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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Mr. Tiger’s Cave House

Mr. Tiger’s Cave House

Hailing from rural China, a man going by the nickname “Mr. Tiger” has been painstakingly digging into a mountainside to build a house. He used various hand and power tools to gradually chip away at the rock to create a small living space, which he hopes to expand over time. Follow his progress on YouTube or Ixigua.

Making a Luban Stool

Making a Luban Stool

Invented in China more than 2500 years ago, a Luban stool is a kind of folding stool crafted from a single piece of wood without nails, screws, or glue. In this video from Grandpa Amu, he shows the process of cutting, drilling, sanding, and carving that goes into making this brilliantly engineered piece of furniture.

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Shimao Quarry Hotel

Shimao Quarry Hotel

The Smithsonian Channel takes us near Shanghai, China, where what was once a rock quarry has been transformed into an extravagant luxury resort. Architect Martin Jochman of JADE+QA designed the structure that appears to be just two stories when approaching from the top, but is actually a 16-story tower that blends into the rocks.

Anti-Sleep Study Chair

Anti-Sleep Study Chair

We’ve really been enjoying the wacky inventions on Handy Geng’s YouTube channel. Among them is this metal chair that ensures whoever sits in it won’t fall asleep. It uses a set of terrifying spring-loaded spikes that pop out of its seat, and a goofy motion-sensor hat that triggers them if its occupant starts to nod off.

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.

Great Wall of Marbles

Great Wall of Marbles

Inspired by the incredible manmade feat known as the Great Wall of China, the guys at Murmiland built a marble run that looks like a miniature version of the world wonder. The only difference is their version measures just 15 meters long, less than a millionth of the length of the real deal. Oh, and nobody died building this one.

Moving a Wind Turbine Blade Up a Mountain

Moving a Wind Turbine Blade Up a Mountain

Giant wind turbines are a common sight in the countryside, and we’ve occasionally seen them being transported on long flatbeds. But getting their enormous fan blades up a mountain along curvy switchbacks poses a unique set of challenges. This video from China’s CGTN shows just how they do it.

How Glass Marbles Are Made

How Glass Marbles Are Made

Sino Sales & Support presents a brief and wonderfully satisfying look at a factory in China where rows of machines crank out millions of glass marbles each year. The soothing sound of thousands of rolling marbles should be an option on every white noise machine. Skip to 0:38.

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