Degrees of Disillusionment: What’s Driving China’s Certification Craze?

Young workers are turning to qualifications, exams, and certificates to stay ahead in a competitive job market and to feel productive in their spare time


Secrets of the Steppe: A Road Trip Through China’s Northern Borderland

A journey through Inner Mongolia’s grassland reveals the enduring pulse of nomadic life


Marketplace of Memories

Capturing Shandong’s market culture as it evolves with the times


Riding the Laos-China Railway

On board the 40-billion-yuan railway project that links China’s Yunnan province with Laos


On the Trail of Yunnan’s Forgotten Horse Gangs

A town in Yunnan province stands as a testament to the riches of China’s ancient cross-border horse riding gangs


How a Tiny Flower Becomes the Scent of Autumn in China

From drinks and desserts to tourist sites, sweet osmanthus has been an autumn favorite for Chinese people for over 2,000 years


Community Canteens For Seniors Take Off Among Chinese Youth

Young Chinese turn to government-funded canteens for the elderly amid food safety scandals and the rising cost of meals


Prepared to Fail: Cafeterias and Restaurants Face Backlash for Pre-Made Meals

A school canteen scandal has Chinese consumers rethinking their growing demand for pre-prepared and ready-to-eat meals


Bones of Industry: Discover Shenyang’s Favorite Street Snack

A simple Dongbei dish symbolizes the rise, fall, and reinvention of a once-flourishing industrial heartland