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Tidy teams to the rescue for China’s rich
Chen Rui says when she discovered a Burberry jacket she did not recall buying was the moment she knew she had to bring in experts to manage her overflowing luxury wardrobe. The Beijing resident is not the only affluent Chinese shopper running out of closet space after they engaged in online spending sprees during the Covid-19 pandemic.
China’s deep-space antenna tunes into Mars mission
China's first deep-space antenna array system has been put into use at the Kashgar satellite monitoring station in western China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. Four antenna dishes, each measuring about 115ft in diameter, form the newly commissioned system. The array has already been put to work supporting the Mars exploration mission of the Chinese probe Tianwen-1.   
Fungus fan’s videos an online hit in China
Zhou Qingfeng has become a sensation on Chinese social media for posting time-lapse videos of fungi and mushrooms. The 30-year-old microplant enthusiast spends days camping in remote areas to get closer to the tiny organisms that fascinate her. Zhou has even rented a house deep in the woods to get closer to nature and spend more time observing and capturing images of the organisms to post online.  
Is national health overriding privacy concerns in China?
Shanghai recently reported its first Covid-19 case in months, but the case has also heightened concerns about privacy after the personal details of a close contact of the patient were leaked online. The issue is particularly sensitive because of the large amount of personal information the Chinese authorities collect to combat the disease, and the city authorities are now investigating how the man's information was made public. The breach happened after a worker at the city's Pudong airport tested positive for coronavirus and the authorities started testing and monitoring his co-workers. These included the man whose details were leaked and who has been identified only by his surname Ni. The
Chinese city’s lamp posts charge mobile phones
Mobile phone users who need a quick charge now only need to look for the nearest street light in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. More than 60 lamp posts on the busy Jianghan Road have been fitted with wireless charging equipment. Two charging points were installed on each street lamp in a pedestrian zone as part of a pilot scheme organized by the Wuhan Urban and Rural Construction Bureau. The bureau said the free service can charge most phones to about 70 percent in about 20 minutes. The smart lamp posts also have equipment which can monitor crowds, broadcast announcements and improve 5G wireless network coverage.
Foreigners join China’s live-stream sales army
China’s live-stream retail market is projected to grow to be worth $145 billion in 2020, according to iiMedia Research. The increase has been linked to a surge in online activity during the coronavirus pandemic. But Chinese retailers are eager to expand their businesses beyond the country and are hiring multilingual foreigners living in China to approach customers abroad.