Pump up your Chinese New Year party with this playlist

Pump up your Chinese New Year party with this playlist

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Chinese New Year is less than a week away, and that means plenty of house parties to host.

Spotify has released a festive playlist in time for next week’s celebrations, and it features artists born in the Year of the Monkey. This includes Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Sam Smith, Christina Aguilera and Celine Dion. Asian artists on the list include Leslie Cheung, Hyuna, Shigga Shay and Namie Amuro.

If you want to go really traditional though, Spotify reveals that the top 10 tracks on playlists for Chinese New Year around the world are some of the classics. We mean the stuff you hear playing endlessly on loop in Asian supermarkets a month before the new year. Read more…

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Rare snowfall in southern China leads to adorable mini snowmen

Rare snowfall in southern China leads to adorable mini snowmen

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While it’s common for the northern region of China to get hit by cold fronts and heavy snowfalls during winter, residents living in the south of the country rarely get to experience snow.

All that changed when China was hit with the coldest weather in decades this week and it snowed in the southern parts of the country.

Chinese residents in the south immediately jumped at the chance to build snowmen out of whatever little snow they could gather.

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Photos of miniature snowmen soon flooded Weibo, and although these snowmen wouldn’t be winning prizes for their statures anytime soon, they sure are adorable to look at. Read more…

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Surprise! The world's first Simpsons store will open in China, not Springfield

Surprise! The world’s first Simpsons store will open in China, not Springfield

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Cosmopolitan might have dubbed the Kardashian-Jenner clan “America’s First Family,” but let’s not forget that America’s most famous family is still The Simpsons and they’re making it official by going global.

20th Century Fox announced Friday that after 27 years of gracing our screens, the world’s first Simpsons store will open in Beijing, China, in March. The expansion of the Simpsons franchise would continue with a second store in Shanghai by June and the plan for the future is to open 100 stores globally, Jeffrey Godsick, president of 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, told China Daily.

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How Starbucks made it big in tea-drinking China

How Starbucks made it big in tea-drinking China

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Starbucks announced today the introduction of its fourth and largest Partner-Family Forum programme in China.

Already present in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, Starbucks’ latest family-oriented plans for Chengdu is proof of the coffee company’s territorial ambitions in China. It’s been reported that Starbucks intends to double its locations in the country by 2019.

When Starbucks first opened in China in 1999, the company’s future seem doomed in a country that has thousands of years of tea-drinking history. However, in just 17 years, Starbucks changed and revolutionised the way the Chinese view and drink coffee. Read more…

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58 bodies recovered so far from Shenzhen landslide

58 bodies recovered so far from Shenzhen landslide

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Rescuers have recovered 58 bodies from the landslide that occurred at a construction waste dump in Shenzhen more than two weeks ago.

The official Xinhua agency said on Wednesday that the Shenzhen city government has managed to identify 52 out of the 58 bodies. Last week, authorities put the total number missing at 77, but with the latest developments, that leaves 25 people remaining unaccounted for.

#Update: 58 deaths confirmed as of Wed in #shenzhenlandslide on Dec 20pic.twitter.com/mJ2LhXBv2h

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Chinese village builds 120-foot gold statue of a leader blamed for millions of deaths

Chinese village builds 120-foot gold statue of a leader blamed for millions of deaths

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A giant statue of China’s infamous Communist leader chairman Mao Zedong has risen above the countryside in a rural Chinese town

The towering, 120-foot-tall figure was built from steel beams and concrete and painted a glowing gold color. Local business leaders and residents erected the statue to honor Mao — a man who has been blamed for the deaths of millions by calling for widespread industrialization that triggered a devastating famine — four decades after his death

Giant golden statue of Mao Zedong to complete in central China

Mao, memorialized in this statue, was a controversial figure who was blamed for famine and millions of deaths.

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China starts 2016 with a stock market crash — and America is really worried

China starts 2016 with a stock market crash — and America is really worried

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In the Chinese calendar, 2016 will be the year of the monkey. It may also be the year where China has to address the monkey on its back.

China’s stock market has opened the year with a crash, opening up a new frontier of nervousness about one of the world’s most financially powerful countries. Chinese consumers play a big role in fueling sales of of fashion, technology, and cars, so many international companies from Apple to Burger King carefully watch the country to watch their own prospects. A Mashable explainer on China’s economic troubles can be found here

The fears, which started last summer, started anew when the Shanghai Composite Index — China’s equivalent of the Dow Jones Industrial Average — dropped 7% on Monday, which then created a global downturn in stocks Read more…

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