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Ai Weiwei’s walled compound looks like a well-guarded fortress, with one minor incongruous detail. The prominent security camera on the wide street outside belongs to the Chinese authorities and is trained on the entrance so they can watch who comes to visit China’s most famous artist and political dissident.

(via At home: Ai Weiwei –

Apparently, a rival group calling themselves the “Confucius Prize for World Peace” quietly emerged on September 21, the International Day of Peace — that’s one whole week before we found out the original organisers had been disbanded.

(via Shanzhai Confucius Peace Prize appears, original organisers not amused: Shanghaiist)

Women, children and the senior form the major demographic structure of today’s rural villages. They are nicknamed “Unit 386199,” in which “38” stands for March 3 the International Women’s Day and alludes to women, “61,” the International Children’s Day, represents women, and “99” is the ninth day of the ninth month in Chinese lunar calendar and is observed as a festival for senior citizens. According to a study by China Agriculture University, currently 87 million people are left behind in rural areas, which include 20 million children, 20 million senior citizens and 47 million wives of migrant workers.

(via Photos: Empty chairs become the pain of rural China, especially on Mid-Autumn Day | Ministry of Tofu)

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I found this today via CDT. Amazing pictures! Reminds me of the sad fact that my last trip to Xiahe is already 5 years in the past.

Silk Road Timelapse: Two Months Across Tibet, Xinjiang, Yunan, and China from inMotion on Vimeo.

A small step for mankind, a huge event in the life of any six year old :)

Die Bilder von Yan Wei erinnern mich stark an die Arbeit meiner verschollenen Freundin Xiao Mi (die jetzt wohl bei einer christlichen Sekte in Beijing ist).

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