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…at least not right away. Holdout properties—commonly referred to as “nail houses” in China—have been popping up with increasing frequency over the years amid the country’s prolonged urbanization efforts. As expressways, shopping malls, train stations, and high-rise condominiums continue to be built with abandon, often overlapping into residential zones...

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china internet cafe

What sounds more like the setup of a bad joke is, in fact, a real job in China. And it pays well, too. So-called “porn inspectors” in China can make up to US$30,000 per year sifting through smut. Some are responsible for viewing and classifying pornographic movies, while others go online...

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China high speed rail line

Last October, after heated bidding between China and Japan, Indonesia finally awarded China their coveted high-speed rail project (original story here). This much anticipated line will run 150 km (93 mi) and connect Jakarta with Bandung, on the densely populated island of Java. This would be the country’s first high-speed...

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old stone squat toilets

Squat toilets are still ubiquitous throughout China, Japan, and rural Southeast Asia, despite the gradual changeover to Western-style toilets in many homes and institutions. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, anyone who has traveled or lived in these countries has had the opportunity to use these toilets at one point...

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