Author Archives: Shu Pengqian

Time to Pay Arrives for China’s Online Music

Fans of QQ Music, Tencent’s popular streaming service, have been surprised to discover many of the songs they used to listen to have become unavailable for both play and download. Attempts to play many popular tracks are met with the message, “This company has...


No Room in Public for China’s Breastfeeding Moms

China’s Internet users have been battling each other for days over what may be one of the last great debates of 2015: breastfeeding. Few things manage to be both so natural and controversial. The most recent debate stems from photos of a young mother...


Vanished Murderer Disappears from Cinemas Under Industry Boycott

With an attractive plot and star-studded cast that included Sean Lau, Jiang Yiyan and Li Xiaolu, The Vanished Murderer was expected to be the winter’s cinema blockbuster when it debuted on November 27. But anyone hoping to see the murderer at a domestic cinema...


Neverland Responds to Pain with Beauty

Scottish novelist James Matthew Barrie’s Peter Pan and Wendy created a magical island in the middle of the sea named “Neverland.” On Neverland, time stands still and children never grow up. It’s a wonderland that protects children from earthly troubles and preserves their innocence....


‘A Bite of Yunnan’ Event Takes Place in Beijing

The event “A Bite of Yunnan” was held at the National Agriculture Exhibition Center from December 8 to 13. The event aimed to introduce agricultural products, snacks and delicacies from Yunnan province to Beijing residents and merchants, potentially attracting investment in Yunnan province agriculture....


University Student Goes to Prison for Capturing Rare Birds

A university student surnamed Yan from Henan province was sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison for capturing and selling birds. His accomplice was sentenced to 10 years in prison under the same charges. The case shocked Chinese because most don’t think...


The Black-and-White World of Qiu Dandan

Black and white are the only colors in artist Qiu Dandan’s work. Each painting is made of black-and-white lines and blots of color, and mixes scenes from ordinary life with bizarre elements. The series Life is OK and Ruins are representative of her style....


MI Hides Blunders Behind High Sales Figures

The online shopping fest that is Single’s Day has come to an end, and Chinese merchants are posting record profits. In the early hours of November 12, Lei Jun, the president of handset and smart device maker MI, announced that the company’s handsets were...


Chinese Students Arrested for Smoking Weed

Sixteen students at Beijing Midi School of Music were detained by police in Haidian district on charges of consuming marijuana. An anonymous netizen tipped police that there were students in the boys’ dormitory taking drugs, according to Beijing Youth Daily. Haidian District police were...


Painting the Culture of the Rural Northwest

The vast yellow Loess Plateau is considered the birthplace of Chinese civilization. It’s also the birthplace of artist Zhu Jiahe’s inspiration. Born in Qingjian County, Shaanxi province — right in the center of the plateau — Zhu uses his brush to capture and protect...