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'Fake smile boy' dedicated to spreading joy captivates millions in China

Gavin Thomas looked bewildered. He was immediately surrounded by dozens of fans as soon as he entered the semi-circular meeting room in Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/16 18:05:54

China's first carrier-borne fighter jet pilot dedicated to training pilot teams

It was a dream from childhood to fly into the blue sky for Dai Mingmeng, who became the first Chinese pilot to successfully land on and take off from China's first aircraft carrier, in a J-15 fighter jet in 2012.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/3 18:45:18

The man who named, protected endangered Ili pikas in Xinjiang to retire after 35 years

For the past three decades, Li Weidong, aged 63 and a native of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, has been searching for and protecting an animal endemic to the Tianshan region of Northwest China that is rarer than giant pandas.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/23 17:48:39

American comedian performing in China finds 99 percent resemblance of humor between cultures

Appell founded the center in September 2016 - four years after he came to China to study Chinese comedy. Now he is promoting standup comedy and improvisation performance - a kind of comedic art that came to China not too long ago.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/17 18:33:40

High-school student helps Kenyan artisans sell their handicrafts in China

Wu is a 16-year-old high-school student in Shanghai, East China. However, in the place half a world away, he is known as "Boss Wu."
Source: Global Times – Agencies | 2018/12/13 19:53:40

Soldier loses both hands and eyes from a blast while clearing mines along Vietnam border

In a land mine clearance operation along the China-Vietnam boarder in Yunnan Province, Southwest China on October 11, Du chose to handle the complex situation by himself after asking his partner to step back. The explosion took Du's both hands and eyes.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/6 18:44:36

Fighting graft essential for maintaining public support: veteran official

Lu Qun is regarded by many on China's social media as an "anti-corruption hero."
Source: Global Times | 2018/11/29 21:48:40

British gourmet explores and promotes Chinese cuisine for 26 years

This British chef and food-writer specializes in Chinese cuisine. As a contributor to four cookbooks and one food and travel memoir, she is currently visiting China to publicize the Chinese edition of Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper, which has achieved great popularity among Western foodies since it was released in 2008.
Source: Global Times | 2018/11/29 19:58:40

Grassroots poverty alleviation official attracts national attention for aging so quickly on the job

A Chinese county official in a remote area in Southwest China's Yunnan Province recently became famous on social media for looking significantly older than his age.
Source: Global Times | 2018/11/22 18:38:41

Capturing happiness

Though living in remote Qianxi county in Guizhou Province, an area that just shook off poverty last year, Shi is a member of the China Photographers Association, the most influential organization on photography in China.
Source: Global Times | 2018/11/15 18:53:41

Rural Chinese worker building the 'most authentic model of A320' from scratch

Zhu Yue, a 40-year-old farmer turned mechanic, has built an airplane. Even though it can't fly. Hailing from Kaiyuan, Northeast China's Liaoning Province, Zhu made a life-scale replica of an Airbus A320 measuring 37.8 meters long, 36 meters wide, and 12 meters tall.
Source: Global Times | 2018/11/8 20:29:04

Retiree walking across China to North Korea to respect martyrs, reflect on friendship

Wei Yongxiu has been walking for over a month, with 1,300 kilometers remaining to her destination, North Korea. This female retiree, 55, initiated a trek to North Korea in memory of the martyrs sacrificed in the Korean War.
Source: Global Times | 2018/11/1 20:05:52

Chinese rural woman lives on garbage picking to feed her passion of learning English

Yuan Yinghui, a rubbish picker, is happy because an English language school recently became her sponsor, providing her with a laptop and free online English lessons.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/25 19:32:46

Son of legendary thinker builds his own name with charged criticism of separatists

Li Kan is known in both the Chinese mainland and Taiwan for many reasons – turning down a top Taiwan college to attend Peking University in 2010, publishing a book full of criticism against Taiwan's education system at 18 years of age, going to Cambridge for PhD studies – yet the most conspicuous label on him so far is still “the only son of Li Ao.”
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/18 23:53:45

Chinese businessman sees opportunity in Kazakh camel milk

If there's one animal that can best symbolize the Silk Road, it's probably the camel. Its ability to endure extreme heat and long periods of travel has made it the ideal caravan animal in central Asia.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/11 20:41:08

Child prodigy becomes key architect of China's next-generation fighter jets

Many child prodigies fail to grow into adult geniuses, but Yang managed to sustain his brilliance into adulthood. In 1985, Yang graduated with a master's degree and joined the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute. For the next 30 years, he participated in and led the design of a series of Chinese fighter jets including the J-10 and FC-1, and is now the chief designer of the J-20, China's most advanced stealth fighter jet and the latest addition to the arsenal of the People's Liberation Army Air Force this year.
Source: Global Times - Agencies | 2018/9/28 18:03:42

Starting with bedsheets, e-commerce platform by Chinese entrepreneur grows to multinational success in Africa

Four years ago, Yang Tao, a former Huawei employee, quit his job and established e-commerce platform Kilimall. He named it after Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, hoping it would be the top e-commerce website in Africa.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/13 18:20:47

Visionary investor who made a fortune from Bitcoin eyes opportunities in blockchain 3.0

In 2011, a young person asked how to invest his 6,000 yuan ($909 at 2011's rate) on Zhihu, China's Quora-like question-and-answer website.
Source: Global Times-Agencies | 2018/9/6 19:43:41