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Beijing New Airport Terminal

At first glance, this may look like a futuristic spaceport, ready for Virgin Galactic ships to take off into the stars, but it's actually Beijing's all-new airport terminal. This was designed by architect Zaha Hadid, known for cultural institutions, skyscrapers, and residential towers. Once complete, it will be one of the largest hubs in the world for air travel, accommodating up to 45 million passengers a year and clocking in at 7.5 million square feet. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Volkswagen Hover Car

First unveiled several years ago, the futuristic Volkswagen Hover car is now trending again online. The Hover Car is basically a two-seater zero emissions vehicle that hovers above ground and travels along electromagnetic road networks in China. It can automatically detect other vehicles on the road while navigating China's congested traffic centers, and its small footprint makes it easy to park. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a snowmobile expert navigating through an avalanche.

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Teen Chops Off Own Hand China

What does a normal person do when they can't step away from the computer? Going out with friends, to the gym or just for a walk around the neighborhood all sound reasonable, but a 19-year-old from the city of Nantong, in Jiangsu province, China decided to take things to the next level. In a nutshell, he left a handwritten note on his bed stating "Mum, I have gone to the hospital for a while. Don't worry, I will definitely come back this evening," snuck out of his home with a kitchen knife and then proceeded to sever his left hand in a public park. Next, a taxi was called to take him to a nearby Emergency Room, with the hand still lying on the ground. His mother said: "We cannot accept what has happened. It was completely out of the blue. He was a smart boy." Continue reading for the news report and more information.

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This look like someone (or a store) charging hundreds of phones in preparation to sell, but these are all used by special app store reviewers in China for boosting rankings. Since there are tens of thousands of apps submitted daily, even great apps get lost in the shuffle, these companies sell 5-star reviews - many contain strange stories that you are unrelated to the app - in hopes that your app will hit the top charts. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the top five most popular viral vidoes of today, including a crazy HCL + aluminum foil experiment.

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3D Printed Mansion

3D printers are now more affordable than ever, and companies are now coming up with super-sized models to print everything from cars to the 12,000-square-foot villa you see above. Developed by China-based WinSun, this home was fabricated with a 3D printer in layers, using a paste of sorts consisting of recycled stone and construction waste, along with quick-dry cement. This special printer stands 20-feet-tall and spanning a gigantic 4,000-feet. The pieces were then reinforced with steel, and filled with insulation like you would a normal house. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Hidden Bar

Photo credit: Alberto Caiola

When you first step into this room, nothing really looks out of place, except maybe the Coca-Cola vending machine in the corner. At the pull of a handle, a modern and chic bar in Shanghai is revealed, called the "Flask". This machine is located in The Press, a small sandwich shop that operates as a secret front for the trendy bar hidden behind. It was designed by architect Alberto Caiola, and he says "the fun, lighthearted feel, the bright colors and lighting [in The Press] - within a few steps, these elements segue into a mysterious space with warm, muted lighting and the murmurs of bar patrons to invite further curiosity." You'll find speakeasy-era, like vintage sofas, muted copper-colored lighting, and a wall covered in 25-litre whiskey bottles, scattered throughout. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Tesla Model X GAC WitStar

Tesla's Model X crossover SUV may still be a couple years away, but there are already knockoffs surfacing, and the GAC WitStar from China is one of them. It was unveiled earlier this week at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and in addition to the falcon wing doors, it boasts an extended-range electric powertrain as well as autonomous drive technologies. To top things off, there's a built-in fish tank armrest. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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19-year-old China Animation

Most animation studios employ at least a handful of animators and artists, but believe it or not, one 19-year-old from Guangzhou, China spent a few weeks putting together a battle that rivals even the best anime shows you've seen. Sure, the characters may not have faces, but just the effects and choreography alone are enough to net him a job at a larger studio. Continue reading to see why.

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China Rainbow Mountains

Photo credit: Imagine China

These aren't paintings, just real-life rainbow mountains situated at the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in China. The many different-colored layers of sandstone and minerals that you see were pressed together over 24-million years and then buckled up by tectonic plates. The result, similar to a layer cake, is connected to the action of the same tectonic plates responsible for creating parts of the Himalayan mountains. Wind, rain, and time then sculpted extraordinary shapes, including towers, pillars, and ravines, with varying colors, patterns, and sizes. Continue reading for more images, information, and a bonus video.

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iPhone China Smuggling

With Apple having official stores in China now, we don't come across as many crazy iPhone smuggling stories, but then this guy popped up in the news. Simply put, he decided to strap 94 iPhones (various models) to his body in an attempt to smuggle them from Hong Kong to Guangdong province, China. The China Daily reports that they are valued at a combined 300,000 yuan ($48,300+ USD), and attached "to his chest, belly, thighs and shanks" with run-of-the-mill masking tape. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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