A daily digest of the top China stories.
Chinese Muslims banned from going on individual trips to Mecca
A new rule in China means Muslims who want to visit Mecca must go on government-approved trips, further tightening rules that had already made individual trips to the haj near-impossible.
What’s the deal between the Vatican and Beijing?
The Vatican is working with Beijing to try and strike a deal that would mark a significant diplomatic turning point, but some Catholics are not happy.
From China with mystery: how unsolicited seed packages fed conspiracy fears
Mysterious seed packages postmarked from China have fueled speculations in America, but experts say they are likely part of a scheme used by merchants to trick the algorithms of shopping websites.
Why stylish pedestrians from China are showing up on your feed
Videos of fashionistas casually walking down China’s shopping districts have renewed interest in Chinese street fashion. Far from spontaneous, they’re the products of e-commerce.
Patriotic movies may have unlocked China’s blockbuster machine
The highest-grossing film of the year is a Chinese war movie about the second Sino-Japanese war, but the heroes this time are not the Communists.
Why tattoos are still frowned upon in East Asia
Young people in East Asia have embraced tattoos, but many still see the body art in an unflattering light due to the Confucian value of filial piety and tattoos’ connotation with crime and punishment.