Lion and dragon dances are performed during a Chinese New Year celebration outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Chinese New Year is a strange time in Hong Kong. Flat-bed trucks rattle along the streets bearing tangerine trees with little red envelopes stuffed wi(...)

China’s  state health system is under strain.  Photograph: Reuters

China will allow foreign investors to wholly own hospitals in seven cities and provinces, the ministry of commerce announced last week, further openin(...)

Bin Ennakhil, Marrakech, Morocco €55m This palace is the result of a dream by two builders enamoured with the Alhambra in Grenada. While b(...)

Tang Ruiren, the great-aunt of Mao Zedong, poses in front of a photograph of her family. “Everybody learns Mao’s ideology,” she says. “The situation changes continuously, but socialism keeps moving forward.”

Grandma Tang Ruiren is gearing up for a major celebration to mark the 120th anniversary of chairman Mao Zedong’s birth in his hometown of Shaoshan on (...)

Seizures of land and older buildings across China, a major cause of unrest in the country, have been fuelled by soaring prices and the government’s urban expansion drive, resulting in often violent clashes between officials and villagers. Photograph: PA

A bulldozer killed a four-year-old girl in southeastern China after her family resisted a land grab, Chinese media reported today, sparking online o(...)

Children walk home from school to a housing project in Chongqing, the fastest growing city for dollar multi-millionaires in China between 2007 and 2012. Photograph: Justin JinNew York Times

Everyone, of course, has heard of Beijing and Shanghai, and both have growing reputations as places where wealthy Chinese now live. But lesser known c(...)

A subway in Shanghai yesterday where a TV  screen shows   China's newly elected president  Xi Jinping. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

In the months leading up to the National People’s Congress, which yesterday appointed Xi Jinping as president, the Xinhua n(...)