The New Old: China’s Grey Nomads Want More From Retirement


While many retirees in China are busy taking care of their grandchildren instead of pursuing life’s pleasures, a group of old friends from Qingdao, in China’s eastern Shandong province, are enjoying hot springs and organic meals in the city of Yangzhou, nearly 600 kilometers from their hometown. The group are part of a new, wealthier generation of seniors in China who are choosing to grow … Continue reading The New Old: China’s Grey Nomads Want More From Retirement

Weibo Netizens: Chinese Guys Are Weaker Than Girls


Many of China’s universities have too many girls, professors say, which is not good for the development of male students. ‘Nonsense’, Weibo users argue: Chinese guys are just weaker than girls. The ‘Chinese Language Development Summit’ (中文发展论坛) was held at the University of Anhui this week. Over 20 principals and professors from China’s key universities attended to discuss the development of Chinese language and traditional culture. … Continue reading Weibo Netizens: Chinese Guys Are Weaker Than Girls

“Divorced Yet?” – Why China Has a Soaring Divorce Rate


The divorce rate in China increased to 3.9 percent over the last year, with 3.63 million couples bringing their marriage to an end, according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. The rate has been rising for twelve consecutive years since 2003. “Have you divorced today?” (今天你离了吗) has recently become a common joke between Chinese people. While some blame China’s social … Continue reading “Divorced Yet?” – Why China Has a Soaring Divorce Rate

Weibo Women’s “Armpit Hair Contest”


An online “Armpit Hair Contest” has fuelled social media discussions on female aesthetics in China. As many women posted selfies on Sina Weibo showing off their hairy armpits, not all netizens agreed on their beauty. But for initiator Xiao Meili, the contest has fulfilled its purpose. On May 26, Chinese women’s rights advocate Xiao Meili initiated a contest of women’s underarm hair on Sina Weibo. She … Continue reading Weibo Women’s “Armpit Hair Contest”

201314: Forever Love?


Thousands of couples registered for marriage across China on Jan 4th, 2013 as 201314 are pronounced as ai ni yi sheng yi shi (爱你一生一世) which means love you all my life in Mandarin Chinese. Only in Shanghai, nearly 7,300 couples chose to tie the knot at civil affairs bureaus due to the auspicious meaning of the date. The number surpassed that of December 12, 2012, … Continue reading 201314: Forever Love?