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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.

Wok Workout

Wok Workout

Cooking in a wok can result in some really yummy food. This young woman takes her wok skills to the next level as she bangs out a dance routine while cooking some spicy chili chicken, and swings the wok around without spilling food on the ground. We’re guessing from her style that this might be her TikTok feed.

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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.

Brick-built Dragon Boat

Brick-built Dragon Boat

LEGO My LEGOs uses stop-motion to show off the assembly of a really cool Chinese dragon boat model, complete with mechanical oars. This impressive looking model isn’t actually a LEGO kit, but comes from a company called Xingbao. The 3325-piece kit is a veritable bargain at just $68 from Brick Me up Scottie.

The Empty $161 Billion City

The Empty $161 Billion City

China has spent billions of dollars building the Kangbashi District of Ordos City. The city has housing for a million people, a modern infrastructure, and everything you could ask for. Half as Interesting explains why the giant city in the desert is still only at 1/5th of its planned population, 10 years after completion.

Giant Robot Builder

Giant Robot Builder

Goldthread introduces us to Sun Shiqian, a man whose love for robots has turned into an obsession. In his studio in the Chinese city of Dalian, he has built numerous giant robots, including replicas of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, as well as a huge, wearable mech suit.

Undone Zen Cartograph

Undone Zen Cartograph

Watchmaker Undone presents a unique timepiece inspired by the symbology of the traditional Chinese practice of Feng Shui. Its dial is embellished with the characters of the Luo Pan and a spinning yin and yang symbol, while its caseback can be embellished with characters representing your celestial birth year.

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).

Mask of the Zodiac

Mask of the Zodiac

There’s a legend that says China’s Jade Emperor asked the animals of the zodiac to race across the country to decide their order. Filmmaker Law Chen created a bold, modern interpretation of this story in a Chinese New Year campaign for ICBC, but subsequently released it as a reminder to wear masks to protect our safety.

The East

The East

Photographer Morten Rustad takes us on an 8K time-lapse trip to China. From awe-inspiring natural rock formations, to traditional villages, and massive cities, the vivid imagery is a feast for the eyeballs and a workout for your display. Want to shoot time-lapse like the pros? Check out Morten’s course Master Time-Lapse.

Climbkhana Two

Climbkhana Two

Chief Hoonigan Ken Block is back to shred some more Toyo Tires, drifting through the most dangerous road in China – the 99 turn thriller that snakes through Tianmen Mountain. Watch in awe as he slides sideways through every corner in his Hoonitruck, a highly-modded 1977 Ford F-150 that makes 914hp.

The World’s Loneliest Library

The World’s Loneliest Library

Take a tour of the beautiful and serene Seashore Library, which sits along China’s Bohai Sea near Nandaihe Pleasure City. Architect Dong Gong’s design was designed to provide each occupant of its reading room with an unobscured view of the beach outside, and a sense of peace and solitude for each visitor.

Moving a Bus Terminal

Moving a Bus Terminal

We’re always fascinated by construction projects where they move buildings rather than tear them down and rebuild them. Recently workers in Xiamen, China took a massive 30,000-ton bus station, and successfully rotated it 90 degrees to its new home to make way for new high-speed railway station.

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How Tennis Balls Are Made

How Tennis Balls Are Made

A look inside a factory in China where Artengo’s tennis balls are made. First, sheets of rubber are cut into pellets, which are then molded into semi-circles. Then, the sections are combined, hand-wrapped in felt, and then heat-sealed together. Watch them make their rackets here.

Making a Cotton Candy Flower

Making a Cotton Candy Flower

Here in the US, cotton candy is typically just a big fluffy pillow of spun sugar, but in China, it’s often turned into amazing works of edible art by street vendors. Watch as this candy chef in Chongqing, China turns sugar into an intricate multi-color flower. Oh the humanity at 8:11!

OCTAVE

OCTAVE

Inspired by early filmmakers like Eadweard Muybridge, James Medcraft created his hypnotic short film by slicing imagery captured from a moving vehicle in Hong Kong. Like reassembling slivers of shredded paper, he creates a work of art from what would otherwise be mundane imagery.

China’s Road Network

China’s Road Network

As part of The Grand Tour‘s third season, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May went to China to explore the country’s impressive road network. Built over mountains, valleys, lakes and seas, the motorways already span more than 84,000 mi.

The Hong Kong Handover

The Hong Kong Handover

For over 150 years, Hong Kong was under British rule. When the terms of an agreement expired, it was returned to China. But how does a city with over 7.4 million people change countries? Wendover Productions explains some of the finer points of the transition.

Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds

Photographer and world traveler Ivan Bondarenko takes us on an aerial tour of one of Earth’s most spectacular locales, the lush, greenery-covered limestone hills near Guilin China, reminding us yet again how amazing our planet is. Shot with a DJI Mavic Pro drone.

The 12-Day Long Traffic Jam

The 12-Day Long Traffic Jam

Half as Interesting explains the world’s worst traffic jam, which happened on China’s G110 highway in 2010 and lasted an incredible 12 days. Trucks carrying coal clogged up the road, then inexplicably, 5 days into the epic jam, planned maintenance work began on the road.

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Waterfall Skyscraper

Waterfall Skyscraper

While the building has yet to be completed, we still are wowed by the idea that a 400 foot-tall skyscraper has a working 350 foot-tall waterfall built into its facade. The Liebian International Building is being built in Guiyang, China. Sadly, they can’t run it all the time.

Drone World Record

Drone World Record

During a recent event over the City Wall of Xi’an, China, a team of engineers from EHang launched a whopping 1,374 illuminated quadcopters, transforming the night sky into a dynamic and colorful airborne light show. We wonder if any of them bumped propellers.

Commodity City

Commodity City

Jessica Kingdon’s award-winning short film gives us a glimpse at the lives of the vendors and shop owners at China’s Yiwu Market, the world’s largest wholesale consumer goods mall. The mall has five floors and is nearly 5 miles long.

Unicycling Across China

Unicycling Across China

The idea of riding a bicycle 3400 miles across China is daunting enough, but Ed Pratt did that with one fewer wheel, and carrying his camping gear. In this video, he completes his epic journey as he approaches the Vietnam border. Check out previous episodes from his trip here.

World’s Tallest Outdoor Elevator

World’s Tallest Outdoor Elevator

Located in the Wulingyuan region of Zhangjiajie, China, the Bailong (aka “Hundred Dragons”) Elevator is a 1,070 foot-tall glass elevator. While some might question the impact it has on nature, it’s an incredible feat of engineering, and provides astounding views.

Trash into Transformers

Trash into Transformers

Great Big Story introduces us to Yu Zhilin and his son Yu Lingyun, both of whom are skilled at metalwork. Along the way, they found they had an affinity for building giant Transformers out of scrap parts from old cars. More recently, they started building amazing original designs.

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