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How Chinese and American Gambling Laws Compare

mandy   | Sep 06, 2018 07:47 PM EDT

It's no secret that China and America are two of the most contrasting countries on the planet. Yet, when it comes to their stance on gambling and gambling regulation they are surprisingly similar in many ways. For instance, even though gambling is a very popular pastime in both countries, it's far from being legalised and regulated on a national scale in either, and is only allowed in a handful of 'gambling-friendly' cities and/or territories. read more

Crystal Bus Serves Michelin-Star Dimsum in Hong Kong Tour

Carlene Vision   | Mar 17, 2017 09:46 AM EDT

The Crystal Bus in Hong Kong is currently making waves in the Internet for serving Michelin-star dim sum dishes while showing off to tourists the magnificence of the city, Shanghaiist.com reports. The double deck beauty started its operations Wednesday, boasting of its own gaming console, large television sets, and a whopping HK$300,000 value of crystals decked out on the bus, hence its famed name. read more

Canada Returns Smuggled Cultural Artifacts to China

Charissa Echavez   | Jan 19, 2017 06:45 AM EST

The Ministry of Canadian Heritage has returned the illegally exported valuable cultural properties to China in an official ceremony held in Ottawa on Wednesday. read more

600-Year-Old Sunken Buddha Statue Emerges in China

Staff Reporter   | Jan 16, 2017 12:05 PM EST

A Buddha statue believed to be 600 years old emerged at the Hongmen Reservoir in east China's Jiangxi Province in the city of Fuzhou after water levels dropped during renovation works. read more

Universities Forewarn Bible Students over Graphic Images of Crucifixion

mwaniki wanjiku   | Jan 05, 2017 09:12 PM EST

Theology students are given advance warning that they may encounter disturbing images while studying the crucifixion of Jesus to give them a chance to leave if they fear getting upset, the Daily Mail reported. read more

China’s 18th Century Imperial Seal Sells for Record High $22M

Erza F.   | Dec 16, 2016 12:37 AM EST

An 18th-century imperial seal belonging to Emperor Qianlong was sold at Paris for €21m holds a record in the auction house. An unknown Chinese collector acquired the treasure after a long heated bidding war. read more

Disney Promises No Whitewashing on 'Mulan' 2018 Remake

Charissa Echavez   | Oct 13, 2016 01:20 PM EDT

Disney announced on Tuesday that the new version of Mulan, which is set to hit theaters in fall 2018, would meet both the expectations of Chinese spectators and American audience. read more

China's 'Monster Hunt' Wins at Abuja International Film Festival

Charissa Echavez   | Oct 13, 2016 11:00 AM EDT

Chinese fantasy, sci-fi film Monster Hunt received two highly coveted prizes during the grand finale of the 13th Annual Abuja International Film Festival that ended on Friday at the Nigerian Capital. read more

'Functionally Extinct' Baiji Dolphin Spotted in Yangtze River

Charissa Echavez   | Oct 11, 2016 06:35 AM EDT

Chinese animal protection volunteers claimed they have spotted a baiji dolphin, which is a freshwater dolphin declared to be functionally extinct a decade ago, in Yangtze River in Wuhu, Anhui province, on Oct. 4. read more

Baijiu Makers Change 1,000-Year-Old Ways to Attract Western Drinkers

Charissa Echavez   | Oct 06, 2016 10:00 AM EDT

While the fiery Chinese liquor baijiu has been distilled for a thousand years exactly the same way, its makers want to transform it into "the new tequila" to attract western drinkers, Bloomberg reported. read more

Ancient Cannabis 'Burial Shroud' Unearthed in China

Charissa Echavez   | Oct 05, 2016 09:00 AM EDT

Archaeologists have unearthed an "extraordinary cache" of cannabis buried at the Jiaya cemetery in China's Turpan Basin, saying that the recent discovery could considerably shed light on how ancient Eurasian cultures used cannabis. "This unique discovery provides new insight into the ritualistic use of Cannabis in prehistoric Central Eurasia," the archaeologists wrote in a paper published in the journal Economic Botany. The cannabis plants were found in a burial of an approximately 35-year-old adult man with Caucasian features, who had been placed on a wooden bed with a reed pillow beneath his head, Hongen Jiang and his colleagues wrote. Then, interestingly, at least 13 preserved cannabis plants, each up to about three feet long, were laid diagonally across his chest, and all are reportedly in excellent conditions, the National Geographic reported. The remains suggest that the man was buried between 2,400 and 2,800 years ago, based on the radiocarbon dating. During that time, the Turpan Basin is the home of the Gushi Kingdom, while the Turpan desert oasis was deemed an important stop on the Silk Road, according to ZME Science. Researchers believe that the man belonged to a group who used cannabis for health and ritual purposes. While researchers could not determine if the cannabis plant parts found in Turpan before were grown locally or obtained through trading from other regions, the recent discovery in the Jiayi burial implicate that the cannabis had been fresh and could have been possibly harvested for the burial. Furthermore, while the flowering heads of the 13 female plants have been removed, the few that were left were nearly ripe and had immature fruit. This could suggest that the plants were planted locally and gathered the same time the burial occurred. This is the first instance whole marijuana plants were uncovered and the first incidence of their use as a "shroud" or covering in a human burial. Archaeologists before have found about two pounds of cannabis seeds and powdered leaves in other Turpan graves. read more

'Phenomenal' Discovery of Possible Chinese Skeletons Could Rewrite Roman History

Charissa Echavez   | Sep 28, 2016 11:27 AM EDT

Museum of London researchers unearthed two ancient skeletons of Asian ancestry buried at a Roman cemetery in London, giving new insights into the links between the Roman Empire and Imperial China. read more

China Breaks Guinness World Records for 'Largest Performing Rock Band'

Charissa Echavez   | Sep 28, 2016 09:55 AM EDT

China's Beijing Contemporary Music Academy broke the world record for being the "Largest Performing Rock Band" after 953 musicians played a show altogether in Tianjin, the Guinness World Records announced on its website on Monday. read more

China's Hao Jingfang Receives 2016 Hugo Award for 'Folding Beijing'

Charissa Echavez   | Aug 24, 2016 08:15 AM EDT

Chinese sci-fi writer Hao Jingfang won the Hugo 2016 Award for Best Novelette with a short novel entry entitled "Folding Beijing" at the World Science Fiction convention, MidAmeriCon II, in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday, beating American writer Stephen King for the honor. read more

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