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Switzerland's Lucien Koch competes in the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Semifinals at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Saturday.       Franck Fife / AFP

Bid may clear smog: Officials

Officials of Beijing's bidding committee for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games admitted air pollution is a hurdle to a successful bid but vowed to clear up the problem in time.

Batches of bachelors

Who's who and how they woo

Sunday talk

Sunday News

Xi meets Karzai in Sochi

China is willing to offer continued assistance for Afghanistan's peaceful reconstruction, especially in personnel training, and will encourage Chinese companies to invest in Afghanistan, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.

China opens Antarctic research base

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Sunday Special

Much ado about shengnu

The shengnu, or "leftover women", have been a big deal in Chinese society - despite being a smaller part of the population than perhaps most think.

Sunday People

Mango Tree branches out

Pitaya Phanphensophon's culinary dynasty began with his parents bringing Cantonese cuisine to Thailand more than half a century ago. And he hopes to continue this legacy, in reverse, by taking his brand of Southeast Asian fare to the Middle Kingdom while expanding its global presence.

Age shall not weary him

World Scene

Sunday Expat

Better by design

Elliott Hambrook has spent much of the past decade designing the interiors of hotels, residential estates and private villas in Shanghai, making him witness to the changing tastes of China's famously exhibitionist nouveau riche.

Evening's entertainment suited foreigners to a tea

Out and about

Sunday Image

Let there be lots of light

The Zigong International Dinosaur Lantern Festival is ongoing in Zigong, Southwest China's Sichuan province. This is the 20th anniversary of the festival, comprising 119 large and medium-size lantern installments in 14 gardens.

Sunday Style

Lifestyle slowdown

From his hometown of Orvieto - a hilltop medieval gem surrounded by castles and vineyards in central Umbria - bushy-bearded former journalist Pier Giorgio Oliveti has helped expand Cittaslow to 28 countries including South Korea, Turkey and the United States.

Entrepreneur Special: Spreading fruits of science

Sunday Food

Hail the healing herb

Food as a health booster is a unique part of Chinese culture. Cantonese people often put herbs in their soups to benefit their body. Many people for instance, use pears to help with seasonal cough and dryness in autumn.

Tea with bear essentials


Sunday Kaleidoscope

Shattering a stereotype

More than 30 museums in Guangdong province and its neighboring special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macao have selected 560 cultural relics in total from their collections. They are being displayed in the ongoing exhibition at Guangdong Museum to unveil the long, splendid history of Lingnan.

Real Toy Story on show

Celebrations bloom at Guyi Garden

Sunday Travel

Natural wonderland

Bob McLeod vividly remembers huddling with his boyhood friends in the twilight, waiting for the night sky to darken.

Sunday Sports