Author Archives: Shu Pengqian

A Rickshaw Puller’s Misery in Corrupt Society

During the period from 1912 to 1949, rickshaw was a common and necessary vehicle in Chinese ordinary life. Although now it has been eliminated from transportation, as a characteristic object, it still exists in present tourist market. If people mean to realize the rickshaw...



Getting Ideas for Paintings on a Bus

When life is boring, it can stir people’s creativity and desire to make it more interesting. Artist Yan Bingqing believes that he should paint distinctive pictures to make up for not having weird experiences in real life. Yan likes to take the bus or...


Artist’s Portraits Slow Down the Pace of Life

Zhao Xinyu often paints women who are wearing different outfits and assuming various postures. He believes portraits are the most difficult form of realistic oil painting, but he is very pleased to take on the challenge. “Every time I appreciate other masters’ portraits, I...


Blue Heart Behind Zhang’s Moody Creations

Blue has an implied meaning of melancholy and quiet. It’s perfectly suited to be the dominant hue in artist Zhang Xing’s paintings. Zhang describes herself as a romanticist, but most of her work utilizes lonesome tones and sad symbols to cast a bleak reflection...


Baidu Criticized for Selling Hemophilia Support Group to Top Bidder

2016 has not been kind to Internet giant Baidu. The company kicked off the new year with a public relations disaster when hemophiliacs revealed how Baidu sold their support community to the highest bidder. Baidu’s Tieba is one of China’s largest discussion platforms, with...


Fake Moutai Scandal Exposes Vipshop’s Ailing Business

Vipshop, an online platform popular with female shoppers, kicked off 2016 with a credibility crisis. On January 2, Vipshop admitted to selling fake Moutai liquor, a popular brand of Chinese spirits. In its statement, Vipshop said it severed relations with the fake Moutai supplier...


Beauty of Chinese Landscape Gardens Blooms in Wang’s Creation

Wang Jia blends Western oil painting with Chinese brush techniques to create an art style she tags as feminine, innocent and classically Chinese. Her current work falls into three series: Search Dream, Pick Up Dream and Painting from Life. Among all the works in...


Ctrip and Qunar’s Merging Ends Travel Price War

Chinese online travel agent Ctrip’s wish to merge with its competitor Qunar has finally come true. At the end of October, Ctrip announced it made a deal for a stock equity exchange with Baidu. According to the deal, Baidu would acquire 25 percent of...


Surrealist Style Runs Through Mao’s Painting

People often assume the role of masters of all earthly beasts, with their tools and abilities to reshape the world. But artist Mao Kai elevates supposedly lesser animals such as cows, horses, monkeys and rabbits to the level of man in his Higher Animal...