Canal town Wuzhen launches lavish folk events to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival

China's canal town, WuZhen, has held a bunch of lavish festivities for the celebration of the traditional Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on Monday in the year 2021.

Ancient-China-originated dragon boating a popular modern sport in Australia

Sunday is one day ahead of China's traditional Dragon Boat Festival in 2021. Originated from China more than 2,500 years ago, dragon boating today is also a fast, fun and furious team-based paddling sport across the world, with thousands of fans in Australia.

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  • 'Quiet Place' again tops N. America box office

    Paramount's frightening A Quiet Place: Part II returned to first place in North American theaters this weekend, as the much-ballyhooed film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical In the Heights fell short of expectations, industry analysts said Sunday.

    By AFP | 2021/6/14 17:43:39
  • New exhibition builds bridge between architecture and arts in Jingdezhen

    A new exhibition featuring the works of eight architects and three artists kicked off at the Taoxichuan Art Museum of The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA).

    By Global Times | 2021/6/10 13:58:39
  • Top idol Wang Junkai's performance in patriotic TV drama gets cold shoulder from netizens

    Wang Junkai, also known as Karry Wang, a young top-level super star who has more than 80 million followers on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo, recently got the cold shoulder from netizens after starring in an episode of a patriotic TV drama Faith Makes Great (2021) on Monday. Many netizens said they found the singer-turned-actor's performance wanting and called for idols to undergo more cultural and historical preparation before taking on roles in these types of patriotic series.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/9 19:14:24
  • Chinese rapper After Journey hints at new songs with viral 'exam essay'

    One of China's most high pressure nation-wide exams, the gaokao, or national college entrance exams, kicked off on Monday. Every year around this time, parts of the test, particularly the gaokao essay portion, inevitably become hot topics of discussion on Chinese social media. The year 2021 has not been an exception, and it seems that at least one star is taking advantage of this to promote a new release. After Journey, a rapper from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, has captured netizens' attention by writing an "essay" hinting that he has a new song on the way.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/9 18:21:27
  • MTV's Video Music Awards set for Sept

    The MTV Video Music Awards will take place on September 12 in New York, the channel announced Tuesday - the latest news that live entertainment is coming back in the city as it emerges from the pandemic.

    By AFP | 2021/6/9 18:08:40
  • Exhibition sees dialogue between Chinese and Japanese artists at INK Studio

    The INK Studio at Beijing's Caochangdi art zone is hosting an exhibition featuring works from Japanese calligrapher Inoue Yuichi and Chinese painter Li Huasheng. A selection of Li's landscape paintings are on display together with Inoue Yuichi's calligraphy works.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/9 18:03:40
  • New exhibition creates dialogue between art and poetry

    An exhibition in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu Province sets up a dialogue between artist Chen Shuailang's landscape paper artwork and Mei An's poetry, with academic support from Xu Zhenglong, a professor at Tsinghua University.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/9 15:43:09
  • Art film about designer Claudio Silvertrin debuts in China

    The first episode of the art film series Art to Art produced by Italian fashion house GIADA was screened in Beijing on Monday. The Becoming of a Virtuoso reveals the philosophy behind designer Claudio Silvestrin and four of his most well-known masterpieces.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/9 14:28:39
  • SIFF rescreens Wuhan anti-pandemic documentary, highlighting monumental achievements of the CPC

    The 24th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) will rescreen Days and Nights in Wuhan, China's first anti-pandemic documentary, on June 12 along with other 11 classic films highlighting the monumental achievements of the Communist Party of China (CPC) since its foundation.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/8 23:36:30
  • Dunhuang mural exhibition to mark 100th anniversary of founding of Communist Party of China

    An art exhibition featuring Dunhuang murals kicked off at the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) as well as to bring the distinctive artworks closer to university students.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/8 19:42:45
  • 'Hamilton' creator celebrates immigrant roots with 'In The Heights'

    Long before his mega smash-hit Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda dazzled Broadway with In The Heights, a Latin pop and salsa-inspired musical celebrating the New York immigrant community that raised him.

    By AFP | 2021/6/8 19:38:40
  • Tourists delight as Spain opens up to vaccinated travelers

    Hordes of beaming tourists were flying into the sun-soaked resort of Malaga on Monday after Spain opened its borders to all vaccinated travelers from all over the world.

