Beijing Buys a Waste Management Company to Solve Its Pollution Problems

But it won't work.


China: Where Marathon Mania and Epic Air Pollution Levels Collide

An unfortunate intersection of trends.


How the Western World Enables China's Air Pollution

Americans and Europeans are partly to blame for the smog floating over the Pacific, say researchers.


China's Pollution Problem Is Also a Food Safety Crisis

Eight million acres of Chinese farmland is so contaminated that it's now closed to farming.


2013: The Year Deadly, Suffocating Smog Consumed China

It's not a new problem, but the country's struggle with air pollution has finally gone mainstream.


China's Air Pollution Is So Awful You Can See It From Space

NASA captures a 750-mile trail of haze on camera.


The Genius Ways Beijing Drivers Get Around the City's License Plate Lottery

It just got even harder for car owners to get a coveted plate. But there are clever ways to skirt the system.


China Keeps It Classy With Designer Smog-Filtration Masks

What pairs best with the Asian brown cloud? Try the "Vogmask."


Beijing's Smog: 'It Felt Like Living Near Massive Forest Fires'

Before going to China, I was blasé about the country's famous air pollution. I was completely unprepared for how bad it was.

China's Unmarrieds Spent Over $5 Billion Today to Feel Less Lonely

'Double 11,' was started in the 1990s as a way to embrace bachelorhood. Now it's the world's biggest online shopping event.


Beijing Prepares to Wow the World With Its 'Big Penis' Building

The headquarters of the Communist Party's official newspaper is getting a golden coating in preparation for its debut.

More Billionaires Live in Beijing Than in Los Angeles

But that may change next year.


Intense Smog Is Making Beijing's Massive Surveillance Network Practically Useless

Pollution defeats the surveillance state. 


Why the Tiananmen Square Crash Is So Unnerving

China's largest public urban space is more than just the site of the famous student protests. It's a symbol of the country—and the country's power.


The Geographic Distribution of China's Last Names, in Maps

Despite its massive population, China's list of common last names is very small. Here's where people with these names are.

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Could an 'Electronic Vacuum Cleaner' Suck Up Beijing's Smog?

A Dutch designer's innovative proposal for the pollution-ridden city.


The Most Widespread Environmental Carcinogen? The Air We Breathe

A ground-breaking new report finds that air pollution – not any one contaminant – is the "leading environmental cause of cancer deaths."


Beijing's Amusingly Phallic New Skyscraper

The new headquarters of the People's Daily is only the latest example of the capital's unusual architecture.

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Mistresses Help Keep the Property Bubble Aloft in Beijing

These women, often from rural areas, are regularly kept in apartments that their lovers buy for them in urban centers.