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Student representative faces backlash over apparently wealthy lifestyle

Donning a well-tailored Armani suit and a red scarf, the 13-year-old teenager sat conspicuously among the grown-ups at this year's Shenzhen legislative and political advisory sessions. Instead of accompanying his parents to this formal occasion, Liu Bo was there to make his voice heard as the only student representative.
Source: Agencies – Global Times | 2016/2/5 5:03:02

Father compiles guide to help children survive Beijing smog

What was meant to be a guide for other parents at the kindergarten soon became a hit on the Internet after Chen Yu posted it on microblogging site Weibo. Over 4,000 people shared his post, and millions have read it via various platforms. On e-commerce site jd.com, in one week, the price of an air purifier that Chen recommended in his post soared from 3,999 yuan ($608) to 7,990 yuan. “It was completely unexpected,” he said.
Source: Global Times | 2016/1/29 5:03:03

Man fights for right to marry boyfriend despite high chance of failure

Sun is not the kind of man who likes to make waves. Though he has been out of the closet for more than 10 years, Sun has been living a low-profile life and seldom engaged in LGBT activism. At most, he would help spread LGBT-related news when it came out. In particular, he used to be perfectly happy with being single. But all this changed when he met his boyfriend.
Source: Global Times | 2016/1/22 5:03:02

Former journalist challenges perceptions of GM foods

For the last few months, Xiang Dongliang was only concerned about what to cook each day. He opened a Weibo account and constantly updated it with photos of different dishes and videos of him eating. On the surface, his Weibo looked no different from any other food blog. But there was one special thing about Xiang's cooking: some of his ingredients were genetically modified (GM).
Source: Global Times | 2016/1/15 9:41:38

Han cadre shows his love for Tibet by building yak museum

“In some people's minds, Tibetan culture is all about Tibetan Buddhism. That's wrong. Tibetan culture is much more than that,” Wu told the Global Times in a recent interview. “In the last few thousand years, Tibetan clothing, food, burning, shelter, transport, farming and even politics, business, entertainment and medicine have been closely connected to the yak.”
Source: Global Times | 2016/1/8 5:03:02

Wang Jiang dedicates himself to recording Uyghur traditional music

Wang Jiang, a 31-year-old from North China's Hebei Province has devoted himself to discovering and recording traditional music in Xinjiang for five years.
Source: Global Times | 2015/12/30 5:03:02

Canadian school gives wings to amputee Chinese girl

Seven years ago, when Huang Meihua had her legs amputated after being severely injured in the Wenchuan earthquake, she never expected that one day she would have the chance to learn how to fly.
Source: Global Times | 2015/12/25 5:03:02

Meng Lin, who has lived with AIDS for 20 years, fights for the rights of HIV-positive people

He is known as China's longest surviving AIDS patient. He is also something of a celebrity among Chinese people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) not only due to his longevity, but because of the decade he has spent devoting himself to seeking equal rights for PLWHA.
Source: Global Times | 2015/12/18 5:03:01

Burns specialist tells of pressure, violence faced by medical staff

Weibo celebrity A Bao, a critic of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and surgeon specializing in burns, has recently shown the public his own way of dealing with medical disputes, after his little finger was bitten by a patient's relative.
Source: Global Times-Agencies | 2015/12/4 5:03:01

Faceoff

A photo in Chen Yili's room of her before her life changed shows a woman with long hair, big eyes and a warm smile. Now, the 31-year-old has a nose that looks fake, stitches on her face and is forced to wear masks and sunglasses everywhere she goes.
Source: Agencies | 2015/11/27 5:03:01

Digging up your roots

On the 200-meter-long “innovation street” in China's equivalent of Silicon Valley, where a cluster of Internet start-ups strive to produce the technology and services of the future, a store promoting traditional Chinese filial piety by helping people trace their roots sticks out like a sore thumb.
Source: Global Times | 2015/11/20 5:03:02

79-year-old artist's buff physique brings him fame

On any given workday, most of the people working out at the DTJX Fitness center in Changping district, Beijing are retirees. When one grey-haired man comes out of the swimming pool, showing off his muscular physique and male-model good looks, it's hard for the other members not to admire him. It's even harder to believe that he is 79 years old.
Source: Global Times | 2015/11/13 5:03:01

Returning doctor explores field of head transplants

The patient probably didn't know that her doctor, apart from offering consultation to patients on normal bone and spinal injuries, harbored an ambitious plan – to transplant human heads. Since 2013, at his lab in the Harbin Medical University, the 53-year-old Harbin native and his team of around 20 have already conducted hundreds of hours-long head transplants, using over 1,000 mice, in an effort to find ways to prolong their lives after they awoke from surgery
Source: Global Times | 2015/11/6 5:03:01

A Russian-Chinese woman witnesses the ups and downs of the two nations' ties

It was a sunny August day in Moscow when three shuttle buses stopped at Red Square. A group of women were the first of the dozens of tourists to step off the buses. Though their appearances were barely different from those of ordinary Russians, they were, in fact, Chinese citizens, aged between 50 to 80.
Source: Global Times | 2015/10/30 5:03:02

Beijing a top spot for birdwatching, says British conservationist

Most people think of Beijing as a densely-populated metropolis that is home to several scenic spots and historical sites, but few realize that it's also a great place for birdwatching. Terry Townshend, a British birdwatcher and conservationist, has spent the past five years proving this fact, spotting more than 380 bird species out of the 460 that have been sighted in the Chinese capital, more than London, Washington DC, Moscow and Tokyo.
Source: Global Times | 2015/10/23 5:03:01

Reporter Liu Hu has his name cleared after a year behind bars

After being arrested following his reports on the misconduct of several high-ranking officials on social media, investigative reporter Liu Hu was recently declared innocent when prosecutors in Beijing decided not to bring any charges against him.
Source: Global Times | 2015/10/16 5:03:02

Actress Yuan Li turns to activism after successful screen career

Actress Yuan Li found an answer in the public sphere, where she started to involve herself actively.
Source: Global Times | 2015/10/9 5:03:01

Director sues SARFT after his LGBT movies were removed from Internet

Fan Popo recently became the topic of conversation again after a court accepted his case on September 14 against the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), which he said had made video websites take down his movies about the homosexual community.
Source: Global Times | 2015/9/29 5:03:02