    By AFP | 2021/6/8 18:58:40
  • First Chinese Hugo Award novel adapted TV series 'Three Body' set for 2021

    A new TV series adapted from Chinese sci-fi writer Liu Cixin's award-winning novel The Three-Body Problem has been listed in Chinese streaming giant Tencent Video's 2021 slate of shows, marking the first time the story has been adapted for TV. This was a great news for fans of the novel, many of whom have been waiting for the release of a movie adaptation that was filmed more than five years ago but has still not been released.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/8 16:43:50
  • Netizens question lack of updates in women's fertility documentary series

    There have been no new episodes in China's first documentary themed on Chinese women's fertility problems, Impressive Egg's Birth, since mid May, and netizens suspect it might be connected to the implementation of the third-child policy.

    By Chen Xi | 2021/6/8 3:06:21
  • Yemen's unique 'dragon's blood' island under threat

    Centuries-old umbrella-shaped dragon's blood trees line the rugged peaks of Yemen's Socotra - a flagship symbol of the Indian Ocean archipelago's extraordinary biodiversity, but also a bleak warning of environmental crisis.

    By AFP | 2021/6/7 19:48:39
  • Teen girl becomes first female apprentice of famous Chinese crosstalk group Deyunshe

    Wang Enxi, a teen girl who is zealously into the traditional Chinese comedic performance known as xiangsheng, or crosstalk, has recently become the first female apprentice of the country's most popular crosstalk group Deyunshe. Hailed by netizens as a "true Deyun girl," the 14-year-old Wang is not only a talent that stood out from around 2.6 million applicants across the country, she is also the first person to change the group's controversial "no woman" applicants rule.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/7 19:15:07
  • China Post opens milk tea shop, intriguing netizens

    A milk tea shop that opened in East China's Fujian Province has recently become a hot topic on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo, earning more than 300 million views. Many netizens have asked: "Is postage included in delivery?" since the shop looks to be a crossover business launched by the China Post.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/6 19:21:36
  • 'Culture Day' launched in Beijing to celebrate China-Pakistan relations

    An international culture event dedicated to multi-cultural children's communications was launched at the Pakistan Embassy College in Beijing on Saturday.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/6 19:08:39
  • Chinese costume drama promotes charm of traditional culture among international audiences

    Exquisite clothing made with the Chinese silk tapestry technique known as kesi, which was once used to make clothing for royalty since the Song Dynasty (960-1279), has been appearing in Chinese costume dramas. Not only domestic audiences are applauding the sharp increase in quality of the costumes appearing in such dramas, once upon a time criticized as "mass produced" and "plastic," audiences overseas are also getting a taste of traditional Chinese culture from film and TV dramas that are following the hot trend.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/6 17:38:40
  • Waiting for a new life

    Once, Abraham Barberi was known as the "pastor of rappers," host of Christian hip-hop concerts targeting young drug dealers in Mexico in hopes of putting them on a different path.

    By AFP | 2021/6/6 17:20:23
  • Wild West investing

    They are technology enthusiasts on the hunt for opportunities in the Wild West market surrounding NFTs: the popular certified digital objects that have spawned a new generation of collectors convinced of their huge potential.

    By AFP | 2021/6/6 17:11:16
  • Nearly 5,000 events in China to celebrate Cultural and Natural Heritage Day

    Over 4,900 events will be held across China to celebrate 2021's Cultural and Natural Heritage Day, China's National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA) announced on Thursday.

    By Chen Xi | 2021/6/3 18:38:40
  • Victor Ma: Young star aims to build a bridge between China and US

    For the first time, Hollywood has turned its attention to the Chinese comic book market for inspiration.

    By Chen Xi | 2021/6/3 17:57:12
  • Jodie Foster to be guest of honor at upcoming Cannes Film Festival

    US actor-director Jodie Foster will be guest of honor at the Cannes Film Festival in July where she will be given an honorary Palme d'Or, the organizers said Wednesday.

    By AFP | 2021/6/3 17:48:41
  • Turkey to allow indoor dining through June as COVID-19 figures drop

    Turkey will roll back coronavirus disease restrictions to allow indoor dining and end weekend lockdowns, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier this week.

    By AFP | 2021/6/3 17:08:40
  • Kuwaiti breeder hopes superworms will become new superfood

    Kuwaiti businessman Jassem Buabbas has spent years breeding "superworms" for animal feed and now hopes the creatures will find their way into the diets of Gulf citizens.

