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Performing at funerals: professional mourners in Chongqing and Chengdu

One can make a decent amount of money being a proxy mourner. The profession recently came to the attention of the public through the character Lu Zhixin, a professional wailer, in the popular TV adaptation of Cell Phone. Wailers actually belong to an ancient profession that now keeps a low profile thanks to its singular characteristics. In Chongqing and Chengdu, wailers and their special bands have, over the course of more than a decade, developed into a professional, competitive market.

Billionaire Yu Pengnian gives away all his money to charity

Yu Pengnian's journey from poor street hawker to Hong Kong real-estate magnate was already a remarkable one. Then the 88-year-old did something even rarer that shocked many in increasingly materialistic China: He gave it all away. Saying he hoped to set an example for other wealthy Chinese, Mr. Yu called a press conference in April to announce he was donating his last 3.2 billion yuan (about $500-million) to a foundation he established five years earlier to aid his pet causes – student scholarships, reconstruction after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, and paying for operations for those like him who suffer from cataracts.

Neoedge interview with Chengdu based photographer Muge

Contrary to most people's first impression, Muge's work is not photo-journalistic, but rather autobiographical, and is focused around the main theme of "longing and belonging." His most prolific efforts up to now have been two series titled "Go Home" and "Silence," both of which consist of black and white square-formatted photographs of people from the Three Gorges area, along the Yangtze river. Against the background of an area he calls home and that has suffered great changes over time (due to the construction of the biggest hydroelectric river dam in the world), Muge's photographs addresses the relationship between a person's sense of home as a place and the concept of space undergoing constant transformation.

WSJ Review of Aftermath: China's Blockbuster about the Tangshan and Sichuan Earthquake

Many film-industry insiders believe that "Aftershock," playing on an unprecedented 4,000-plus screens in China, could become the first Chinese film to break 500 million yuan (about US$74 million) at the box office. An ambitious, emotionally charged, occasionally melodramatic tale, "Aftershock" spans two of China's most famous earthquakes: the Tangshan quake that killed 250,000 people in 1976 and the Sichuan quake that killed 87,000 in 2008.