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A look at urbanization at its extreme - Kawloon was once considered the most densely populated area in the world.


Via overstate, one of the most fascinating places there ever was, and one of the chief inspirations for THE LEVELS:

Kowloon Walled City | A population density nightmare

Kowloon Walled City was a largely ungoverned Chinese settlement in Kowloon, Hong Kong, comprising of 350 interconnected high-rise buildings where 33,000 residents lived within a plot measuring just 210 meter by 120 meter. Originally a Chinese military fort, the Walled City became an enclave after the New Territories were leased to Britain in 1898. Its population increased dramatically following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II and reached a peak of 33,000 residents in 1987. When it was demolished in 1993-94, it was thought to be the most densely populated place on earth.

(via supplyside)

A company in China's proposed floating city.


Chinese company wants to build this spectacular floating city
With so many of China’s 1.4 billion people clustered around its coastline, things can get pretty crowded. So instead of using more precious land space to build the cities of the future, a Chinese company has proposed using some of the 71 percent of the Earth’s surface that’s covered by water for expansion. Floating City will be a four square mile structure that floats like an iceberg, with some of the surface structure visible above the surface, but most of the action happening down below the waterline. Built on land in large hexagonal sections, the pieces will be slotted together like a giant jigsaw puzzle in the ocean. Designed to be totally self-sufficient, Floating City will have its own farms and waste disposal systems, and will offer everything from housing to entertainment, sports complexes and shopping. Transportation will be provided using a series of underwater tunnels and submarines. (via Chinese company wants to build this spectacular floating city | DVICE)

Yutu stirs after being declared dead!


China’s lunar rover functioning day after being declared dead

The GuardianA day after it was declared dead, China’s Jade Rabbit lunar rover communicated with the nation’s space program, state media reported Thursday. 

After a night of extreme cold on the moon, China’s space program reported its first moon rover had lost function. Citing a combination of mechanical issues in addition to the low temperatures, the program reported the rover dead. However, on Thursday, the program said that “it came back to life.” 

It is unclear how much function returned to the rover, but the program said it now believes it is possible to save it. 

Photo: China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover after it landed on the lunar surface. (AP/Xinhua)

(via spaceexp)

An interesting size comparison of China´s provinces comparing their GDP to those of other countries.


Chinese Provinces as Countries with Similar GDP

Source: youni89 (reddit)

A look at Luck Money during China´s Spring Festival.


Chinese Spring Festival essentials: Luck money, or ‘Ya Sui Qian’

There is a special privilege for children and teenagers during the Spring Festival in China: Ya Sui Qian, or the ‘luck money’. Wrapped in red envelopes, it is usually a monetary gift given by their elderly relatives to the younger generation, symbolizing a good luck in the New Year.

However, not everyone welcomes the tradition of giving out luck money. Many have complained that they are suffering from what is called ‘the stress of Ya Sui Qian’. In these pictures, we give you some insights of the luck money:

The Yutu rovers sad demise.

Yutu Rover





The Yutu rover suffered a mysterious “abnormality” over the weekend. And the robot’s microblogged death note may make you cry.

“The sun has fallen, and the temperature is dropping so quickly…to tell you all a secret, I don’t feel that sad. I was just in my own adventure story - and like every hero, I encountered a small problem.” “Goodnight, Earth,” concluded the rover. “Goodnight, humanity.”

This mysterious abnormality resulted in the rover being unable to enter sleep mode, which would turn on its internal heaters and protect it from the -170 C temperatures of the lunar night. You just read the parting words of a robot freezing to death.


(via spaceandstuffidk)

Bling bling excess in China now as well.



If you are still banging on about the xiaozi (小资, petty bourgeoisie), China’s young middle class obsessed with their education and all things highbrow, then your knowledge of Chinese society is out of date by at least a decade. China’s online public have taken a shameless turn toward heightened levels of snobbishness. The xiaozi, with their Starbucks-stained French novels, are out, and the tuhao (土豪), “the tacky rich”, are in.

To be more specific, tu means “tacky” or “uncouth”, while hao, coming from fuhao (富豪), means “the very rich”. The word fi rst went viral on Chinese social media, later appearing everywhere from subway ads to news headlines. It no longer serves as mere description for China’s emerging, high-profile nouveau riche; it’s any behavior that’s deemed expensive and showing no class.

And, if tuhao were a color, that color would be gold. When Apple’s gold iPhone 5s debuted, it sold out instantly, with prices reaching 13,000 RMB on the black market. Since then, the color has often been dubbed “tuhao gold” (土豪金), and anything made of “tuhao gold” easily grabs headlines, from gold sports cars to the newly renovated People’s Daily building that (from certain angles) looks like a giant golden phallus—not to mention the path paved with 200 gold bricks in a Wuhan shopping mall. Even though this all seems vulgar, tuhao gold can lean toward the highbrow. China has been broadcasting the Vienna New Year’s Concert since 1987, and, for Chinese people, the Großer Saal is probably much more familiar than the Teatro alla Scala— “sacred to musicians around the world” according to CCTV. Actually, anyone with the cash can make it happen. Simply known as the “Golden Hall” in Chinese, 133 concerts there were held by Chinese in 2013;the performers included summer camp children, middle school students, and business people who were willing to pay for their golden dream come true.

The rise of the tuhao and the fall of the xiaozi is a product of China’s newfound wealth. China, apart from being the world’s biggest manufacturer, is also the world’s fastest producer of rich people. According to the 2013 Hurun Rich List, China has 1.05 million millionaires (“millionaire” meaning an individual with personal assets of at least 10 million RMB), a three percent increase on the previous year and the biggest growth in the past fi ve years. Hell, if you thought that was impressive, get this: there are currently 8,100 billionaires in China—China’s dafuhao (大富豪,the super rich). And if your disposable assets are a mere one million USD, then you are pretty much a pauper and in among the rabble that make-up China’s 12 million-strong middle class.

This bad taste can take a terrible toll. There’s Guo Meimei, for example, who at 22 has justifiably become the princess of all things tuhao—she’s the ultimate combination of compulsive money flaunting coupled with absolutely no brains whatsoever. She became notorious in 2011 for showing off her villa and her Maserati—all while claiming to be a manager at the China Red Cross. China Red Cross credibility was, of course, bankrupt after this, even though the story later turned out to be false. But with the controversy came fame, and now she just won’t let up and continually posts pictures of her expensive designer goods, stirring up sporadic fits of rage online. People still doubt the legitimacy of the China Red Cross to this day.

The word tuhao doesn’t always evoke such hatred, often merely drawing wide-eyed stares of sheer incredulousness. The grand inauguration ceremony of the new movie base Oriental Movie Metropolis in Qingdao (or Chollywood to the masses), was the brainchild of moneyed mastermind Wang Jianlin (the dafuhao that invested 5 billion RMB in the project), currently the richest man in China according to the 2013 Forbes Rich List. Hoping to give his grand scheme an “international” flavor, Wang effortlessly bought a long list of veteran A-list stars for the debut, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Nichole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Travolta, and Kate Beckinsale. To give it a genuine Oscar feel, Cheryl Isaacs, the president of the Academy of Motion Pictures, was also invited along, as were the CEOs and board directors of six major fi lm studios, including Warner Brothers, Sony, and Paramount. However, the supposed glamor soon went sour. The venue looked more like the opening of a rural market, and that was the least of their worries…

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