Taobao is China’s biggest online retailer, and is one of the most-visited sites in the world. You can buy anything from fishing bait to dog clothes to sex toys to botox equipment there, with a product count of around 760 million. Here are the most insane things I came across.
“Has anyone heard of a spouse being sued for breaching a company’s confidentiality agreement when the spouse never worked for that company?” Tweets from the wife of reporter Michael Forsythe — who was cut from Bloomberg’s Hong Kong bureau after execs allegedly killed a story critical of Chinese leaders — were sent Friday night and deleted by Saturday morning.
From Weibo to BTCMan. Not surprising when almost 60% of all trading on Bitcoin exchanges happens in yuan.
“Wuhan’s smog lacks Shanghai’s layered complexity, and Beijing’s old-ash brothiness.” Gallows humor in a record-breaking smog that’s canceling flights and schools around China.
Warning: not for the faint of heart.
Eat it, Venice. There’s a reason every young person in China dreams of moving there.
No reason given for stopping the Bloomberg reporter attending the event.
This week for BuzzReads, Kathleen McLaughlin profiles an elderly activist who battled the Chinese government to expose the truth behind one of the country’s largest AIDS outbreaks. Read that, and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
In the ’90s, a gynecologist named Gao Yaojie exposed the horrifying cause of an AIDS epidemic in rural China — and the ensuing cover-up — and became an enemy of the state. Now 85, she lives in New York without her family, without her friends, and without regrets.
Photos from the fringes of China’s biggest cities. Toilets built under bed lofts, groups of renters crammed in underground windowless rooms — how the great migrations towards cities create cramped living conditions.
Bloomberg, led by CEO Dan Doctoroff (below), has had a rough couple of weeks, with layoffs and accusations of spiking news stories to protect business interests. The company’s challenges come as founder Michael Bloomberg is set to return.
“Innocent until proven guilty” at the Waldorf.
No matter your belief system, these sites of worship from all around the world are absolutely stunning to look at.
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Forced labor camps and one-child policy to be abolished, according to officials. “But I can’t even afford one child,” says Weibo commenters.
The country has also decided to abolish its use of “re-education” labor camps, state media reported.
How a jokey online holiday for bachelors became a mammoth doorbuster sale triple the size of Black Friday.
“Why eat that? That is not good.”
That’s one driver of growth for the diamond market, Citi analysts say.
Imagine Wee Britain, but stranger.
In many countries, the right to tweet is not inalienable, as outright bans, internet censorship, and media laws restrict what is legally fit to post.
Plus a map that tracks every F-bomb on Twitter, the world’s first synthetic bladder, and two fossilized bugs caught in the act.
But… but Thor and Loki are supposed to be brothers…
Plus the most epic mustaches ever, a tribute to Edna Krabappel, and 50 of the most challenging novels ever.
The iconic actor opens up about his seven-year filmmaking journey that made him a force in China. And also, escaping Sad Keanu.
There’s more to seafood than tuna and salmon.
The network apologized for a Kids Table segment on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last week that provoked outrage from Chinese communities around the world.
Seriously, Starbucks. How vilification in Chinese state TV made Starbucks cool.
The choking pollution from the smog is 40 times what the World Health Organization deems as safe.
Lanlan and Guaiguai first met at the Home of Rescued Animals in Chengdu. Both dogs were found by rescuers with their hind legs damaged after the catastrophic 2008 earthquake in Sichuan. Now they will live happily ever after!
Well, not exactly. Here are some common arguments pundits make to claim Apple is on the decline, and why they aren’t entirely true.