British private boarding schools - the more exclusive the better - have become the top choice for wealthy or newly rich Chinese bent on giving their next generation a huge advantage, right from the start. "The youngest client we have is a 2-year-old," says William Vanbergen, founder and managing director of BE Education, an organization which provides consultancy services for students wishing to study at elite schools overseas. "We are hoping to take on a 1-year-old very soon as we are in the middle of booking a position for her in a highly regarded primary school in Britain," says Vanbergen, who studied in Eton College and sat next to Prince William in Latin class.
Most government vehicles were left in garages in Guangzhou on Saturday, the World Car Free Day, in a national campaign to promote an eco-friendly way of living in China.
Asked whether his company provides personal statements and recommendation letters for clients hoping to study abroad, Marvin Mao answers with an emphatic "No".
Coming over to Dai Jianjun for dinner requires a half-hour ferry trip from Hangzhou in Zhejiang province to this nameless, addressless island where his dining table is set. And before crossing the threshold, hide all your snacks so the gastronome doesn't start talking about the "poison chemicals" you seem to have confused with "food".
Mention "red songs" in China and images of massed choirs belting out patriotic, revolutionary scores spring to mind.
We have seen pet monkeys in cartoons such as Abu in Disney's Aladdin, Boots in Dora the Explorer and Beppo in Superman. But in real life, most people keep dogs, cats or birds. Zookeeper Wang Yuping is one of the few people to rear a cheeky primate, which she has named Beibei, and she seems to be having a lot of fun with him.
When Major League Baseball added a second wild card to the playoff format, the idea was to capture the emotion and intensity of that brilliant final day last season and extrapolate it out over the final month.
Two and a half years ago doctors discovered a golf-ball-size tumor growing into Andemariam Beyene's windpipe. Despite surgery and radiation, it kept growing.
PARIS - The movie glamour that brought a young Jean Seberg to the Champs-Elysees to meet Jean-Paul Belmondo, her handsome gangster "dragueur," or skirt chaser, is long gone, as are most of the sights in Jean-Luc Godard's famous film of 1960, "Breathless," a kind of French hymn to American culture and cool.
Science and Technology
In recent years, Silicon Valley seems to have forgotten about silicon. It's been about dot-coms, Web advertising, social networking and apps for smartphones.
Arts and Styles
The morning of the premiere of "Le Sacre du Printemps" ("The Rite of Spring") on May 29, 1913, at the ThEatre des Champs-ElysEes in Paris, the newspaper Le Figaro predicted the ballet would deliver "a new thrill which will surely raise passionate discussion" and "leave all true artists with an unforgettable impression."
The global late-night shopping event, Fashion's Night Out, hit Shanghai on Sept 7, drawing thousands of shoppers out for a sleepless night.
Great traditions never die. Connoisseurs will always savor, harbor and reinvent, just like Chef Xu Chiping of the Peninsula Hotel in Beijing.
Harry Potter fans can rejoice. Though Jo Rowling completed seven volumes chronicling the adventures of the English boy wizard years ago and Daniel Radcliffe has moved on to adult roles by now, Potted Potter continues to satisfy diehard devotees of the franchise.
The sun's warm rays and the breezy cool wind endow a refreshing sensation of summer in Amsterdam.