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How lions became an important symbol in Chinese culture
On New Year’s Day, two bronze lions in front of HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong were sprayed with red paint and set ablaze by anti-government protesters furious at the bank for closing the Spark Alliance account, which reportedly raised funds for the protests.  The lions, which have guarded HSBC for almost 85 years, are currently covered as restoration takes place. Perhaps the European managers of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation took a leaf from Chinese architectural tradition when they commissioned the guardian lions in the early 20th century.  Many Chinese-owned buildings, modern and classical, feature stylized lions, one male and one female, at their main entrances. But how d
How lions became an important symbol in Chinese culture
Shanghai prepares for 2020 Lantern Festival
Shanghai is preparing to celebrate its first Lantern Festival in six years, as workers prepare a large display to be held in the Guyi Garden from February 3-9, 2020. The annual festival, which also marks the conclusion of the Lunar New Year, has been a muted affair since a deadly stampede on New Year’s Eve 2014 led authorities to ban large public gatherings.
Shanghai prepares for 2020 Lantern Festival
Is ‘The Farewell’ problematic? For some in China, the answer is yes
The Farewell, an autobiographical film about a Chinese-American woman, has won rave reviews in the US and earned its leading actress, Awkwafina, a history-making Best Actress win at the Golden Globes. The much-lauded movie has a 98% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In comparison, on Douban, a popular review site in China, just 60% of the audience gave it a positive review.  Some viewers applauded the film for giving non-Chinese viewers an accessible introduction to a rich, complex culture. But many comments were highly critical, with some viewers going so far as to say they found some of the scenes offensive. The unfavorable reviews, from moviegoers who have watched the film thr
Is ‘The Farewell’ problematic? For some in China, the answer is yes
China’s golden snub-nosed monkey on rebound
The number of endangered golden snub-nosed monkeys is on the rebound in central China, according to a recent census at the Shennongjia National Nature Reserve in Hubei province. Researchers found that over the past 15 years, the monkey population increased by 189 to 1,471 in the 80 square miles of habitat the animals occupy in the park.
China’s golden snub-nosed  monkey on rebound
Here are some tips to find China’s hidden travel gems
The United States sends the most tourists to China, and almost all of them go to Beijing. Tibet is high on many bucket lists, but few Western tourists ever actually visit. China virtually empties of Western tourists during November, December and January. These are some of the takeaways from the third annual report on popular travel destinations in China by The China Guide, a travel agency in Beijing that develops customized tours for travelers from the US, Germany, France, Spain, Britain, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. What immediately stands out from the report – compiled from surveys of 2,300 travelers from across the globe – is that Beijing dominates almost every foreign traveler’s iti
Here are some tips to find China’s hidden travel gems