Serving their pets with specially made food is an increasingly popular trend among young owners.
While e-commerce companies have plunged into ever-increasing competition in the Chinese domestic market, some are trying their luck outside China.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has extended New Year greetings to people in a quake-hit area in Qinghai province and urged the local government to finish the reconstruction program "without regret".
Public diplomacy is a major direction for China to explore in the future, and tangible efforts will be made to boost public diplomacy and cultural exchanges, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said in Beijing on Monday.
Celebrations and customs may vary around the world.
Top Chinese leaders including Xi Jinping on Sunday watched Peking Opera at the National Center for the Performing Arts in a gala to celebrate the New Year.
World's top 10 athletes for the year of 2012 selected by Xinhua News Agency
Top leaders urged greater efforts to combat poverty during visits to impoverished areas, in a move that analysts said reflects the leadership's resolve to achieve more balanced regional development.
Beijing put four subway lines into operation on Sunday, part of the city's efforts to expand rail transit to ease severe traffic congestion. The new lines bring the number of subway lines in Beijing to 16, with a total length of 442 kilometers, according to authorities.
A woman suspected of shoving a man to his death in front of an oncoming New York subway train was arrested on Saturday and charged with "second-degree murder as a hate crime" in the second such fatality this month for one of the world's busiest transit systems.
The body of a woman whose gang rape provoked protests and rare national debate about violence against women in India arrived back in New Delhi in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A Russian airliner split into pieces after it slid off the runway and crashed onto a highway outside Moscow on Saturday, killing four of the 12 crew on board.