Author Archives: Calvin Feng

Beijing Subway Cuts Ticket Fares for Early Commuters

The Beijing Subway Company began discounting tickets by 50 percent for commuters who board before 7 am on January 1. The subway said its new policy was intended to incentivize passengers to board early to relieve pressure during the morning commute. However, it has...


Families Seeking to Birth Children Abroad Face Unexpected Troubles

For much of the last decade, Chinese mothers have been heading to the US to give birth to their children. The number of Chinese children claiming US citizenship has been steadily rising. Before recent reforms to China’s family planning policies, many moms headed abroad...


China Focused on School Bullying, but its ‘Rise’ May be Myth

Mingming (pseudonym) went to the restroom during a class break, and his fellow students Liangliang (pseudonym) and Junjun (pseudonym) followed close behind. Once Mingming was inside the toilet stall, Liangliang emptied a trashcan full of used toilet paper and feces on his head while...


Beijing’s Didi, Uber Drivers Required to Pass Exam

The Beijing Municipal Transportation Commission has new requirements for drivers who take requests from online car booking apps such as Didi Dache and Uber. Drivers who wish to keep their accounts and serve clients will be required to pass a national exam and regional...


Students Study at Home During Smog Alert

Although kindergarten, primary, middle and high school classes were suspended during last week’s smog scare, students were not freed of their learning requirements, the Beijing Municipal Education Commission said. Schools assigned students to use their Internet to continue their studies during the break. Many...


Tang Wan Paints Secrets in the Sunshine

Tang Wan artistic journey began in childhood with a supportive mother. From an early age, painting was her biggest hobby and she spent most of her time engaged in various artistic pursuits. Tang finished her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Ukraine, a country she...


Drivers Fear Theft by Express Toll Cards

Windows-mount ETC machines have become popular with Chinese drivers who have to cope with frequent road tolls. But a video demonstrating the theft of 100 yuan from a driver’s account has many users worried about the safety of automatic payment devices. Unitoll Service, a...


Art Along the Road of Love

Tian Qi discovered her love for the arts during childhood, “it was the arts that chose me rather than a personal interest”. Tian Qi says of what brought her into the world of contemporary art, and the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. As...


City Moves Residence Permits Applications Online

The municipal government of Beijing has opened an online platform to allow workers and students without Beijing hukou to apply for residence in the city. The new website had 284 million page views on opening day and 39,521 people applied for Beijing residence. The...


RV Community Evicts Residents Fearing More Bad Press

A recreational vehicle community in Xi’erqi evicted all its residents without advanced notice on November 27, two days after Beijing Youth Daily ran a report about an incident in the area. Residents said the community cut their power line and water supply without notice....