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Air pollution in Toronto subways same as in Beijing: study

Toronto - A study of air pollution in three Canadian subway systems showed the air quality in Toronto’s subway system is the worst. An author of the report compared the pollution in the subway system in Canada’s largest city to a day in Beijing.

Beijing offers big bucks for foreign spy tip-offs

Bejing - Budding Chinese sleuths could start stalking foreigners as suspected spies in Beijing after authorities in the city on Monday offered a cash bonanza for information on overseas agents.

Beijing offers big bucks for foreign spy tip-offs

Bejing - Budding Chinese sleuths could start stalking foreigners as suspected spies in Beijing after authorities in the city on Monday offered a cash bonanza for information on overseas agents.

Beijing offers big bucks for foreign spy tip-offs

Bejing - Budding Chinese sleuths could start stalking foreigners as suspected spies in Beijing after authorities in the city on Monday offered a cash bonanza for information on overseas agents.

U.S. dispute with Beijing over South China Sea islands heats up

Beijing - Tensions between the United States and China worsened last week after the U.S. Navy sent a warship past disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Toilets with free Wi-fi, ATMs soon to sprout across Beijing

At least 100 toilets with free Wi-fi access and automated teller machines will soon sprout across the Chinese capital of Beijing.

Shanghai smog level reaches highest mark since January

Shanghai - The smog in Shanghai has hit its highest level since January of this year, prompting authorities to ban outdoor activities for school children and curtailing work at construction sites and factories.

Op-Ed: Cheap oil sinking stock markets

Cheap oil has already affected global markets and economies in countless ways, from disrupting Venezuelan politics to sinking the Russian ruble and introducing the world to “low-flation.”

Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Kuala Lumpur - Beijing was officially declared the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, narrowly beating Almaty, Kazakhstan by just four votes.

Beijing's new smoke-free law coming June 1

Beijing - According to the World Health Organization (WHO), all indoor public places in Beijing will be required by law to be 100 percent smoke-free by June 1, 2015.

South America promised big investments by Beijing Prime Minister

China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang announced during his recent visit to Brazil his country's intention to invest heavily in South America.

Chinese police at lunch allegedly eat endangered giant salamander

Shenzhen - A banquet for Chinese officials turned violent last week when journalists photographed them eating a critically endangered giant salamander, media reports say. The diners included senior police officials who appeared to flout Beijing's austerity campaign.

World's first Yak museum opened in Lhasa, Tibet

On a high plateau in Asia, north-east of the Himalayas, in China, you will find the homeland of the Tibetan people. The Tibetan plateau is also home to a bovine-like animal called the Yak. The Yak has always played an important role in Tibetan culture.

Pay for transport or phone credit by recycling bottles in Beijing

Beijing - A new system introduced in Beijing is allowing people to get free phone card rebates or passes to public transport in exchange for simply recycling a used drinks bottle.

Lost Malaysia Airlines jet flew for hours on autopilot

Canberra - Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 flew for hours on autopilot before running out of fuel over the vast Indian Ocean and crashing, a team of international investigators searching for the plane now believe.

Photo Essay: Hotels in China Special

China has many cities, and each has a certain sense of style that is reflected in hotels ranging from traditional Chinese to Japanese to Western.

Photo Essay: Faces of China Special

I've been teaching English in China for nine months now, and I've traveled from the south to the north, taking photos of interesting Chinese people along the way.

Suspicions raised about co-pilot of missing plane

Perth - The co-pilot of a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner may have tried to make a cellphone call from the cockpit just before the aircraft disappeared.

Photo Essay: Beijing's Olympic Park and circus Special

Beijing - I remember watching the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics from my California TV. When I visited the site this year, I was surprised to find a thriving tourist hub and live circus.

Photo Essay: China's Ming Tombs Special

Beijing - Thirteen Ming Dynasty Emperors, Empresses, and one royal eunuch were buried in a picturesque valley near Beijing. It's worth the trip to tour this mysterious, historical site.

Photo Essay: Beijing's Prince Gong Mansion Special

Beijing - Prince Gong Mansion is a complex of homes, temples, gardens, and ponds in Beijing that illustrate court life in China's 18th Century.

Photo Essay: Climbing the Great Wall of China Special

Beijing - Justin Bieber had his bodyguards carry him up the Great Wall of China, but this Digital Journalist climbed it herself only to find a Chinese grandmother already there, cane in hand.

