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Hua Tunan’s Splashing New Work!

Saturday 04.12.2014 , Posted by
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Hua Tunan has emerged significantly since we first covered his explosive paintings a year and half ago. The Foshan based artist has recently released new work through the Edge Creative Collective, and it might be even more eye catching than before. [Read more...]

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A Humbling Photo Series That Will Make You Grateful For What You Have and Even Consider Getting Rid of Some Stuff

Thursday 01.02.2014 , Posted by
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Stuff. We all have it and most of us have a lot more than we need, especially here in America. The funny thing is the people living in the place where we get most of our stuff (China) don’t care about stuff as much as we do. Huang Qingjun captures these humbling images of Chinese families with all of their possessions outside of their dwellings. Most of them have big smiles on their faces and are probably a lot happier and healthier than some people living in abundance. [Read more...]

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Harbin Ice Festival 2014 Unveils Some of Their Snow Sculptures Early

Thursday 12.26.2013 , Posted by
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Although temperatures reach -30 °C, many people flock to China each Winter to explore the magical Harbin Ice Festival. Some of the finest ice and snow sculptors in the world come to showcase their talents, creating massive snow creations that tower over the Winter Wonderland. The official annual start date of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is January 5th and goes through the end of February, but sculptures of this magnitude take quite a bit of time to prepare, so we can get a little sneak peak of what to expect. 80% of the sculptures are done, and those visiting now get to see them in the making. [Read more...]

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Chinese Artist Spends Four Years Creating the Worlds Longest Continuous Wood Sculpture

Wednesday 11.20.2013 , Posted by

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China has a long tradition of outstanding wood carving, a theme that continues on a large scale today. Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui recently unveiled a wood carving to top them all – literally – having just been named “the longest continuous wooden sculpture” by the Guinness Book of World Records on November 14th. Just how big is this behemoth piece? It measures in at some 40 feet in length (12.286 meters) and took Chunhui four years to complete starting from a whole tree. That’s a lot of chiseling. [Read more...]

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Beautiful Journalistic Pop-Up Books by Colette Fu: Capturing the Diversity of China’s Southwest Yunnan Province

Tuesday 11.12.2013 , Posted by

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For the past 6 years Colette Fu has been photographing the minorities of China’s Southwest Yunnan province, capturing the unique cultures of the region and recreating them in a beautiful way: pop-up books. No, these aren’t your kid’s pop-ups, her creations weave together the complexities of life in 3D form. Her latest series We are Tiger Dragon People 我們是虎 captures local festivals and culinary tastes, popular legends and the weave of local clothing, all with her densely collaged style. It’s the perfect form to represent such a colorfully diverse culture, and it’s all done with a delightfully mature, journalistic eye. [Read more...]

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This Map of Internet Usage Shows Why China is a Sleeping Internet Giant

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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The internet is a massive place, but not as massive as the world population. This map, created by Mark Graham and Stefano De Sabbata using data from The World Bank, puts some of the internets demographics in perspective while creating a rather stunning picture of just how big China ranks on internet traffic and how much room it still has to grow. [Read more...]

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Pitch Your Tent! An International Camping Festival in China Promotes a Green Ethos

Friday 10.11.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re curious if people from mainland China do any camping, here is a festival that shows just how the the Chinese engage in the outdoors. In this most populated and vast country, Chinese citizens don’t always find the time for such leisure – as their work ethic and earnings often take priority over other activities. Although, with an increasing youthful, adventurous population, and rising disposable incomes, recreational activities such as snowboarding, camping and hiking are becoming more popular in the mainland. [Read more...]

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Forever Bicycles: Ai Weiwei Revisits his Impressive Repeating Sculpture at Toronto’s La Nuit Blanche

Friday 10.11.2013 , Posted by

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World renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei recently re-released his impressively repeating Forever Bicycles installation at Toronto’s La Nuit Blanche, an all night arts and culture festival. He previously installed the massive piece at Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, Italy, that time stacking them on their sides and only using 760 bicycles… yes we said only. The new piece uses a staggering 3000 bicycles lit in such a way that they almost appear to be digital repetitions. [Read more...]

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Take Death Defying Walks in China’s Mountains

Thursday 08.22.2013 , Posted by

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Huangshan is a picturesque location in eastern China and one of the most iconic locations in the country. Even with its famous glacier carved landscape and wildly jutting granite peaks, local variety of pine tree and frequent views of the clouds from above, the most special place is the area’s stone bridge.The very high bridge’s ornately carved path leads from a cave in a sheer rock wall to another on a nearby wall, traversing the narrow gorge below. [Read more...]

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Nail Houses: Lone Chinese Homes, When the Owners Won’t Move for New Development

Wednesday 07.31.2013 , Posted by

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It’s not often that we think of China when it comes to defending human rights, but that’s apparently the case with a unique Chinese phenomenon: the “Nail House.” These are homes where the resident refuses to move in order to make way for new construction. In extreme cases, builders are forced to work around the lone building, leaving single home monoliths standing in the midst of construction zones and even in the growing basements of skyscrapers. [Read more...]

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