    By AFP | 2021/6/3 16:58:40
  • Diana's iconic wedding dress is star of fashion exhibit

    Princess Diana's wedding dress for her 1981 marriage to Prince Charles was one of the best-kept secrets in fashion history.

    By AFP | 2021/6/3 16:48:41
  • New children musical starts national tour

    A new children musical will kick off the first leg of its national tour at the Beijing Poly Theater at the upcoming weekend.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/3 14:34:51
  • Chinese rockers to return for MIDI Festival at Taihu Lake

    Chinese veteran rockers like Cui Jian, Miserable Faith, Tang Dynasty and Secondhand Rose will gather at Taihu Lake in Li Yang, East China's Jiangsu Province for one of China's most loved music festivals, MIDI, from June 12-14.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/3 13:38:24
  • Highly-anticipated 'F9' takes a long road to beat 'Godzilla vs. Kong' due to poor word-of-mouth and John Cena's controversial comment concerning the island of Taiwan

    Thirteen days after premiering in the Chinese mainland, Fast & Furious 9 (F9) finally beat Godzilla vs. Kong on Wednesday to become the highest-grossing Hollywood film in China since the outbreak of COVID-19.

    By Chen Xi | 2021/6/2 23:46:46
  • 400-million-year old trident-shaped fish fossil discovered in Yunnan Province

    A 400-million-year old fossil of the ancient creature Sanqiaspis - a type of ancient fish with a distinctive trident look - was recently discovered in China's "ancient fish kingdom" of Qujing in Southwest China's Yunnan Province.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/2 19:25:35
  • French heiress renounces claim to Nazi-looted Pissarro

    A French heiress who spent years trying to win back a priceless impressionist painting that was stolen by the Nazis renounced her claim to the artwork on Tuesday to end a legal feud with a US university.

    By AFP | 2021/6/2 18:13:40
  • Renowned Shanghai Symphony Orchestra takes children on night of adventure with music

    Be it in the popular Night At the Museum movie series, where the exhibits come alive at night, or Karen LeFrak's Sleepover at the Museum books, which follows the story of Mason and his friends on their adventures at the Museum of Natural History, staying overnight at a museum has always been seen as something cool and wonderful by children. On Tuesday, International Children's Day, musicians from the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO) helped a group of children experience this for themselves through a 45-minute-long performance.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/2 18:08:41
  • Internet propels Cuban hip-hop troupe to global fame

    In the country of salsa and rumba, a troupe of sneaker-wearing Cuban youngsters have burst onto the dance scene with a style until recently all but unheard of on the isolated island nation: hip-hop.

    By AFP | 2021/6/2 17:38:40
  • New exhibition showcases beauty of Taihu Lake

    A new exhibition featuring calligraphy and landscape paintings from Xukou town, East China's Jiangsu Province kicked off on Tuesday in Beijing to present the beauty of the town sitting near Taihu Lake.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/2 17:33:40
  • People on both sides of the Taiwan Straits must come together, like the reunion of the ancient painting 'Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains'

    A cultural event commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the reunion of the two halves of the ancient painting Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains on the island of Taiwan was held in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province on Tuesday. The event was seen as the first major cross-Straits cultural exchange event of 2021.

    By Ji Yuqiao | 2021/6/1 22:59:37
  • National opera opens new theater in Beijing's Shunyi district

    The national opera Yimeng Mountain Range was performed on Sunday at a newly launched theater in Beijing's Shunyi district to mark the theater's opening as well as the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

    By Global Times | 2021/6/1 19:21:52
  • Rare find: Paleontologists discover nearly complete dinosaur fossil in SW China

    Chinese paleontologists discovered the fossil remains of a Jurassic period dinosaur in Lufeng, Southwest China's Yunnan Province, in late May, according to a report from a local provincial media outlet.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/1 19:13:31
  • China's biggest national sporting event includes breakdancing ahead of 2024 Olympic Games

    With the introduction of new regulations from China's General Administration of Sport, breakdancing, a form of dance with deep roots in street culture, has been listed as an official competitive sport for the 14th National Games of the People's Republic of China, the country's biggest national sport gala.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/1 19:10:54
  • 183 million watched Eurovision Song Contest

    Some 183 million people tuned in to watch 2021's Eurovision Song Contest, organizers said Monday, with young online fans driving up viewing figures for the pop extravaganza.

