Meg Sawai, an editor for our Japanese sister site and all-around Chinese news liaison, was browsing the net last week when she stumbled upon the recently released Top 30 Face Ranking of all Miss Campuses across China. Intrigued, she opened the list to see who would take the top spot. Get ready to meet some of the lovely–and intellectual–ladies from universities across China!
Jan 14, 2015
Right from its first airing in December last year, Chinese period drama The Empress of China has been a firm public favourite. Starring producer Fan Bingbing as Wu Zetian – the only woman in Chinese history ever to reign as supreme leader – the drama focuses on events during the Tang dynasty (618–907 CE) and features a host of elaborate costumes and sets, paid for by a budget of appropriately regal proportions.
Viewers were left disappointed recently, however, when the show was suddenly pulled from the air, with its broadcaster citing only “technical issues” as the reason for the removal. The show returned just days later, but rather of evoking cheers of joy, the internet was quickly filled with messages of anger and frustration from its viewers.
Jan 14, 2015
A man from New Zealand fell down a 9 metre hole in China, broke his back, and has just turned the horrific accident into a new slapstick mobile game.
Mark Major, 28, explains on his website that his scary experience inspired “Plummet”, which he hopes will be available for iPhone early this year. He tells Business Insider that he’s waiting for Apple to review his iTunes app and it should be due for release soon.
Major says he had no warning about the accident. He was walking past a construction site in Beijing when the earth just gave way.
Jan 13, 2015
Tao Liu has a knack for capturing split-second moments that reveal funny configurations or striking parallels, and embody the essence of the hectic and haphazard Chinese streets where he and countless others live and work.
His work has gone viral in China, and is now spreading across the world thanks to people sharing his images across the net. Street photography is about capturing poignant and fleeting points in time, which say something about the human condition, even if that something cannot be put into words, and Tao Liu’s photographs speak across languages and cultures.
Ever since Mr. Sato returned from his annual overnight vigil to obtain an Apple Lucky Bag, we learned that humans are able to withstand adverse conditions in queues driven solely by their utmost desire for something. Just look at these Apple lovers who braved snow for their favorite brand! So when you see these students in China lining up, we bet your guess is that they are getting $1 TVs…or concert tickets for the latest K-pop star…or perhaps a free iPhone. The answer, however, is none of the above; these students are in fact lining up to…
Jan 12, 2015
We’ve got a new candidate for the “Worst Father of the Year” award. And trust us–he’s got a very good chance at winning that title. What responsible parent would make his seven-year-old son drive him home after getting drunk and passing out??
Jan 10, 2015
A female billiards judge recently made a big splash on the Chinese Interwebs – notorious for going completely bonkers any time a pretty girl does… just about anything – when photos of her reffing a local pool tournament sporting a plunging neckline went up on Chinese social media.
We presume the woman, whose name we can best romanize as Lü Meng Xi Zi, is herself a talented pool player, but as per usual with this type of story, details about the woman herself are inversely proportional to the number of pictures of her that are circulating, perhaps due to the combination of the constant leaning forward required to play pool and her choice of decidedly low-cut tops.
Hayashi 'Fang' Hougi
Jan 10, 2015
It’s customary for companies in Asia to hold year-end parties (bounenkai in Japan, weiya in Chinese-speaking countries), and these often reflect the state of the companies. In a good year, employees will be treated to lavish affairs complete with lotteries, extravagant performances and attractive prizes. However, one Chinese company stole the limelight this year with their ‘cash grabbing game’ that guarantees everyone a winner!
Guys in China weigh up the sh*t their girlfriends say in “Chinese Girlfriends: North VS South” 【Video】
Jan 9, 2015
Pranksters and sketch-makers TMD Shanghai are back with another look at relationships in China – and this time, it’s the girls getting sent up. TMD, formerly known as Monkey Kingz, are the team that brought us that ‘Single Chinese Guy vs Single White Guy’ skit. As we might expect from a comedy video playing on ethnic stereotypes, that provoked some decent debate online. Is it ok to make generalisations based on race? Does the comedic context make it more, or less acceptable?
So after watching TMD’s new video ‘Chinese Girlfriends: North VS South’ video, we immediately jumped to the YouTube comments, expecting the usual cries of stereotyping and “WTF man you couldn’t be more wrong.” But we were surprised to discover that, well, everybody loves it!
