Baoding

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Teachers grading  papers for the gaokao college entrance exam at Nanjing University in  Jiangsu Province,  China. Photograph:   Yang Suping/VCG via Getty Images

The additional lessons Wang Gang bought to help his only child prepare for China’s rigorous university exam, or gaokao, were not cheap. In addition to(...)

People walk in the flooded road after record downpours in Zhengzhou city in central China’s Henan province on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Tens of thousands of people were being evacuated from flood-hit regions of central China on Thursday as officials raised the death toll from heavy rai(...)

Fireworks go on sale in Beijing earlier this month. Photograph: Kyodo News/Getty Images

The Beijing city government has told officials to lead by example and not set off fireworks or firecrackers to welcome the Lunar New Year on Friday to(...)

Power plant in Xingtai, southern Hebei province, south of Beijing. Xingtai produces some 20 million metric tonnes of coal annually and is one of the world’s most polluted cities.  Photograph:  Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

Based on the most reliable air-pollution index in China, the country’s most polluted city is Xingtai, one of the oldest cities in northern China, w(...)

Kuihua Hall, beside the Lotus Pond, in  Baoding Ancient Lotus Garden

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Local authorities said that Baoding, a city in Hebei province 150 kilometres south-west of Beijing, wou(...)