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In The News This Month | September

News and Travel Editor

Time feels like it has flown by since my last news round up, and with good reason – it’s been a very busy month! From gold medals to grapes in space, there’s been a lot of big stories this September. Here’s my pick of the best stories to come out of China in the last month:

Jackie_Chan_by_Gage_Skidmore.jpgIt was announced this month that Chinese acting legend Jackie Chan is getting an honorary for his extraordinary achievements in film.

I have decided to reconsider my career choices after hearing that Chinese Team ‘Wings Gaming’ won millions of dollars playing a game called DOTA 2 at an e-sports tournament.  Who wants to join me for next year’s competition?

The G20 took place in Hangzhou. For everything you need to know about the city and the conference, have a look here!


Chinese taxi-hailing giant Didi announced a move towards bicycle sharing . (Psst did you know that the world’s biggest bike share scheme is in Hangzhou, China?!)

The world’s longest desert highway is now open in China’s Inner Mongolia

The world’s largest radio telescope entered its testing phase in Guizhoufast-thumbs-8

How far will you go for the perfect glass of red? China has begun sending vines into space on a quest for perfect wine

China dominated the Paralympic Games winning a total of 107 Golds and a staggering total of 783 medals!

September 15th marked the commencement of the Mid-Autumn Festival, traditionally celebrated with Mooncakes, family reunions and lanterns.


Curious to try first-class food in an airplane, without leaving the ground? You’ve got to visit Wuhan’s brand new airplane restaurant.

Yao Ming was inducted into the NBA Hall Of Fame with a little help from the only man tall enough, Shaq

In perhaps my favourite bit of news so far this year, it was announced this month that Pandas are no longer endangered in China.  I love Pandas, as you can probably tell from my previous posts, and fingers crossed they’ll be more furry friends for me to ‘aww’ at on the China Icons YouTube channel soon!

more gruel plz

This concludes another round up of in the news this month. Did you spot a great story I missed? Is there something you can’t wait for coming up in China in October? Let me know in the comments below!


In the news this month: August

News and Travel Editor

Welcome to China Icons ‘In the news this month: August’ edition! It’s been a busy month of national festivals, Olympic love stories and big news in tech.

Read on to enjoy this countdown of my favourite News Stories from China this month.

  1. In a story that made waves around the world, the two year battle between ride-sharing giants has come to a close as Uber has officially been acquired by Didi in China. Didi’s 87% market share proved too much for Uber to compete against.
  2. Great news for the scientific community in China, 40 Chinese scientific research institutions have been named in the world’s top 100.
  3.  China‘s famous  Transit Elevated Bus has finally taken its first test ride after sparking the internet’s interest through this video last may.

    Photo: http://www.news.cn
  4. Goodnight, Jade Rabbit! China‘s Jade Rabbit Moon Rover has shut down for good after a record breaking 31 months exploring the Moon .

    Jade Rabbit Moon Rover. Xinhua.
  5. Couples across China celebrated Chinese Valentine’s Day! , also known as Qixi festival💖 
  6. China secured another full house of medals in the Table Tennis at Rio 2016, securing the maximum amount available. (Want to meet China’s adorable ping pong protegys? Watch this)
  7. Chinese diver He Zi wins Olympic silver – then gets a proposal on the podium!

    Proposal on the Podium at Rio
  8. China’s e-sports team Wings Gaming have been crowned the new Dota 2 world champions at The International 2016, beating Digital Chaos in the grand final to claim the prestige, the glory and an enormous prize of $9.1 million
  9. China has launched the world’s first quantum satellite into space in a bid to launch an era of hack-proof communication.
  10. World’s oldest woman Fu Suqing from Chengdu celebrated her 119th birthday on 22nd August🎂 
  11. The world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge has opened in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province . Don’t look down.

    Photo: IJG JPEG Library
  12. Ghost Festival, or Hungry Ghost Festival, has been taking place across China and celebrating through the burning of paper money and other offerings. Want to find out how to survive it? Don’t say we didn’t warn you 👻Have we missed out your favourite story? Let us know in the comments below!
    See you next month for another roundup of China Icons news.

In the News this Month…JUNE

News and Travel Editor

Let’s kick off with highlights from June.

  • Over 9 million students across China took on the infamous Gaokao exam this month. The two day exam is the ONLY way for students to gain access to Universities across China.Want to see if you’d pass? Have a go here 
  • The Dragon Boat Festival fell in June this year. The festival celebrates the life and  death of Poet Qu Yuan. Locals paddled in boats to him after he committed suicide,inspiring the Dragon Boat Racing we know and love today.
  • Theme parks have made big news this month, with Disneyland Shanghai and Wanda Cultural Tourism City in Nanchang going head to head. Disneyland Shanghai promises to be different to existing Magic Kingdoms, and news has spread of some of the incredible technology on display at the park.
  • Great news for Panda lovers, the world’s first Giant Panda Twin Sisters have been born in Chengdu Congrats to Mum, Yali!
  • In the world of film, huge box office success in China has helped make ‘Warcraft’  the highest grossest video game movie of all time (over $378million taken so far)
  • It’s been a busy month in the world of science, too. Chinese Scientists are turning plastic pollution into fuel! . 
  •  China has begun a six month long human experiment to prepare for life in space!  
  • Science and Buddhism unite with Xian’er, the robot who chants mantras and answers your questions