    By AFP | 2021/6/1 18:43:40
  • Young artist Shu Yong tells stories of China in new exhibition

    An exhibition from Chinese artist Shu Yong in Beijing aims to offer visitors in the capital city an opportunity to see China's stories through an artistic lens.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/1 18:38:39
  • Cannes readies for film fest after 'horrible' year

    The five-star palace hotels are in full swing, the sound of music drifts across the beach and after a "horrible" year blighted by the coronavirus crisis, the French resort of Cannes is finally buzzing again as it gears up for its film festival.

    By AFP | 2021/6/1 17:53:39
  • Documentary focuses on youth of outstanding Chinese scholars amid time of war

    A documentary film focusing on the youth of Chinese scholars from China's National Southwest Associated University, such as Nobel winner for physics Yang Zhengning, has been getting high praise from moviegoers since it hit cinemas in the Chinese mainland on Friday. The stories of these national treasures, all of whom are now over 90 years old, have moved audiences.

    By Ji Yuqiao | 2021/6/1 3:01:26
  • Popular actress Zhao Liying's positive performance in patriotic TV drama hailed by netizens

    Zhao Liying, a Chinese actress who was born in poverty but experienced a meteoric rise, has recently impressed netizens with her excellent performance in a main-themed short TV drama episode. Depicting a young woman who has devoted herself to China's poverty alleviation efforts, Zhao has shown how the appearance of famous young stars in patriotic cultural productions can deliver positivity while enhancing their social image.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/31 19:21:12
  • Streaming giant pays tribute to scriptwriters

    A total of 42 Chinese writers and 14 TV and film works were awarded at the Golden Screenwriters' Night hosted by Chinese streaming giant iQIYI on Sunday as part of its efforts to pay tribute to these creatives.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/31 18:38:39
  • How Croatia is luring digital nomads

    Melissa Paul described it as a "beautiful gift" when she became Croatia's first official digital nomad earlier in 2021, benefiting from a visa scheme that the country hopes will help promote its pandemic-hit travel industry.

    By AFP | 2021/5/31 18:18:40
  • Association calls for strengthened supervision and regulation of smoking scenes in Chinese TV and film works

    A film produced in Hong Kong and a TV series from the Chinese mainland were given the "2020 Dirty Ashtray Award" for having too many smoking scenes by the Chinese Association on Cigarette Control on Friday, just days ahead of Monday's 34th World No Tobacco Day, as part of measures to strengthen supervision of smoking content in TV and film works in China.

    By Ji Yuqiao | 2021/5/30 23:39:27
  • 'A Quiet Place Part II' fails to surprise Chinese mainland audiences

    The recently released sequel A Quiet Place Part II has not been as well received by moviegoers in the Chinese mainland as the first film, according to audience ratings on Chinese media review site Douban. Chinese movie critic says that the innovativeness of the original film has set a high bar for the sequel to pass.

    By Lou Kang | 2021/5/30 22:29:20
  • Anderson to compete at Cannes film festival

    The latest film by US director Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch, will premiere at the Cannes film festival in the official competition, organizers said Friday.

    By AFP | 2021/5/30 17:33:39
  • Mini treasure hunt

    Filmmaker Zack Obid trembles with excitement: He has just found a miniature work of art during a treasure hunt that a US artist organizes every week in his Brooklyn neighborhood.

    By AFP | 2021/5/30 17:28:40
  • Nine international projects to introduce Sanxingdui Ruins to world

    Chinese government institutions have launched nine international projects to promote the culture of the Sanxingdui Ruins around the world on Friday night.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/30 17:26:47
  • Line dancing event held in HK to mark the 100th anniversary of the CPC

    A large line dancing event kicked off in Hong Kong on Saturday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

    By Global Times | 2021/5/30 17:11:21
  • Illegal support: idol fan sentenced to five years in prison for app that artificially inflates popularity of social media posts

    An idol fan's self-developed app that allowed users to batch forward and artificially promote posts on Sina Weibo was found guilty of criminal charges by the Fengtai District Procuratorate in Beijing. The case exposed the phenomenon in China known as lunbo, a method to "hype posts" in which fans take turns mass forwarding posts on Sina Weibo to increase the popularity of their favorite stars.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/27 19:00:00
  • Vienna's musicians find their voice after months of silence

    Classical musicians in Vienna are preparing to return to live performances after long months without audiences which have severely tested their motivation and, for some, even thrown their careers into question.

