choose for yourself. Sometimes what looks great on people who are paid to look good, doesn’t quite look as good on us. That shouldn’t stop us from strutting our stuff as long as you’ve got the confidence to back it up, though, and this girl has confidence in spades.

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China’s ‘queen of poker’ tells us what it’s like to play professionally in Macau

Macau’s casinos may be down on their luck, but at least one part of the gambling industry is thriving.

According to “China’s Queen of Poker,” Celina Lin, poker tournaments have continued to attract prominent players and visitors to the city, despite dismal casino-gaming revenue.

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Chinese flag found at underwater wreckage of Japanese war ship

The depths of the ocean are very mysterious, what with all the weird fish and sea creatures, shipwrecks and maybe even sunken treasure down there. It’s no wonder scuba diving is such a popular activity, since you never know just what you’ll come across.

Last weekend, some Japanese divers off the coast of Palau thought they knew what they were going to see when they dove to the underwater grave of a Japanese warship. However, they were surprised to discover something new and peculiar at the site: a Chinese flag. Hm, that wasn’t there last time…

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Father and son turn car parts into profit by building amazing, enormous, Transformer models

What do you do with a background in fine arts, an empty factory, and used car parts? Make realistic models of Transformers, of course! At least, that’s what this father-son duo in Hunan Province, China decided to do, and they’re making a very lucrative living do so.

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Thai celebrity posts video ranting about Chinese tourists turning orderly line into free-for-all

Here at RocketNews24 we’re no stranger to hearing reports of Chinese tourists acting inappropriately abroad. Of course there are jerks from every country who can incite even the most good-natured natives, but only in China do you get the government putting out an official statement for their citizens about how to act when abroad.

Still, fair or not, the perception of rude Chinese tourists is so strong that it recently sent one Thai woman overboard at Jeju International Airport in Korea. While waiting in line, a group of Chinese tourists allegedly came over and turned the once-orderly queue into a madhouse of shoving and yelling, some of the which was the video taker’s own…

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Spiral escalators may be even more stylish than clothes at Japanese department store in Shanghai

There’s definitely an elegance to a spiral staircase, and you could argue that an opulent shopping palace is just the place to install one, letting your customers feel stylish and sophisticated even as they move from one floor to the next. However, they won’t feel so glamorous if they’re panting for breath after walking to the top of an eight-story building.

That’s why for its new Shanghai branch, this Japanese department store decided to install spiral escalators, which it’s claiming are the longest of their type in the world.

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Controversy and confusion as young woman is allowed to sit in cockpit on Cathay Pacific flight

When 28-year-old Ada Ng posted photos of herself sitting in the cockpit of a Cathay Pacific flight, she would never have imagined that she would find herself in the middle of a social media storm soon after.

But Ng’s photos and videos of her experience, and accompanying excited comments, which were posted on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo, have prompted debate about airline security – and confusion as to why the young woman was allowed to travel in this way, seemingly in breach of post-9/11 security standards.

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Chinese man causes a stir by cooking rice in the middle of the Hong Kong International Airport

We’ve already seen all sorts of bizarre things go down inside Asian airports, from a woman drying her underwear to a government official causing rage-induced destruction. Now we can add a new one to that list–a Chinese man was recently spotted cooking rice on the floor of the Hong Kong International Airport. 

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Chinese trucker hauling huge boat on highway attracts police, $32 fine and a lot of laughs

When you don’t have access to the right equipment, sometimes you just have to get creative and find a way to get the job done. But a Chinese truck driver who was caught hauling a massive 30-meter-long (98 feet) boat that weighs 100 tons found out that you might want to stay off the highway, since police frown on endangering the lives of the rest of the driving public. And this isn’t even the first time a Chinese trucker has been pulled over for transporting a comically large sea vessel down a highway.

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China’s traffic cops are really into their job, possibly action heroes

A cop pouncing on to the roof of a car as its criminal driver tries to escape is a scene often seen in movies but hardly ever spotted in real life. That’s no dig at police officers either, as it’s perfectly understandable for them not to take high risks with their own life in pursuit of wrong-doers.

However, in China it appears that the boys in blue take their roles to heart and are willing to hop onto a speeding car if duty calls for it. The following are two examples taken from earlier this year.

