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Chinese activists fight to shut down dog meat festivals

Every summer, a “dog meat” festival is held in Yulin, in the province of Guangxi in southern China. Thousands of dogs are eaten on this occasion. Many people have denounced this as inhumane – and not just abroad, but in China, too. Read more...

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In a county of a million people and not one train, anger boils over


Linshui County, in southwestern China, is home to one million people – that’s roughly the population of Dublin, Ireland. And yet it doesn’t have a single train station. So when local residents heard that plans to bring a major new railway to the county had been scrapped, thousands of them took to the streets. Read more...
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Chinese tour guide loses it: "Buy more souvenirs or I won’t get paid!"


Footage filmed in China’s Yunnan province captures a tour guide berating tourists for not buying more souvenirs, as their frugal spending deprives her of the commission she earns on their purchases. This system allows her to compensate for the paltry salary she is paid by the travel agency, as they try to beat fierce competition by offering tours at rock-bottom prices. Read more…
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Inner Mongolians fight to save land from pollution


Villagers in China’s Inner Mongolia region have protested for the past three weeks against chemical plants that are dumping untreated waste on their farming and grazing lands. Last weekend the police cracked down, injuring more than 100 villagers and arrested dozens, according to activists. Despite Internet cuts in the area, they have managed to smuggle out several videos and photos of the crackdown. Read more...

Swindled investors threaten mass suicide in China

A citizen photographed a dramatic sight in Shuozhou city on Sunday morning: a dozen people stood on the roof of a six-story government building, threatening to jump to their deaths if they did not obtain justice. Read more...

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Street style in China: Students snap photos of stylish peers

Street fashion photography isn’t just for the sidewalks of Paris, New York, Milan or Tokyo. That may be where the biggest street style bloggers, like The Sartorialist, got their start. But the trend is now catching on outside of traditional fashion capitals – for example in Wuhan, China. Read more...

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China's cricket fight clubs: a lucrative business


The onset of autumn is highly anticipated by China's cricket fighting amateurs. Over one thousand years old, these traditional insect games are still popular today – and a whole industry has developed around these miniature duels. Read more…

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