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...

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....

Slideshow: Huge Dumpling Banquet

On 2008 Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve, people in Liuminying Village in Beijing’s Daxing District continued their 28-year-tradition: A massive dumpling banquet, large in both the number of people attending (thousands)...

Sexy Beijing: Beijing or Hong Kong?

The new episode of Danwei TV looks into how people celebrate Chinese New Year in Beijing and Hong Kong, via Youtube: As Beijing gears up for Chinese New Year, Sufei finds out how locals celebrate, and if it’s any different...



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