    By AFP | 2021/5/27 18:33:40
  • Leading the way

    Despite the institutional status bestowed by her double Michelin star, Vicky Lau says the battle to improve gender parity in the male-dominated culinary world is a long way from won -- but small victories bring her hope.

    By AFP | 2021/5/27 12:48:39
  • Fast & Furious 9 star John Cena's timely apology an example for other Western stars to follow

    Cena's timely apology reveals his willingness to uphold the values of China and actually sets a good example for all Westerners to follow when it comes to respecting and learning more about China's national situation, especially its inviolable territorial integrity.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/26 23:04:01
  • Orchestra trilogy 'Sound Puzzle' launched in Beijing

    A music show for the orchestra trilogy Sound Puzzle was recently launched in Beijing at the Central Conservatory of Music.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/26 18:53:39
  • Chinese transgender star Jin Xing becomes new face of top luxury brand Dior

    Jin Xing, China's most famous transgender star, recently became the new face of Dior. This new collaboration was praised by netizens, who called it a "great marketing maneuver" as the famed luxury fashion house sees Jin's unique sassy charm go with the brand's spirit.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/26 18:30:58
  • AI project developed to identify ancient Chinese books overseas

    An artificial intelligence (AI) project has been developed to help identify ancient Chinese books overseas.

    By Xinhua | 2021/5/26 18:03:40
  • 'The Eternals' trailer's debut on Sina Weibo signals Marvel's confidence for a Chinese mainland release, but Chinese audiences don't buy it

    Marvel Studios released a Chinese-subtitled trailer for The Eternals, directed by Oscar winner Chloe Zhao, on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo on Monday, indicating that the studio is confident that the film will get a release date in China, the world's largest film market.

    By Chen Xi | 2021/5/26 18:00:29
  • Starting again

    Horse master Joel Proust hopes his stallions will soon return to the movie sets in Morocco that made his name, ranging from Hollywood epics to HBO hit series Game of Thrones.

    By AFP | 2021/5/26 17:53:42
  • Getty Center museum in Los Angeles reopens

    The Getty Center museum, one of the top art museums in the US and one of the iconic visitor destinations in Los Angeles, reopened Tuesday at limited capacity after being closed for more than a year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    By Xinhua | 2021/5/26 17:23:40
  • 'Friends' reunite for sitcom nostalgia-fest

    The stars of Friends never really left us - they were simply on a break.

    By AFP | 2021/5/26 16:58:39
  • New documentary focuses on the debate over women's 'fertility'

    A new documentary exploring the various choices women in China have made concerning their "fertility" debuted online recently, igniting hot discussion among netizens, many of whom have pointed out that the issue is far more complex than deciding whether or not to have children.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/25 19:57:07
  • New competition show takes aim at young people starting a career

    With the graduation season approaching, millions of young college students are preparing to walk out of their schools and start their careers. But how will they take those first steps to transition from students to workers in today's fast-paced society?

    By Global Times | 2021/5/25 19:23:39
  • Young Chinese artist remains 'Beyond Control' in new exhibition

    A new exhibition from young Chinese artist Li Jing looks back at her past six years of art creation at Today Art Museum.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/25 19:18:40
  • Second-place France seeks 'transparency' on Eurovision drugs flap, not to lodge appeal

    France's Europe minister called Monday for "total transparency" over speculation that one of Italy's victorious Eurovision contestants used cocaine during the song contest, saying it should be grounds for disqualification if confirmed.

    By AFP | 2021/5/25 19:18:39
  • Historical TV drama conveys the inspiring spirit of the CPC

    The task of playing China's well-known historical figures has always been a big but honorable challenge for actors. Actor Bao Jianfeng, who plays the role of the great leader Mao Zedong in the Chinese historical TV drama The Great Waves, also holds this belief.

    By Li Sikun and Chen Xi | 2021/5/25 19:03:39
  • Chinese stars' lavish compensation for meals irks netizens

    Following Youth With You 3's milk wasting scandal, another bomb dropped in the Chinese entertainment industry when it was revealed that stars are paid an average daily meal allowance of 1,500 to 2,000 yuan ($234-312) while filming variety shows. This lavish compensation has outraged many Chinese netizens, who said that "stars do not deserve to be treated better than hard-working scientists."

