01 May '11, 1am

China's latest craze: Time travel #weird #Chinese

China's latest craze: Time travel #weird #Chinese

Two women dressed in period costume taking a picture in a Ming dynasty-themed food street in Nanjing, where waiters and managers don traditional garb. Stories about time travel into China's ancient past are hot with youth right now. -- PHOTO: CHINA FOTO PRESS BEIJING - ONE young man imagined himself as a hero who defeats the likes of warlord Cao Cao and unifies China's warring states. A young woman told of meeting Jia Baoyu, the lover-boy from the classic novel Dream Of The Red Chamber. China's media is reporting that many students, in their assignments and even in exams, are writing about a popular new travel destination - the past. Their fascination has been fuelled by China's latest craze - stories about chuan yue, or time travel. Once found mainly on the Internet, the genre really took off earlier this year when a time-travel drama series scored record ratings when sho...

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