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Why China Loves to Hate Its Newest Skyscraper, Shaped Like a Giant Gold Doughnut

The Guangzhou Circle Building is perhaps the country's largest single manifestation of Tuhao Jin, or "gold of the unrefined and wealthy."

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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.

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China's Slowly Disappearing Steel Plants

The country's bleak post-industrial future.

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It Will Be Hard to Beat China's Latest Food Contamination Scandal

A slaughterhouse injects meat with water from dirty ponds.

5 Remote Sites We Can Now See, Thanks to China's Version of Google 'Street View'

China's most comprehensive on-the-ground photography yet.

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China's Changing Shipyards

The national government issued a series of reforms to fix a struggling industry, but many will be left behind.

China's Newest Status Symbol: Bodyguards

Louis Vuitton? Lamborghini? So passé. China's wealthiest now use armed security to flaunt their social status.

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Chinese Students Fight Smog With Kung Fu Aerobics

A school administrator says the workout can detoxify lungs and dispel residue gas.

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America Could Get Its Own 600-Acre 'Chinese Disneyland'

Complete with theme parks and a whole new college.

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Shanghai's Air Pollution Today Was Literally Off the Charts

Blame cars, and coal-fired burners.

The Rent in Shanghai Is Too Damn High: An Infographic

What price comparisons between two different cities tell us about the Chinese economy.

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Scenes of Destruction From China's Deadly Pipeline Explosion

City roads were ripped open, cars toppled, and apartment windows shattered.

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Why Chinese Cities Are Smaller Than They Appear

Focusing on total population—rather than the number of people actually residing in urban areas—obscures the extent of China's urbanization challenge.

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China Keeps It Classy With Designer Smog-Filtration Masks

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

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How China Became the World's Junkyard Capital

The country is at the center of the international scrap recycling universe, and the environmental impacts aren't always pretty.

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.

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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.

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

Pollution defeats the surveillance state. 

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Epic Photos of the World's Largest Ball Pit

Swimming in a million pink and green balls.