    By Chen Xi | 2021/5/25 17:58:39
  • Chinese entertainers promote CPC's revolutionary spirits to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC

    The Chinese entertainment industry has leap into action to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Over the weekend, hundreds of Chinese stars, including young actor Jackson Yee and actress Dilraba from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, posted video messages to promote and introduce revolutionary spirits of the Party to Chinese netizens.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/24 23:57:15
  • Italian rockers Maneskin win pandemic-defying Eurovision

    Italian rock foursome Maneskin won the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam on Saturday in a glammed-up message of hope for a world emerging from the coronavirus pandemic.

    By AFP | 2021/5/24 19:23:39
  • New ballet 'Inspiration and Glory' pays tribute to the 100th anniversary of CPC

    The latest work from the National Ballet of China (NBC), Inspiration and Glory, debuted at the Beijing Tianqiao Theater on Sunday night.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/24 19:18:40
  • China National Opera & Dance Theater unites with tech giant Huawei to release performances online

    A dance drama from the China National Opera & Dance Theater, one of the country's top troupes, will be released online using the latest technology from Chinese tech giant Huawei, according to a new agreement the two signed on Saturday.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/24 19:18:39
  • Gaza bookshop owner's business destroyed in attack

    For decades, it was the place to go for books in the blockaded Gaza Strip, from school texts to the Koran to Arabic translations of European literary classics.

    By AFP | 2021/5/24 19:13:39
  • Chinese director Zhang Yimou's drama series kicks off national tour

    The national tour for Apologue, a series of stage dramas directed by famous Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, kicked off on Friday in Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan Province. The series features eight stage performances that combine traditional Chinese culture with advanced technology.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/24 19:08:40
  • 'Fast and Furious 9' breaks pandemic records but sees poor word-of-mouth in China

    While Universal Pictures' action film Fast and Furious 9, which premiered in the Chinese mainland on Friday, enjoyed the highest-grossing opening weekend for a Hollywood movie in China since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the film only managed to score a low 5.6/10 on Chinese review site Douban, where Chinese moviegoers are calling it "the worst in the franchise" for its "outrageous plot."

    By Chen Xi | 2021/5/23 21:56:48
  • Truly nerve “wrecking”: acid ear treatments, extreme leg slimming surgery and other beauty trends criticized by netizens

    "Elf's ear," a name given to a newly emerging beauty trend introduced by beauty-obsessed gurus on Chinese online platforms such as Sina Weibo, has recently become the target of criticism for promoting unhealthy standards of beauty and increasing women's anxiety about their appearance. It seems that netizens have finally had enough of these types of "beauty" trends as they are calling for an end to it, and other extreme methods.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/23 19:18:32
  • Eco-friendly dance drama debuts in Beijing

    Original Chinese dance drama Follow The Mother River debuted at Beijing's Tianqiao Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/23 18:38:39
  • Art exhibition launched in Beijing to show European artists' screen prints

    A new art exhibition that focuses on European artists' screen printing works has been launched in Beijing on Friday to explore the topic of the “cycle of life”.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/23 18:38:06
  • TikTok helping deaf black Americans preserve their brand of sign language

    "English is not my first language," writes Nakia Smith on her TikTok account, although the 22-year-old grew up in Texas. The young African-American woman has been deaf since birth, and uses her large online following to promote her little-known dialect: Black American Sign Language.

    By AFP | 2021/5/23 18:08:39
  • Chinese netizens praise TV stations for preempting entertainment shows to mark passing of China's 'Father of Hybrid Rice' Yuan Longping

    Several Chinese TV stations and online platforms preempted the broadcast of their ordinary Saturday night lineup of entertainment shows to mourn the death of China's 91-year-old “Father of Hybrid Rice” Yuan Longping, who passed away Saturday afternoon. The decision earned numerous thumbs- up from many Chinese netizens.

    By Chen Xi | 2021/5/23 16:51:36
  • Top-rated chef Alain Ducasse to leave Paris restaurant

    Alain Ducasse, the French chef with the most Michelin stars in the world, is leaving the restaurant of luxury Paris hotel Plaza Athenee that has been his base for more than two decades and where he developed his "naturalness" approach to cuisine.

    By AFP | 2021/5/20 19:18:40
  • Austrians dine out again after virus lockdown

    With COVID-19 certificates in hand, Austrians on Wednesday could once again file into restaurants and cafes after more than six months of restrictions.

