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Climbing a Mountain Ladder

Climbing a Mountain Ladder

Atulie’er village is situated on the edge of a cliff in Sichuan, China. Historically, it took villagers a half-day to climb a series of 17 wood, rope, and vine ladders to get there. The China Traveller takes us on a tour of a more recent addition to the community, a metal ladder made from pipes that offers a more direct, but still exhausting route.

Through the Five Passes

Through the Five Passes

Apple and director Peng Fei celebrate the Chinese Year of the Rabbit with a story about a young man’s love of opera and his dedication to his craft even in the most challenging times. The vibrant take on Through the Five Passes was shot on the iPhone 14 Pro and is a great showcase of its cinematic capabilities.

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Playing Progressively Larger Flutes

Playing Progressively Larger Flutes

A typical flute measures 26 inches long, but there are various smaller and larger versions. In this video from Chinese TV, musician Zhang Qihui plays a series of wind instruments, starting with a tiny one that fits in her hand, working her way up to a massive instrument that needs two people to cover its holes while she blows.

Glass Water Slide

Glass Water Slide

This water slide in Tianjin, China, gives riders a chance to float down the side of a mountain in a raft. The slide is made with glass panels on its sides and bottom and offers 360º views of the tree tops and surrounding scenery. For more thrills, there’s a more sketchy looking slide that hugs the side of a cliff.

Insane Grass Coaster

Insane Grass Coaster

This crazy grass skiing attraction at China’s Wulan Mountain lets riders zoom down a smooth, grass-covered hill on a single-person cart that rides on narrow-gauge rails. The video shows just 11 seconds of the 40-second ride, but it looks like a blast. Apparently, it’s quite the climb back to the top of the hill if you want to ride again.

Making Chinese Word Candies

Making Chinese Word Candies

Goldthread takes us inside a factory that makes special good fortune candies, each of which has a meaningful Chinese character in its center. Using soybean, black sesame, and maltose, their artisans handmake each rope of candy by stacking contrasting layers then stretching them smaller and smaller to reveal the letters.

Chinese Dragon Boat

Chinese Dragon Boat

The incredible imagery you’re looking at was captured along Guilin, China’s Yulong River. The celebratory Golden Dragon boat is comprised of 80 interconnected rafts which form a 2300-foot-long dragon’s tail as it sails down the river. Each raft is illuminated with lanterns to bring the spectacle to life at night.

Thunderstruck on Guzheng

Thunderstruck on Guzheng

If AC/DC came from China instead of Australia and Scotland, their music might sound something like this guzheng cover by musician Moyun. If it sounds somewhat familiar, it’s because her arrangement of Thunderstruck was inspired by Luca Stricagnoli’s version of the song.

3D Relief Painting

3D Relief Painting

Rather than using paint, artist bihuashiyuge uses plaster as her medium. Here, she shows off a bit of her sculpting technique as she creates an intricate 3D relief image of The Great Wall of China. Her 3D dragon is equally impressive.

Banquet Hall in a Truck

Banquet Hall in a Truck

Most wedding banquet halls are either permanent structures or set up under a tent. But this unique vehicle from Chinese event company Hanchuan Ximen Bridge Liangming Etiquette Co., Ltd. packs an entire mobile reception hall and dining room into the back of a tractor-trailer rig.

Fog Cannon Rainbow

Fog Cannon Rainbow

In Chengdu, China, they use special misting trucks to remove dust from the air. Recently, one of these trucks sprayed its fog machine into the sunshine at just the right time to create a dramatic rainbow, set against the backdrop of the 728-foot-tall Tianxi Twin Towers.

Sketching with Fire

Sketching with Fire

Chinese artist 超哥的烧火棍 aka “Super Brother’s Fire Stick” shows how he creates a mural using a flaming stick of wood as his medium. We’re assuming he moves quickly and frenetically so as not to burn himself. Be sure to watch until the end for the reveal.

Wukong Monkey King Playing Cards

Wukong Monkey King Playing Cards

HypieLab’s deck features images inspired by the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West (西遊記). The cards have illustrations by artist Sin Yee Lam, based on mythical characters like the Monkey King and Pigsy. A premium edition is printed on black core casino stock, and they’re also making Wukong coins and a skinny Go deck.

