In The Gulou Days

By Alec Ash Nostalgia is hard to keep up with in China. That old bar, that old neighborhood, that old …

How to Be a Male God: Beijing’s Pick Up Artist Scene

By Alec Ash Xia’er, a 22-year-old music graduate from Hunan Province, is short, with a boyish complexion and no steady …

Love, or Nearest Offer: A Vignette From Beijing’s Marriage Market

Photo: Mr. Sun browsing the marriage market. By Alec Ash Mr. Sun is 67, with a helmet-shaped mop of silver …