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Impoverished girl who embraces life's good and bad admitted to top university

The girl was accepted by Peking University because of her high score in the extremely competitive Chinese National College Entrance Examination. However, Wang hit the headlines recently, not because of her excellent performance in the test, but because she "thanked poverty" in a recent article published online, which caused debate across China's social media.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/2 18:40:14

Feng Shanshan, who inspired a generation to take up golf in China, aims for another Olympic medal in Tokyo

Her success has inspired many young Chinese to pursue a dream in golf over the past few years. According to the Five-Year Development Plans of Junior Golf in China (2018-22) released by the China Golf Association, the number of registered young golfers has increased from 400 in 2013 to 34,572 in 2017.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/27 0:03:40

Rural designer, misunderstood by fellow villagers, learns acceptance while clinging to her vision

Wang was popular on Chinese TV shows and social media in 2013 and 2014, which encouraged her to dream big. But since then, Wang said she has made little progress in her design career and is meanwhile "falling behind" rural girls of her age in entering a marriage and having children.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/19 20:16:17

Fireflies are disappearing all over China, but Fu Xinhua is doing his best to save them

Fu Xinhua is on a mission to save fireflies.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/12 19:09:23

'Uncle Bear' founded a group that aids children of prisoners

"Evaluations show that inmates who went through our programs perform 15 percent better in jail" in terms of staying out of trouble, work production and having their sentences reduced, Lin said.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/5 21:23:00

LGBT advocate uses art to promote gay rights and gender equality in China

What is heterosexuality? What is its origin? How to distinguish heterosexuals? Wu Kangyang, a 28-year-old artist, raised these ironic questions for visitors last month at an exhibition in Chengdu, capital of Southwest China's Sichuan Province.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/28 18:27:00

Beijing man indulges in protecting leopards pushed to near extinction by humans

Living in Beijing but engaged in protecting leopards in the distant Taihang Mountains of Shanxi Province, Song Dazhao travels to and fro frequently. Over the past 10 years, the man has been devoted to the protection of the North China leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis), an endangered wild cat native to northern China.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/22 0:03:41

Man documents disappearing ancient architecture in Shanxi through 1,000 ink sketches

Braving muddy village roads and poor living conditions, Lian visits rural Shanxi twice a year so that he can search for the province's ancient architectural treasures before they are lost forever to looting and development, a passion he has pursued for 19 years.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/8 0:03:41

'The Elon Musk of China' aims to lead his spacecraft business onto the international stage

On May 17, the 32-year-old man successfully launched a solid-fuel rocket named OS-X from a launching base in Northwest China, the first-ever rocket researched and developed by a private company in China.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/1 0:03:39

Veteran table tennis paddle maker behind many of China's world champions

Previously a bench worker in the Chinese army, Cao has spent more than 60 years repairing and making table tennis rackets, winning many thumbs-up from world cup champions. In this time, Cao has repaired over 800 paddles.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/25 5:03:40

Chinese double amputee summits Qomolangma after four decades of failed attempts

The moment that Xia Boyu dreamed about for 43 years arrived Monday when the 69-year-old double amputee climber declared to the world - and, most importantly, to himself - that he made it to the top of Qomolangma. Over the past 43 years, Xia has suffered amputations and battled cancer, but he never stopped training for his next climb. His perseverance has led many to regard him and his story a Chinese version of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/17 18:42:22

Somalian's new documentary shows Africans achieving success in China

The six-episode documentary, which took two years to shoot, documents the lives of over 20 Africans in Yiwu, East China's Zhejiang Province, which is now becoming the world's largest wholesale market and a hub for China-Africa trade as its African community thrives.
Source: Global Times-Agencies | 2018/5/10 18:42:00

79-year-old Chinese academic spearheads efforts to break US high-tech monopoly

China's lack of progress in domestically developed computer chips and operating systems has become a heated topic once again after the US issued a ban against Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp in mid-April.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/3 19:28:39

Doctor tells of harrowing arrest after calling popular tonic 'harmful' in blog

Three months in detention have left Tan Qindong a considerably changed man. On his profile photo, he is the picture of confidence: wearing his doctor's scrubs and smiling broadly with his arms crossed. Now, the 39-year-old doctor seems distressed and anxious.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/27 5:03:41

China's only sign language lawyer on mission to defend deaf people's rights

Tang Shuai's social messaging app WeChat almost crashed recently after thousands of people sent him invitations hoping to befriend him. All these aspiring WeChat friends had one thing in common: they are deaf.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/20 5:03:43

Designer on quest to lead visual revolution with Chinese style characters

Post-90s designer Ye Tianyu has always had a keen interest in reviving classical Chinese culture, and now he's using that passion to address the dearth of digital Chinese types by creating a high-value digital character bank.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/12 18:10:05

Professor uses physics to tackle problems facing Team China

While many people denounce the pathetic performance of Chinese football in international games, one retired physics professor is trying to understand the reasons behind the failure of the sport in this country.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/7 5:03:41

Veteran medical worker dedicated to helping poor patients in Tanzania

Traveling around the world on aid missions may sound like a glamorous calling, but when Song Tao, a Chinese medical worker, announced that he would go to Tanzania on one such mission, his friends “went visibly pale.”
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/29 20:32:42