Author Archives: Yang Xin

Elderly Couples Sues WeChat Friends in ‘Red Envelope’ Dispute

In recent years, China’s digital giants have been offering digital red envelopes, or hongbao, as a way to raise interest in their products during the Lunar New Year’s traditional week of feasting and reunions. But the promotion has caused problems for technologically disadvantaged elders....


Beijing Opens Door for Talented Hong Kongers to Settle

A new policy approved by the Ministry of Public Security in January that allows talented people from Hong Kong and Macao to settle on the mainland and apply for Beijing hukou takes effect this month. The local residency permit that enables holders to access...


Capital Museum Features Ancient Tomb Artifacts

More than 400 artifacts from the Tomb of the Marquis of Haihun, a 2,000-year-old structure in Jiangxi province, are now on display in Beijing’s Capital Museum. The artifacts were selected from among 20,000 items unearthed from the tomb since excavations began in 2011. “We...


Court Rules in Kindergarten’s Favor in Abuse Case

Reports of child abuse across China are on the rise. But for a family in Chaoyang district who recently lost their lawsuit against an allegedly abusive teacher, justice remains elusive. Last October, a man surnamed Zhang published an article titled, “Sweet Angel Kindergarten Treated...


Beijing Braces for 300,000 ‘Monkey Babies’

Chinese tradition holds that those born in the year of the monkey are crafty, smart and charming. The popular superstition has encouraged many couples to delay parenthood and catch up with the change in the Chinese zodiac from the less desirable sheep to the...


School System Leaves Grad Students no Way to Fight Abusive Tutors

Jiang Huawen, a third-year grad student at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NJUPT), leaped from the school’s teaching building in an apparent suicide on January 25. After the 25-year-old’s death, an alleged close friend of Jiang published an article condemning Zhang Daiyuan, Jiang’s...


Pirate Radio Stations Busted for Promoting Penis Pills

The Beijing Cultural Law Enforcement Team and Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau busted a pirate radio station operating out of a high-rise residential building in Tongzhou District on January 19. The station was one of many in suburban Beijing that are used to broadcast...


Art Exhibition Brings Russia’s Best to Beijing

From Russian with Love, a joint art exhibition of Russian contemporary paintings, opened at the Russian Cultural Center on January 21. The two-week exhibition, consisting of 40 or more representative pieces by renowned Russian artists, such as Boris Chuprov, Evgeny Pavlovich and Olga Melnikova,...


‘Opiate-Rich’Seed Pods Cast Shadow Over Famous Food Street

Ever wondered why you can’t get enough of Guijie’s amazing hotpot? According to China’s food investigators, it may be because they are addictive. At least if you believe the China Food and Drug Administration’s hype. On January 21, the CFDA announced the results of...


“Living-Buddha” Database Aimed to Stop Impostors

China launched an online authentication database of “living Buddhas” – holy men believed to be reincarnations of Tibetan lamas – in an attempt to root out swindlers on January 18. The launch was celebrated at a ceremony hosted by the Buddhist Association of China...