Higher Brothers Go Old School and Set the Bar for 2019 on "Open It Up"

The Sichuanese rap stars are also announcing a new album, 'Five Stars,' out February 22.
Alex Robert Ross

This Tree Produces Psychedelic Art By Using Sensors to Monitor Its Own Health

Thijs Biersteker wanted a better way to communicate climate change to ordinary people, so he decided to let the trees do the talking.
Daniel Oberhaus
Scene Reports

The 7 Rappers Turning Chengdu into China's Unlikely Hip-Hop Hotspot

Beyond the Higher Brothers, these artists are helping shape the future of rap music in China.
Lauren Teixeira

A Chinese City Wants to Replace Streetlights With an Artificial Moon

The city of Chengdu could be illuminated by a fake moon as early as 2020.
Sarah Emerson

Higher Brothers Are Chinese Hip-Hop's Greatest Hope

Between Chengdu and Shenzhen last year, the relentless trap four-piece told us—as they tell everyone—that they wanted to "bring their Worldwide Shit to the entire world." This year, they'll get their chance.
Lauren Teixeira
music videos

Here's Higher Brothers and Ski Mask the Slump God's Odd "Flo Rida" Video

The Chinese trap stars bring out a blow-up unicorn on a storm-ravaged beach.
Noisey Staff

Inside China's MMA Club for Poor and Orphaned Boys

Enbo MMA Club has trained hundreds of children from impoverished Tibetan communities, giving kids like Banma Duoji—a rising professional competitor—a chance to thrive.
VICE Staff
Chinese food

Chengdu Is Obsessed with Sucking Brains Out of Rabbit Skulls

The owner of a popular eatery specializing in spicy rabbit heads admits that eating bunny brains might not be for everyone, but the residents of Chengdu can't get enough.
Jamie Fullerton
Chinese food

My Szechuan Restaurant Is So Spicy That a Customer Called The Cops on Me

Everyone handles spice differently. I invented a heat index scale for my restaurant, Han Dynasty, so that people don't send dishes back to the kitchen, one of the biggest cultural insults in China.
Han Chiang
Tibetan food

In China, There’s a Hipster Yak Coffee Joint Run by Tibetan Nomads

Outfitted with aged wood panels and dangling Edison-style bulbs, Charu looks like the kind of coffee shop I avoid in the States—but in Chengdu, it's trying to offer new opportunities for Tibetans.
Clarissa Wei

This Is What It's Like to Come Out in China

"My sex ed teacher brought up homosexuality once. All he said was that it was a psychological disease."
Zak Dychtwald

How English Teachers in China Are Lied to and Exploited

ESL teachers expect to face some cultural difficulties, but few realize quite what they're in for.
Zoe Leavitt and Aaron Lee