Why China Wants to Build Something Called 'Sponge Cities'

China’s central government has an ambitious green infrastructure plan. But will the results live up to the rhetoric?

Beijing Replaced This Huge Bridge in Only 43 Hours

Using traditional construction methods would have taken months, so China got crafty.

A Hypnotic Animation of the World's Carbon Emissions

Greenhouse gases swirl in abandon in this NASA video.

Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters

Don't You Wish You Were Wearing a Plantenna?

Don’t be silly! Try on a flower fascinator.

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How Chinese Superstition About the Number 4 Makes Beijing Traffic Worse

It’s also connected with lower happiness, according to a new study.


Wearable Maps of 80 Cities Around the Globe

A U.K. designer is using open data to produce dramatic t-shirts of cities from Phoenix to Beijing.

Reuters/Kim Kyung Hoon

Beijing's Newest Weapon Against Smog: A Supercomputer

IBM says its artificially intelligent machine can forecast air pollution up to 72 hours in advance.

Xiao Zhu

A Chinese Anti-Smog Campaign Shows Children Crying in a Haze

The ghostly kids look like they’re suffocating in smoke.

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Soon You'll Need a Parking Spot Before You Can Buy a Car in Beijing

Officials expect the plan to reduce congestion in the crowded city.

Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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.

Alexander Yuan/AP

China's Notorious Smog Gets a Weird Musical Tribute

Three years of air-quality readings in Beijing are mixed into this unsettling track.

Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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

Witness the largest annual human migration.

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Please Let China's New Fare Card Be a Slap Bracelet

Here's hoping the 1990s are back!

Impossible Technology

Presenting the World's Tiniest E-Bike

The "Impossible" electric bike folds up to fit in a backpack, and makes riders look only slightly like a bear doing a circus trick.


China Wants Its Urban Artists to Head for the Countryside

300 million rural Chinese are projected to move into cities by 2050. So why is the government pushing artists to celebrate its old ways?

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Treating Fido Like Family in China

Mary Peng advocates for the welfare of the rapidly growing number of "companion animals" in Chinese cities.

Chuan Wang

China Disrupts the Rain Gear Industry with the 'Air Umbrella'

This weather wand blows raindrops 3 feet away (and perhaps onto other people).

Alexander Balchin

A Movable Skyscraper to Filter China's Nasty Air

This futuristic tower aims to use solar power to eliminate air pollution.