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Is This Really Beijing's 'Most Outrageous Illegal Structure'?

Local officials say the mountainside villa on top of a Beijing apartment tower will be torn down in the next 15 days.

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Glimpse the Absurd Parisian Ghost Town in the Middle of China

A luxury real estate developer in Hangzhou thought it could cash in on China's love for all things French. It hasn't worked out that way.

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The U.K. Doesn't Want Motorists Using Google Glass, Obviously

Also, New York updates its list of offensive license plates, and one rebellious bureaucrat thwarts Pennsylvania's anti-gay-marriage laws.

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The Wake-Up Call in China's 'Visit Your Parents' Law

My father is 67-years-old, and lives in the sprawling outskirts of Guangzhou. I last saw him a year ago.

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Sneaking Inside the World's Multiplying McMansions

Martin Adolfsson photographs upper-class subdivisions around the world without permission.

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Just How Crazy Is China's Plan to Build the World's Tallest Building in 9 Months?

In the time it takes to gestate a baby, architects say they'll have finished a structure that hits 838 meters — ten meters higher than the Burj Khalifa.

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Inside China's Plan to Build the Longest, Most Expensive, Most Dangerous Underwater Tunnel

At 76 miles long, it would surpass the combined length of world’s two longest underwater tunnels and cut through two fault lines.

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When Is a Giant Inflatable Duck Not a Giant Inflatable Duck?

Counterfeit copies of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's massive sculpture are popping up across China.

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A Chinese City Is Asking Private Companies to Pay Public Sector Salaries

Because it's broke.

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China Has the Priciest Housing on the Planet

Seven out of 10 of the world’s least affordable markets are now in China.

10 Brilliant Pieces of Bike Infrastructure

Super-highways, car-shaped holding pens, and more.

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Bizarre Optical Illusion of the Day: Tram Riders Believe Buildings Are Falling Down

Even when they know they're not.

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A Fascinating Peek Inside China's Booming Counterfeit Wine Market

Europe exported nearly $1 billion worth of wine to China last year. Counterfeiters are increasingly cashing in.

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One Chinese City Wants to Punish Unmarried Women With Kids

Because it's their fault that married men cheat on their wives, the reasoning goes.

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China Cracks Down on Jaywalking

It's an attempt to instill rule of law in Chinese cities known for their chaotic roadways.

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China's Eco-Cities: Substantive and Skimpy at the Same Time

For now at least, the country's most sustainable form of urbanism is relegated to pilot projects.

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New City of the Day: China Builds an Industrial Center ... in Belarus

Urban planning meets the iron fist of Europe's last dictatorship.

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One of the Craziest Bridge Demolitions You'll Ever See

The explosive takedown of Wuham's 2.2-mile long viaduct was the longest concrete-bridge demolition in China's history.

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The Pain of China's Devastating Earthquake, 5 Years Later

The Sichuan earthquake killed more than 70,000 people, and an additional 18,000 are still listed as missing.