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Ex-businessman makes it his mission to improve country's toilets

Although he has been jokingly nicknamed by media as "China's Mr Toilet," Qian Jun insists that toilets are no trivial matter and that he will continue to fight for improved toilets for the country over the next 30 years.
Source: Global Times | 2017/9/1 5:03:39

Architecture student decodes the myth of 'modern gods' in village

“I've been chosen by history,” said Xu Teng, a student from Tsinghua University. He stands at the center of the stage and solemnly introduces himself to the audience at Yixi, a speech sharing platform similar to TedX.
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/24 23:26:12

Monk who persuades women not to have abortion and helps raise kids now at loggerheads with government

Over the last month at a maternity hospital in Nantong, East China's Jiangsu Province, four women have given birth accompanied by a shaven-headed man wearing a grey gown. He was not a hospital worker, or one of their relatives, but Master Daolu, the abbot of Wanshan Temple in the city.
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/15 22:50:08

Veteran lawyer brushes off criticism of being a 'toady,' 'fence-sitter'

His supporters praise him for pushing forward China's legal advancement. His opponents criticize him for being a "fence-sitter" who curries favor with the government. Chen Youxi is probably the country's most controversial and divisive lawyer.
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/11 22:22:34

Eccentric student a litmus test for Chinese society's tolerance for performance art

It was one of the few roads in Beijing named after a person. It was also one of the most short-lived names that a road has ever had. The street was “Geyu Lu,” a four-kilometer stretch near an affluent neighborhood in Beijing's Chaoyang district. It's also the name of Ge Yulu, a 27-year-old art student hailing from Hubei Province who successfully fooled Baidu and Google maps and Chinese road authorities into naming a road after him by sticking fake street signs on unnamed streets in Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/3 19:35:33

Japanese star tackles China's soccer shortcomings at youth level

For Japanese football player Takashi Rakuyama, the decision to set up a training school for Chinese kids after ending his professional football career in 2013 came naturally.
Source: Global Times | 2017/7/27 19:55:00

Cop tends to retired police dogs in their final years

“I have had these dogs for 10 years, but to them, I'm their whole life,” said Bai Yan, a 56-year-old policeman in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province.
Source: Global Times | 2017/7/20 21:14:33

Gun enthusiast proud to protect fellow Chinese with S. African security firm

With his AK47 in hand, Chen Xiaohua rushed in search of the robbers.
Source: Global Times | 2017/7/14 5:03:39

Back from the brink

If there is anyone who is an authority on Père David's deer, known in Chinese as milu, it has to be Yang Guomei.
Source: Global Times | 2017/7/7 0:45:09

Zimbabwean in China finds strength to battle stereotypes of the continent

Zimbabwean Samantha Sibanda wants to alter perceptions of Africa in Asia by first inspiring the members of its diaspora.
Source: Global Times | 2017/6/29 23:20:14

Former Taiwan independence supporter ostracized for change of heart

For most of her life, Chang Wei-shan, born in central Taiwan, had believed that people on the Chinese mainland were the enemy and Taiwan should be independent. But her views changed after entering college, when she became a firm supporter and activist of the island's reunification with the mainland.
Source: Global Times | 2017/6/22 19:13:10

Stand-up comic risks everything just to raise a few smiles

Zhong Yongming is probably China's only full-time stand-up comedy street performer.
Source: Global Times | 2017/6/15 22:34:41

Decades of history seen through a photographer's lens

“In the 1980s and 1990s, many people only had one opportunity in their lives to visit Tiananmen Square and get their photos taken there. I was one of the photographers there who took photos for them, and now I'm the only one left from that period,” said Gao Yuan.
Source: Global Times | 2017/6/9 0:26:13

Down the social ladder

For many Chinese who struggle to climb up the social ladder, Wu's fall became an alarming tale.
Source: Global Times | 2017/6/2 5:03:39

Muslim woman overcomes stigma to pursue passion for mountaineering

Maizi is virtually a household name in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region after becoming the only woman from the region to have successfully scaled Mount Qomolangma, more commonly known in the West as Mount Everest.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/25 20:11:35

Director seeks to help victims overcome trauma through her films

Women suffer an overwhelming and suffocating darkness that haunts their entire life after they are raped, says director Huang Ji.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/18 22:26:35

Former gambler motivates people to abstain from their addiction

Life is just like gambling. This phrase is frequently uttered by Yao Jianyun both in lecture halls and everyday life.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/11 18:42:31

Bellicose MMA coach stirs up wushu establishment after beating tai chi master

The previously unknown man became a sensation after a live broadcast showing him beating a tai chi master in a fight in less than 10 seconds on April 27. The video, which has been viewed and reposted millions of times, no doubt strengthened his confidence in his quest to "defeat martial arts frauds in the name of the people."
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/4 20:36:12