Beijing's Air Quality Catastrophe

Pollution has reached an all-time high, reminding us that China's economic growth has come at the cost of environmental disaster.


It's Lonely Trying to Convince Chinese Hospitals to Go Smoke Free

Dr. Dan Xiao battles attitudes toward tobacco that more closely resemble the U.S. of the 1940s or '50s.

Rooftop Farms: A 'Burgeoning' Trend in Chinese Cities

Two activists talk about creating leafy green escapes among the high rises of Beijing and Hong Kong.

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Record Breaking Metro System of the Day: Beijing

With an end-of-year expansion, it is now the world's longest subway system.

The Most Talked About Buildings of 2012

From residences to gardens to installations, a look at the most compelling works of the year.


China's 4 Most Wasteful Infrastructure Projects of 2012

Propaganda theme parks, faux-Manhattan skylines, and more.

Beijing Tries to 'Rectify' Jaywalkers: This Week in Bans

Also, Albuquerque is left vulnerable after outlawing barbed wire and a British ice cream-truck driver who rocked too hard is shut down.

China's Emerging Architectural Style

The country's building boom has given rise to a look that's fresh but also uniquely Chinese.

Fearing Political Unrest, Beijing Outlaws Basically Everything: This Week in Bans

Also, a California city outlaws never-ending going-out-of-business signs and a Tucson hotel welcomes back Rod Stewart.

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Zaha Hadid's SOHO Galaxy Looks Like the Watergate on Steroids

Beijing's newest piece of starchitecture.

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Online Grocery Shopping Is Returning to the Physical World

A Chinese supermarket giant has announced plans to build 1,000 "virtual" supermarkets.


What People Worry About in China

The big concerns are much the same as in America: inequality, problems with the government, and the rising price of goods.


Debate Omissions and Parking in L.A.: The Best #CityReads of the Week

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


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.


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.


The Hidden Wonders of Beijing

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


It's Valentine's Day in China

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