Twins, triplets, and even more multiple births are a natural occurrence, made even more common in recent years thanks to the increasing use of fertility drugs. While I’m sure we can all think of a couple of famous identical twins, not all multiples look alike – some can even be different genders – but it’s generally expected that both (or all) of the children have the same parents. But as one daddy in China is finding out, this isn’t always the case!
Jan 6, 2015
As with the beginning of any new year, there comes the chore of getting a new calendar for your wall or fridge. Sure one usually arrives in the mail from your friendly neighborhood real estate agency, or you could always shell out for the motif of your choosing from a local calendar boutique.
But the really lucky years are when the perfect calendar just falls right into your lap, as it did with our Japanese writer Ponkotsu the other day. From an associate in Shanghai, he received something in the mail with the words Chinese Dream printed on its front; a calendar that he knew in an instant would become the one of his own dreams too.
Jan 5, 2015
What makes the perfect wife? Of course, opinions vary across cultures and even from person to person, but a regional branch of The China Times newspaper, Chongqing Daily, think they pinpointed ten specific conditions and characteristics that the perfect wife would possess. To test their theory, the newspaper surveyed over 700 of their female readers in Chongqing City, Southwestern China, asking them if they agreed or disagreed with the newspaper’s description of the ideal wife. What are the ten perceived requirements for the perfect female partner? Read on to find out!
Many countries have a distinctive national costume, from Japanese kimono to Scottish kilts. But ask people to name the traditional Chinese dress, and you’re unlikely to get a simple answer.
There’s the Qipao (also called Cheongsam), a tight-fitting one-piece dress, which (in its modern incarnation anyway) was popularised in the 1920s. And then there’s the Hanfu, a looser garment, which despite its 3,000 year history as the traditional dress of the Han Chinese, has somehow failed to capture the world’s imagination as the modern Chinese national costume.
But if the popularity of the following photos of 5-year-old Liu Chu Tian are any indication, Hanfu could be making a triumphant comeback. Check out the beautiful portraits of this pint-sized actress after the jump!
Bad luck strikes whenever it pleases, and I’m sure that at some point or another, we’ve all had to deal with a bad day. Any number of things can happen, from spilling coffee on your clean white shirt, to dropping and breaking your phone as you rush for work or your card being inexplicably declined as you attempt to pay for dinner on your first date…
All are pretty unfortunate things to happen that can really put a damper on your day. But I can pretty much guarantee that none of those things compare to the awfulness of being an innocent bystander when a nearby septic truck decides to explode, showering all in the vicinity with a literal load of crap. Just ask those that were there in Hechi City, China, on December 26, when that very thing happened.
How do you feel about the state of anime nowadays?
That question is likely to draw some strong opinions from our readers. There’s no question that the past few years have produced a number of works critically acclaimed for their innovative plots and characters. But then there are some series that have built up huge fanbases for their…wait, why was that again? As one Chinese anime fan so eloquently put it, it’s almost as if these “mass-produced series” are on par with fast food…
Dec 31, 2014
Scrubs? Check. Scalpel? Check. Smartphone? Double check.
The following photos of doctors and nurses posing inside an operating room at Fengcheng Hospital in Xi’an, northwestern China, were allegedly taken back in the summer on August 15. Although months have passed since then, the photos just recently surfaced online and have been causing quite an uproar among the general public over the past few days.
If it’s any consolation, would you breathe a sigh of relief to hear that at least the photos were taken after a successful operation? But wait–doesn’t the patient still appear to be undergoing surgery in some of the shots!?
While many of us spent the last few days stuffing our faces with Christmas treats, singing jolly carols and hoarding presents, one whole city of school children in China were unfortunately unable to celebrate the occasion because the Grinch, a.k.a. adults, had stolen their Christmas.
Dec 27, 2014
Studio Ghibli’s acclaimed film Spirited Away is beloved around the world for its touching story and beautiful animation, and the whimsical setting has a real-life counterpart. Jiufen, a mountainous area of New Taipei City in Taiwan is said to be where creator Hayao Miyazaki drew a lot of his inspiration for the film, and many tourists visit the area to feel like they’re stepping into the magical world of Spirited Away. But it turns out there’s also somewhere similar in China! Check out these photos and videos of the incredible place.
In ancient China, it was believed that whenever unusual climate or weather phenomena occurred, it foretold the future. If a dragon appeared in the sky, it meant that a new emperor would reign. Why would dragons appear in the sky, you ask? We don’t know, but on the 23rd of December, a fire phoenix flew across the Beijing sky, creating stunningly beautiful views in an otherwise heavily polluted sky.
