On my first visit to the Beijing Botanical Garden several years ago, the last thing I expected was a flashback to the American TV sitcom Gilligan's Island. But coming out just as I entered was Mrs Thurston Howell III to the life, in an immense lavender garden hat and matching parasol.
While the footballers from 32 countries have been showing off their skills at the World Cup in Brazil, a group of children about 20,000 kilometers away from Rio de Janeiro have been practicing their footwork in a park in Beijing.
In a recent speech in Beijing about China-Arab cooperation, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the story of a Jordanian merchant Mohanad Ali Moh'd Shalabi who runs an Arabian restaurant in Yiwu, Zhejiang province. He has not only seen business flourishing but also love blossoming, Xi said.
College student from Xinjiang hopes to turn nut cake into a well-known energy snack
What would life be without salt? We use it to flavor food. Pickle food. Cure meat. Melt ice on driveways and roads. We don't usually give much thought to the types of salt we are using - but some restaurant chefs have become intrigued. Armani/Aqua has introduced a Salt Discovery menu which uses a number of ancient salts to enhance the natural flavors of each dish.
Chinese critics sometimes are challenged by artists, authors or filmmakers who receive negative reviews and who respond by saying: "You can you up."