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Hacking, Fraud Costs Netizens 80.5 Bln Yuan

Personal information leaks, junk mail and fraud havecost China’s netizens a combined 80.5 billion yuan since the start of 2015. With 668 million netizens, that means the average Internet user lost 124 yuan due to scams. An unlucky 45 million netizens lost more than...


Embassy Lecture Introduces NCPA’s New Italian Opera

The opera that cemented composer Giuseppe Verdi’s position as one of Italy’s leading operatic maestros, “Simon Boccanegra,” is coming to Beijing with a lecture by Giuseppe Cuccia, consultant to the National Center for Performing Arts. As a young man, Simon Boccanegra suffers appalling misfortune....


Jane Zhang’s Marriage Proposal Courageous or Commanding?

It wasn’t always the case that the contestants on TV shows rocketed to fame and popularity. Jane Zhang, who placed third on the 2005 Super Girl competition, took an entire decade before she was famous enough to fill a stadium. In 2005, Zhang was...


The Tale of the Monkey King

The most famous source of monkey king lore is Journey to the West, in which China’s favorite furry hero is born from rock and has the power to flip over the sky. But the language of Journey to the West leaves the book in...


Iraq Releases Captured PKU Student

Iraqi police arrested Liu Tuo, a Chinese man, earlier this month on charges of participation in the Islamic State, an international terrorist organization. It took weeks of intervention by the Chinese Embassy in Iraq to confirm Liu was a 26-year-old student of archeology at...


Angry Taoist Attacks Chen Kaige’s Film

Director Chen Kaige’s Monk Comes Down the Mountain has been playing in cinemas for almost a month, but the media’s focus has been less on the blockbuster’s quality than on its online detractors. Meng Chongran, director of the Rights and Interests Protection Committee of...


Rural Elderly Say They’re Happy Amid Tears

Although 60 percent of the Chinese rural elderly do not have savings and 33 percent are in need of care, 80 percent are satisfied with their current situation, according to a recent survey on Chinese pensions in the countryside in 2014. Some elders who...


How Chili Peppers Thrived in China

The most famous quote about chili peppers in China came from the country’s most notorious chili lover, Chairman Mao: “No chilis, no revolution (不吃辣椒不革命),” he said. China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of chili, growing between 50 million and 60 million tons...


The British Embassy Announces First Open House

The British Embassy in Beijing is hosting its first open house from 2 to 4 pm at the ambassador’s residence on July 18. Aimed at Beijing residents between the ages of 18 and 35, the embassy expects some 350 guests to attend. Planned activities...