Gabrielle Jaffe is a freelance journalist who is currently based in China, covering travel, culture and current affairs for publications including The Atlantic, The Times, and Los Angeles Times.
The Times
Mao hailed as a hero at home but not in Beijing

Mao hailed as a hero at home but not in Beijing

Official celebrations of Mao Zedong’s 120th birthday in Beijing yesterday were decidedly low key — but hardliners who had gathered in his home town ensured that the date was fêted with appropriate fanfare. President Xi and the six other leaders who make up the Chinese
Cross-border Chinese smugglers’ tunnel unearthed by police

Cross-border Chinese smugglers’ tunnel unearthed by police

An underground smugglers’ tunnel equipped with lights and a rail track to transport goods from mainland China to Hong Kong has been uncovered by Chinese police. The entrance to the 40-metre underground passage was discovered by border police under a garage in Changling, a small
Reform now or there’ll be a revolution, Chinese leaders told

Reform now or there’ll be a revolution, Chinese leaders told

China faces the prospect of “violent revolution” if the Government fails to implement political reform, a group of prominent intellectuals is warning six weeks after the country’s change of leadership. The call, from 73 of China’s leading scholars, came as dramatic footage emerged yesterday of
Doyenne of China’s fashion revolution

Doyenne of China’s fashion revolution

Nothing quite demonstrates the potential of China’s consumers as the country’s proliferation of luxury malls. In downtown Beijing, a one mile stretch of Jianguomen Inner Street is lined with half a dozen of them. Each the size of London’s Shepherd’s Bush Westfield, together they present
Giving birth in China requires guile, patience – and cash

Giving birth in China requires guile, patience – and cash

For Vivienne Chen, having a first child was easy. Having a second was the problem. She is a citizen of the People’s Republic of China and her government has declared this choice illegal. But she was determined. “We thought we would just pay the fine,”
What I ate Yesterday: Yue Minjun

What I ate Yesterday: Yue Minjun

Yue Minjun, 50, has become one of China’s most recognisable artists thanks to his iconic, guffawing self-portraits. He is also one of the country’s best selling: his piece Execution broke all records for Chinese contemporary art when it sold for £2.9 million at Sotheby’s London
China - any means to regain its treasures

China – any means to regain its treasures

It was like winning the national lottery: equally unexpected and with just as big a jackpot. Last November, a mother and son walked into a Ruislip auction house to see a vase her brother-in-law had kept on a bookcase and insured for a mere £800
China's Freudian trip

China’s Freudian trip

A video clip appears on screen. An anguished girl runs through the shadows. She is chased by a growling dog. Cue voiceover in a dramatic American accent: “There is a dark side . . . where our forbidden fears lurk. These unconscious desires do not
In the market for love, Chinese style

In the market for love, Chinese style

It’s that time of year again. Cartoon hearts take over the advertising billboards, friends send each other cards and in the subway women dressed as angels hand out flyers for a “love supermarket”, in which hundreds of photos of potential partners line the walls. Yes,