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China... an ancient civilization emerges from the dark shadows of history to assume her rightful place in the sun as a world superpower.

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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China's First 3D Printed Car Can Only Get Better

China's first 3D-printed car is an impressive feat of technology considering it took just one month to design and build it. On the downside, the Tuhaojin or “Golden Local Tyrant” (we kid you not) LOOKS like it took just a month to design and build.

Smart Manhole Covers Call For Help When Metal Thieves Strike

City managers in Hangzhou, China have turned to a new generation of “smart” manhole covers in an all-out effort to counter a rash of thefts by metal salvagers. The high-tech covers feature electronic tags that act as both silent alarms and tracking devices should a cover be removed without proper authorization.

Even Einstein Can't Stand This Funky Fish Jerky

Smart Way's dried fish jerky comes in Salmon, Seaweed, and Black Sesame flavors and features the (no doubt unauthorized) image of noted smart guy Albert Einstein right on the front of each bag. We're not sure if that's an endorsement or a prediction.

Unique 550 USB Goat Is One Baaad Flash Drive That Won't Leave You Feeling Sheepish

Portable memory storage issues getting your goat? Better get the Unique 550 goat-shaped flash drive from SP! Designed in honor of 2015, the Year of the Goat (Ram, Sheep, whatever) on the Chinese horoscope, the Unique 550 is sure to store your data in the woolliest way.

It Takes 19 Tons Of Candy To Make One Sweet Street Mosaic!

When a team of artists in Chengdu, China laid down a most tasteful mosaic in front of an upscale shopping mall, they eschewed the use of tinted tiles in favor of colorful candy... a jaw-breaking 19 tons of sweets in total!

Rainbow Highway Tunnel Is A Sight For Drivers' Sore Eyes

A soon-to-be-opened highway underpass in central China is a road course of a different color – 12 different shades to be exact. The 1,300-ft long “rainbow tunnel” looks good to be sure but its real purpose is to help drivers' eyes adjust from natural to artificial lighting and back again

Deciphering Translated English Signs In China Means Using Your Noodle

When is a noodle not a noodle? When it's a line painted on the floor of a Chinese airport or train station, of course! There's a reasonable explanation, mind you, so put away those chopsticks and get your thin yellow “lines” at a restaurant instead.

Hot Looking Customers Eat Hot-Pot Free At "Pay By Face" Restaurant

A hot-pot restaurant in Zhengzhou, China has come up with an innovative cross-promotion with a nearby plastic surgery clinic. Dubbed “FREE MEAL FOR GOODLOOKING” on the cafe's outdoor sign, the promo provides free meals for attractive customers whose scanned faces are remotely rated as such by clinic consultants.

Chinese 3D Printer Uses Lasers To Manufacture Metal Items In Space

An innovative 3D printer developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology is designed to meet the needs of astronauts. Powered by lasers and able to fabricate tools and parts from various types of metal, the compact but powerful 3D printer could someday help orbiting space stations and off-Earth colonies become materially self-sufficient.

Surgery Selfies Making The Rounds At Chinese Hospitals

So-called “Surgery Selfies” - group photos of doctors, nurses and even sedated patients in operating rooms – have become somewhat of a trend in China though not everyone thinks turning successful medical procedures into Kodak moments is a good thing.