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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

Semiconductor pioneer hopes to push China to the cutting edge with massive new project

After being hit by US sanctions on ZTE Corp, China is seeking to bring its own semiconductor industry to the cutting edge to prevent dependence on foreign technology.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/23 21:31:09

Top electrical engineer says China's catapult-assisted take-off tech not inferior to US

As the winner of the People's Liberation Army's top military award in 2017, Rear Admiral Ma Weiming is a familiar name to Chinese. The specialist in electrical engineering is the inventor of the electromagnetic catapult that some media said China might use aboard its latest aircraft carrier to launch and land fighter jets.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/16 18:56:51

Black lung disease patient struggles to support family at cost of own health

Zhang Haichao, 37, works for his lungs. Every day Zhang, now a bus driver in Xinmi, Central China's Henan Province, gets up at 6 am to start his shift. He usually works more than 12 hours, which brings him about 200 yuan ($29) per day. The money is used for maintaining the normal functioning of his lungs, which were transplanted five years ago.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/10 0:03:42

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