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Sex and the city

Hotels and entertainment venues prosper on a street in Dongguan, in January 2010. Photo: IC The crackdown on prostitution in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan changed the city overnight from a throbbing nightlife hub to something resembling a ghost town. Before, Dongguan was the...

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Dongguan bids to clean up its act – again

City’s sex industry booms despite repeated crackdowns, report Qiu Quanlin in Dongguan, Cui Jia, Tang Yue and Yang Wanli in Beijing. On a chilly Monday afternoon, Wang Dandan walked idly around the Yuanfeng Hotel in Zhongtang, a township in Dongguan, Guangdong province, where she worked...

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67 held after Dongguan sex trade exposé

By Wang Yiqiong A total of 67 people were arrested and 12 entertainment venues involved in the illegal sex trade were shut down late Sunday night after China Central Television (CCTV) revealed a dozen hotels in Dongguan, South China’s Guangdong Province, offered sex services. All...

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Working the stage

By Global Times Migrant workers sing at the Third Spring Festival Gala for Migrant Workers in Beijing. Photo: Yang Yang For at least three hours, migrant workers and their children became the stars of the stage. They became singers, dancers and comedians in the Spring...

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No woman’s land

By Xuyang Jingjin No woman’s land. Photo: CFP An old Chinese saying goes, “A married daughter is like spilt water,” an indication that the traditional preference for sons is still prevalent in China. Despite gender equality being a State policy, this discrimination against women is...

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Monks uncloistered

Volunteers at Longquan Temple manage its Weibo and blog accounts. Photo: Li Hao/GT After deciding to become a monk, Liang Lu didn’t spend his days in the temple reading Buddhist scriptures and eating a vegetarian diet, as people would expect. Instead, he interacted with the...

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Hong Kong declares sanction against the Philippines for hostage crisis

Survivors and relatives of eight Hong Kong tourists who were killed in a 2010 Philippine bus hostage tragedy gather outside the Philippines consulate in Hong Kong to demand an apology on August 23, 2012. Philippine President Benigno Aquino had ruled out an apology although he...

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Renegade scholars

Defiant teachers seeking way out after high-profile dismissal, resignation. Photo: CFP Xia Yeliang, an associate professor at Peking University, had until January 31 to complete all the paperwork for his termination. But Xia, who was fired in October, has refused to go ahead with the...

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When the crowd bays for blood

China’s most eminent filmmaker has become a victim – of a lynch mob that carries the banner of equality more than of a national policy whose implementation is constantly fine-tuned. Renowned filmmaker Zhang Yimou has found himself in deep water. Not only has he been...

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Pregnant at 60

Sheng Hailin, 64, hugs her daughters. Photo: CFP At 60, Sheng Hailin took on a challenge few people have faced. She had twin girls in 2010, which makes her the oldest person in China to give birth. Now 64 and the mother of two 4-year-olds,...

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