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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.

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.
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Gifts displayed along a hallway
Gifts displayed along a hallway
Guards by the left-side statues to the Heros of the People
Guards by the left-side statues to the Heros of the People
Air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing reached levels judged as hazardous to human health  the...
Air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing reached levels judged as hazardous to human health, the smog (grey) clearly visible from space
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Lonna Lisa Williams poses with her friend Jenny at the entrance to Prince Gong Mansion
Lonna Lisa Williams poses with her friend Jenny at the entrance to Prince Gong Mansion
A closer view of the pagoda gate
A closer view of the pagoda gate
Looking through one of the windows
Looking through one of the windows
View of the Ming Tombs valley from the pagoda gate; you can see other tombs atop distant hills
View of the Ming Tombs valley from the pagoda gate; you can see other tombs atop distant hills
Walking up the steep hill to the entrance of the Great Wall
Walking up the steep hill to the entrance of the Great Wall
Longevity Hill  Summer Palace  Beijing. The main building on the center right is the Tower of Buddhi...
Longevity Hill, Summer Palace, Beijing. The main building on the center right is the Tower of Buddhist Fragrance. At the top of the hill is The Temple of the Sea of Wisdom. On the left center is The Marble Boat.
A decorative vase in one of the hotel s hallways
A decorative vase in one of the hotel's hallways
Looking westward at the Great Wall of China
Looking westward at the Great Wall of China
The ruins of once-beautiful Yuan Ming Gardens which were destroyed by European forces in 1910.
The ruins of once-beautiful Yuan Ming Gardens which were destroyed by European forces in 1910.
A Chinese tourist poses in Tiananmen Square
A Chinese tourist poses in Tiananmen Square
A luxury goods store showroom in Beijing  China.
A luxury goods store showroom in Beijing, China.
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Red prayer scrolls list people s hopes and wishes at a little garden temple
Red prayer scrolls list people's hopes and wishes at a little garden temple
Approaching The Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Outer Court
Approaching The Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Outer Court
Brave acrobats balanced inside high moving rings without safety nets
Brave acrobats balanced inside high moving rings without safety nets
A gazebo in the Summer Palace forest
A gazebo in the Summer Palace forest
Gate to the bridge that leads to the royal docks
Gate to the bridge that leads to the royal docks
Overview of the Inner Court
Overview of the Inner Court

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