Author Archives: Karena Hu

Parents Blind to the Pitfalls of ‘Educational’ Tours

Chinese educational tours may be in vogue, but the quality of those trips is worrying. On August 15, several parents wrote to Guangzhou Daily to tell how their 40,000 yuan “educational tour” was a trap. The promised STEM lesson in the tour never appeared...


Meng’s Art a Dark Parallel of the Real World

Artist Meng Chengxiao is a believer in the power of night. In his eyes, the moonlit hours possess a magical charm that transforms the mundane world into a land of fantasy. That explains why night has become his dominant artistic theme. Meng started his...


Universities Face Security Risks from Dorm Subletting

Even as Beijing’s schools scramble to clamp down on student ID rentals, the city’s universities have a bigger security risk on their hands. Many students have started leasing their unused dorms to office workers for extra cash. When the news first broke, real estate...


Hurun Report Forecasts Boom in Retirement Industry

The market for health-focused retirement packages aimed at China’s richest is poised to boom, according to a report released by Taikang Life Insurance Company and Hurun Report on August 15. Using years of data on the retirement plans of 1,125 people with a net...


Experts Claim 6,000 Antiques Donated to BNU are Fakes

News that Qiu Jiduan, a Beijing Normal University alumnus, donated 6,000 porcelain antiques to the school surprised many readers on July 15. But within several days, numerous Chinese antique experts came forward to challenge the authenticity of the gifts. At a press conference organized...


Medical School Rejects Color Weakness Student

Song Yichen, a student who attended the 2016 National College Entrance Exam, saw his childhood dream of studying at the Tianjin University of Chinese Traditional Medicine crushed on account of visual impairment. Due to his multiple visual impairments, Song struggled to get access to...


Animator Crosses Over to Traditional Arts

Kang Haoxian’s first art teacher was the religious paintings hanging in his family home. Those images of Chinese deities not only became his first models, but cultivated his lifelong interest in Chinese religion and mysticism. His first completed on-easel acrylic painting was “Lost in...


Fantasy from a Peaceful Mind

A constant theme in Xiu Yingtong’s works is her interpretation of “serenity.” Drawing on an affection for traditional culture, Xiu builds brilliant Chinese landscapes with her paintbrush. Xiu, a graduate of the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, includes many boats in her creations....


Parents Battle for Housing by Top Schools

With the close of 2016 National College Entrance Exam season, Shenzhen students led the nation with a 25 percent admission rate to China’s top tier universities. Many parents have taken that as a sign that Shenzhen schools offer the best route to top academic...


Free Online Storage Providers Announcing Shutdown

The days of free bulk file storage in China are on the way out as of June 30, according to a report by Netease. Among the companies shutting down their free services are major IT players Sina, Huawei and Tencent. Although the operators said...