Troubled Waters: A Lakeside Village Struggles to Adapt to China’s Landmark Fishing Ban

More than three years on from a fishing ban on Poyang Lake, one fishing community is still straining to reinvent itself


How China’s Small-Town Bookstores Innovate to Survive

Benefiting from government subsidies and close-knit communities, independent bookstores try to compete and make profit in China’s smaller cities


Defending the Field: China’s Female Sports Fans Struggle for Inclusion

Faced with harassment in stadiums and online, female fans of soccer and basketball struggle to find a safe space for their hobby


The Thin Line: China’s Dangerous Boom in Extreme Weight Loss Techniques

The death of an influencer at a weight loss camp throws the spotlight on China’s unregulated and dangerous weight loss industry


Rock is Not Dead in Xinxiang, China’s Former Capital of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Nearly 30 years after it hosted “China’s Woodstock,” a small central Chinese city is still home to a music culture that rocks in its own way


After Hours: The Unseen Lives of China’s Public Sleepers

From migrant workers seeking refuge to budget-conscious tourists, public sleeping in China reveals a tapestry of urban social dynamics


Barbe-Queue Forever: How Social Media Hype Changed Zibo

An online craze for Zibo’s barbecue has brought a deluge of tourists to the previously unheralded city, but does it change locals’ lives for better or worse?


Last Bus Home: Are China’s Coach Services Doomed?

With an aging ridership and canceled routes, China’s intercity buses struggle to survive


Why China’s Gen Z Migrant Workers Are Leaving the Assembly Line

More educated, autonomous, and aware of their rights than the previous generation, China’s newest migrant workers are ditching factory work for the digital economy