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  • Taiwan travel industry hails Chinese mainland's new individual travel policy

    2011-06-14 17:56

    Taiwan's tourism industry warmly responded to the announcement of a policy Sunday that will allow mainland tourists to visit the island as individuals.

  • Liu Cixin: Career milestones

    2010-12-17 09:35

    Earth Past (2007): University student astrophysicist Ye Wenjie witnesses the persecution and death of her father at the hands of the Red Guards in 1967. She is sent to be re-educated in the countryside and subsequently charged with being a counter-revolutionary.

  • What lies beyond

    2010-12-17 09:34

    Nation's most prolific and popular sci-fi writer says he writes for the masses and is simply driven by a never-ending curiosity. Chitralekha Basu and Guo Shuhan report.

  • Writing in the future perfect

    2010-12-17 09:34

    The year 2010 turned out to be particularly eventful for Chinese science fiction writing. International attention was evident at the Frankfurt Book Fair, where French publishers and Japanese sci-fi magazines showed strong interest, the latter carrying special reports on the evolution of science fiction writing in China.

  • A tale of loss and longing

    2010-12-10 09:41

    "I spent a longer time wiping my tears than writing," Su Wei-chen recalls, referring to her book Vagrants in Time (2006) which she has dedicated to her husband who died of cancer in 2004.

  • History as fiction

    2010-12-03 09:28

    Directed by Siu-Tong Ching, the film starts as a melodramatic tale of forbidden love between an official (Zhang Yimou) of the first emperor's retinue and one of the imperial concubines (Gong Li).

  • Of an emperor's mind and motives

    2010-12-03 09:28

    Sima Qian's lively narration of the life of an emperor who preceded him by a century is full of anecdotes, although some of these stories are probably apocryphal.

  • All the king's men

    2010-12-03 09:27

    While nothing compares with seeing one of the country's hottest tourist draws in person, you can make that experience richer with some advance reading on the famed Terracotta Warriors.

  • Writers of young fiction make the most money

    2010-11-26 09:43

    According to the 2010 Top 25 Richest Chinese Writers list, Yang Hongying is at top position with 25 million yuan ($3.76 million). At the bottom, is Jia Pingwa with 1.6 million yuan.

  • A road to fortune paved with words

    2010-11-26 09:35

    The 2010 Top 25 Richest Chinese Writers list shows that serious works are losing out to popular books. Mei Jia reports.

  • Value not just in eye of beholder

    2010-11-26 09:24

    "Since publishers are not willing to reveal the precise number of copies sold, I've had to resort to some rather primitive methods to get to the truth," Wu says.

  • Book reviews

    2010-11-19 16:40

    Unveiling a crisis' hidden history. Two business journalists, Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, have written a thorough account of the origins of the financial crisis of 2008.

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