Explainer: Why Beijing Gets Central Heating Yet the South is Left in the Cold

When the ancient Huai River-Qin Mountains Line and the days of central planning combine...

by Ned Kelly, 12 December 2018

Explainer: How May 1 Became International Workers' Day

Why does China have a holiday for wrongly executed US terror suspects?

by Ryan Kilpatrick, 29 April 2021

Explainer: The Story of Qixi, AKA Chinese Valentine's Day

The Disney-worthy tale of the weaving girl and the cowherd.

by Ella Wong, 11 August 2021

Explainer: Why China Doesn't Have Daylight Savings Time

China won't be moving the clocks ahead an hour this weekend, but at one point in time it used to.

by Bridget O'Donnell, 11 March 2017

Explainer: The Plum Rain Season of East Asia

The East Asian rainy season, or meiyu, usually lasts from July to August. But why?

by Ned Kelly, 12 June 2021

Explainer: Why You Get 1 RMB Coins in Shanghai But Bills in Beijing

Ever wonder why you always get one yuan, five mao and one mao coins in Shanghai but in Beijing you get bills instead?

by Ryan Kilpatrick, 12 October 2014

Explainer: Everything You Need to Know About Lantern Festival

What China's Lantern Festival is all about.

by Catherine Lee, 26 February 2021

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