    By AFP | 2021/5/20 19:13:40
  • Jazz music festival to kick off in Beijing

    The Taihu Jazz music festival, a five-day music event featuring international jazz musicians, will be launched on Wednesday in Beijing.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/20 18:21:36
  • Mini variety show launched to share handy lifestyle tips

    Her taste, a mini variety show, in which popular Chinese actress Yuan Shanshan shares her lifestyle tips and favorite everyday objects with audiences debuted its first live broadcast on Wednesday on Sohu TV.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/20 18:02:47
  • Film about Zhou Enlai's childhood to hit cinemas in summer

    New Chinese movie Zhou Enlai in His Childhood will hit the big screen on June 1, International Children's Day, the film's official Sina Weibo account announced on Thursday.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/20 17:43:39
  • Trailer for 'Friends' reunion ignites Chinese netizens' anticipation

    Friends, one of the most-watched iconic US sitcoms, has long had a huge following in China, so it is no surprise that the show began trending on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo after the trailer for its 2021 reunion special was recently released.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/20 17:38:29
  • France savors new freedoms as cafes, museums reopen

    The French on Wednesday joyfully made their way back to cafes, cinemas and museums as the country loosened restrictions in a return to semi-normality after more than six months of COVID-19 curbs.

    By AFP | 2021/5/20 17:03:40
  • Cross-cultural 3D design competition celebrates Sino-Swiss diplomatic relations

    A technology-powered 3D design competition launched in 2020 to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and China revealed its winners at the Embassy of Switzerland in China in Beijing on Wednesday.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/20 16:32:30
  • Fossils from Jurassic era, 182 million years ago, discovered in South China

    Chinese paleontologists have discovered seven fossils of ammonoids, a group of marine mollusks that lived 182 million years ago, in South China's Guangdong Province, China News reported on Wednesday.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/20 15:44:42
  • Chinese tourist participation in cultural and expo visits continues to rise: report

    Chinese tourism website ctrip.com revealed the 10 most popular Chinese museums on its site in the first half of the year 2021 on Tuesday, adding that the number of museum tickets booked through the platform increased by 75 percent from the same period of 2019.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/20 15:43:02
  • British chef Clare Smyth reopens doors after third Michelin star

    During the lockdown, British chef Clare Smyth won the ultimate accolade of three Michelin stars for her London restaurant and she is optimistic for the sector despite the current challenges.

    By AFP | 2021/5/20 15:23:39
  • Ancient brick building discovered in Yangzhou could have been Song Dynasty bathroom

    Archaeologists theorize that a brick building that was recently discovered in the center of the city of Yangzhou, East China's Jiangsu Province, is likely to have been a bathroom dating back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279), in particular, the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279).

    By Global Times | 2021/5/20 10:50:17
  • Post-pandemic future looking bright for Italy's museums

    Art galleries across Italy marked International Museum Day on Tuesday in a low-key manner, overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and yet confident about the future.

    By Xinhua | 2021/5/19 17:38:39
  • China's livestreaming industry boomed in 2020, says report

    The number of users on livestreaming platforms in China reached 617 million in 2020, accounting for 62.4 percent of the total number of internet users in China, while the number of livestreamers exceeded 130 million, according to a report released by a branch under the China Association of Performing Arts on Tuesday.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/19 17:33:40
  • Dutch slavery exhibition confronts brutal past

    A set of leg irons that once chained slaves by the ankles for punishment. A pair of Rembrandt portraits of a rich Dutch couple dressed in slavery-funded finery.

    By AFP | 2021/5/19 16:38:40
  • Treasure hunting in thrift shops becoming new lifestyle trend in China

    Posting shopping experiences in thrift shops has recently become a new trend on China's lifestyle-oriented online platforms such as Little Red Book and Dazhong Dianping. This growing "thrift culture" in China has not been limited to those who like a bargain, it has also turned into a lifestyle choice by an increasing number of young Chinese consumers who value personal style and saving money over the extravagance of the consumer controversy.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/18 19:19:13
  • Public art exhibition launched in Xiamen

    An art exhibition that explores the development potential between public art and the marine economy was launched on Sunday in Aotou village, Xiamen, East China's Fujian Province.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/18 18:48:45
  • As COVID-19 rules ease, the show goes on in UK

    The curtain went up again in Britain's theaters this week, after a year of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, bringing hopes of recovery for the beleaguered cultural sector.

    By AFP | 2021/5/18 18:33:40
  • 'Unintended Presentation' showcases veteran artist's ink paintings

    An exhibition featuring artworks inspired by China's ink paintings at Beijing's Today Art Museum has offered a chance to walk into the artist Yang Peilin's art world.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/18 18:23:41
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