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The Middle Kingdom has given us paper, gunpowder, and low, low prices at Wal-Mart. Her factories work 25 hours a day, pumping out a myriad of consumer products with one thing in common – the “Made In China” label – but this nation of one and a third billion has so much more to offer.

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Jumbo Rubber Ducky Videographer To Document China's South-North Water Diversion Project

When state-owned broadcast network China Central Television (CCTV) set out to record progress on the massive South-North Water Diversion Project, they did what anyone would do: equip a six-foot-tall inflatable rubber duck with a video camera and launch it into the nearest canal.

Chinese Restaurant Offers Discounts Based On Sex & Weight

A restaurant in Chongqing, China has begun offering discounts to heavyweight males and featherweight females. Something tells us the bistro won't break even until they institute a Ladies Only policy.

Chinese City Has Money To Burn, Power To Spare

It's one thing to have money burn a hole in your pocket, quite another for it to heat your home and light the streets at night. The latter, however, is how they're doing things in Luoyang, China, where an innovative project has scrapped banknotes being burned by the bushel in local power generation plants.

China's New Reed Glass Said To Be Better Than Google Glass At 1/3 The Price

Look out Google Glass, a self-declared better & cheaper competitor's got you in its sights. The Reed Glass was developed by a Chinese/Italian design team and boasts improved display technology, longer battery life and a much lower price compared to Google's well-known smart glasses.

Chinese Villagers Pilfer Natural Gas Using Huge Bags. Oh, The Hunanity!

Got gas, will travel? Never mind the Beano, villagers from Binzhou in China's northeastern Shandong (not Hunan, sorry) province have come up with an innovative way to steal natural gas: inflate 6-meter (20-ft) long bags with the flammable fuel, then tow the blimp-like bags home. Evidently they've never heard of The Hindenburg.

China's Gigantic Toilet Waterfall Has Citizens Flushed With Pride

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you 10,000 recycled toilets, urinals and bathroom sinks, make a 300-ft long and 15-ft high Toilet Waterfall. Artists in Foshan, a city in southern China's Guangdong province, did just that in order to attract visitors to a ceramics trade show.

Could China's "Dark Sword" Stealth Drone Be The World's First Supersonic UAV?

The Anjian (Chinese for “Dark Sword”) stealth drone China displayed as a conceptual model way back in 2006 has been stealthy indeed since then: no news, no views and no clues. A Chinese aviation expert has now broken the silence surrounding the dart-shaped aircraft, however, speculating a production version of the Anjian could emerge as the world's first supersonic UAV.

Marching To Christmas: China's Chocolate Terracotta Warrior Army

How to celebrate the coming of Christmas in Xi'an, China's ancient capital and home of the famed Terracotta Army? For local bakers and confectioners, the answer is to cast about 300 miniature replicas of the First Emperor of the Qin dynasty's afterlife bodyguards in fine Belgian chocolate, then top each one with a marzipan Santa hat.

China's First Domestically Developed Electric Aircraft Quietly Takes To The Air

The lightweight, electrically-powered RX1E aircraft made its public debut at Airshow China and sources state the country's first domestically developed electric aircraft is about to enter mass production.

China's New Mars Rover: Red & (Almost) Ready To Roll

Red rover red rover can China come over? A vermilion red, six-wheeled vehicle that just might be China's new Mars Rover took center stage recently at the 16th China International Industry Fair in Shanghai. The as-yet unnamed robotic rover could play a huge role in the next, unmanned stage of China's ambitious Mars exploration program.