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What began as a bit of fun and became a personal challenge for one man, She Ping, in China and approaching half a million bees. A large crowd gathered in Chongqing, southwest China this week to watch - from a distance of 20 meters, no less - as She Ping's wife and five fellow beekeepers covered the 34-year-old in a 'bee dress' made of approximately 456,500 bees. It weighed a whopping 90-pounds or more. Continue reading for the news report and more information.

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We may still be a decade away from real flying / hover cars hitting the streets, but here's another look at Volkswagen's interesting concept. Designed by student Wang Jia, it's a wheel-less pod that uses electromagnetic levitation to float just above the road. Her dream is to help decongest the roadways in her hometown of Chengdu in China's Sichuan province. Continue reading to see it in-action and for more information.

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For those who don't know, Walmart struggled to export its brand elsewhere as it rigidly tried to reproduce its model overseas. In China, Walmart hoped to succeed by adapting and doing things preferable to Chinese citizens. For example, it found that Chinese consumers preferred to select their own live fish, seafood, and even frogs; stores began displaying the meat uncovered and installed fish tanks, leading to higher sales. Continue reading for more.

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China, host of the 2008 Summer Olympics, has taken the more creative route to transform their National Aquatic Center, popularly known as the "Water Cube" into something that locals and tourists alike can enjoy. It was once the venue of the Olympic swimming competitions, where Michael Phelps broke records and won eight gold medals. The Water Cube is now home to "Happy Magic Water Cube Water Park," complete with numerous water-rides, spa pools, wave pools, a "lazy river," and 13 water slides including the Bullet Bowl and Speed Slide. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Jean Claude Van Damme doing a zero gravity split in space.

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According to researchers, an untouched Chinese tomb was opened after 400-years, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (15th - 16th century). When the coffin was finally opened, and the cloth removed, something metallic hit the ground. The excavation team discovered a mud and rock encrusted ring watch and the hands stuck at 10:06 time, with "Swiss" carved in the back. Continue reading for one more picture and additional information.

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The Chinese sheng is a mouth-blown free reed instrument consisting of vertical pipes. It is one of the oldest Chinese instruments, with images depicting its kind dating back to 1100 BC, and there are actual instruments from the Han era that have been preserved today. Continue reading to see a talented musician play a piece from the original Super Mario Bros. game.

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Some call it the Atlantis of China, and rightfully so. Located beneath the water in the China's Qiandao Lake lies the ancient city of Shi Cheng, which has been submerged underwater for 53 years. This city was founded about 1,300 years ago in a valley surrounded by the Five Lion Mountains. The city was left at the bottom of this new body of water when the Chinese government decided they needed a new hydroelectric power station, a dam and man-made lake. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Two Russian climbers, Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov, took the notion daredevil to the next level by climbing up the second tallest building in the world, Shanghai Tower, without climbing gear of any kind. You'd think reaching the top of the building would be enough for the adrenaline junkies, but apparently not. They literally dangled above the clouds at a truly dizzying height of 650m. Continue reading for a the video.

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Lenovo Group announced yesterday that it has agreed to buy Google's Motorola handset division for approximately $2.91 billion. It's being touted as China's largest-ever tech deal as Lenovo buys its way into a heavily competitive U.S. handset market dominated by Apple Inc. This deal comprises of $660 million in cash, $750 million in Lenovo ordinary shares, and another $1.5 billion in the form of a three-year promissory note, according to a joint statement issued by Lenovo and Google. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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China's space agency has just released new pictures of the Moon's surface from its lunar lander and rover Chang'e 3. The successful soft-landing of the lander in December made China the third country to complete a lunar rover mission after the United States and Russia. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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