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from Kotaku

Fake 7-Elevens That Fool No One

Not that they would! But the next time you step into a, say, 7-Twelve in China or a 7-Minutes in Russia, remember that you're not actually in a 7-Eleven. Got it?

A man covers himself in algae as he plays with his friends at the seaside in Qingdao, Shandong province, on July 3, 2013. (REUTERS/Stringer)

from Atlas Obscura

An American in China Thinks He Discovered an Unknown Ancient Civilization

Oracle bone from the reign of King Wu Ding (late Shang dynasty). c. 1200BC

from Kotaku

Stroll Down One of the Fakest Streets in China

There’s something a little off about the highly recognizable logos splashed across this retail complex in the Chinese city of Wuxi: beside a round green & white approximation of the Starb…

from The Economist

Such quantities of sand

Asia’s mania for “reclaiming” land from the sea spawns mounting problems

from Smithsonian

How Third-Century China Saw Rome, a Land Ruled by “Minor Kings”

Tourists explore the Crescent Moon Spring along the historic Silk Road trade route. Photo: Wo Shing Au

from nytimes.com

China’s Homeless Find Shelter Under McDonald’s Golden Arches

A McDonald's in Hong Kong. “McDonald’s welcomes everyone to visit our restaurants any time,” said a spokeswoman for McDonald’s in China, though how welcoming is up to each franchise owner. Credit Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times

from NBC News

3,000-Year-Old Pants Found in Chinese Grave

A pair of woollen pants dating from around 1100 BC were found in a grave in Yanghai, in China's Xinjiang region.