Children at Chongshan primary school in southern China’s Guangxi. One head teacher told the BBC website that Chinese teaching methods were on a collision course with teenage British culture and values. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP

No talking. No questions. Study hard. Obey teacher. Secondary school kicks off with morning exercises at 7am and ends with a trudge homewards at 7pm f(...)

 The financial district of Pudong in Shanghai: officials from the city travelled to Ireland as part of China’s Senior Officials Training Programme. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

The current crackdown on extravagance and corruption has made overseas travel for government officials in China a lot more difficult than it used to b(...)

Chinese industrialist Li Jinyuan  brought 6,400 of his employees on holiday to France in May – a trip that cost more than €13million – where they formed a record-breaking ‘longest human phrase’, reading ‘Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Côte d’Azur’. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

It starts with a pennant flag held aloft by a scarily enthusiastic twenty-something tour guide, skilled in speaking high-tempo Mandarin without pau(...)

The Solar Impulse 2 flies over Nagoya Airport after taking off in Toyoyama, near Nagoya in Japan. Photograph: AP

A solar-powered plane took off from Japan on Monday on the seventh leg of its journey round the world, a trans-Pacific crossing expected to be the tou(...)

Local residents pray at a candlelight vigil to pay their respects to the passengers of the sunken cruise ship on the Yangtze River, at a public square in Jianli, Hubei province, China, on Thursday. Photograph:  Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Distraught relatives of the nearly 400 passengers still missing from the capsized cruise ship in the Yangtze River have clashed with authorities, dema(...)

Rescuers trying to find survivors from a cruise ship that sank in the Yangtze River cut into the ship’s hull as hopes faded of finding more people alive. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

China has pledged that there would be “no cover-up” of an investigation into the sinking of a cruise ship on the Yangtze River, which has left 65 peo(...)

Rescue workers are seen next to the capsized passenger ship Eastern Star in the Yangtze river. Photograph:  Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images 0:51

Scores of divers searched a capsized ship in the Yangtze River on Wednesday for more than 400 missing people, many of them elderly tourists, as the(...)

Rescue workers search on a sunken ship in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province. Photograph: Reuters 0:51

Divers have pulled two people alive from inside a capsized cruise ship in China and are preparing to rescue at least four more, state broadcaster CCTV(...)

People taking pictures as the solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 takes off for Hawaii from Nanjing Lukou International Airport in China. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

A solar plane attempting to fly around the world without a drop of fuel is making an unscheduled stop in Japan due to bad weather. The Swiss pilot of (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry toasts Japan’s prime minister  Shinzo Abe at a luncheon  in honour of Japan  Department of State in Washington on Tuesday. Abe returns home  with his political fortunes elevated – at least abroad. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe returns home this weekend from a United States tour with his political fortunes elevated – at least abroad. The tou(...)