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  • Follow these Instagram pros before deciding on your vacation destination
    by Bloomberg on March 20, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Great travel photography is an intricate combination, one that documents an area’s landscape, people, culture and history, sometimes in a single image. Thanks to Instagram, it’s never been easier to find pages that deliver aspirational images across the globe. It’s so easy that we are often inundated with pictures, making it difficult to discover those unique viewpoints. What kind of images in this common form of photography stand out above others... […]

  • What’s the secret to making the best Chinese xiaolongbao dumplings?
    by David Vetter on March 20, 2018 at 5:03 am

    I had been enjoying xiaolongbao (“little steamed buns”), also known in Cantonese as siu lung baau, for years before appreciating their semi-mythical status.  There’s general agreement that they originated in China’s Jiangnan region, but beyond that, things can get a little murky.  Some aficionados are very specific with their claims: in the 1870s, they say, restaurant owner Huang Mingxian came up with the idea of adding gelatin to his pork mince.  Six... […]

  • 9 wild and amazing pizzas of southern Italy
    by Bloomberg on March 19, 2018 at 9:01 am

    When do dough, tomato sauce, and mozzarella stop being mere ingredients and become pizza? It’s a philosophical question that has divided chefs and diners for decades. For some, only pies in the Neapolitan and Roman styles are acceptable – Sicilian, at a stretch. Others extend the goalposts as far as Chicago deep dish. But pizzas have been eaten in southern Italy for hundreds of years, and the rainbow of variations that can be found there – if you know where to look... […]

  • 6 reasons to visit Shanghai – and how to experience it like a local
    by Vivian Chen on March 19, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Shanghai is a city full of surprises, even for someone like me who was born and raised there. Each time I go back to my hometown, the “Pearl of the Orient” would reveal to me a different facet of itself – there are always new restaurants, speakeasies and boutique hotels. However, I keep heading back to a few places. If you want a taste of life in Shanghai like a local, head off to some of my all-time favourites. Mao Long Restaurant 134 Jinxian Road, Huangpu District... […]

  • 6 most exciting newly renovated historic properties that are now luxury US hotels
    by Bloomberg on March 19, 2018 at 4:02 am

    You would think the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers of the world would have been happy to entertain in their lavish mansions.  Yet, in the second half of the 19th century, as trains and cars replaced horses and buggies, American society extended the radius of how far it was willing to go for a good party. 6 of the world’s most romantic hotels Enter the grand hotels of the Gilded Age.  They had dark bars for trysts and business deals; accommodation with chandeliers and silk... […]

BUSINESS – 商务,生意

    SPORT – 运动

    • Real Madrid legend Bernd Schuster signs up at Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang
      by Jonathan White on March 20, 2018 at 3:29 am

      Struggling Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang have confirmed they have sacked manager Ma Lin to bring in former German international Bernd Schuster. The German had an illustrious playing career with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid – winning 12 trophies – before going into management, most notably with Real where he won the Primera Liga title in 2008. The 58-year-old arrives in northeastern China after four years out of the game since leaving Malaga in 2014. Dalian... […]

    • Chinese Super League round-up: Wu Lei on fire as Shanghai SIPG continue their tearaway start with crushing win at Guangzhou R&F
      by Jonathan White on March 19, 2018 at 8:06 am

      The Chinese Super League season might only be three games in but early signs suggest that it might take the same shape as the top flights in England, Spain, Germany and France. Manchester City are 16 points clear in the English Premier League, Bayern Munich have a 17-point cushion at the top of the Bundesliga, that’s the same gap as PSG in Ligue 1, while Barcelona have a healthy 11-point lead in La Liga. Shanghai SIPG don’t have that gap yet, but “yet” is the key word.... […]

    • Yannick Carrasco ‘saves life’ of teammate Nico Gaitan after horror collision in Chinese Super League
      by Jonathan White on March 17, 2018 at 7:45 am

