The Curious History of China's Inside-Painted Snuff Bottle

The quaint little pieces of art have an interesting backstory, one which weaves together the history of tobacco, royalty and art in China. Today, inside-painting of snuff bottles is...

by Alistair Baker-Brian, 11 December 2020

The Beijing Central Axis – 6 Places You May Not Have Visited

These six places along the Central Axis offer alternatives to the more well-known tourist hot spots.

by Alistair Baker-Brian, 19 February 2021

Tian Han – The Man Who Wrote the Chinese National Anthem

Tian Han's Beijing ancestral home lies in Xiguan Hutong, Dongcheng district.

by Alistair Baker-Brian, 26 February 2021

Wan Rong, Wife of Last Emperor Puyi and Her 'Progressive' Father

Wan Rong was the wife of China's last emperor Puyi and once lived in Beijing's Mao’er Hutong.

by Alistair Baker-Brian, 27 May 2021

Getting Giggy With It: The Rise of China's Gig Economy

Gig jobs have become a significant part of China's economy, and are set to increase.

by Alistair Baker-Brian, 21 July 2022

Why Has China Built So Many Metro Systems?

An exploration of China's weird and wonderful metro systems.

by Alistair Baker-Brian, 25 May 2022

Greenwave's David Wang on COVID-19 and Winter Health Problems in Beijing

We caught up with general manager David Wang who talked about Greenwave’s history, the effects of the pandemic on Greenwave and how to combat winter health problems in Beijing.

by Alistair Baker-Brian, 21 December 2020

Photos of Beijing Capture 34 Years of Change in China’s Capital

Scottish photographer Bruce Connolly first came to Beijing in 1987 and has photographed changes in the city until today.

by Alistair Baker-Brian, 15 June 2021

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