Big Chinese cities like Beijing still lack an effective official garbage sorting system. Instead, thousands of tons of reusable trash are recycled by an army of scavengers.
Following the liberalization of the country's family planning policy, hundreds of parents who were sacked for having a second child have started to ask for their old jobs back.
The success of Chinese women's volleyball team, especially their gold-winning victory at the Rio Olympics, has brought changes to ace spiker Zhu Ting's home village.
As the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro come to an end, the Chinese team has come on top of the medal table with more than 100 gold medals, as well as multiple new world records.
Though Chinese society has shown signs of increasing tolerance toward sexual minorities, student LGBT activists say that they still face discrimination and even bullying on campus.
In the past decades, the Chinese government has invested a lot of effort into saving the giant panda, both in protecting its natural habitat and in raising the species in breeding centers.
Just a few dozen meters away from Beijing's booming "central business district" lies a shanty village, in which bungalows and illegally built makeshift houses sit squeezed together in the shadows of glitzy, glass office buildings.
Manufacturers of statues of Mao Zedong in Shaoshan, the leader's birthplace, have seen their businesses slow down.
Xinjiang attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, but driving oneself over the Uyghur Autonomous Region's dusty roads to see its mountains and lakes, deserts and historical sites on one's own schedule is an increasingly popular way to see this part of Central Asia.
A dozen people were recently detained for illegally transporting garbage from Shanghai to neighboring Jiangsu Province and dumping it in a lake.
Defeating corruption has been a key issue for China during its term as holder of the rotating G20 Presidency.
The world's eyes are on Hangzhou as the 11th G20 summit is being held in the East China city.
The phenomenon of young people living by themselves has led to the development of some products tailored to these singletons like live broadcasts of people eating and books about this lifestyle.
In order to develop Tibet and keep it tightly linked with the rest of China, the central government launched a program in the 1980s to send officials and workers to the region.
As China becomes wealthier, more and more well-to-do patients are going abroad to seek the finest medication and treatment money can buy.
As family planning policy enforcement becomes less important due to the policy loosening and the fact that people are increasingly satisfied with having smaller families, China's millions of family planning workers face budget cuts and redundancy. Some grass-roots family planning workers have been transferred to other posts, some have taken time off to have a second child and some have stayed on to ensure there are "better" births.
Among the farmlands in the west suburbs of Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan Province, the Dongzhao Ruins, named as one of China's top archaeological discoveries of 2014, cover an area of more than 100 million square meters.
The Xinjiang authorities aim to bring 300,000 residents out of poverty through tourism by 2020.