Shop at Appla and Drink Sffcccks Coffee on China's "Street of Fakes"

A cursory glance at this street in Wuxi, China would give the impression of a booming downtown marketplace that runneth over with only the hottest international brands. Look a little closer, and you'll notice that some of the spellings are a bit—er, off. Look even closer than that, and you'll realise that this bizarro strip mall is even more off-kilter than you could have ever known—all of the buildings' interiors are totally bone-bare. Read More >>

The Worst Air Pollution in the World is NOT in Beijing

There have been lots of stories on Gizmodo lately about the poor quality of China's air. But, as the New York Times reports, Beijing's air pollution isn't even that bad... relatively speaking. "Lately, a very bad air day in Beijing is about an average one in New Delhi," says the Times in an article about the Indian city's smog. Read More >>

China's Lunar Rover Only Lasted a Month

China's Yutu Lunar Rover landed on the moon just over a month ago, and promptly started sending back photos. Unfortunately, it looks like China's triumph could be short-lived; the Xinhua news agency reported that the rover stalled in its tracks while shutting down for the evening. Space is hard! Read More >>

How Most of China's Web Traffic Wound-Up at a Tiny Wyoming House

On Tuesday, many of China's 500 million internet users were mysteriously rerouted to a bunch of web addresses registered to this unassuming house in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The New York Times says a fluke in China's internet censoring system was to blame. But why, of all the places in the world, did the traffic go there? And how? Read More >>

Of Course, China's Bad Air is Polluting America's West Coast

The latest fear-mongering study about pollution in China has arrived, and it's frightening. According to a new paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, bad air in China is blowing across the Pacific and polluting the West Coast of the United States. Scary! Read More >>

China Could Wash Away Smog With Artificial Rain Storms From Skycrapers

Airborne pollution is a major issue in China, with local hospitals opening up "smog clinics" and waves of city-dwellers migrating to more rural areas to escape. While Chinese officials are pursuing "cloud seeding" as a way to control pollution, a Zhejiang University professor thinks he has a better idea: Sprinklers. Big ones. Read More >>

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There's So Much Smog in Beijing You Have to Watch the Sunrise on Video

In Tiananmen Square in Beijing, there's a lot of smog. So much smog, in fact, that a huge LED screen is sometimes used to display a beautiful sunrise—which is useful, because you can't see it otherwise. Read More >>

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China's New Hypersonic Missile Can Scream Past US Air Defences

Just what we need, another arms race. China's stepping up its bid for ballistic missile superiority, having just successfully test-fired the country's first hypersonic missile delivery vehicle, one capable of penetrating American air defences to potentially deliver nuclear warheads. The Pentagon is not amused. Read More >>

China is Cloning Pigs on an 'Industrial Scale'

A new report by the BBC reveals that China isn't just experimenting with cloning—it's doing it on an "industrial scale." Which is at best interesting and at worst more than a small cause for concern. Read More >>

China is Testing a New Ultra-High Speed Missile Vehicle

According to Pentagon officials, China's military has begun testing of a new ultra-high speed missile vehicle, which is designed to deliver warheads through US missile defenses. Read More >>

5 of the Worst Traffic Jams in History

When not being used for poorly thought-out political revenge, traffic jams are making the lives of commuters suck on a daily basis. But sometimes, bad traffic can get spectacularly bad—even worse than fake traffic study bad. In honour of those times, we've collected some of the worst traffic jams in history. Read More >>

A Full-Size Replica of the Titanic is Being Built for a Chinese Theme Park

King of the world! Or, at least, "King of the Inappropriate Theme Park Attractions" -- a to-scale replica of the ill-fated Titanic is to become the centrepiece of a Chinese amusement park, it has been revealed. Read More >>

Chinese Leaders Cut Steel Industry to Curb Pollution

For nearly a decade, China's burgeoning steel industry has spit out more than ten times the steel of Japan, the world's second largest producer. But that's quickly changing: as demand slows and China attempts to help the environment, a massive recession is hitting its steel country. Read More >>

China's Smog is So Bad that Hotels Now Give Guests Gas Masks

It's no secret that China is choking on smog, but the problem has become so bad recently that hotels have started issuing guests with gas masks to use during their stay. Read More >>

China Finally Suspends its Ban on Foreign Game Consoles

After 14 years of prohibition, the Chinese government has lifted a ban on the sale of foreign consoles inside the country's border. This opens the door for Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony to tap in the multi-billion market—though the companies have already admitted it won't be easy. Read More >>

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China's J-15 Flying Sharks are Actually Russian Knockoffs

No surprise here. Like some of China's other planes, its new J-15 fighter jet is really just a clone of an older Russian design. But can a clone surpass its master copy? China hopes the answer is yes. Read More >>


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