Monthly archives: October, 2016

50-year-old astronaut serves as mentor to next generation

Jing Haipeng (left) and Chen Dong before the launch Photo: CFP “Isn’t this cool?” 50-year-old Jing Haipeng asked his fellow astronaut Chen Dong in the cabin of Shenzhou-11 spaceship after it launched successfully from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on October 17. As the window screens opened, the pair, who were chosen for China’s longest …

Graffiti artist decorates city despite destruction of work

Qi Xinghua crouches in front of one of his paintings. Photo: Qi Xinghua In big cities like Beijing, it is not rare to see graffiti on some deserted wall get painted over without drawing much reaction from the public. But one artist has been so prolific that he has outpaced continuing clean-up efforts, and started to …

Director compares foreign medical care reform with China’s

Sun Shuyun stands in a hospital in London. Photo: Courtesy of Sun Shuyun “China has the largest population in the world, and the busiest hospitals.” With the opening line, a regular day is presented at one of the most prestigious hospitals, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, where the lobby is filled with bustling crowds. “I …