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The CDT New Year’s Gala

China celebrated the start of the Year of the Dragon with the customary televisual extravaganza and barrage of fireworks, as well as a less traditional burst of record-breaking microblog traffic. 481,207 messages were posted to...

China Braces for New Year Travel Rush

The Chinese New Year sees hundreds of millions return to their hometowns, placing an enormous strain on transport networks that are frequently already stretched. Many will take home partners to meet the parents, but the...

CCTV Gala Inspires Grassroots Alternative

CCTV is getting ready to broadcast its annual Spring Festival Gala, which the Internet generation views as increasingly outdated, according to this article from Reuters: “CCTV Spring Festival Gala,” a more than...

Viewers Criticise Lip-synching Ziyi in CCTV Gala

A bit late with this one, but with Chinese celebrity news focused so fully on the Hong Kong sex photo scandal the past couple weeks, we figure a little mainland star bashing might offer a welcome change of pace. From China...

China’s Comedians Who May Really Cause Pain

An eye-opening commentary from the Beijing News (新京报), translated by CDT: Although it has a declining viewership, China’s New Year Gala on CCTV is probably still the most watched show ever in the country (it’s like...

Dance: Fei Tian (飞天)

“Fei Tian(飞天),” performed by seven girls from Guangzhou, became the most popular dance during Chinese CCTV New Year’s Gala. The inspiration for the dance came from Dunhuang’s mural art. Fei Tian is...

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