Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei has returned to China after his first overseas trip in four years and discovered what appear to be listening devices hidden(...)

FIVE PREHISTORIC SITES IN BRITAIN   The recent discovery of a “superhenge” of nearly 100 standing stones near Stonehenge has left arch(...)

 Sunday Morning: In Berlin-Mitte, at Sammlung Boros, see a stunning private collection of art housed in a former Nazi bunker. Photograph: Andreas Meichsner for The New York Times

There are few cities that transform themselves as profoundly from season to season as Berlin. The purgatorial winter, with its lightless days and f(...)

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei his  son Ai Lao at Munich airport: the activist has said  that his homeland must become a democratic society. Photograph: Matthias Schrader/AP

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has warned that his homeland will “explode” unless the communist regime allows managed transition to democracy. (...)

 Chinese artist and critic of the regime Ai Weiwei  at Munich Airport. Photograph: EPA/Peter Kneffel

British home secretary Theresa May has intervened to reverse a decision by her officials and grant dissident Chinese artist and free speech advocate A(...)

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who said on Thursday that Britain had denied his application for a six-month visa in favour of one with a shorter duration. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said on Thursday that Britain had denied his application for a six-month visa in favour of one with a shorter durat(...)

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei poses with his passport in Beijing. He should now be able to attend a retrospective of his work at London’s Royal Academy of Art in September. Photograph: Ai Weiwei/Reuters

Chinese dissident artist and free speech advocate Ai Weiwei said that authorities in Beijing returned his passport on Wednesday, more than four years (...)

Art and politics: Sean Scully. Photograph courtsey of Sean Scully Studio, New York

Sean Scully is what some people might call a man’s man. This year the artist will celebrate his 70th birthday. He’s tall, lean and broad-shouldered, w(...)

Enjoy a classic Beijing specialty at Duck de Chine.  Photograph: Adam Dean/The New York Times
Weekend in . . . Beijing
  • Travel
  • March 21, 2015, 01:30

It seems like only yesterday that Beijing had its much-ballyhooed “coming out” party – the 2008 Summer Olympics – but things don’t slow down much i(...)

Protesters hold a picture of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong on Christmas Day, 2009, after a Chinese court had handed down an 11-year sentence on subversion charges after he had called for sweeping political reforms. The Nobel Peace Prize winner remains in prison. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

When President Michael D Higgins shakes the hand of his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Beijing next week, the two leaders will have much in commo(...)