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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.

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.
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A private nook in the mansion complex
A private nook in the mansion complex
The day view from my suite
The day view from my suite
People wait in the courtyard to enter the buildings
People wait in the courtyard to enter the buildings
A Chinese tourist poses in Tiananmen Square
A Chinese tourist poses in Tiananmen Square
Side view of the Emperor s Gold Crown encased in glass; it bears a dragon  a magical creature only e...
Side view of the Emperor's Gold Crown encased in glass; it bears a dragon, a magical creature only emperors could wear
Skillful motorcycle riders zoomed together inside a giant metal ball
Skillful motorcycle riders zoomed together inside a giant metal ball
Path through the Summer Palace forest
Path through the Summer Palace forest
Pea-soup smog on Beijing street.
Pea-soup smog on Beijing street.
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The royal boat dock
The royal boat dock
People packed into an alley by the back gift shop
People packed into an alley by the back gift shop
Treasures inside a gift shop
Treasures inside a gift shop
The indoor swimming pool which I had no time to use
The indoor swimming pool which I had no time to use
Inside another royal hall
Inside another royal hall
The lobby of the Marriott City Wall Hotel in Beijing
The lobby of the Marriott City Wall Hotel in Beijing
Part of the gardens that combine rock  wood  and water in harmony
Part of the gardens that combine rock, wood, and water in harmony
The right side of the Inner Court
The right side of the Inner Court
View of the lake and the Moon Pagoda that reaches up through distant trees
View of the lake and the Moon Pagoda that reaches up through distant trees
Inside the Hall of Preserved Harmony
Inside the Hall of Preserved Harmony
People get into the rail cars that take them up the hill to the Great Wall
People get into the rail cars that take them up the hill to the Great Wall
Lucky bamboo in the Imperial Garden that lies beyond the Inner Court
Lucky bamboo in the Imperial Garden that lies beyond the Inner Court