China

Air Traffic Control Gone Wrong

At Beijing’s huge Capital International Airport, it looks as if disaster is about to strike. As one unsuspecting propeller plane begins its take-off, it seems completely unaware that a large jumbo jet is hurtling towards it, also ready to leave…

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Monday, 5th May 2008

Paris, China.

North of the Chinese city of Hangzhou, a brand new housing development is taking shape in an unusual style. At least unusual for China anyway, as Tianducheng is designed to look like Paris, France! There are currently just 2000 residents…

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Monday, 25th February 2008

Mount Everest

On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary, who died on Friday, January 11 2008, became the first person, along with sherpa Tenzing Norgay, to climb Mount Everest. At 8,848m (29,029ft), it is the highest mountain in the world. Although not…

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Friday, 11th January 2008

Runway Roads

When the American Eisenhower interstate system was constructed it was a specific requirement that one in every five of the 46,837 miles of road had to be kept perfectly straight. The idea was that during times of war the roads…

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Monday, 19th November 2007

The Great White Pyramid of China

Legend tells us that near the city of Xi’an, China, there lies a gigantic white pyramid – far larger than any Egyptian pyramid – that has remained undiscovered for millennia. The story goes that this pyramid is encased in “pure…

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Monday, 20th August 2007

World’s Largest… Erection.

I’m sorry to report that I don’t mean any old structure either… nope, this is honestly claimed by the Chinese to be The World’s Largest Phallus. At least I think this is it – as you can see the satellite…

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Friday, 20th July 2007
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