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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.

Birth, life and death can be expensive in China's capital

Beijing - It is almost impossible to accurately compare the cost of living and dying in China with living and dying in the West. There are so many variables, such as housing, wages, inflation, and any number of other issues that need to be considered.

Op-Ed: Beijing will try again to tackle its air pollution

Beijing - Last week, Beijing's Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau at a press conference, addressed the dirty dish-water pollution covering the city. They blamed the toxic miasma on a number of problems, the biggest being coal-fired industries, among others.

Rodman arrives in N.Korea for Kim's birthday basketball game

Pyongyang - Former NBA basketball super-star Dennis Rodman has arrived in North Korea, ready to mark Kim Jong-un's birthday with a celebrity game of basketball.

Dandelion growing in toddler's ear removed by surgeon

Beijing - A dandelion sprout, with roots and all, was removed by a surgeon last Monday from a toddler's ear canal in Beijing, China.

Chinese zoo in trouble for displaying a dog as a lion

Luohe - A zoo in China got into trouble when a so-called "African lion" started barking. Turns out he was a Tibetan mastiff, which is a large and shaggy breed of dog, and rather different from a big African cat.

Beijing air pollution hits dangerous levels (Video)

Beijing - Residents in Beijing are being recommended to stay indoors by local authorities, as the air pollution goes way over the permissible levels.

Beijing air pollution at dangerous levels

The level of air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing is now at such a dangerous level that it is 'hazardous to human health."

Chinese man drives car into students

Beijing - Thirteen teenagers were injured on Tuesday after a man who was unhappy over a court’s judgement of his daughter’s murder drove a car into a group of students in northern China’s Hebei province.

Video: Flood sweeps Fangshan district in Beijing, China (update)

Beijing - Heavy rain, recorded at 46 centimeters (18 inches), fell on Beicheying Village in Fangshan District, Beijing last Saturday. Questions are raised as to officials' response to the disaster.

Heavy rains in Beijing, China kill at least 10 people

Beijing - In continuing heavy rains in China, Beijing has been inundated with torrential rains, killing at least ten and stranding 80,000 at the airport.

Video: Mushroom cloud over China sparks end-of-the-world fears

Beijing - A ominous mushroom cloud formed over Beijing at 7 p.m. on June 14, swallowing up the entire city skyline, accompanied by thunder and lightning. The cloud caused mild panic as people feared that it was harbinger of an impending end-of-the-world cataclysm.

The traditional art of Chinese Cloisonné Enamel Special

Beijing - Among the wide variety of artistic expressions of China, Cloisonné Enamel is perhaps the most comprehensive traditional technique, combining high-level of craftsmanship in bronze, drawing, painting and sculpture.

Beijing’s Summer Palace ‘The Garden of Health and Harmony’ Special

Beijing - Built around 1750 by Emperor Qianlong, the Summer Imperial Palace in Beijing is one of the largest and most beautifully landscaped estates and architectural complexes in China and one of the most elaborate examples of classical Chinese gardens.
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A reading nook at the hotel where you can hide and read for awhile
A reading nook at the hotel where you can hide and read for awhile
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An empty fountain below the palace that used to hold a bronze deer statue surrounded by bronze hound...
An empty fountain below the palace that used to hold a bronze deer statue surrounded by bronze hounds
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STUDY AREA: Map provided by investigators shows areas being considered for the next phase of the mul...
STUDY AREA: Map provided by investigators shows areas being considered for the next phase of the multi-nation search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished in March with 239 passengers and crew.
Joint Agency Coordination Centre
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Journalists wait in a conference room for a news conference regarding the missing Malaysian Airlines...
Journalists wait in a conference room for a news conference regarding the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, at a hotel in Beijing March 8, 2014
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My suite at the Japanese-style Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong  near Beijing s main train station
My suite at the Japanese-style Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong, near Beijing's main train station
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The Battle of Zhuxian County. This painting in the Long Corridor shows a scene from a decisive battl...
The Battle of Zhuxian County. This painting in the Long Corridor shows a scene from a decisive battle in the war between the Jin and the Song Dynasties. In the Battle of Zhuxian County, the Song army was nearly beaten, but the courage of its generals changed a near defeat into a victory.
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The right side of the Inner Court
The right side of the Inner Court
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Overview of the Inner Court
Overview of the Inner Court
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A Chinese boy waves a peace sign
A Chinese boy waves a peace sign
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A Chinese woman poses with a horse in a Beijing shopping mall.  2014 is the  year of the horse.
A Chinese woman poses with a horse in a Beijing shopping mall. 2014 is the "year of the horse."
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Step through this gate into a courtyard
Step through this gate into a courtyard
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More roof details in the Forbidden City
More roof details in the Forbidden City
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A Merry Christmas wish from a Beijing mall
A Merry Christmas wish from a Beijing mall
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Walking toward the high gate of a raised pagoda at the Ming Tombs
Walking toward the high gate of a raised pagoda at the Ming Tombs
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Passing a performing Chinese bear
Passing a performing Chinese bear
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A Chinese soldier among the crowds in Tiananmen Squire  Beijing
A Chinese soldier among the crowds in Tiananmen Squire, Beijing
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The  Diamond Door  entrance to the Dingling Ming tomb
The "Diamond Door" entrance to the Dingling Ming tomb
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The museum on the stop toward the top of the temple
The museum on the stop toward the top of the temple
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One of the many stone bridges in the courtyard
One of the many stone bridges in the courtyard
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The first-level restaurant that serves complimentary breakfast has a fish aquarium
The first-level restaurant that serves complimentary breakfast has a fish aquarium
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