If China’s middle class were to become its own country, it would have the third highest population in the world by 2022, if figures by global consulting firm McKinsey & Company are to prove correct. In the report, middle class is defined as urban households that earn between US$9,000 and US$34,000 per year. Although not […]

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First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room, I know you’re all thinking it: “But it’s not Chinese Valentine’s Day!” You’re right, it’s not, but here at TCB we’ll never pass up an opportunity to spread a bit of love – especially when we can learn a little Mandarin in the process! Anyway, more […]

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People in China often say “茄子(qiézi!)” [eggplant] instead of “Cheese!” to get the perfect smile in photos, but can you imagine the noise of 500 members of the Ren family all saying it in unison? This special photo of 500 of the Ren family was taken at their family reunion at Shishe village in China’s eastern province of […]

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China has some absolutely stunning forests. Anyone who has been lucky enough to have travelled through China will be happy to learn that China is on course to have 25% forest coverage by 2020. This pledge was made during the 13th Five Year Plan and is part of a move to create a human civilisation […]

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Chang Chungliang 張仲良 is a Taiwanese artist who graduated from the Taipei National University of the Arts. He completed his advanced studies in France at the Ecole supérieure d’art et de design Le Havre-Rouen (ESADHaR) and later at the Sorbonne I in Paris. Over the last decade, he has participated in several shows including the […]

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It’s the Year of the Rooster and cities all around the world are celebrating. Here are 5 of our favourite festivals at this time of year in the Chinese speaking world. Harbin Ice and Snow Festival December 2016-February 2017 There’s still time to catch this incredible festival. Thanks @hannahmeig The ice city is like nothing […]

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At 18-years-old, Louis-Philippe Messelier (1901-1986?) left his hometown in France to travel to China where he worked in the woollen industry during the 1930s. Based in the French concession of Shanghai, he juggled his business career with taking photographs as a journalist for the French Journal of Shanghai. Louis-Philippe Messelier wandered everywhere: down the streets […]

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Meet Marine, the newest and valued member of the TCB blogging team but with a twist! She is an art historian and all about China! We hope you enjoy! :) Below is an article introducing the work of the female photographer Xiaoxiao Xu (Image credits: @Xiaoxiao xu) In early 2015, the photographer Xiaoxiao Xu (born in Wenzhou, China, [...] Read more

Air pollution alerts during this holiday season have reached their highest ever in Beijing, along with the surrounding areas also being heavily polluted. Today, this is not good for China, it’s dangerously unhealthy and more than a little embarrassing. However, the China government is fully aware of this and is not sitting by idly, but […]

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In the climate change news that I have been following, the most talked about issue is how the U.S. will no longer be a key player in battling climate change, opening the door wide for China to be the world leader in renewable energy sources. There are many reasons to think this. It is no […]

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