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A young florist with magic hands wins big

January 19, 2018


ROSES, balloon flowers, gerbera daisies — flowers of different shapes and colors dance on his fingertips, like jewels waiting to adorn

Chop seller enters the ring to prove that boxing is an art

December 08, 2017


PEOPLE living in a community inspired by Confucius theory, especially in China, will regard boxing as a violent sport that most of

Filmmaker masters ink-wash painting skills

November 10, 2017


IN the 1980s, filmmaker Xia Zhenya shot to fame with a three-part documentary titled “The Art Masters in Shanghai.” The documentary,

Adding some razzle and jazz to pingtan

October 13, 2017


WHEN Gao Bowen first attended a training class launched by the Shanghai Pingtan Troupe as a ninth grader, there were 10 students. Within

At 95, actress Qin Yi still in the spotlight

April 07, 2017


STANDING by a grand piano, 95-year-old actress Qin Yi recited “Lu Ma’s Monologue” from Chinese dramatist Cao Yu’s famous work “Thunderstorm”

Disability no hindrance to fine tuning piano

March 10, 2017


BLIND people in Shanghai are more likely to find work as masseurs, but Zhang Zhenyu walked a different path. The 38-year-old, despite

Technician shares successes with local vocational students

February 10, 2017


“craftsmanship” is becoming a prominent buzzword in China’s manufacturing sector as planners and entrepreneurs press for the development

Former wrestler fights crime on SWAT team

January 06, 2017


FEW people might realize it, but there’s a SWAT team based not far from Jing’an Temple, right in the heart of Shanghai’s commercial

Master ivory carver looks back at dying tradition

December 02, 2016


IVORY carving is surrounded in controversy. On one hand, the ivory trade has decimated elephant populations around the world. On the

Retiree recreates local landmarks out of trash

November 04, 2016


FOR 83-year-old Wu Hairong, a typical day starts at 5:30am, when he gets up to make breakfast for himself and his bedridden wife. After

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