Category: China IN Focus

Youth embrace public affection in a time of materialism

BEIJING, China — Young Chinese couples in romantic relationships mingle through the crowd with hands interlocked, hugging or kissing and displaying other forms of affection. Foreign tourists strolling the Qian Hai boardwalk, a lively sightseeing destination in central Beijing, might not give this level of public affection, common in many other countries, a second thought. ...

Cleaning up Xiejiaqiao’s Yuxi River

XIEJIAQIAO, China — At 20,000 RMB ( $3,080 USD) income per capita, the 801 villagers of Xiejiaqiao have the highest GDP in Henglu Township, which is made up of seven communities located in the mountain greenery of Zhejiang province. Part of that economic success stems from the village’s prosperous pecan and bamboo production–crops that couldn’t ...

Women working uphill against discrimination

BEIJING, China — “I get ridiculed by male customers all the time,” says Fan Baolian, 28, a restaurant manager at the Songlei Business Hotel & Spa in Beijing. “They say dirty words to me like why am I working here when I’m a woman and should be at home taking care of my kid and ...