Delicacies From Above, Mysteries From Below, Surprises From Elsewhere


Learn more about these unique crops and how they are cultivated.

Humanity's desire for high-yielding crops is as old as civilisation itself.

Now modern technologies are producing quality seeds from an equally fantastic source: outer space.

Learn more about these unique crops and how they are cultivated, in this month's China Watch, an eight-page pullout prepared by China Daily that brings you news and features from the realms of business, culture, economics, education, entertainment and more.

Eel larva image captured by Zhang Fan.Eel larva image captured by Zhang Fan.

Also in this month, China Watch takes you to the deepest depths with a Chinese photographer who is fortunate enough to run into creatures and organisms you are unlikely to have ever seen, such as the eel larva.

Zhang Fan has taken photos of marine wildlife in the deep sea for 10 years and has been underwater in more than 30 countries and regions.

Reality television show The Day I Ran China.Reality television show The Day I Ran China.

And from wonders above and below, we are taken back to daily life through reality TV.

In the programme The Day I Ran China, 10 people from different countries and various walks of life were selected to experience the 21st century makeover of China's countryside.

In each episode, the participants visit a rural idyll and compete in a series of challenges.

Trains pulled by steam locomotives in Jiayang, Sichuan province, are among the last ones running in China. Photo by Liu Lanying.Trains pulled by steam locomotives in Jiayang, Sichuan province, are among the last ones running in China. Photo by Liu Lanying.

Among the delights you can find in China's countryside is a step back into yesteryear, thanks to a fabulous steam train that still operates in the Sichuan province.

This train which used to carry coal, something that could be hardly any further removed from the gleaming high-speed trains of China today, takes tourists and others for a ride at a slow and relaxing pace but with much more fun.

For more information, visit http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/.

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