china stories

Sometime this month, China will be sending three taikonauts up to the Heavenly Palace, aka the Tiangong-1 space station module, to perform a manual docking and some science experiments. One of these taikonauts will also be China's first woman in space, and she'll smell great.
We were impressed by the guts it took to knockoff an Apple Store, but this time the Chinese have definitely raised the bar on "recreating" originals. China has successfully cloned an entire village, recreating the scenic village of Hallstatt, Austria in a location of the same name about one hour outside of Huizhou in the Guangdong Province.
Last week, I went to Shanghai for the very first time — I've been to other parts of China before. With no expectations, I landed in Shanghai ready to see the newest HP computers. I ended up seeing more than just Sleekbooks, new Ultrabooks and portable printers. Consider this my travel B-roll. These are my impressions of a city we all write about quite a bit as tech reporters, but usually for the gadgets being showcased, not the amazing city itself.
An Australian billionaire is giving Titanic a sequel, but the actual ship, not the movie. Clive Palmer made billions on mining operations in his native country, and he's teaming up with a Chinese shipmaker to build a modern Titanic that's designed to be everything the first was, minus that whole sinking thing.