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Living in Hong Kong’s Monster Building

Living in Hong Kong’s Monster Building

Hong Kong is filled with densely-packed apartment buildings that millions of its citizens call home. DongDong Wu’s boyfriend lived in one known as the “Monster Building” and she shared this video of what life is like in one of these massive developments. About 10,000 people live in the five-block complex.

Martial Arts Remake

Martial Arts Remake

The guys from China’s Remake Team specialize in replicating scenes from martial arts movies and anime. In this clip, they take on a classic fight sequence from Jet Li’s Fist of Legend. There’s also a split-screen version of the video up on Reddit.

The World’s Cheapest New Car

The World’s Cheapest New Car

Ordering a new car off of wholesaling site Alibaba.com seems like a sketchy idea, and that’s exactly why Jalopnik did it. In this series of clips, editor Jason Torchinsky unboxes it, takes us for a test drive, and explains the engineering of Chang Li’s tiny electric four-seater, which sells for about $930 ($1200 with the batteries).

Chinese SWAT Team Exam

Chinese SWAT Team Exam

To become a member of a SWAT team requires a great deal of skill, strength, and mental fortitude. This footage from a Shenzen Special Police team exam follows a student through a challenging obstacle course that tests their power, agility, balance, speed, weapon handling, and even knot-tying skills.

Mission Crabpossible

Mission Crabpossible

So let’s say you’re drying clothes outside of your window, and a shirt blows onto a ledge you can’t reach. Well, if you’re this clever person in Hangzhou, China, you enlist the help of a mitten crab to rappel down to the shirt and retrieve it for you like a living claw machine.

Giant Quarry Saws

Giant Quarry Saws

These gigantic circular saws riding on rails and kicking up dust look like something out of a dystopian science fiction movie. In fact, these massive cutting tools are used today to cut blocks of stone in a quarry in China. Here’s a closer look at one of the saws in action.

Senior Fitness in China

Senior Fitness in China

If we can get in a workout once or twice a week, we feel pretty good about ourselves. But these senior fitness show-offs in Beijing, China clearly have been building their strength and balance on the regular for decades. That guy with the sideways pull-ups, whoa.

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One Long Swimming Pool

One Long Swimming Pool

This family-friendly resort in Guangdong, China has a unique water feature – a massive swimming pool that connects the yards of its numerous villas. It’s basically a manmade, chlorinated river. You can book a villa at the Baodun Lake Hushan Hot Spring Resort on Trip.com.

Broken Plate Vending Machine

Broken Plate Vending Machine

FudouKamui, a student from China’s Xi’an Academy of Fine Art created this vending machine that drops delicate china from its racks onto an unpadded shelf, shattering them on impact. The name of the installation translates to “This Is the Proof of Our Stupidity.” Also, each plate has a different price despite being identical.

3-Wheeled Spinny Car

3-Wheeled Spinny Car

Most cars only steer with their front wheels. But this strange three-wheeled vehicle turns all of its wheels whenever its driver turns its steering crank. It’s not as fancy as NASA’s Modular Robotic Vehicle but we’re pretty sure this guy’s build budget was substantially smaller. Original video by Douyin user wo583582429.

The Great Vertical Wall

The Great Vertical Wall

The Great Wall of China is renowned for its astounding 13,171-mile length. But there’s one part of the wall that’s especially notable, not for its length but its height. Parts of the now crumbling Jiankou section are insanely steep and only possible to climb by the most fearless explorers.

Synchronized Slinkies

Synchronized Slinkies

The guys from Douyin channel Rainbow Circle love to show off their skills using rainbow-colored slinky-type toys. Among their performances is this duo handling their colorful spring toys in perfect sync. And then there’s this triple-threat.

China’s “Bending” Bridge

China’s “Bending” Bridge

The Ruyi Bridge is one of the most interesting bridge designs on the planet. Located in the Shenxianju Scenic Area in Taizhou, China, it features three connected arches – one that rises and two that dip. The two lower bridges are connected by a glass walkway which allows pedestrians to peer down to the forest 459 feet below.

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