Lily Kuo

Beijing Is Enjoying Blue Skies and Rainbows

Some are describing the surprisingly good air quality as “Beijing’s airenaissance.”

China Is Building a Great Wall of Trees to Fight Climate Change

The country is building a belt of trees that will stretch 2,800 miles in an attempt to stop the advance of the Gobi desert.

Beijing's Air Pollution Is Getting a Little Less Deadly

There's still a long way to go, but the Chinese capital has taken a symbolic step forward.

Beijing Has Turned Into a Beautiful Ghost Town for Chinese New Year

Witness the largest annual human migration.

This Nostalgic Street Art in Shanghai Is Being Erased by Chinese Authorities

Frustrated locals say they are concerned about the suppression of creativity.

Shanghai Residents Blame a Deadly New Year's Eve Stampede on a City Crowded With Migrants

Resentment against "outsiders" is surging in the city.

The Chinese Government Is Building Affordable Housing in Brooklyn

It's less about neighborhood altruism and more about Chinese property developers' drive to expand overseas.

The Founders of Hong Kong's Occupy Central Consider Surrender

After seven weeks of protest, the rest of the Umbrella Movement is divided on what to do next.

Hong Kong Protesters Finally Sit Down With Government Reps—and Nobody Is Satisfied

Political leaders seemed to admit that they are relatively powerless.

Hong Kong Protesters Get 3 Unappealing Choices—and 1 Possible Compromise

Hong Kong's chief executive has asked student protesters to meet as early as next week.

The Hong Kong Protests Have Taken a Violent Turn

As pro-democracy demonstrations stretch into a third week, police advance on protesters and reports emerge of brutality.

Advice for Hong Kong's Protesters From a Tiananmen Activist

"To have everything or nothing is not the goal. It’s whether we can make a step forward."

A Trove of Ancient Maps May Prove the Philippines' Territorial Claims Against China

A collection of maps, some nearly 1,000 years old, disputes China's claim over part of the South China Sea.

Cash, Shopping, and Free Dim Sum Brought Pro-Beijing Protestors to Hong Kong

 Hong Kong's silent democratic opposition has finally spoken up. Or has it?

China Tells Citizens to Bike, Walk, and Snitch in the 'United Struggle' to Breathe Easier

If your neighbors barbecue frequently, the Politburo would like to know.

Why Hong Kong's Voting Rights Could Be in Danger

Back under Chinese rule, Hong Kong activists are turning to Britain for help as the treaty that ensured their suffrage is revealed to be largely ignorable.

Asia's Richest Man Is Building Hong Kong Apartments Barely Bigger Than a Prison Cell

At $250,000, these 200-square-foot studios are among Hong Kong's most affordable.

Japan Wants a $90 Billion Floating Train for Commuters Who May Not Exist

The line would connect Tokyo and Osaka, two urban centers heading into dramatic population decline. 

Beijing Residents Will Have to Wait 16 Years to Breathe Healthy Air

Pollution in China's capital is now near a level unlivable for humans.