FROM its early years the Ming dynasty was famous in the West for the magnificent-and inimitable-blue-and-white porcelain made in the imperial factories at Jingdezhen. European collectors discovered it while on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, took it home and mounted it in gold, believing it had magical qualities and could detect poison.
At 7am on Saturday morning we were still in our hotel room at the China World Hotel, looking down on eight lanes of traffic, chock a block, and come to a dead stop. "The last century was America's century", says our Chinese colleague.
'We're here to study, not clean!' students say after president orders them to take charge of cleaning dorms and toilets to build character A Chinese university's new policy demanding that students clean their own dormitories - including toilets - has caused a backlash, as pupils complained they should be there purely to study. Students of Nanchang University, a prestigious school in China's southeastern Jiangxi province, were put in charge of cleaning duties from September 1, the start of the term.
A woman wearing a mask depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands behind a mock telescope during a protest, while a worker scoops duckweed from the surface of a lake in Nanchang in eastern Jiangxi province, and more ... Freedom not fear - A woman wearing a mask depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands behind a mock telescope during a ... (more)
A group of people allegedly ran a business selling meat from dogs that were poisoned - sometimes with cyanide - then stolen and sold to restaurants over two years, prosecutors said during a trial in the eastern province of Zhejiang.
NANCHANG, China-When Wang Qishan, China's top graft-buster, dispatched a dozen investigators to this south China river town last summer, his message was clear: The investigators should inspire "shock and awe" among local officials, according to an account posted on a government website.