Studio Visit: Digital Artist Yang Yongliang

In the crossroads between new visual languages and traditional Chinese art

by Alessandro De Toni A few meters from the Bund—the iconic promenade in Shanghai that offers a picture postcard view of booming urban China—an Art Deco building raised in 1931 hosts a cluster of creative studios. Here, digital artist Yang Yongliang—an explorer of new Chinese aesthetics—conceives his pieces. At the age of 25, Yongliang decided that he wanted to be a full-time artist after receiving …

Five Intriguing, Forward-Thinking Chinese Car Brands

From battery-swapping capabilities to AI-assisted selfies, these vehicles are driving into the future

by Jaclyn Trop For an outsider, the streets of many Chinese cities can feel like a parallel universe. Of course, Chinese drivers are fond of Buicks and Mercedes-Benzes, but the recent proliferation of homegrown brands—especially from electric vehicle-makers—is giving the world’s largest automotive market more options to buy local. The shock of models expected within the next year or two get hundreds of miles of …

Road Trip: From Shanghai to Hangzhou with Mercedes-Benz

Driving through congested cities, bamboo forests and more in China's Yangtze River Delta

by Jaclyn Trop Getting a driver’s license in China isn’t easy. But after reams of paperwork, a battery of medical tests, and three hours watching closed-circuit television crash footage at a Shanghai police station, you might be lucky enough to be handed a driving permit and deemed fit to hit the road. On our road trip, the destination was a trio of cities: Suzhou, Moganshan …

Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury

An all-electric SUV targeted at China's wealthiest consumers and beyond

by Jaclyn Trop As Mercedes-Benz continues to polish its rarefied Maybach brand, it’s testing the Chinese appetite for the marque’s first-ever all-electric SUV concept. Called the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, the SUV debuted Tuesday at Auto China 2018 in Beijing as the sixth Maybach concept vehicle from Mercedes-Benz Design in as many years. The 750-horsepower, fully electric SUV concept boasts a range of more than …

Zhong Shan’s Surrealist “Free Fall” Exhibition

Beijing's ArtDepot showcases the artist's captivating oil-on-silk works

by Alessandro De Toni The masters of surrealism left a strong mark on a whole generation of Chinese painters. Born in 1971, in the Southern province of Guizhou, Zhong Shan—like many artists of his generation—was inspired by surrealist masters, and a very eclectic sense of experimentation pushed him to explore different languages and address the juxtaposition of imagery through his art. “In my work, there’s …