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Big Game Hunters Set Their Sights on China's Wildlife

International trophy hunters have formally applied to stalk Tibetan Gazelles and Himalayan Blue Sheep native to China's mountainous Qinghai province. If approved, it would be the first time in 5 years that sportsmen would be allowed to lock, load, and let the lead fly on Chinese soil.

China's Swimmers Wear Weird Wetsuits to Avoid Sun, Slime & Seaweed

Tight black wetsuits sported by some Chinese swimmers are frightening to be sure, but then again so are the innumerable chemical, biological and zoological hazards lurking just off China's not-so-pristine shores. "Suit up and shut up," advise China's so-called Swimsuit Aunties.

Chinese Taxi Drivers Strike for Higher Fares, 'Gonna Get Organezized'

“You talkin' to me?” Thousands of taxi drivers in the Chinese city of Hangzhou are about ready to go all Travis Bickle on someone after deciding 10 years without a fare increase was a fair reason to go out on  strike.

The Pagani Huayra: A $1.3 Million, 700-HP Road-Jet

One of the hottest cars of the year (possibly the decade), the million-dollar Pagani Huayra made its debut in anticipation of the Geneva Motor Show.

Tibet Airlines Always Flies at 'Peak' Travel Times

Tibet Airlines, which celebrated its inaugural flight on July 26th, 2011, can hardly be accused of flying under the radar. On the contrary, by operating out of Lhasa's Gonggar Airport with service to Tibet and China, the airline's fleet of three Airbus A319 jets is definitely a cut above... pretty much everything.

Shared Island between China and Russia to Become Eco-Tourist Zone

The recent agreement between China and Russia officially demarcating their 2,670-mile (4,300 km) long shared border was highlighted by an environmentally-friendly bonus: the disputed island of Heixiazi will now be shared by the two neighboring nations and jointly developed as an eco-tourism travel destination.

Golden Bus Adds Bling to Nanjing's Gritty City Streets

Old and busted: Drab, ordinary public transit vehicles. Gold and bussed: A very expensive promotion by a jewelry store in China that saw a Nanjing city bus covered in sheets of gold leaf.

It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's a Hoverbike!

The opening scene of George Jetson commuting to work in his aerocar, complete with glass dome and airbrakes, seems like a logical solution to the modern problems of traffic jams, potholes and road maintenance. Imagine getting to your destination as the crow flies instead of where the road lies. The Hoverbike promises to fulfill those animated sci-fi images of how we should travel in the modern era.

China's New Icebreaker Will Paint the Poles Red

If you thought China had cold feet when it comes to polar exploration, think again. The country's State Oceanic Administration has announced that the launch of a new icebreaker in 2013 will give China the ability to monitor both the arctic and the Antarctic environment at the same time.

It's Five O'Clock Somewhere... But Where?

As the Country & Western song goes, “It’s five-o’clock somewhere.” But exactly where to go at five-o'clock? Chicago-based SceneTap has developed an eponymous new mobile application that no urban cowboy or hip barhopper will want to leave home without.

 

Giving Thanks for the Mammaries at Japan's Best Breast Shrine

Thank God for breasts... and wouldn't you know, Japan has a shrine for that! Since 1678, Karube Jinja in Okayama prefecture has been providing hope and faith for Japanese women seeking the best for their breasts.

EV Roadside Assistance Charger Vehicle Gives You a Boost in the Boondocks

So you want to drive an EV (electric vehicle) but worry about being stranded when the power runs out... it's a valid concern that puts off many potential EV buyers. Now a pilot project from Nissan and the JAF (Japanese Auto Federation) is addressing the issue by testing an EV Roadside Assistance Charger Vehicle.

Chinese Caterpillars Stop Cargo Train In its Tracks

Get lost, Godzilla. Keep quiet, Kung Fu Panda. When it comes to feats of strength formidable enough to impress Frank Costanza on Festivus, you've got to give it up to millions of Chinese caterpillars.

Part Boat, Part Car, All Awesome: The HydroCar

The Dobbertin HydroCar is one of the coolest boat-cars/car-boats we've ever seen. But it still isn't quite greater than the sum of its parts.

Macau Makes Like Manhattan with a Spectacular Central Park

Call it "Central Park East" if you like. Macau's exciting new Taipa Central Park will take a bite out of the Big Apple by providing city dwellers with an unexpected oasis of pastoral charm.

Honda Chopper Motorcycle Concept Sparked by Star Wars

“Sparked” as in electricity, that is, which provides the motive power for the futuristic Honda Chopper concept motorcycle inspired by Star Wars, Big Trak, and your fave mean manga machines.

Social Media Meets Shangri-La: Tibet Tops One Million Internet Users

Online on top of the world! Nearly half of Tibet's population has come to embrace the Internet as an ideal way to find information, exchange ideas, play games and “yak” with far-away friends.

Peach Aviation to Take a Bite Out of the High Cost of Flying

Peach Aviation Ltd., Japan's first budget airline, is set to begin limited operations early next year. The new cost-cutting carrier will offer bargain-hunting travelers “surprisingly’’ low fares but the question remains, will penny-pinching fliers bite?

Give This Wind-up Eco Flashlight a Spin to Let it Shine

The BunBun Eco Light from Japan works like clockwork: spinning it around like a dayglo plastic nunchuck juices up the rechargeable batteries with clean kinetic energy.

China's 'Hotel Test Sleeper' Enjoys History’s Most Comfortable Job

Beijing's Zhang Yumo sometimes finds her work tiring. It's not a problem, however, because as one of China's six professional 'Hotel Test Sleepers', Zhang gets paid for sleeping on the job.