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Photo of the Day: Rainy Day Stroll in China

Friends take a walk in the rain in Guangminglou, Beijing, China on September 25, 2012. (Jonathan Kos-Read/Flickr)
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Friends take a walk in the rain in Guangminglou, Beijing, China on September 25, 2012. (Jonathan Kos-Read/Flickr)

The Strange Things Banned Before China's Party Congress, Explained

Chinese paramilitary policemen parade in front of Tiananmen Square on Nov. 7, 2012 in Beijing. The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) convenes in Beijing on Nov. 8. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Policy

Unpredictable, not to say bizarre, restrictions ahead of the 18th Party Congress have inconvenienced pigeon owners and taxi riders, among other segments of the population.

Orville Schell: Beijing on Edge as It Gropes Way Toward New Leadership

Beijing's Tiananmen Square, photographed in October 2012. (duggadugdug/Flickr)
Policy

With no script and no "big leader" in place for China's next act, both officials and ordinary citizens are in the grip of deep unease about the future.

Interview: A Video for Chinese People 'Concerned About the Air They Breathe'

Multimedia

After months of documenting China's air quality, Asia Society's China Air Daily project will now take its findings to an international photography festival in China's Shanxi Province.

Photo of the Day: Sunrise Over the Forbidden City in Beijing

An early morning sun peeks through the clouds above the Forbidden City in Beijing on May 24, 2012. (Greg Annandale/Flickr)
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An early morning sun peeks through the clouds above the Forbidden City in Beijing on May 24, 2012. (Greg Annandale/Flickr)

Beijing-Copenhagen Partnership Is Good News for the People's Republic of Cycling

Beijing street scene on April 6, 2012. (iamuday/Flickr)

How a grassroots urban movement and a sister-city agreement with Denmark may make bicycling hip again in China's big cities.

Hot Air? Beijing Slams Foreign Embassies' Monitoring of Air Pollution

Beijing's skies on June 19 and June 22, 2009. (Beijing Air)
Lifestyle

The information the U.S. shares on air quality in China has a lot of value, even if it isn’t the most precise or comprehensive, writes Michael Zhao.

Book Review: 'Midnight in Peking' by Paul French

Arts

Maura Cunningham writes that French "elegantly recreates the world of Old Peking" as he tries to make sense of the bizarre unsolved murder of a 19-year-old British girl in 1937 Beijing.

Interview: Ryan Pyle, an 'Anthropologist With a Camera' in China [Photos]

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Photographer Ryan Pyle discusses his wide selection of stunning black and white photos from China with the Asia Blog.

Pollution Has Residents Breathless in Beijing

A truck containing used plastic bottles travels along a highway covered in haze in Beijing on December 5, 2011. (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Air pollution in Beijing is nothing new. But this week international media has been reporting that the thick smog hanging over China's capital actually appears to be getting worse.