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Sony sets its sights on the Chinese market, unleashes its limited-edition dragons on March 20

As the third-largest gaming market in the world, with revenues surpassing US$15 billion in 2014, China has long been a coveted prize for global gaming giants. Yet, until recently, that prize has remained out of reach due to the Chinese government’s 14-year ban on sales of foreign gaming consoles. With that ban now lifted, Japan’s Sony is set to take the plunge into these uncharted waters.

Sony is spearheading its entry into the new market with the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, both of which will go on sale in China on March 20. This being the second planned release after a previous delay in January, Sony is pulling out all the stops with limited-edition models of both systems.

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Buyer keepers? Photos of returned mail being sold on the street go viral in China

Ordering things online or through the mail always has an element of uncertainty to it. If you walk into a store to buy a new computer, you can be fairly certain that the package you walk out with is actually a new computer. But when ordering online, there’s always a chance that it’s a scam or that the post office will simply never get it to you. We’re not trying to disparage our beleaguered postal workers, but it’s inevitable that something will fall through the cracks in any large organization.

But have you ever wondered what happens when your mail doesn’t get to you? Where the heck does it all go? Well, if you’re really unlucky, it might end up being sold in the street.

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New nail art technique produces beautiful nails, sticky abominations in equal measure

Painting your own nails can be a stressful affair fraught with frustration – nail polish is actually a pretty difficult medium to work with, and a steady hand is required to end up with finished nails that don’t resemble those of a two-year-old who spent the afternoon finger painting. This new “water marble” technique promises to help even sausage-fingered ladies achieve gorgeous nails simply by dipping their digits into a bowl of water and nail polish.

But does this supposed nail hack even work?

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Images of man pickpocketing wearing a sign reading “I’m a pickpocket” go viral in China

On 28 February, photos emerged depicting an unidentified man reaching into another’s bags while they stand waiting for a bus. Using our keen detective skills we can deduce this is the work of a pickpocket due to the piece of paper taped to his back which reads “I’m a pickpocket.”

We can also assume he has been at it for a while since he needs the added rush of wearing a sign announcing his crime and bringing a photographer along. Also, as we’ll see better in the other photos, he’s doing it directly across the street from a police station.

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Japanese watch maker shirks labor law, says “time’s up” on factory in Guangzhou, China

February 5 was supposed to be like any other day for employees at the Japanese watch company Citizen in Guangzhou, China. But ordinary quickly turned into extraordinarily terrible when over 1,000 employees found out the company was closing the very next day and they would all be out of jobs.

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Mini-sized Hong Kong? These photos by French photographer will make you look twice

Take a look at this picture. At first glance, it looks like a miniature diorama of a city street, with little cars, little street lights, little people… But it’s all so beautifully detailed, it can’t be just a replica right? What sorcery is this?!

Join us after the jump to see more of this amazing photography magic and cute miniature cityscapes by French artist Harold de Puymorin.

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A road runs through it: China’s first over-water highway almost complete

If you’re like me, you’re probably more accustomed to seeing bridges cross rivers rather than run along their length. But this stretch of highway which was recently completed in Xingshan County of China’s Hubei Province does just that. Are the bridge’s creators crazy, or crazy like an ecologically minded fox?

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More than 600,000 rounds of fireworks are exploded for this ancient Chinese New Year celebration

Every year, the Chinese New Year is celebrated for more than two weeks in January or February, with many festivals and celebrations commemorating the occasion. On the first day of the New Year, the festival kicks off with the Firecracker Ceremony, during which locals light nearly 600,000 rounds of fireworks.

Last Thursday, we headed down to New York City’s Chinatown to see the community’s 16th annual Firecracker Ceremony. The community was celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Goat.

It is a tradition for Chinese people to light bamboo sticks filled with gunpowder on the first day of the year to create as large as commotion as possible. The practice is thought to ward off evil spirits. In more recent years, the tradition is carried on with firecrackers and fireworks. Thousands of firecrackers are strung up with red ribbon on the rope in the background.

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Chinese comedians pitch brilliant boyfriend-rental service to fend off nagging parents 【Video】

The Lunar New Year is China’s biggest holiday and the time when most of the country travels back home in impressive numbers, prays for luck and of course spends some quality time with family who remind their adult children why they’re failing at life. And the Spring Festival, as it’s commonly called, can be an exceptionally annoying time for single 20- and 30-somethings whose more traditional parents gripe constantly about the lack of a significant other and the every-decreasing hope of a grandchild. A Chinese comedy group put out a video recently that offers single woman a solution to this headache—a company that rents out boyfriends to impress your parents and get them off your case until the next New Year holiday.

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