Beijing's winter is cold in the eye-watering, cheek-tightening, nose-running sense of the word. Yet, every year dozens of senior residents brave the big freeze to strip off and swim in the icy waters of the city's lakes and outdoor pools. Here, a group of winter swimming enthusiasts, most of whom are elderly, stand at the half-frozen Houhai Lake with a temperature of around 2o Celsius, Jan 12.
The proportion of professionals who changed jobs in the past 12 months dropped from 18 to 15 percent in China, reflecting both the slowdown of the economy and employers' efforts to retain talent, according to a recent survey.
A little-known neighbor of Beijing's is using the opportunities created by its joint bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics to kick-start its economy and reshape a green future.
Officials of Huangpu district government in Shanghai had dinner at a high-end restaurant before joining in a New Year's Eve laser display at a site near the deadly stampede in the district's Bund area, according to a report on Monday by Caixin New Century Weekly.