Both chefs and diners are waking up to the awareness that going meatless does not necessarily translate to having lackluster meals. Chen Xiaogen / for China Daily
An array of colorful and carefully put together dishes is brought to the table. All of the traditional Beijing favorites are there, including a round tray filled with pancakes and strips of cucumber served with a hoisin dipping sauce. However, instead of Peking duck completing the dish, diners are served something quite different. They are instead presented with beancurd skin, milk curds and toon tree shoots. It might sound unusual but vegetarian food like this is taking over China's capital. A growing number of restaurant-goers now opt for vegetarian dishes over meat.
The China Education Expo 2012 kicked off on Saturday in Beijing, attracting more than 500 overseas institutions and education bureaus from 38 countries and regions across the world, with new national faces stepping into the world's largest recruitment market.
Vegetarianism is not new to China. When times were harder, rural communities ate mostly roots and greens, with meat slaughtered only on festive days.
Martin Jacques says China doom-mongers were typically dismissive when he argued the former Middle Kingdom would have a central role in shaping the 21st century.
While many expatriates in Shanghai are switching off between the handy two-wheeled bicycles and speedier four-wheeled cars to commute in the city's smoggy, anarchic traffic, a British engineer and his French wife are looking at an in-between solution: the three-wheeled cart. It's not the clunky, outdated Chinese sanlunche, or tricycle, though Chris Trees was inspired by that traditional vehicle for his invention. The Briton's Treecycle is a hipper, more up-to-date electric motor-tricycle sleekly crafted from bamboo and steel.
While some children worry about doing well at school, there are those in Nepal who worry about the next meal. The photos on this page show some child performers who earn a little money not only to feed themselves but their family. Starting at a very young age, they do tricks and stunts to entertain passers-by. According to the Nepal Millennium Development Goal Progress Report 2010, 25.4 percent of Nepal's population live below the national poverty line and 38.6 percent of children aged under 5 years old are underweight.
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Far too often, in the view of Africa's budding female entrepreneurs, their continent is characterized as the recipient of aid that enables residents just to struggle by, and as a place that mistreats and marginalizes its women.
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Science and Technology
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Arts and Styles
In 1948, a radio repairman named Leo Fender took a piece of ash, bolted on a length of maple and attached an electronic transducer. You know the rest, even if you don't know you know the rest.
Hermes has an intimate connection with China. Axel Dumas, chief operating officer of the 100-year-old luxury house, says his grandmother loves playing mahjong, and his grandfather has beautified his garden in Saint Honore with China-inspired decorative items because he has always been impressed with Chinese culture.
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Some 15 years after returning to Beijing, former head of the department of architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Zhang Yonghe is presenting his retrospective exhibition titled Materialism.
I went to Vienna for music, but I stayed for a place to sit - at least to give my blistered feet a rest.