There were more than a million families in China who had lost their only child as of 2012. Despite growing reports of childless elderly, their lives have taken on new meaning through their grandchildren. Although being companions and a comfort to them, supporting grandchildren can bring added pressure to already financially constrained families.
The number of people living in extreme poverty has plummeted since the UN's millennial goals report began 15 years ago, with China's progress in poverty alleviation contributing largely to that achievement.
Some 70 citizens went to the Yufo Temple on Wednesday afternoon to take part in a 2-day Zen class, where they wear the zen clothes and put away cellphones. They also eat and sleep in the temple like the monks. The temple launched the activity to try to help the residents to relieve their stress from work and social life.
Authorities in Jiangxi province announced on Tuesday that they have punished 42 people, including 22 government officials, in connection with cheating in the recent national college entrance examination.
The ancient tradition of silk farming could be revived at Turpan in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region as part of a project to restore exquisite clothing and other items up to 2,000 years old found in ancient tombs.