      Dalian Yifang’s Belgian international Yannick Carrasco rushed to the aid of his teammate Nico Gaitan after the Argentine was injured in the Chinese Super League match with Beijing Guoan on Friday night. Gaitan fell to the ground in the 56th minute after an off-the-ball clash with a Guoan defender and his teammates immediately signalled for medical attention. Carrasco ran to the stricken midfielder and applied first aid to clear his airway. Gaitan is reportedly under observation in... […]

    • Chinese whispers: Benteke balderdash, Iniesta transfer twists and an on-trend eye roll
      by Jonathan White on March 16, 2018 at 4:47 am

      The Andres Iniesta transfer saga took another couple of twists this week. Mundo Deportivo announced the player was “very close to China”, while the Barcelona captain said he had an offer on the table from a Chinese Super League side and would make his decision before April 30. Just who the unnamed Chinese club are is yet to be seen but Tianjin Quanjian are insistent it’s not them and have threatened legal action to anyone who says otherwise. That is the second strangest case... […]

    • Beijing Ducks basketball star Randolph Morris ‘racially abused’ as he tries to break up street fight in China’s capital
      by Jonathan White on March 16, 2018 at 2:41 am

      Former New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks basketballer Randolph Morris was caught up in a street fight in Beijing’s Sanlitun bar district on Saturday night. In the camera phone footage posted on Sina Weibo 2.11-metre Morris acts as the peacemaker as blows rain around him, with several media outlets reporting that the African-American was also racially abused. During his eight seasons in the Chinese Basketball Association, all with the Beijing Ducks, the former University of Kentucky player... […]


    ARTS – 艺术

    • BRAFA 2018
      by Lucille Enel on February 8, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      I have participated to BRAFA 2018 with Aktis Gallery presenting works by Gao Xingjian, Wang Keping and Zao Wouki. […]

    • HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018
      by Lucille Enel on January 3, 2018 at 9:15 am

      Photos credits: Na Buqi | Zhang Yunyao | Chen Wei | Li Ming | Xu Zhen MadeIn | Ni Youyu | Wang Xin | Na Buqi | Zhang Yunyao | Chen Wei | Xu Zhen MadeIn […]

    • Gao Lei’s “Enzime of Trial” in Seoul till January 7
      by Lucille Enel on November 30, 2017 at 9:48 am

      This solo show, is like a ‘trial’ where Gao Lei's artworks become ‘evidences’ linking each other driven by the clues artist sets forward in the exhibition, guiding to a valid or invalided ‘confession’. These clues act as the ‘enzyme’ activating the energies gathered during the formation of the artworks, changing the original context of creation, where finally a new ‘specialistic’ truth is produced as an outcome of catalytic reaction. All pictures courtesy of Gao Lei and Arario Gallery. […]

    • Na Buqi & Liu Shiyuan’s cold nights
      by Lucille Enel on November 19, 2017 at 7:23 am

      “Cold Nights” is an exhibition of newly commissioned work by artists Chen Zhou, Liu Shiyuan, Nabuqi, and Li Ran, curated by Boliang Shen and Zhanglun Dai. The curators invited the four artists, after reading the modern Chinese writer Ba Jin’s eponymous 1947 novel, “Cold Nights”, to play the roles of its four protagonists through their own artistic creation. Image courtesy: Nabuq […]

    • Shanghai Art021, my selection of Chinese emerging artists’ artworks
      by Lucille Enel on November 16, 2017 at 2:20 am

      The fifth edition of Art021 contemporary art fair took place last week in Shanghai, organized by Kelly Ying, David Chau, and Bao Yifeng, the fair presented a prestigious selection of galleries and artists. Here I bring you a quick look at some artworks by Chinese emerging artists that were on show. Image courtesy of Zhang Ding and ShanghArt Gallery […]

    VIDEOS – 视频

    • Night Is Short, Walk on Girl film review: cool, crazy Japanese anime a postmodern trip into the future
      by Richard James Havis on March 20, 2018 at 4:03 am

