Shanghai Halloween Costumes Raise Specter of Censorship

Halloween celebrations in Shanghai doubled as an outlet for mild political “gags,” spooking censors and delighting audiences online. Photographs of party-goers dressed as Winnie the Pooh, livestreamer Li Jiaqi, Lu Xun, “big...

Britain Looks to China for Christmas Cheer

As Britain is split over attracting Chinese tourists and visa plans posing a security threat, AFP reports Britain is now looking towards Chinese tourists for Christmas cheer: Congee and dumplings are on the breakfast menu at...

Singles’ Day Draws in Online Shoppers

China Daily reports Singles’ Day promotions have successfully draw in online shoppers. This report comes amid  the shift in political power with the 18th party congress and claims of the continuing need for economic growth: By 7...

Holiday Hordes: Good for the Economy?

CDT previously reported on China’s super rich still going all out with their Golden Week travel plans. The Wall Street Journal reports Golden Week hordes may be a good sign for the economy: A total of 34.2 million tourists...

Toll-free Holiday Traffic Ends in Gridlock

As China commenced a week-long National Day vacation known as Golden Week, authorities decided to do car travelers a favor and make the roads toll-free. With train tickets for the long holiday selling out fast, and an increasing...

The Greening Of Mooncakes

Amid concerns of corruption during the Mid-Autumn Festival, Xinhua reports 85 million Chinese traveled on the first day of the long holiday. Holiday travel has been infamous for straining the already stressed transportation...

Christmas Blossoms in China

Several foreign media reports look at the rising popularity of celebrating Christmas in China. From the BBC: Only an estimated 2% of China’s population are practising Christians so, for people such as Ms Liu, there are no...

China Marks “Emancipation” of Tibet With New Holiday

To recognize the 50th anniversary of the PRC’s rule of Tibet and the Dalai Lama’s exile, China has declared March 28th to be a holiday that marks Tibetan emancipation. From Jason Subler of Reuters: China marked its...

Qingming, Grave-sweeping Day

Although Qingming jie is an ancient Chinese holiday to commemorate the dead, it was only last December that the Chinese government made Qingming an official holiday. From China Daily: People are walking to a cemetery in the west...

Slideshow: All About Train Tickets

A netizen with the nickname Zeng Guangyong posted some photos taken recently on These photos illustrate how difficult it is for common people in China to buy train tickets back home for Spring Festival. Zeng...

Valentine’s Day With Chinese Characteristics.

An article in Beijing’s central state-run English daily reveals just how much the West’s most famous Hallmark holiday means to some in China. From China Daily: “Nowadays, Valentine’s Day is widely...

Slideshow: New Year and New Unpaid Migrant Workers

On Feb 5, 2008, nine migrant construction workers, holding up signs that read “repay my blood and sweat,” (还我血汗钱) blocked the main road near Dabeiyao Bridge and Jianwai Soho in Beijing, causing serious traffic jams....



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