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3D Printed Villa

Soon, you may see entire neighborhoods pop up in just a few days, rather than the months it takes now to build a single home. China-based company ZhuoDA built a 2-story villa in less than three hours, thanks to its six 3D-printed modules. It was assembled like you would LEGO bricks before a live audience who then toured the interior. This isn't a flimsy showpiece, the home is designed to withstand a magnitude-9 earthquake. Continue reading for more pictures of the interior and additional information.

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Reclaimed by Nature Fishing Village

Abandoned villages are nothing new, but over time, nature slowly reclaims them. This fishing village on Gouqi Island in China is one of them, and Tang Yuhong, a photographer based in Nanning, shows us just how mystical they can be. Gouqi Island belongs to Shengsi, an archipelago at the mouth of China's Yangtze River, that consists of 400 islands. It'll only be a matter of time before it becomes popular with photographers. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Fake Bluetooth Dongle

Just about every gadget and electronics part you see today is made in China, but should you visit the country, make sure to avoid the shady street vendors who peddle extremely low-priced versions of things that should cost more. For example, this person ended up with a Bluetooth dongle that boasts a fake antenna, as cracking open the case reveals that it's not attached to anything. Continue reading for twenty-four more interesting images.

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Star Trek Enterprise Building China

Star Trek fans rejoice! Chairman Liu Dejianof China-based NetDragon Websoft modeled the company's new headquarters after Star Trek's USS Enterprise. After acquiring the licensing rights from CBS, they set out to construct the building, and so far, it's taken six years of construction (2008-2014) and $160-million. Continue reading for an aerial video and more information.

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Iron Man Hulkbuster Suit Homemade

Xing Yile, a 26-year-old middle school art teacher from China, liked Tony Stark's character so much that he decided to build a giant 11-foot-tall replica of the Hulkbuster suit, as well as a smaller Iron Man suit alongside it. Yile created the replicas in an underground parking lot in Zhengzhou, China, and is comprised of over 100 fiber-reinforced plastic components. Yile and his friends got the inspiration after watching the Age of Ultra trailer in March, and then proceeded to spend the last two months making the suits.

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Infiniti Visoin GT

Making its official debut at the Shanghai Motor Show, the Infiniti Vision GT is powered by a naturally-aspirated V8 that sends power to the rear through a transaxle. Despite being a playable car in Gran Turismo, this concept was unveiled in Shanghai because it was designed at the Infiniti Design Center in Beijing, which opened in late 2014, and it even won an international competition against the company's other design proposals. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Fire Angel

Photo credit: Benjamin Von Wong

Famed photographer Benjamin Von Wong was hired by Chinese telecom company Huawei to shoot a commercial for their new P8 smartphone. The only rules were that the static photos had to be done with the phone's new "Light Painting" feature, fire-filled backgrounds, and absolutely no Photoshop in post production. This new handset shoots long exposures using a stacking technique that astronomy photographers utilize for star trails. Rather than a single long exposure with the small sensor, the phone continuously shoots photos over an indefinite amount of time, stacks, and then blends the shots together to form one "long exposure" photo. Continue reading for a video, more pictures of the process and additional information.

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Chevrolet FNR

There are electric cars, and then there's the Chevrolet FNR, unveiled today at the Shanghai Motor Show. Developed at GM's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture in China, this ultra futuristic vehicle boasts a capsule-like design with crystal laser headlights / taillights, dragonfly-inspired dual swing doors, magnetic hub-less wheel electric motors and even a wireless auto-charging system. The technology doesn't end there, as on the inside, you'll find sensors and a roof-mounted radar that can map out the environment for driverless operation as well as a crazy iris recognition start function. When in self-driving mode, the front seats swivel 180° to face the rear seats, for a more intimate setting. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including someone who decided to use a GoPro at their boring office job.

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Gateway to Hell China

A mysterious sinkhole spewing 1457°F fire and incredible heat has appeared in a desolate mountain area on the outskirts of Urumqi, in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in north-western China, attracting large crowds since it appeared a few weeks ago. The heat is so intense that scientists have not been able to get close enough to figure out what exactly happened. Continue reading for video footage of the 3ft-wide hole igniting branches and grass by pushing it to the rim, along with more pictures.

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Extreme Winds 91st Floor
Window Cleaners 91st Floor

Photo credit: Gizmodo

Two window cleaners in China experienced a dizzying 15-minute ride after their platform spun out of control and crashed into the side of a Shanghai skyscraper. This incredible footage was captured by a diner inside of a restaurant located on the 91st floor of the 1614-foot (492 metre) tall Shanghai World Financial Centre on Thursday morning. It shows the platform swinging violently back and forth and smashing into the glass windows at high speed - causing them to crack.

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