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Mao Makes a Comeback

Images of the former Chinese leader have been popping up around the country.

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Fortress America: How the U.S. Designs its Embassies

The challenge of architecture that epitomizes American values while offering total security.

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Why China's Subway Boom Went Bust

Officials say 70 to 80 percent of China's planned subway lines are being postponed. What's the country to do?

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Skyscraper or Pair of Pants?

Beijing's $700 million Gate of the East has been attracting attention for its resemblance to a certain sartorial item.

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The Hidden Wonders of Beijing

The city is filled with art, if you know where to look.

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It's Valentine's Day in China

Mass weddings, bears eating hearts, kissing contests and more.

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Big Cities, Bad Cities, Beer Cities: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

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How Twitter Is Like a City

For dissidents like Ai Weiwei, the internet is fulfilling roles once played by urban space.

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China's Dirty Water

A third of industrial waste water is released, without treatment, into rivers and lakes.

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The High Cost of Beijing's Empty Bird's Nest

The celebrated venue costs $11 million a year to maintain.

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China Crowdmaps Pedestrian and Cyclist Problem Areas

A new website enables residents to identify problems in Beijing's pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.

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Beijing Flooding in Pictures

Large sections of Beijing were inundated this weekend as the heaviest rains in 61 years drenched the city.

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London vs. Beijing: The Pregames

Though the spectacle has been underwhelming, London may have an edge over the Chinese capital in long-term planning.

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Can an Ancient Chinese City Pursue Preservation Without Disney-fication?

One of China’s last walled cities is having an identity crisis.

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Why China Needs More Human-Scale Development

It's time for fast-growing Asian cities to dump the super-block.

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Beijing's Olympic Ruins

Already decaying infrastructure from the 2008 Summer Games should serve as a lesson to all cities that follow.

China's Air Pollution Problem Explained in One Animation

These before-and-after graphics show just how severe the problem has become.

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What It Looks Like to Clean the Top of the World

Wild shots of window washers.

Why Do We Keep Making Abominable Olympic Theme Songs?

One-upmanship is probably to blame.