Malaysian Airlines missing flight MH370: Live Report

Kuala Lumpur - 05:15 GMT - Sympathy - My colleague Julia Zappei in Kuala Lumpur says the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has tweeted " My thoughts and prayers are with the family members of flight #MH370.

Photo Essay: Beijing's Forbidden City Special

Beijing - For almost 500 years, the Forbidden City was the home of China's emperors and their households. A massive complex of grand halls, temples, courtyards, and gardens, this setting for China's impressive past will challenge the best walkers.

Photo Essay: Beijing's Tiananmen Square Special

Beijing - One of the largest city squares in the world, Tiananmen has been the site of political turmoil and draws millions of tourists to see its war memorials, Mao's tomb, museums, government offices, and military parades.

China's artificial 'nuclear winter' wrecking havoc on agriculture

Beijing - In Beijing, the air is so thick with toxic smog that officials are warning citizens to wear masks when outdoors, or stay inside. With air-quality levels rising far above what is considered safe, one scientist compared the foul air to a "nuclear winter."

Photo Essay: Beijing's Yuan Ming Yuan Gardens Special

Beijing - Built in the 18th Century and five times the size of the Forbidden City, Yuan Ming Yuan Gardens in Beijing was an amazing collection of parks, lakes, temples, museums, and western-style mansions surrounded by dancing fountains.

Photo Essay: Beijing's Summer Palace Special

Beijing - After touring the famous sights of Beijing, I found China's Summer Palace the most beautiful and healthy place, nestled by a lake, river, hills, and forest. Explore its royal halls, gardens, and temple with me.

Photo Essay: Tour of Beijing Special

Beijing - After five months of teaching English in northeast China, I toured Beijing with a group of Chinese tourists and experienced the famous city's historic and modern wonders first-hand.

Beijing’s thick smog is full of microbes

Beijing - Some 1,300 species of microbes, including some associated with allergies and lung disease, have been detected adrift in Beijing’s thick smog.
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Art along one of the hotel s hallways
Art along one of the hotel's hallways
The  Diamond Door  entrance to the Dingling Ming tomb
The "Diamond Door" entrance to the Dingling Ming tomb
The Dowager Empress Cixi s throne room
The Dowager Empress Cixi's throne room
Billboard on building
Billboard on building
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Flooded street in Beijing  China  July 21  2012
Flooded street in Beijing, China, July 21, 2012
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Approaching The Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Outer Court
Approaching The Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Outer Court
Guards by the left-side statues to the Heros of the People
Guards by the left-side statues to the Heros of the People
View of Hall of Supreme Harmony at the Forbidden City from Gate of Supreme Harmony on a busy Sunday.
View of Hall of Supreme Harmony at the Forbidden City from Gate of Supreme Harmony on a busy Sunday.
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Only an Empress could wear a headdress like this  that reflects a magical phoenix design
Only an Empress could wear a headdress like this, that reflects a magical phoenix design
Inside the Great Wall of China
Inside the Great Wall of China
People wait in the courtyard to enter the buildings
People wait in the courtyard to enter the buildings
The ornate gate by the hilltop temple
The ornate gate by the hilltop temple
The Blue Iris Stone. The gardens and courtyards of the Summer Palace are decorated with many unusual...
The Blue Iris Stone. The gardens and courtyards of the Summer Palace are decorated with many unusual rock formations brought to the Palace from all over China. This bluish, glossy stone is the largest in any Chinese garden; it measures about 8 metres long by 2 metres high. It sits on the courtyard of the Hall of Happiness and Longevity.
Entrance to the hilltop temple
Entrance to the hilltop temple
My room in the hotel
My room in the hotel
A decorative vase in one of the hotel s hallways
A decorative vase in one of the hotel's hallways
Air pollution in Beijing China
Air pollution in Beijing China
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The Tower of Literary Prosperity. Located on the shore at the east end of Longevity Hill  the Tower ...
The Tower of Literary Prosperity. Located on the shore at the east end of Longevity Hill, the Tower of Literary Prosperity is built on top of a fortress-like structure.
A private nook in the mansion complex
A private nook in the mansion complex
A tour group listens to the story of how Dowager Empress Cixi imprisoned the young Chinese Emperor i...
A tour group listens to the story of how Dowager Empress Cixi imprisoned the young Chinese Emperor in this courtyard