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Confusion Reigns as Marathon Races (Kind of) Return to China

One of China’s most popular ultramarathon races returned under unusual circumstances last weekend, as a last-minute tightening of local virus control rules led to three-quarters of the runners being unable to take part. The sudden rule change followed the cancellation of several other major races amid a flare-up in coronavirus infections — underlining once again …

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How Hangzhou Freed West Lake and Upended Chinese Tourism

In 2002, when the eastern city of Hangzhou launched a 100-million-yuan “Westward Expansion of West Lake” project, there was reason for skepticism. One of China’s most famous historical sites, West Lake has been a fixture of poems, paintings, and calligraphy for hundreds of years. By the end of the last century, however, it was beset …

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Shanghai Completes Its $5 Billion Transformation of the Suzhou Creek

Zhou Wenrong, a 40-year-old Shanghai local, is at the helm of his electric cruise boat during capacity tests on Shanghai’s central-running Suzhou Creek. “I need some time to get used to this unreal reality,” Zhou says as he smiles and tells Sixth Tone how he has never seen Suzhou Creek in such a clean state, …

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Is China’s Rural Tourism Push Sustainable?

China’s rural development drive is at a crossroads. Over the past two decades, authorities at both the central and local levels have invested a huge quantity of resources into the “revitalization” of the countryside. Yet, the results in some cases have not met expectations, as newly built cottage industries have proved unsustainable and unable to …

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How Putin’s Oligarchs Bought London

content This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from. Roman Abramovich was thirty-four years old—baby-faced, vigorous, already one of Russia’s richest oligarchs—when he did something seemingly inexplicable. The year was 2000. Abramovich, an orphan and a college dropout turned Kremlin insider, had amassed a giant fortune by taking control of businesses …

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Luxury Fashion Brands in China Embrace Middle-Aged Actresses

During an award ceremony in 2020, Hai Qing called out ageism in China’s entertainment industry and demanded more work opportunities for middle-aged actresses. It seems that more than just television and film producers were listening to the 44-year-old celebrity. Two years later, Hai has been regularly collaborating with top global high-end fashion labels such as …

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Highly-sanctioned Russian oligarch with close ties to Putin indicted for sending flowers, arranging for child to be born in the US

Aluminum tycoon Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch with close ties to Vladimir Putin, has been indicted for allegedly evading US sanctions through hidden financial transactions, including sending people flowers and arranging for his girlfriend to give birth to his child in America. Deripaska, 52, who owns a majority stake in United Co. Rusal PLC, one …

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Ex-member Of Tokyo Olympics Committee, Others Arrested On Bribery Suspicion

A former Tokyo Olympic organizing committee board member and three people from a clothing company that was a surprise sponsor of the 2020 Games were arrested on bribery suspicions Wednesday. (More Sports News) Haruyuki Takahashi, 78, a former executive at advertising company Dentsu, is suspected of receiving bribes from the former head of Aoki Holdings …

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Deadly Flood Sparks Debate Over ‘Wild’ Tourism Sites

A deadly flash flood at a social media-famous “wild” tourism site in the southwestern province of Sichuan has raised safety concerns — and cast a spotlight on how popular platforms are drawing tourists off the beaten path and into potential danger. The flood, which swept through a stream in the Longcao Valley on Saturday, killed …

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