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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.

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.
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Beijing's Central Train Station
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Gifts displayed along a hallway
Zhang Fei s fight with Ma Chao. Painting in the Long Corridor depicting a battle between Zhang Fei a...
Zhang Fei's fight with Ma Chao. Painting in the Long Corridor depicting a battle between Zhang Fei and Ma Chao, two of the future Five Tiger Generals of the Kingdom of Shu. The episode takes place in the Battle of Jiameng Pass in the historical Chinese novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms".
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A gazebo in the Summer Palace forest
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The Summer Palace with its lake, walkways, and temple of a thousand steps
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Longevity Hill at the Summer Palace, Beijing, China.
Looking back at the Emperor s Casket at the end of a long corridor inside the Dingling Ming tomb
Looking back at the Emperor's Casket at the end of a long corridor inside the Dingling Ming tomb
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My room in the hotel
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Looking eastward at the Great Wall of China
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One of the many stone bridges in the courtyard
A Chinese soldier mingles with the crowd in Tiananmen Square
A Chinese soldier mingles with the crowd in Tiananmen Square
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Inside the lobby of the Beijing International Hotel
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
Looking westward at the Great Wall of China
Looking westward at the Great Wall of China
Bronze lion in front of the Eastern Gate to the Palace.
Bronze lion in front of the Eastern Gate to the Palace.
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Passing a performing Chinese bear
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The stone maze with a gazebo in its center
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A view from the Inner Court of the Forbidden City
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TV screens show sun in Beijing
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Fashionable girls pose near a souvenir vendor on the Great Wall

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