Awesome China

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.

Rolling in the WTF

Rolling in the WTF

This guy on a Chinese TV show turns in what is arguably the strangest performance of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep that we’ve ever heard. We don’t know whether to give him a standing ovation, or just stare at the screen like a deer caught in the headlights.

Exploding Rice Cracker Machine

Exploding Rice Cracker Machine

One of the stranger cooking machines we’ve seen – this thing takes in grain, salt, and water, then applies heat and pressure to make rice crackers. The resulting explosion causes them to fly out of its mouth like jet-powered frisbees. Here’s a similar machine.

Making Suomian Noodles

Making Suomian Noodles

A look at a long-standing tradition in China’s Nanshan Village, where a handful of people have passed down the technique to create these long and skinny noodles, which are quite time-consuming and complex to make. We’re having some serious carb cravings now.

Laser Engraved Denim

Laser Engraved Denim

While laser engraving is typically done on wood or acrylic, this video shows a laser system which is used to add patterns or a pre-washed look to blue jeans. The completed fashions aren’t our style, but the tech is really cool. Plus, the music just makes it so much more dramatic.

100 Excavator Demolition

100 Excavator Demolition

To remove an aging overpass in Nanchang China, a veritable army of Hyundai excavation machines lined up and worked to rapidly demolish the old structure – removing the entire bridge in about 2 days, and reopening to traffic in 56 hours. (Thanks Hubert!)

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Dancing Robot World Record

Dancing Robot World Record

Guinness World Records shares this video of an army of tiny robots, all dancing in sync during the Qingdao Beer Festival in Shandong, China. In total, over 1000 robots participated. There were also a number of other robots on hand serving beer, ice cream, and performing.

Cooking with Geometry

Cooking with Geometry

A talented street food vendor in China works some serious magic as he maneuvers his edible creations into a series of geometric patterns by simply jostling his tray just right. You might even say he was tossing his cookies.

Insane Chinese Traffic Jam

Insane Chinese Traffic Jam

If you live in any major U.S. city, traffic is an everyday part of life. But any time you feel the road rage boiling over, just think about this video of a major traffic jam in Beijing, and you might feel just a little better about the slowdowns you encounter on a daily basis.

Container Ship Time-Lapse

Container Ship Time-Lapse

This incredible 4K time-lapse by Toby Smith was taken aboard the Gunhilde Maersk, a large container ship, as it makes its way from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Ningbo, China. The visual spectacle that plays out before us more than makes up for the lack of sound.

Freerunning China

Freerunning China

For the last month or so, freerunner Ronnie Shalvis has been pulling his gymnastic moves on the beaches, rooftops, towers, and walls of China. For Ronnie, the entire world is his playground, so even the most mundane places he visits look fun.

A Literal Chinese Fire Drill

A Literal Chinese Fire Drill

The slang term “Chinese Fire Drill” has been used to describe chaos. But this is anything but that. Check out these images captured by Xinhua at the Nanhu Vocational School’s annual fire drill, in which students must brave a fiery gauntlet.

China’s Commodity City

China’s Commodity City

Photographer Richard John Seymour’s overwhelming collection features “the largest small commodity wholesale market in the world.” Located in Yiwu, China, it has thousands of stalls hawking mass-produced goods to distributors.

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A Skyscraper in 19 Days

A Skyscraper in 19 Days

By using prefab modules, a Chinese construction company completed a 57-story skyscraper in just 19 days, sometimes at a rate of three floors per day. Their reduced use of concrete means it’s more eco-friendly as well. Time-lapse at 1:53.

Dashuhua

Dashuhua

The dangerous tradition of Dashuhua has been practiced by blacksmiths as part of the Lantern festival for over 500 years. It involves throwing scraps of molten iron towards the bricks of the city gate, resulting in a fiery visual spectacle.

Powering a Lantern Festival

Powering a Lantern Festival

CAT’s #BuiltForIT trials put their down their Jenga blocks for a minute and did something really cool to show off their gear, powering a massive lantern festival in a remote Chinese village using just a single one of their generators.

Firecracker Insanity

Firecracker Insanity

As part of a Chinese celebration, organizers set off an unfathomable number of firecrackers with a single fuse. And here we thought the kids playing with them in our alley made too much noise. Skip to 1:20.

The Keyboard of Isolation

The Keyboard of Isolation

In 2012 DDB Shanghai made this awareness campaign about Internet and computer addiction. The ad agency made a keyboard-shaped sculpture showing the likenesses of addicts and their loved ones trapped in the keys.

Blown Sugar Animals

Blown Sugar Animals

While you have to go to a fancy pastry competition here in the States to witness this art form, in Xian, China, it’s as easy as going to this street vendor, who crafts intricate candy animals by blowing into molten hot sugar.

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