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.
Rental prices of Shanghai’s apartments have risen for 16 consecutive months since September 2014, with the average rate per square meter soaring nearly 20 percent last year, according to a report from property consultancy Centaline Property of Shanghai.
Authorities are hoping that the construction of a 343-meter pedestrian bridge will help alleviate traffic congestion at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, dubbed the world’s largest single -block building and exhibition complex.
A n accounting veteran with over two decades in the profession under his belt, Dennis Ho Chiu-ping, 2015 president of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), has been a true witness to the industry's rise in the city and an active participant in shaping its future.