Looking like someone out of the Flintstones, 38-year-old Liu Lingchao is the human equivalent of a real-life human snail, carrying his 132 pound (60 kilogram) house, made of bamboo poles and plastic sheets, on his back as he travels throughout China. A veritable travelling salesmen, he earns money for food and supplies by collecting plastic bottles and metal cans along his route that he sells when he passes through a new Chinese city along his way.
What are these crazy kids up to now? They are going to school! In China, the youth of Zhangjiawan village in Long Tianping County have 195-foot (60 meter) cliff they have to climb in order to get to school. There is a safer route but it takes three hours to get to school via the roundabout path so parents have their kids climb these custom-built ladders each day. The ladders are built by the parents that live in the area and are replaced every few years for, ahem, safety reasons.
A fisherman from the Shandong Province in China claims to have discovered a bizarre-looking skeleton in the China Sea last week. Found on March 28, 2013, the skeleton consists of 153-segments and looks something like a translucent dragon. Researchers have noted that the skeleton is 11 ½ feet (3.5 meters) long and appears mammalian and not amphibian in nature.
70-year-old Hua Chi, from Tongren, China, seems disappointed that his aging body only allows him to pray 1,0000 times each day (only 500 if the weather is cold). In his younger days, his strict daily ritual consisted of 2,000 – 3,000 prayers each day. In fact, Chi has prayed in his Tongren monastery for nearly 20 years, in the same spot, each day. His prayer routine is so consistent, he has left 1 1/2 inch deep footprints ingrained in the monastery’s floor. Check out the photo montage below.
Up until the 1994, there existed, just north of Kowloon Bay, a bizarre city in Hong Kong named Kowloon Walled City. Over time the veritable lawless (and unclaimed by any government) Kowloon Walled City became a curious stack of cheaply constructed boxes through which ran a maze of dark alleys and exposed pipe and wiring and housed drug dealers and addicts, pimps and prostitutes, organized gangs, gambling dens, criminal headquarters, and private citizens all living together in a tangled mess of humanity. Only 6 1/2 acres in size, it contained over 30,000 people giving it a population density of over 1 million people per square mile, all living on top of each other in cheaply constructed dwellings with no plumbing or water supply, in an enclosed and isolated city that even the federal police were afraid to enter.