- Disney’s Baymax appears in curry, hot pots, and more, thanks to cheesy food-based pun【Photos】1
- Japanese opera singer records an incredible cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”2
- Could this teen’s simple but genius idea help put an end to cyber bullying?3
- Blast your own Kamehameha at the “Let’s fire a Kamehamaha Martial Arts Tournament” event!4
- Ariana Grande is learning hiragana and Japan can’t stop talking about it5
- Team aims to pierce moon with Evangelion’s Spear of Longinus6
- In a country steeped in tradition, two prefectures are completely void of historical temples7
- Fushigi Yugi stage adaptation gets cast and schedule as Mysterious Play becomes a real one8
- Around Japan in 47 rice balls: Mr. Sato buys each prefecture’s musubi all from one Tokyo shop9
- Make your instant coffee 10 times yummier with this one simple trick10
- Nobel Prize-winner Shuji Nakamura to Japan’s young people: “Get out of Japan”1
- New magnetic “slate” lets you write on actual paper, digitize your drawings in real-time2
- The cat hairband, for when cat ears just aren’t enough3
- No more photo retouches! New makeup for cosplayers claims to create photo-perfect skin4
- Cross-dressing talent Matsuko Deluxe: AKB opening the Tokyo Olympics “would embarrass Japan”5
- Do clothes make the man or the man make the clothes? Japanese Twitter user tries to find out6
- Japanese opera singer records an incredible cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”7
- Ninja-cats are hiding in homes around the world and we have 20 photos to prove it8
- Cross-dressing Cosplay Idol Group a Huge Hit in China9
- Side-boob Shirt is the useless evolution of last year’s Boob Turtleneck10
- Nobel Prize-winner Shuji Nakamura to Japan’s young people: “Get out of Japan”1
- Kyoto taxi drivers reduce convenience store robberies by 50 percent by doing absolutely nothing2
- Cosplay ideals vs. cosplay reality, a.k.a. cool vs. funny 【Photos】3
- Internet ready to shut up and take your money as preorders finally start for Cat Ear Headphones4
- Edo era Samurai were pretty gay5
- Ugly-cute makeup genius feeds off negative troll comments on Twitter6
- New magnetic “slate” lets you write on actual paper, digitize your drawings in real-time7
- Teacher draws over students’ doodles to make red pen masterpieces8
- Photos of people lining up outside of the Sapporo Apple Store make us feel positively frozen9
- Netizens hatch adorable baby birds from supermarket eggs, provide evidence10
- Hayao Miyazaki working on new project, says “I’m going to continue making anime until I die”1
- Self-taught Singaporean artist creates unbelievably realistic art on plywood2
- Buyers’ remorse in China: After a record-breaking day of online shopping, the angry selfies begin3
- 1,200 Japanese workers convert above-ground train to subway line in a matter of hours4
- Tiny town in northern Japan creates gorgeous, gigantic artwork out of rice paddies 【Video】5
- Nobel Prize-winner Shuji Nakamura to Japan’s young people: “Get out of Japan”6
- Japanese high school holds annual contest to decide the prettiest “girl” in school7
- Kyoto taxi drivers reduce convenience store robberies by 50 percent by doing absolutely nothing8
- Sorry guys! Video of “sexy ice cream girl” in Taipei only delivers on half its milky promises9
- Oysters’ amazing cleaning skills shock Japanese netizens who question their shellfish habit10
- Team aims to pierce moon with Evangelion’s Spear of Longinus
- In a country steeped in tradition, two prefectures are completely void of historical temples
- Fushigi Yugi stage adaptation gets cast and schedule as Mysterious Play becomes a real one
- Around Japan in 47 rice balls: Mr. Sato buys each prefecture’s musubi all from one Tokyo shop
- Make your instant coffee 10 times yummier with this one simple trick
- “Underwater Knee-High Girls” goes to Taiwan! Exhibition including new “Yuri” photos to be held
- Japanese wasp-filled crackers: Their sting is far worse than a bite
- This ‘Rock Climbing’ ramen will make a man out of you!
- New magnetic “slate” lets you write on actual paper, digitize your drawings in real-time
- A visit to Sushi Dai, Japan’s best sushi restaurant according to world travelers
- Friends too busy to go to the Pokémon Cafe? No problem! Pikachu himself will sit with you
- Do clothes make the man or the man make the clothes? Japanese Twitter user tries to find out
- Yoro shisetsu: Japan’s progressive joint care centers where kids and seniors interact
- No time to cook? No problem! Three easy ways to improve instant curry