Sleeping China 2014

2014-12-23 07:33:05

Tired from a long day at work or play? These Chinese people are. Sleepiness strikes anytime, anywhere. It visits passengers on their way home, actors backstage or patients in a doctor's waiting room. Here are a selection of snapshots of China's sleepers, enjoying a moment of tranquility and peace.

Ling Jihua probed for disciplinary violations

2014-12-23 03:16:56

Ling Jihua, 58, a senior Party official and national political adviser, is under investigation for "suspected serious disciplinary violations".

China vows to foster minority officials

2014-12-22 20:55:56

In a document publicized on Monday, the central government promised "great effort" to cultivate and appoint more officials from minority groups and to ensure they were given "full trust".

Chinese legislature revising law to tackle smog

2014-12-22 19:35:40

Major revisions for China's air pollution control laws began on Monday as the country plans harsher punishment for offenders.

China mulls national security law

2014-12-22 16:29:43

China's top legislature started reading a draft national security law on Monday, which aims to be a "comprehensive, overall and fundamental piece of legislation" to safeguard state security.

Bo Xilai's luxury French villa for sale at $8m

2014-12-22 16:01:41

A lavish villa owned by former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai has been put up for sale for more than 6.95 million euros ($8.5 million).

Surgeons taking selfies backfire

2014-12-22 14:28:44

After a group of surgeons' selfies taken next to a patient in Xi'an stirred heated debate, the city's health authorities slapped punishments on officials concerned.

Runners welcome winter solstice in underwear

2014-12-22 14:25:59

Braving the chill, runners in their underwear take part in a 5-km competition to welcome the winter solstice festival, which fell on Dec 22, in Southwest China's Chongqing municipality on Dec 21, 2014.

China mulls law to regulate overseas NGOs

2014-12-22 14:02:04

A new bill to regulate overseas nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) was tabled for its first reading on Monday.

Trending: Sexologist becomes nun

2014-12-22 12:07:02

Peng Lulu, a 30-year-old university teacher of sexology, has created an online buzz across the country after becoming a nun at a Buddhist institute in Sichuan province.

New record set for daily train ticket sales

2014-12-22 09:21:27

China sold more than 9.56 million train tickets on Friday, a new high for daily sales, as people rushed to book tickets home before the Spring Festival.

The turning of the year

2014-12-22 07:44:27

When Li Xiangbo thinks back to his childhood, he remembers the winter solstice, or dongzhi, as being more important than his birthday.