Why does China have floods almost every summer? 
In the summer of 2020, a large chunk of China was inundated with the most severe flooding the country has seen in years. The deluge came just as China was beginning to return to some semblance of normal after the country had gotten control of the coronavirus within its borders.    Millions of people had to rush to evacuate and leave their homes behind, and businesses that were teetering after the pandemic were dealt another haymaker. In China, like much of the world, seasonal flooding is common, as spring and summer downpours bulge rivers and overwhelm riverbanks, oversaturating the usually-dry soil nearby.  But China has two of the world’s 10 longest rivers – the Yangtze and the Yellow rive
Flooding in China’s porcelain capital: ‘Misfortune is piling up on us’
The floodwaters arrived so quickly in China’s “porcelain capital” Jingdezhen that Yu Ciqiong had just hours to save her business. As soon as she heard the city might be inundated, Yu dashed to the factory while her husband rushed to their shop to shore up its defenses. The couple and their staff worked all day, moving plates, teapots, cups and other exquisite items to higher shelves and floors.  But, when the water came – via a tributary of the swollen Yangtze River running through the city in the eastern province of Jiangxi – it washed over the levees and into hundreds of workshops, factories and shops, including Yu’s, before receding a day later. When she returned to her shop and factory
Saving villagers from China’s flooding Yangtze
Dixi and six other nearby villages in China’s eastern province of Jiangxi have been inundated by floodwaters from the nearby Yangtze River since July 8, 2020. About 20,000 residents have been left without power and drinking water in just one of many areas that have been hard-hit by floods across large areas of China.
China Trends: A woodworker captivates YouTube and a local government pleads online for flood aid
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world’s biggest internet population is talking about. The next Li Ziqi?  A 63-year-old Chinese grandpa has become a YouTube sensation. Grandpa Amu, whose original name is Wang Dewen, makes toys, furniture and structures out of wood without using nails, glue or screws. Fans of his videos and media outlets in China have lauded him for promoting the traditional craft abroad (YouTube is blocked in China). Amu began posting videos on YouTube in early 2018, first about food but more recently featuring his woodwork. He uses a centuries-old technique to create joints that interloc