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Several wild elephants cross the Sixiao Highway, which runs across the Xishuangbanna nature reserve from Simao to Xiaomengyang in Yunnan province. Li Yunsheng / Xinhua

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Man vs Nature

Sunday Talk

Sunday News

Sunday Profile

Creatures of habitat

The government has cooked up a solution to elephants plundering the crops upon which farmers depend in Yunnan's Xishuangbanna - a giant "canteen" for the massive mammals.

Watching elephants raze a restaurant

Sunday People

Leader on a mission to serve

For the past 15 years, Stan Tsai has started his Chinese New Year celebration mostly the same way, preparing for shows and exhibitions in the Lakeforest Mall, a suburban Washington shopping center.

World Scene

The enlightenment of Helen Hai

Sunday Expat

A milieu of his own

He has a gift for using nightlife as a lens for seeing the city, the urban life. That's Andrew Field's quick assessment of modernist writer Mu Shiying, the subject of Field's new book. But the words might well be a snapshot of Field himself.

Out and about

Golfing legend is awed by China progress

Sunday Image

Navy training mission

The People's Liberation Army navy tested its combat capabilities on the open seas as well as its effectiveness in protecting China's interests through a recent long-distance training mission, according to a senior navy commander.

Art Special

Naturally artistic

Wang Baoan says he paints because it takes him closer to nature and that he thrives off the feeling of liberation it gives him.

Portrait of the artist

Sunday Food

Essence of Sicily

He makes beef carpaccio in the shape of a beautiful rose, as smooth as ice cream. He prepares inkfish tagliolini with sweet-tasting lobster and scallops, accompanied by sauce made with yellow and red bell peppers, a finished dish that looks as beautiful as a painting.

Club dining, a nice surprise at the airport


Sunday Kaleidoscope

Cheer by name, cheery by nature

While some stars enjoy keeping themselves busy and getting as much media exposure as possible, Cheer Chen is one of the few singer-songwriters who manages to be both popular and maintain a low profile.

Spring into vintage era

Exhibition Special: Environmental forum and exhibition set for Macao

Exhibition Special: Event highlights

Art Special

The feminine touch

Since ancient times, the works of most women painters in China have featured elegant and delicate styles that reflected their exquisite emotions and distinctive feelings about life.

Portrait of the artist

Sunday Sports

Hodgson leaps to the defense of midfielder

England manager Roy Hodgson has spoken out in defense of Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley after he became the focus of criticism over his club's current struggles.

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Score board

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Sunday Food

Tasty treats for Chinese New Year

When in Beijing, eat as Beijingers do. Some of the capital's restaurants are offering typical Beijing foods during the Spring Festival. Take the chance to dig in and find out more about city's festive culture.

Festive dishes around town

Sunday Food

The other side of Xinjiang

A recent surfeit from visits to the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Turkey and Ningxia Hui autonomous region had left me a little reluctant to try any more lamb, but a new Xinjiang restaurant in Beijing beckoned, and by all accounts, it promised to be different. "You can eat beef," the spouse quipped. "Who would eat beef at a Xinjiang restaurant?" I shot back.

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Sunday Kaleidoscope

Tickling the funny bone

Comedy is hard but not for this funnyman. Ever since Chen Peisi became a household comedy star after performing in a sketch comedy for CCTV's Spring Festival Gala in 1983, he has been known for making audiences laugh.

Edited collection explores Asian art

Lennon remembered in tribute night

Entrepreneur Special

Shoppers in a strange land

When Sheila Zhang, who has lived in the United States for 20 years, returned to Beijing in 2011 she found shopping online to be problematic.

Entrepreneur Special

Paying it back

From a country boy to the leader of a multi-faceted company, Han Xuechen believes that a sense of commitment to society is crucial to success.