Author Archives: Sharon Wang

Ancient Post Houses Around the City

In the ancient past, post houses were stopovers that offered accommodation to officers and messengers who were relaying official documents or military intelligence. For 3,000 years, horses were the most common means of official transportation. But with limited energy, a network of waypoints was...


10 Years Later, China Still Short on Professional Networks

LinkedIn China began promoting its independent professional networking app “Chitu” in late June. The popular professional networking company seeks to position Chitu as an app “more in tune with Chinese needs.” Unlike many competing products, the development and direction of Chitu is managed entirely...


Third Line Factories Come Back to Life in Colorful Ink

“Third Line factories” is a term largely unknown to the young generation, but it evokes strong memories to those who lived in the 1960s. Between 1964 and 1980, the Chinese government invested more than 200 billion yuan in the development of middle and western...


Chinese Users Willing to Pay to Binge-watch

Users of the American video streaming platform Netflix are used to binge-watching whole seasons of the popular original series House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black in just a day or two. For that privilege, Chinese are willing to pay as well....


Yellow, Gray and Red All Over

“My name is Huang Huihong and I specialize in painting it,” Huang writes on his personal website. It’s a strange enough proposition to make the 25-year-old artist’s work worth a second glance. Make no mistake: Huang Huihong is not an easy moniker to live...


Shenzhou’s ‘Brain-Dead’ Marketing Scheme a Viral Win

Since the end of last year, private driving services have become part of the work and life cycle for most people in China’s big cities. But for drivers of traditional taxis, the arrival of Didi Dache, Kuaidi Dache and Uber have been a headache....


Hangzhou Man Robs 200 Graves in 2 Months

Police in Jiande, Hangzhou arrested a grave robber who visited the local cemeteries every day and emptied more than 200 tombs in two months on June 24. Police received several calls about suspected grave robbing at cemeteries in Meicheng, Qiantan, Qintang, Xin Anjiang and...


Oriental Echoes in European Classicism

The Rape of the Sabine Women, a scene of conspiracy, war and love, is the representative work of French artist Jacques-Louis David, a cynical Jacobin who did a turn in prison after the Thermidor Reaction of 1794. Contemporary artist Zhang Kai re-imagines that work...


Substandard Water Sent to Universities

More than 10 barrels of fake water bearing the logos of top brands were delivered to schools in Haidian District on June 3. University students are some of the largest consumers of barreled water, and water salesmen routinely bring their barrels onto campus to...


Security Woes Cost Mobile Payment Users 1.5B Yuan

Mobile payment is becoming increasingly popular in China, with Alipay and WeChat Payment among the most used apps on Chinese phones. From paying bills to ordering food or booking a taxi, many common consumer transactions are being settled entirely in the digital domain. But...