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In praise of queuing

China’s cumbersome old system for paying utility bills involved a lot of waiting in line. That’s exactly why Lauren Teixeira liked it


A wife less ordinary

Women in urban China are better educated and wealthier than a generation ago. But, as Roseann Lake discovers, their success often counts against them in the marriage market

Imagining a new China

Many Chinese parents are frustrated by the country’s rote-based curriculum. As Fiammetta Rocco discovered, the demand for creative education is transforming Beijing’s top contemporary art venue

The body in the Buddha

Is the mummified monk who disappeared from a Chinese village 22 years ago the body in the Buddha that turned up unexpectedly in Amsterdam? John Hooper and Ted Plafker investigate

Folding meanings

Young Chinese writers use science fiction to criticise their society. Alec Ash discovers a new dimension of fiction