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Could Beijing's Air Today Really Be Worse Than Ground Zero's After 9/11?

Commuters cross a Beijing street in heavy air pollution, January 30, 2013. On this day, when PM2.5 readings reached a high of 315, according to measurements taken by the U.S. Department of State, Beijing officials urged people to stay indoors. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

As we pause to reflect on this somber anniversary, Emily Brill over at ChinaFile poses a rather unusual question: "Beijing’s Air in 2013 or Ground Zero’s After 9/11: Which Was Worse?" Her findings may surprise you.

Interview: Globe-Trotting Musician Alex Zhang Hungtai on 'Living Life' for His Art

Alex Zhang Hungtai, also known as Dirty Beaches, onstage at Animal Social Club in Rome, Italy on October 19, 2011. (Flavia/Flickr)
Lifestyle

The Taipei-born, Berlin-based Dirty Beaches frontman chats about making music in Beijing, his love of Wong Kar Wai movies and his own forays into filmmaking.

Interview: Great Leap Brewery Founder Taps Into China's Thirst for a Good Microbrew

At Great Leap Brewing microbrewery in Beijing, there are at least 12 beers on tap and over 40 different beers available year-round. (Great Leap Brewing)

"There is no magical way to do business in China," says American expat and Great Leap Brewery founder Carl Setzer. "There is only case-by-case experience and know-how."

Video: Beijing Water Cube Translates Entire Spectrum of Emotions Into Colored Light

Beijing's Water Cube lights up with the
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Feeling blue? Or red? Or green? The Beijing Water Cube can tell! Using micro-blogging site Weibo, a custom installation analyzes the mood of the day and generates an appropriate color scheme for a light display on the Water Cube.

Interview: Food Writer Diana Kuan Gets Creative with Chinese Cuisine

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ArtsFood & Recipes

The author of The Chinese Takeout Cookbook dishes to Asia Society about trying new flavors, from New York City to Beijing — and divulges her current top spots for soup dumplings and dim sum.

Photo of the Day: Glamour Shots in China

A woman poses for photos in the 798 Art Zone, an artist community, in Beijing, China on May 29, 2013. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)
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A woman poses for photos in the 798 Art Zone, an artist community, in Beijing, China on May 29, 2013 (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Video: Evan Osnos on the 'High Bar' of the New 'Chinese Dream'

Evan Osnos. (World Economic Forum/Adam Nadel/Flickr)
Policy

The New Yorker's China correspondent on the meaning behind Chinese President Xi Jinping's political slogan, and the obstacles in its way.

'Midnight in Peking' Author Offers Tips on Getting Your Book About China Published

Midnight in Peking author Paul French.
Arts

Author Paul French, whose wildly successful book Midnight in Peking was awarded the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime last night in New York, visited Asia Society Studios earlier this week to offer some advice for aspiring authors hoping to write the next great China book.

Photo of the Day: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Meets Deng Xiaoping

Margaret Thatcher and Deng Xiaoping in discussion in Beijing on September 24, 1982 during a meeting that eventually lead to the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration on the future of Hong Kong. The former British prime minister passed away on April 8, 2013. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Margaret Thatcher and Deng Xiaoping in discussion in Beijing on September 24, 1982 during a meeting that eventually lead to the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration on the future of Hong Kong. The former British prime minister passed away on April 8, 2013. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Video: Chinese TV Show Tests Foreigners on China Savvy

Flags for the opening of the National People's Congress 2010 at the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. (Remko Tanis/flickr)
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For the convening of the "Two Sessions" in China this week, a state-run newspaper sent reporters into the streets to test Beijing's expats on basic knowledge of China’s politics, with entertaining results.