      4/5 stars Odd even by Japanese standards, Masaaki Yuasa’s cool and crazy animated feature Night Is Short, Walk on Girl is difficult to classify. Although the narrative does dovetail together – it is freestyle rather than anarchic – the film is a wacky mix of romantic drama, detection, philosophy, fantasy and unbridled nuttiness. The way it hops through genres and situations at breathless speed is reminiscent of Takashi Miike’s outlandish live action works, such as... […]

    • Why Steven Soderbergh shot Unsane with an iPhone and is already doing it again with NBA drama out later this year
      by James Mottram on March 19, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      After a four-year hiatus from films, the prolific Steven Soderbergh returned last year with his racetrack heist Logan Lucky. He had left the movie business (ostensibly to take some time out and paint) because studios were increasingly turning away from the adult-themed stories that he made his name with: films like his 1989 Cannes-winning debut Sex, Lies, and Videotape and his drugs drama Traffic, which won him a best director Oscar. Best of Berlin International Film Festival 2018:... […]

    • Satan’s Slaves film review: Indonesian horror hit goes from haunted house to zombie apocalypse
      by James Marsh on March 19, 2018 at 11:01 am

      3/5 stars Joko Anwar’s Satan’s Slaves is a remake of the 1982 Indonesian film of the same name and recalls a host of Hollywood horror classics, including Rosemary’s Baby and Night of the Living Dead. A simple yet effective chiller, it centres on a family of four children who uncover a terrifying truth about their mother’s associations with a satanic cult. An acclaimed singer in her youth, Marwina (Ayu Laksmi) is now bedridden by a debilitating illness that soon snatches... […]

    • Golden Slumber film review: Gang Dong-won goes on the run in manhunt thriller
      by James Marsh on March 19, 2018 at 5:04 am

      2.5/5 stars Joining the increasingly cluttered ranks of politically fuelled thrillers from South Korean cinema is Golden Slumber, a new adaptation of the Japanese novel by Kotaro Isaka. In it, Gang Dong-won ( 1987 , Master ) plays an unassuming delivery man who becomes the target of a nationwide manhunt, when he is framed for the assassination of the newly elected prime minister. Named after Golden Slumbers, credited as one of The Beatles ’ final songs, it taps into a similar “end-... […]

    • Wonderstruck film review: blend of nostalgia and fantasy from Todd Haynes falls short
      by James Marsh on March 18, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      2/5 stars Martin Scorsese once claimed that his motivation for directing Hugo, his 2011 foray into stereoscopic 3D, was to finally make a film that young children could watch. What emerged, however, was less an enchanting adaptation of Brian Selznick’s children’s book than a potted history of Georges Melies and the advent of cinema, wrapped in a technically brilliant but soulless vessel. Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck, also based on a Selznick novel, suffers from exactly the same... […]

    OPINION – 意见

    • TSA or no, Hong Kong school pressures to remain
      by Alex Lo on March 19, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      The multiyear protest against the Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA) has been a tremendous display of parents’ power. While some activist parents have not achieved their ultimate goal of having the Primary Three test cancelled, they have accomplished the next best thing. Teachers and principals who still dare to talk about preparing pupils for the test, let alone doing it, can be expected to be taken out into the street and lynched by angry mobs. The Education Bureau has promised to... […]

    • Trump’s opening salvo in trade war with China misses the mark
      by Tom Holland on March 18, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      When earlier this month Donald Trump imposed tariffs on all US imports of steel and aluminium, there was little about his announcement, or about the vehemence of the international response, that appeared to make sense. The US president has long been riled by the degree to which the US trade balance is in the red. Last year, the US trade deficit with the rest of the world hit US$566 billion, the widest gap since the 2008 financial crisis. Roughly half of that – or a good deal more,... […]

    • Why Xi Jinping’s term limits move makes China-US conflict more likely
      by Cary Huang on March 18, 2018 at 4:03 am

