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Professor risks all to protect vanishing ancient towns

Many people were delighted at the news that the water town Wuzhen may become the “Davos of China,” but none more so than one elderly man living 130 kilometers away in Shanghai.
Source: Global Times | 2014/12/12 5:03:01

'Daddy Peng' works to raise AIDS awareness in the gay community

"Daddy Peng," an AIDS prevention volunteer, helps spread the knowledge of safe sex to the gay community.
Source: Global Times | 2014/12/5 5:03:01

Rejecting the elite

Recently, Zhou Hao, a student in Beijing, became famous for an astonishing decision he made three years ago. In late 2011, Zhou quit Peking University (Beida)'s School of Life Sciences and entered the Beijing Industrial Technician College.
Source: Global Times – Agencies | 2014/11/28 5:03:01

An Austrian brings classical Western philosophy into Chinese universities

Leopold Leeb is a teacher of Latin, Greek and classical Hebrew at the Renmin University of China. This is the 20th year that the Austrian, aged 47, has lived in China, and he has no plans to go back.
Source: Global Times | 2014/11/21 5:03:02

Burglar hopes graft proof may bring lighter sentence

When Fang Yunyun broke into two wealthy households, she stole handfuls of gold bars and hundreds of shopping gift cards, among other items, worth 2 million yuan.
Source: Global Times | 2014/11/14 5:03:07

From village girl to fashion iconoclast

Wang Shouying, a farmer in Shangdong Province who had no education on designing, becomes famous on Weibo and cooperates with clothing companies.
Source: Global Times | 2014/11/7 5:03:02

Water meter reader-turned-photographer Liu Tao captures humor in the mundane

Liu Tao, a water meter reader in Hefei, Anhui Province, never imagined that the arc of his career would change so rapidly. If it hadn't been for photography, he would have been a water meter reader his whole life.
Source: Global Times | 2014/10/31 5:03:02

In defense of the Party

The controversially patriotic online writer Zhou Xiaoping was put in the limelight after appearing at a recent symposium on literature and art chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who encouraged Zhou to “spread more positive energy” when he shook hands with him.
Source: Global Times | 2014/10/24 5:03:02

Room for improvement

For his thesis project, Zhou chose to “make sense of the basement dwellings” through design.
Source: Global Times | 2014/10/17 5:03:01

Pioneering teacher blazes trail for sexology

Peng Xiaohui has been teaching at the Central China Normal University (CCNU) in Wuhan, Hubei Province for 20 years. He had once been jokingly referred to as the “sex professor” and “the professor who hands out condoms,” but today his class has become widely popular.
Source: Nandu Weekly - Global Times | 2014/10/10 5:03:01

The price of honesty

He is probably the first Chinese official who has openly risen to the challenge of dispelling the notion that “all officials receive bribes.”
Source: Global Times | 2014/9/29 5:03:01

How Zhang Zhiru became one of China's top defenders of labor rights

After assisting others to fight for their rights, labor rights consultant Zhang Zhiru found himself in their shoes and ended up staging a protest.
Source: Global Times | 2014/9/19 5:03:01

Activist uses art to raise environmental awareness in Beijing

After seeing how bad the environment was in China, Carissa Welton started an art group, Greening the Beige (GtB), to present shows, exhibits and talks to raise environmental awareness. Currently, GtB is partnering with the Today Art Museum and hopes to develop more educational programs on the issue of environmental protection.
Source: Global Times | 2014/9/12 5:03:01

Xinjiang entrepreneur uses local delicacy to give back to society

A Uyghur tries to right the name of the nut cake, a Xinjiang specialty, and does good deeds to give back to society.
Source: Global Times | 2014/8/29 5:03:01

Queer hero

Liu Shi strutted proudly across the sports stadium with thousands of people cheering for him on August 9 at the march-in ceremony of the Gay Games in Cleveland, the US.
Source: Global Times | 2014/8/22 5:03:01

Chinese doctors in Guinea tackle Ebola with limited resources

Cao Guang, a doctor at the Anzhen Hospital in Beijing, has been living in Africa for two years on an exchange assignment. But months before he was due to return home, he was caught in the middle of the region's most serious epidemic outbreak in years.
Source: Beijing Evening News - Agencies | 2014/8/15 5:03:01

Million prize gamer

Wang Shuangfeng, 58, from Huaihua, Central China's Hunan Province, danced with delight after receiving the call from his son in the US on the morning of July 22. The five-player team of which her son Wang Zhaohui was a member had won the annual 'DOTA2' International Championship held in Seattle, scooping an incredible $5.02 million.
Source: Global Times | 2014/8/8 5:03:01

Artist saves villages from ugliness and pollution single-handedly

Sun Jun, had always dreamed of becoming a famous painter. But that dream changed 11 years ago, when he chanced upon a run-down village in Wushan county, Hebei Province, a place beset by filth and poverty.
Source: Global Times | 2014/8/1 5:03:02