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Van Gogh painting in 30,000 bottle caps

You might think those caps from your water bottle or soft drink are trash. But some students have used their artistic skills to create art from these bottle caps.

Over 50 students at a middle school in Taizhong city in Taiwan re-created Van Gogh’s masterpiece painting ‘Starry Night’on Thursday, using more than 30,000 bottle caps. The artwork, which was 5.4 meters long and 3.6 meters wide, took them a good part of their morning to finish.

Wu Qingchuan, their art teacher, came up with the idea as a way to promote recycling and also encourage students to put their creativity to test, according to China Foto Press.

The students started collecting the caps since summer and later categorized them by colors.  

So what are you planning to do with your bottle caps?

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Man makes solid brick out of polluted air in Beijing

In an act to raise public awareness of environmental protection, a young Chinese man has spent 100 days collecting dust from the smog in Beijing and eventually made a brick from his collection.

The man, nicknamed “Brother Nut”, used an industrial vacuum cleaner to collect dust during smoggy days, walking along streets in downtown Beijing, according to a report on China Foto Press on Tuesday.

The vacuum cleaner, with a power of 1,000 watts, could be used up to four days after a single charge, during which it could absorb what roughly equals the amount of air 62 people breathe in each day.

Brother Nut said he came up with the idea after being shocked by media reports of the air quality in Beijing. Thus he decided to start the 100-day “Dust Plan” to show how dust are affecting human lives and to appeal for a fight against pollution.

After finishing making the brick in a factory in Tangshan city in Beijing’s neighboring Hebei Province, Brother Nut said he would put the brick into a building construction site in Beijing.

He hopes his efforts will remind people to reflect on the way they use natural resources, as he wrote in the introduction of his Dust Plan, “Our cities have become congested cities and chemical sieges… The more we pursue and dig for resources, the more dust we will produce. When all the world’s resources were exhausted one day, we will end up with becoming real dust ourselves (helpless and living on nothing).”

After Brother Nut’s novel idea of recycling began circulating on Chinese social media, discussions heated up on Sina Weibo—China’s equivalent of Twitter.

“Well, does that mean my lung is filled with bricks?” @Florius.

“In mine, I guess it’s an apartment (made of bricks),” @JiandandeXingfu201481.
“But…does he know that more dust may have been created in order to power his vacuum?” @Haimianxuyaoguozhi.

“To those who complain the smog… have you ever thought that you may have also contributed to what causes the smog today? To combat it, it’s not only about some laws and regulations, but also about the awareness of all people in the country,” @Zuojiaoyijingtaiqi-youjiaoquexuanerweiluo.

As heavy smog continues to blanket Beijing and much of north China, the Beijing government has issued an orange alert, and warns people to stay indoors if they can. Operations at multiple construction sites that cause dust have also been halted across the city.

While some people think the heating system in winter may be to blame, Zhang Dawei, head of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center, said coal burning is the major contributor after analyzing the composition of the pollutants.

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One coin at a time: A man’s 20-year journey for love

A Chinese man has kept his promise of marrying his childhood sweetheart after saving coins for nearly 20 years to have enough money to buy a diamond ring.

“I will save money from now on until marrying you when I grow up.” This was what nine-year-old Liangliang (pseudonym) said to his childhood sweetheart in 1996.

From that day on,  the Fuyang city native began saving from the pocket money that his parents gave him. Initially, the savings were all in the form of coins. As a symbol of his commitment to his love, he continued to maintain that and kept the savings in coins.

With loads of coins weighing over 150 kilograms and valued over 10,000 yuan (1,609 US dollars), Liangliang finally bought a diamond ring on Tuesday to propose to his beloved, according to China Foto Press report on Thursday.

“Do you still remember what I said 20 years ago? Now I have saved enough to buy a ring. Will you marry me?” he said, moving his ladylove to tears.

In the 20 years through which Liangliang had been saving up, the two sustained their friendship despite being in different cities. In fact, they met only on a few occasions each year when she traveled back to Fuyang for family gatherings.

And it was when she finally decided to return and settle down back in her hometown that Liangliang finally managed to pop the question.

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Everybody WAS Kung Fu Fighting: Extraordinary moment 10,000 students put on a perfectly-synchronized show.

Thousands of students put on a show of supreme choreography during a mass kung fu class to celebrate China’s cultural history.

A total of 10,000 pupils from the Tagou martial arts school performed various moves in an extraordinary visual display in the country’s Henan province.

The event took place to mark the national Cultural Heritage Day, which is held on the second Saturday of June.


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Tyre-annosaurus Rex spotted in central China

Recycled materials have the potential to unleash people’s creativity, and bicycle tires gave a bunch of Chinese student a wheel-y good idea.

Five Chinese students at Luoyang Normal University in central China’s Henan Province have recently pumped life into a T. Rex with the help of 600 discarded bicycle tires.

Their project soon gained traction among their peers, wining appreciation on campus.

The rubber art measures 2.3 meters in height and four meters in length, and vividly resembles dinosaurs, which have gone extinct approximately at least 65 million years ago.

The work took six weeks to be completed, according to China Foto Press.
“We used steel to weld a skeleton first. Then bike tires, of different sizes, were wrapped around it,” explained Liu Zichan, one of the team members, on Saturday, adding that they “needed to cut and shape wheels according to the animal’s bone structure and muscles,” before applying them to the basic structure.