      The move to clear the way for President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely by amending the constitution is an internal affair for China. But the development will have profound ramifications beyond Chinese borders, particularly towards China’s relations with the United States, America’s allies in the free world and China’s neighbours. Many Western analysts see the move to remove term limits on the Chinese presidency – a move that will enable Xi to become president... […]

    • A nasty US-China fight is inevitable. But it needn’t be terminal
      by Wang Xiangwei on March 17, 2018 at 4:00 am

      Since late February, three nor’easter storms in two weeks have pummelled the northeastern United States while the cold spell known as “the Beast from the East” froze much of Europe, dumping heavy snow and causing massive disruption and chaos. Following in their wake is likely to be a geopolitical storm of equally large proportions – one that will slam into Sino-US ties – arguably the world’s most consequential diplomatic relationship, given it concerns the... […]

    • One world, two empires: Is China-US conflict inevitable?
      by John Keane, Kerry Brown on March 16, 2018 at 11:30 pm

      We live in discordant times marked by a strange but striking fact: despite visible signs of waning American global power and the birth of a strident global China, few people dare openly use the word empire. It is as if things cannot be called by their proper name. In China, public talk of empire (dìguó) remains rare. It is a pejorative term directed at others; the word is almost never applied to China itself. State officials and media platforms instead emphasise past victimhood (... […]

    PHOTOS – 照片

    WORLD – 世界新闻

    • Trump meeting just the beginning for Saudi Crown Prince Salman, on an epic US charm offensive
      by Agence France-Presse on March 20, 2018 at 5:37 am

      Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman doesn’t do things by halves, and his meeting on Tuesday with President Donald Trump is just the beginning of a three-week US tour. Hot on the heels of securing his role as de facto Saudi leader and launching a controversial reform drive, the ambitious 32-year-old is keen to cement ties with the kingdom’s most important ally. Relations with the US “are at an all-time high,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, a... […]

    • Weinstein Company files for bankruptcy in wake of sex abuse scandal and releases victims from non-disclosure deals
      by Agence France-Presse on March 20, 2018 at 4:43 am

      Harvey Weinstein’s former production company announced late Monday it had filed for bankruptcy, less than six months after the Hollywood mogul was beset by avalanching sexual assault allegations. The studio also said it was immediately releasing accusers from non-disclosure agreements which Weinstein had used to silence them, allowing women to speak up without fear of retaliation. “Even as the company heads into bankruptcy, the company remains committed to doing whatever it can to... […]

    • Want to avoid the flu while flying? Get in a window seat and don’t move, say scientists
      by Associated Press on March 20, 2018 at 2:12 am

      Worried about catching a cold or the flu on an aeroplane? Scientists have some advice: get a window seat, and don’t leave it until the flight is over. That’s what some experts have been saying for years, and it’s perhaps the best advice coming out of a new attempt to determine the risks of catching germs on an aeroplane. It turns out there’s been little research on the risks of catching a cold or flu during air travel. Some experts believed that sitting in a window seat... […]

    • ‘Sex and the City’ star Cynthia Nixon joins New York governor race
      by Agence France-Presse on March 20, 2018 at 1:16 am

      Cynthia Nixon, the US actress who shot to fame as workaholic lawyer Miranda on Sex and the City, jumped into the race for New York governor Monday, unveiling a progressive platform championing economic equality and eschewing big business. The 51-year-old declared her candidacy with a two-minute campaign video posted on Twitter that showed her at home with her wife and children, riding the subway, taking one of her children to school and speaking at liberal political causes. The move confirmed... […]

    • ‘Never get in an elevator alone with Terry Gilliam’: Ellen Barkin tweets accusation after director’s #MeToo comments
      by The Guardian on March 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

      Actress Ellen Barkin has hit out at Terry Gilliam after leading criticism of the director and former Monty Python member’s “mob rule” comments on the #MeToo campaign. Barkin, who acted in Gilliam’s 1998 movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, stated: “My hard won advice: never get into an elevator alone with Terry Gilliam.” Gilliam had triggered a backlash after an interview in which he described #MeToo as creating “a world of victims” and that... […]