The CPC at 100

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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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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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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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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China’s Getaway Beach Destination Becomes COVID-19 Hotspot

The coastal resort town of Sanya was able to hold any large-scale COVID-19 outbreaks at bay for much of the pandemic. But it’s now China’s latest coronavirus hotspot, resulting in a snap lockdown and tens of thousands of tourists left stranded. The city in the island province of Hainan has been in a “temporary static …

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