Popularity of NBA in China seems to create endless optionsBEIJING: Kobe Bryant went to China for the first time in 1998, making the trip to Beijing to help operate an instructional basketball clinic for about a dozen kids. The local coaches working with him didn’t know a lot about the game. Barely anyone noticed that an NBA player was in town. Basketball wasn’t a big deal in China. And then everything changed very quickly.The footprint of the NBA has grown at an extremely rapid pace over the last two decades in China, where more than 500 million people watched games last season and where one new streaming deal alone will pump $1.5 billion into the league’s coffers over the next five years. “When I first came here, I never thought the game in China would get to be this big,” Bryant said. “But it has. And it’s not going to stop.”The possibilities seem endless. Could there be an NBA team in China despite the travel that would be involved? … [Read more...] about Popularity of NBA in China seems to create endless options
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BEIJING: In a country where privacy protections are considered weak and anything-goes data collection has become the norm, Chinese tech entrepreneur Yang Geng stands out.His service, LeakZero, helps people surf the web anonymously, protect passwords and send encrypted messages. By design, he can't find out the names of the app's users or even know how many there are. It doesn't have a so-called 'back door.'And as far as he knows, it's the only one of its kind on China.Yang and the users of his service are fighting uphill and unusual battle for privacy in a place where the government is deeply involved in Big Data, and companies have done little to resist.Tech industry executives have described the country's citizens as less sensitive about privacy than their Western counterparts, with Chinese search engine giant chief Robin Li saying last year that many in China were willing to trade it for convenience, safety or efficiency.But that mindset has sparked debate about the consequences of … [Read more...] about App attempts a rare trick in China: online privacy
Planning a trip to China soon? Whether you're visiting for business or pleasure, China has become a shopping haven in recent years. While they used to be famous for their cheap knockoffs of branded goods, the increased standard of living has steered the country into producing top quality products that you've got to bring back home. With so many things that you can buy, it can be a real hassle finding the best souvenirs to bring home. Fret not for we have compiled 15 things you can buy from China and the best provinces where you can find them! CHEONGSAM The epitome of feminine beauty back in the 1920s, the Cheongsam was a woman's favourite and most common piece of clothing during the Shanghai Bund era. Cheongsam, in the 21st century, has taken on a modern twist to incorporate unique cuts and blends of fabric while keeping the tradition of hand-sewn designs. Peonies, phoenixes, and other prosperous motifs are commonly sewn on to represent femininity and blessings. Where to buy: Along The … [Read more...] about What to buy in China: 15 things to get when you visit China
From stunning beaches and elephant sanctuaries to adventurous underwater activities, Southeast Asia is home to remote regions whose beauty is largely undiscovered. This rise in interest for more secluded destinations is evident, with Klook seeing a 299 per cent increase in bookings to remote Southeast Asian destinations by Hong Kong users. Klook has compiled a list showcasing some of the best remote experiences that the region has to offer. THAILAND While Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket continue to hog the spotlight, the country is also home to secret hideaways which offer adventurous activities. On the secluded island of Koh Chang, visitors can look forward to crisp white-sand beaches, snorkelling and admiring the lush rainforests from above with a treetop walk. North of Bangkok lies Sukhothai where visitors can explore the town's rich history on a bike tour and enjoy an overdue spa day. According to Klook, Hua Hin is one of the most popular remote destinations in the region, … [Read more...] about Where are the 6 best remote getaways in Southeast Asia?
BEIJING: A rare all-white panda has been caught on camera at a nature reserve in southwest China, showing albinism exists among wild pandas in the region, state media reported.The spotless, red-eyed animal was photographed while trekking through the forest mid-April in southwestern Sichuan province, said official news agency Xinhua on Saturday (May 25).The panda is an albino between one to two years old, said Li Sheng, a researcher specialising in bears at Peking University, who was quoted in Xinhua's report.The Wolong National Nature Reserve - where the animal was spotted - told AFP it had no further details about the albino panda.More than 80 per cent of the world's wild pandas live in Sichuan, with the rest in Shaanxi and Gansu province.There were about 548 giant pandas in captivity globally as of November, reported Xinhua.The number living in the wild has dwindled to fewer than 2,000, according to the World Wildlife Fund.Famed for its "panda diplomacy", in which China … [Read more...] about Rare albino panda caught on camera in China: State media