News and Travel Editor
Every month, China Icons collates the most exciting and surprising news stories from China. So, what’s been happening in July?
- ‘Tap and Ride’ app Uber has unveiled plans to roll out hot air balloon and boat travel in China. These new services are part of ‘Uber+Travel’ and are released at a time of fierce competition with rival company Didi.
- China surpassed the US to become the world leader in the mobile gaming market. Market research company App Annie suggest this is likely a result of a growth of multiplayer collaborative games.
- China is sending the largest overseas delegation over to the Olympics, with 416 athletes travelling to Rio ( Pssst…Have you seen the Team China outfits for Rio 2016?)
- Drivers raced from approximately 6000km from Moscow to Bejing for the Silk Way Rally , where Cyril Despres and David Castera (Peugeot DKR 2008) were crowed champions.
- Loretta Yang , a Chinese Film star, left acting to pursue ancient art of liu li, also known as Chinese glassmaking
- A Giant Statue of Guan Yu, the ancient Chinese ‘God of War’, has been completed in Hubei. The structure towers at 90ft tall and weighs over 1,320 tonnes.
- China is heading to Mars for 2020. Or, at least, that’s the plan – to orbit Mars, land and deploy a rover – all in one mission.
- The world’s first smart car has arrived from Alibaba in China! It will be available from August, and allows the driver to automatically pay for fuel, parking, and tolls, and recommend vehicle settings and destinations for each individual occupant.
- More football stars have joined the Chinese Super-league, including former Southampton player Pelle and Brazilian forward Hulk.
- Mr Suo from Chengdu won a chilli eating competition in Lijiang, Yunnan province, by eating 47 chilli peppers in 2 minutes. Why anyone chose to enter, we can only guess.
- A skull has been discovered that scientists believe may have belonged to the revered Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. The skull was found inside an ancient shrine used for meditation, and inscriptions say it belonged to the Buddha himself.
- Work has been completed on the world’s largest radio telescope in China! The 500m wide telescope took five years to build and consists of 4450 separate panels(To learn more about it, check out this video we made last year.)
What’s your favourite news story from July? Is there anything we missed off? Let us know in the comments below!