'Tai" in the movie title "Tai Jiong" not only refers to Thailand, where much of the story takes place, but also to "peace of mind", a dictionary-listed definition of the word, explains the actor-director-writer of Lost in Thailand Xu Zheng. What has attracted 32 million people to the movie theater could be the "jiong" part of the title - a new Chinese word that graphically captures an expression of awkwardness and foolishness, tinged with self-mockery. "It is the opposite of "tai", of which I found plenty while on a trip to Thailand," says Xu. "This is a country where the pace of life is slower than China, and people seem to be more secure and happier." Xu portrays a business executive who has to beat his rival to find the largest shareholder of their company and get his seal of authorization. That means billions of yuan in future income.
By noon on Saturday rescuers had found the bodies of all 46 people who died when they were buried in a landslide that hit a mountainous village in Yunnan province on Friday morning.
The first week of 2013 has presented Wang Changtian with a new challenge: How to properly conduct himself in public so that he will not be seen as gloating - or indulging in false modesty, for that matter.
Anna Pao Sohmen believes it's better to give than receive.
Born in Africa, brought up in Europe and living in China, it's obvious that any restaurant you open would sell Jamaican food! Rose Lin Zamoa, the 34-year-old Afro-haired proprietor of the tiny Beijing restaurant in Andingmen called Jamaica Me Crazy, is quite the entrepreneur.
If the freezing weather has been keeping you indoors, it's time to get out of the house. There's lots of good stuff to do during the winter in Beijing. If you have not tried it already, put on your skates and take a trip to Shichahai, three historic lakes north of central Beijing. Zhu Xingxin shares some fun photos that may entice you to brave the cold.
Ten-time champion Stephane Peterhansel extended his Dakar Rally lead on Friday, but the world's most grueling endurance event was once again hit by tragedy when a French motorcyclist was killed.
The popular notion of infinity may be of a monolithic totality, the ultimate, unbounded big tent that goes on forever. Yet there is no single, implacable entity called infinity.
HONG KONG - At Mario Batali's new Lupa in a gleaming tower on Queen's Road here, soignee Chinese diners, expatriate regulars and foreign tourists glide up escalators to their tables. They navigate past a 1.2-meter-tall bronze of Romulus and Remus in this $3.2 million restaurant of glass, steel and floral terrazzo. On the menu are bucatini all'amatriciana and spaghetti alla carbonara.
Science and Technology
FURNACE CREEK, California - For Death Valley, a place that embraces its extremes, this has long been an affront: As furnace-hot as it gets here, it could not lay claim to being the hottest place on earth. That honor, as it were, has gone since 1922 to a city on the northwestern tip of Libya.
Arts and Styles
SEOUL, South Korea - As monuments go, this one seems puny and tasteless next to the skyscrapers and upscale fashion boutiques of the affluent Gangnam district. Yet it occupies a spot of honor across from Samsung's corporate headquarters: a hastily built plywood stage decorated with cutout silhouettes of a rotund man who appears to be prancing like a horse.
When Johannes Torpe was appointed creative director of Danish audio products manufacturer Bang & Olufsen, he felt like the protagonist in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. "For Danish kids, Bang & Olufsen is just like that dream chocolate factory. I bought a pair of Bang & Olufsen earphones when I was 13. Now I'm 39 and they're still fantastic," he says. "And now, I am Charlie," Torpe says happily.
Eating lamb during Beijing's bitter winter is a 200-year-old tradition and a guaranteed way of beating the freeze. Hong Dacai, the owner of Muslim restaurant Hongyunxuan, claims Mongolian and Manchu aristocrats used to favor lamb hotpot during the cold season.
Three young treasure-hunters got lucky and made an important discovery at a deserted pagoda in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, on April 12, 1978.
A stroll around Hamburg reveals a city with an interesting past and plenty to see and do. Amber Wu Ping takes a look around the harbor, churches and the infamous Reeperbahn.