A visitor takes a snapshot of Lui Liu's 2005 oil painting Beijing 2008 at an exhibition in Shanghai early this year. Photo:IC

BEIJING – On the Poly auction in Beijing last weekend, the controversial painting ‘Beijing 2008’ by Chinese artist Lui Liu was sold for 19.55 yuan (USD3.14 million, €2.42 million). The winning bid is considered within the normal range for works by artists of the same generation.


Mahjong in the People’s Park in Chengdu.

QIONGLAI - Jing Daiju, a 33-year-old woman from the city of Qionglai in the Chinese Sichuan province, was crowned champion of the 2012 Sichuan Mahjong Competition, which ended on Aug 18. Jing won 200,000 yuan ($31,700, €25,100). The runner-up, Wang Chao, a 24-year-old woman from Sichuan's Santai county, won 50,000 yuan ($7,800, €6,200).


UTRECHT, The Netherlands - This is so annoying: the slots of your mahjong box are broke. Or the plastic lid gets torn; the quality of Chinese mahjong boxes is not always the best. Janny Adelaar now can fix problems like these for you: she makes mahjong boxes in every size, color and print. So now you can have a nice box again to store your favorite set in.

Hong Kong office transformed into a gambling den: prize-winning illustration by Chen Chung-hung.

TAIPEI - (CNA) In a competition against thousands of advertising works from around the globe in the 2010 London International Awards (LIA), Taiwanese illustrator Chen Chung-hung has won a gold trophy for four of his illustrations, the first Taiwanese to receive such an honor.