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China’s Rainbow Mountains
By October 22, 2013
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Don’t these mountains look absolutely surreal? Insanely enough, they are actually real. These photos are from Zhangye Danxia Geological Park in Gansu Province, China (a remote region in northern central China). The intense color of the mountains are the result of red sandstone and layers upon layers of mineral deposits that were sculpted by the rain and wind over thousands of years to form pure rainbow perfection. (No doubt a little Photoshop action contributed to their stunning beauty as well.) Amazing.

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Above & Beyond, Hong Kong
By May 17, 2012
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Perched 28 floors up at the top of Hong Kong’s fashionable Hotel ICON in Kowloon, Above & Beyond serves up dim-sum and seasonal Cantonese cuisine amid a spectacular harbor view. This upscale restaurant is just minutes away from the bustling urban center of Tsim Sha Tsui, buzzing with shops, restaurants and museums. However, all that excitement melts away the minute you step into Above & Beyond’s sleek, modern realm.

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Beijing’s Press Club Bar
By November 1, 2011
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The St. Regis hotel in Beijing is home to a number of the city’s hottest dining spots and watering holes. Highlights range from Cantonese to Italian cuisine, and from a cigar lounge to a steakhouse with city views. Yet one standout among these is the Press Club Bar, a stylish find located just off the hotel’s opulent main lobby.

Hongtao Zhou
By October 8, 2010

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Hongtao Zhou is a furniture designer and performance artist who started out studying chemistry in Harbin, China and ended up working as a furniture designer and sculptor, obtaining a Ph.D. in furniture design from Purdue University along the way. The wax chairs pictured above are from his series “Burniture” and are made to be lit until the candles finally burn, melt, and collapse the piece.

“These small wicks are burning down the “coldness” of the icy-looking wax chairs. Cold chairs generate “hot” seats, baking, melting and disappearing. At the same time, the hot wax liquid is melting down into “icicles.” Conflicts. Over consumption will weaken the chair system and eventually cause chair figures to collapse. It is just a matter of time. Burn the ice, burn our seats, burn us.” —Hongtao Zhou

Many of Hongtao’s works, such as his snow furniture pieces below, involve manipulation of ice and snow.
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[ via hongtaozhou.com ]

Toilet Talk: One Fancy John
By July 16, 2010
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Okay, I’m not usually one to talk about time spent in the bathroom. However, I just have to make an exception for the über-luxe guest bathrooms at the St. Regis hotel in Beijing. Alright, I’m not actually just talking about the bathrooms, although the designer bath and body products, fresh flowers, and flat screen television in the mirror are certainly nice. What I’m really dying to tell you about is the toilet!

Danny Lee’s Sculpted Water-Play
By July 8, 2010
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Hong Kong artist Danny Lee Chin-fai’s three-piece sculpture titled Dance of Clouds and Rain is an awe-inspiring, elemental sight to behold, housed in the skyward-sweeping lobby of the Grande Hyatt Macau. Composed of giant suspended raindrops and water rivulets spilling from clouds in the ceiling, Danny’s pieces sway slightly in the breeze, the soft curves of these stunning show-stoppers dangling harmoniously amongst a sea of geometric modernism.

Doggie Style: Panda Pups and Tiger Dogs
By June 15, 2010

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Dogs in China are experiencing a true identity crisis: a recent trend by pet owners has transformed regular pooches into exotic new animals through elaborate salon dye jobs.
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[ via dailymail.co.uk ]

Wu Guanzhong: Fusing East with West
By June 11, 2010

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Photo via Hong Kong Museum of Art

Wu Guanzhong 吴冠中 is a striking Chinese painter whose work has helped define modern Chinese art. Born in 1919 in Yixing, Jiangsu Province, Wu went on to study at Ecole Nationale Supérieur des Beaux-arts in Paris, before returning to China to teach art. Wu was the first living Chinese artist to have a solo show at the British Museum in 1992.

Wu’s art contains a whisper of Western influence, and his painting technique hints at his classical European training. Yet his striking paintings and large-format works on paper bravely explore the balance of white space and form in a way that is distinctly Chinese, marrying dramatic use of line work with a mature color palate.

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Photo via Gayle Wheatley

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Photo via Hong Kong Museum of Art

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Harbin Ice Festival
By January 27, 2010

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The Harbin Ice Festival is going on right now in Harbin, China (located in the cold, cold northeast corner of the country). The festival highlights dramatic ice sculptures, magically illuminated at night.

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[ photo via StrudelMonkey ]

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