SHENZHEN, China When Japanese recruiters plucked Liu Xueqin from her provincial hometown 33 years ago to work in an electronics factory in Shenzhen, she was happy to get a well-paid job and unaware of the small role she would play in China's dramatic economic rise.
TANGSHAN, China "Push the steel mills out of the city center and turn it into a modern, habitable place to live in," reads a banner hung across the boarded-up offices of Guofeng Iron and Steel Co in the center of Tangshan, China's top steelmaking city. | Video
BARUUNBUREN, Mongolia Buddhism is one of the world's oldest religions, but its fate in Mongolia now rests on very young shoulders. | Video
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia Erdenebat Chuluu, a nomadic herder, shouts words of encouragement to the reindeer he is riding. | Video
BEIJING Guo Qingshan delights in riding his 400,000 yuan ($63,839) Harley-Davidson motorbike around Beijing's suburbs.
BEIJING Zuo Aining has always been a striver, always making plans.
BEIJING In a Beijing suburb, a crane hoists a concrete slab into the sky, removing a roof from a simple brick home that had once sheltered a small migrant family. | Video
TIANJIN, China The struggles of China's small and medium-sized firms have grown so acute that many are expected to become unprofitable or even go belly-up this year, boding ill for an economy running short on strong growth drivers.
BEIJING About a hundred protesters clashed on Wednesday with police in downtown Beijing after authorities abruptly reassigned their children to a school in a rough neighborhood, a rare display of public anger in the Chinese capital.
BEIJING On most construction sites, lunch would be a welcome break to rest and refuel. Not for Shi Shenwei. | Video