Chinese New Year is without doubt the most important occasion in the year for most people in China. Such is its importance that millions of Chinese people from all over the country willingly endure the hardships suffered during the long journey back to their homes. The lucky people who are able to secure air tickets during this period get away just with huge crowds at the airports. Those who can only afford to take a train or ride their motorcycles back to their homes in the more remote regions of China have to endure days of traveling before they get to see their loved ones. But ask any one of them why they go through this hardship and you’re most likely to get this answer: family.
The most significant aspect of the Spring Festival is not simply about celebrating the start of a new year according to the Chinese Zodiac. Rather, it is a time when families unite under one roof to eat, drink and be merry.
This winter may be China’s coldest in 30 years, but one can rest assured that familial bonds, celebratory toasts and sumptuous home-cooked food during this festive period will no doubt provide some much needed warmth.
Heated property trading in 2015 has elevated the home-buying intentions of consumers in Shanghai to a six-year high, according to a report jointly published by the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and the national financial information center under the Xinhua News Agency.
Liao Yifeng, a police officer who works in a village of Huangpi in Wuhan, Hubei province, is a "father" to 39 "left-behind" children, whose parents are working far away from home and rarely spend time with them.
Everything on the "Wall of Kindness" is free to those who need it, giving the city's homeless and impoverished residents a chance to dress themselves in warm clothes amid the recent cold.
As the weather turns warmer and China faces a higher risk of local transmission of the Zika virus, the top virus-prevention authority plans a large-scale extermination of mosquitoes to cut off transmission of the virus.
High demand for medical services has provided golden opportunities for unscrupulous gangs to fleece unsuspecting patients at some of the nation's major hospitals. Despite an official crackdown, the law-breakers continue to operate.