Chinese Culture

October 19, 2016

XINJIANG: Tracking the elusive snow leopard

Han Bin joins volunteers to identify and follow the ever mysterious snow leopards of Urumqi. With development on the rise in Xinjiang, they tell him greater public awareness is needed to save this rare species.

October 18, 2016

XINJIANG: Through our eyes

In the final episode of our special series, our reporter Han Bin wraps up his journey to Xinjiang, and provides his perspectives, through our lenses and interviews.

October 17, 2016

XINJIANG: A decade in Xinjiang

Han Bin interviews 33-year old American Josh Summers, a Urumqi-based blogger and entrepreneur. For the past decade, he has lived explored Xinjiang with his family.

family photo
October 15, 2016

XINJIANG: Cross-border ties at Tacheng

Exploring China’s New Frontier, reporter Han Bin visits the city of Tacheng, on the border with Kazakhstan. He met a Uyghur family whose experience shows why border trade is so important, and what the new initiatives mean for the region.

October 14, 2016

XINJIANG: Rapper on the cutting edge

Reporter Han Bin profiles a Uyghur rap singer. 30-year-old A-Mac wants to use music as a bridge to overcome prejudice and stereotype. And he does it with a combination of strong rhythm and poetic lyrics… in Mandarin.

Ye Mei restoring a cave wall
October 12, 2016

XINJIANG: Protecting ancient art

Two-thousand years ago, the Silk Road was not only a trade route, but a corridor for ideas to flow. For the past 18 years, art historian Ye Mei has been investigating the secrets of murals created when Buddhism flourished in Xinjiang.

Erhanat Emmamjan
October 11, 2016

XINJIANG: From riding to racing

Zhaosu County, known as the “hometown of Pegasus”, is in the Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture of Ili. It aims to become a key base of horse breeding and racing in Central Asia in five years.

October 10, 2016

XINJIANG: Disappearing village

A lonely oasis, tucked deep in the Taklamakan Desert, Daya Boyi is a sparsely populated village, which is home to some 300 families, who are all are ethnic Uyghurs.

Old woman weaving the silk
October 7, 2016

XINJIANG: Atlas Silk, from worm to wonder

China’s far western Xinjiang region is famous for its Atlas Silk. Han Bin profiles a young Uyghur fashion designer who believes the craft can weave new links along the 21st Century Silk Road.

Yan Xi
October 7, 2016

XINJIANG: Saving a rare duck

Han Bin meets conservation volunteers in Urumqi, whose struggle with local developers and ordinary people will decide the fate of this endangered species of duck.

September 30, 2016

XINJIANG: Disappearing architecture

Kashgar is known for its Uyghur-style homes. The government has pledged to improve living conditions, but there are also concerns that urban renewal means the death of tradition.

A young boy in the market of Seriqbuya.
September 30, 2016

XINJIANG: Fighting terrorism

Han Bin visits the southern town of Seriqbuya, where deadly clashes occurred in 2013. He interviewed Uyghurs who experienced the attacks and are searching for the answers to extremism.

Aby Johmubay
September 29, 2016

XINJIANG: Ancient village tourism

In villages like Qiongkushitai in northern Xinjiang, modernization has brought dramatic changes to a once isolated village, and new conflicts among different groups of people.

September 29, 2016

XINJIANG: Exploring China’s New Frontier

We take you to the heartland of China’s far western region with stories of ordinary people, against the backdrop of China’s overall development. A series is also about the challenges of change, and the price.

April 11, 2016

Chinese student entrepreneurs launch startups in US

With the graduation seasoning coming, most international students in U.S. are facing the employment question. For those who decide to boldly pursue their business dreams, finding a local job is no longer the only option. There are increasing numbers of Chinese graduates turning themselves into […]

April 4, 2016

Mourners in China get paid to pay respects

Kneeling in front of the body of a 74-year-old woman, Chen Jiying has a microphone in her hand and wails as she tells those gathered around about the hardships the dead woman endured in bringing up five children at a time when Chinese farmers were […]

March 21, 2016

Chinese wedding gowns are in fashion again

The fashion of hand-embroidered special-occasion dresses, like traditional Chinese gowns like Qipao and Guapao, is having a sort of revival in the China market, thanks to firms such as Tengxun Bridal and, in a sense, the Chinese first lady.

February 9, 2016

Epic tale “Journey to the West” still a hit in China

The famous Chinese show called “Journey to the West” or Xi You Ji, is a legendary Chinese TV show adapted from one of the four great classic novels of Chinese literature. It has 25 episodes and originally aired from 1982 to 1988 in China. The […]