Those of us living in China might have been spared the tumultuous drama that our US counterparts have experienced in 2017, but like always, the Middle Kingdom has had its own fair share of attention-grabbing headlines. From the boom of shared bikes to a presidential visit from The Donald, our team has put together a list of 2017’s most unforgettable viral stories, recounting major events that defined the worlds of sports, tech, arts, fashion and food. Here’s to another year of eclectic, weird and wonderful life in China, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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A selection of the best and most popular long reads on China from Thatsmags.com in 2017.
Bikes have long enjoyed a unique kind of welcome in China and, today, a fresh wave of bike mania is once again sweeping the country.
Mad for beef: how China's massive craving for beef products has the potential to threaten public health and inflict irreversible environmental damage.
The best caviar in the world is 'Made in China,' but producers don't want you to know.
Years after the documentary Blackfish made the capture and display of marine mammals taboo in the West, China is just beginning to dive into the act.
As cigarette bans gather steam in China, the country's smokers turn to vaping.
Meet the pro athletes, academics and tournament organizers of China's massive esports industry.
The company that kickstarted America's OxyContin addiction crisis is looking to replicate its success in China, but will the same tactics work in a country already bearing the scars?
How one company is selling dreams and dish soap in China amid its pyramid scheme crackdowns.
As China's role on the international stage grows, so does its importance to the global refugee crisis. In this three-part series, we examine China's stance towards refugees, look at facts and figures of the global refugee crisis in relation to China and feature a first-hand account of seeking asylum in Beijing.
There are few better ways to see a country than from a slow train. And there are few better ways to meet people than being thrown in train carriage full of them.
How well does Beijing really know its neighbor? We find out in this two-part series.
Spreading veganism in the Middle Kingdom can be a slow journey, but grassroots advocacy groups across the country are working to change that.
Just how easy is it to illegally obtain a pack of antibiotics over the counter in China? We decide to give it a try.
In conversation with China’s war correspondents reporting from the front line of state media's soft-power drive.
We explore the Great Bricking of 2017 in more depth. To get a better idea of how the renovations are impacting everyday people, we also conducted a series of interviews with Beijingers were are directly impacted by the renovations.
Chinese brands are spending unprecedented amounts of money on advertising. But are consumers buying it?
Diving into China's luxury water market with one of China's only water sommeliers. A relatively rare profession, there are just a few countries around the world that offer professional training programs to learn the trade.
Real estate developers and retail property analysts on the future of China's shopping centers and how they are dealing with the influx of competition, as well as the constantly changing market landscape.
English-language debate is more popular than ever in China – yet inequality and misconception remains.
What a once insanely popular toy says about China's manufacturing industry.
Despite becoming more commonplace, VR still isn’t ready for a place in the living room between the television and computer. Can China make Virtual Reality get real?
Writer W David Marx on Kensuke Ishizu's role in preserving American Ivy League fashion.
How would you feel about having a stranger live in your home after your child is born, 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
The laundries and opium dens of Limehouse were once at the heart of London's Chinese community. Now just three restaurants remain.
Four hundred years ago, a new trading route linking Latin America with Asia put China at the heart of a globalizing world. What does it mean for today's diplomacy?
Sichuan... Paneer? While China and India are emerging world superpowers economically, they’re already world superpowers gastronomically.
Pop culture and branding experts on the appeal behind xiaoxianrou in China.
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