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Chinese New Year

Officials' offspring lament lack of lai see

Red envelopes have been in short supply in Beijing this Lunar New Year. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Staff at a counselling centre for elementary school children in Beijing have been busy comforting the sons and daughters of Chinese officials this Lunar New Year.

Tuesday, 4 February, 2014, 12:26pm 3 comments

Third time lucky? Chinese railways website updated ahead of Spring Festival rush

Passengers queue up to board a train at the Yinchuan Railway Station in Yinchuan, Ningxia, in this file photo. Photo: Xinhua

The ticketing website run by China Railways is bracing itself for the annual onslaught of millions journeying home for the Chinese New Year next month after two years of embarrassing failures in dealing with the world’s largest annual migration.

6 Dec 2013 - 4:09pm

Fires kill 36 in China over new year festival

People let off fireworks in Beijing to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Photo: AFP

Chinese state media say fires killed 36 people during China’s week-long Lunar New Year festival.

Chinese traditionally set off fireworks to welcome in the new year and ward off evil spirits.

Xinhua News Agency says more than 6,500 fires broke out across the country from Feb. 9 to Feb. 15 and caused property losses of 58 million yuan (HK$72.11million).

16 Feb 2013 - 2:14pm

Retired official says family no longer receives heavy lai see packets

Lai See packets. Photo: Edmond So

A retired Chinese official said he was disappointed that old acquaintances, who used to give his children lai see packets containing thousands of yuan, did not give them any this year, reported Xinhua state news agency this week.

15 Feb 2013 - 5:56pm 2 comments

'Go to hell!': Father of the Great Fire Wall receives special New Year greetings

Fang Binxing.

On Friday, the first day of the Chinese New Year, University principal Fang Binxing posted a greeting on weibo saying, “All the best to you in the year of the snake” and a poem praising his university. However, the feedback has not been very positive.

The post has been retweeted over 24,000 times, with the most common comments being the Chinese word “gun” or “go to hell” in English.

12 Feb 2013 - 9:14am 1 comment

China tones down the celebrations

A snake-shaped doll is displayed at a shop during the temple fair in Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing on Saturday. Photo: AP

Chinese New Year is traditionally a time for colourful and noisy displays of fireworks and generous-portioned banquets. This year, the festivities are likely to be a little more austere.

9 Feb 2013 - 2:51pm

Railways Ministry stops plug-in browsers after heavy traffic crashes site

Passengers line to enter the Zhengzhou Railway Station in Zhengzhou ,Henan Province. Photo: Xinhua

As Chinese New Year approaches, demand for train tickets rises in China with many migrant workers eager to return home.

Plug-in browsers that speed up the online train ticketing process have generated a huge amount of traffic to the Ministry of Railway’s official website and caused crashes on China’s shared-hosting network servers, such as GitHub.

19 Jan 2013 - 1:07pm

Hip hot HK

Who's calling?

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Buffett joins cast of foreigners for gala shows

American investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett made an appearance in the online version of the China Central Television (CCTV) Spring Festival Gala on Sunday. That followed performances by American singer Michael Bolton, Israeli psychic Uri Geller and Canadian singer Avril Lavigne in New Year's Eve concerts.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Nation takes its seat for a feast of TV tradition

Hundreds of millions of mainlanders will watch the annual Lunar New Year's Eve gala on China Central Television (CCTV) tonight.

Intense media speculation about who will make it to the final line-up of performers has again gripped the public in the lead-up to the extravaganza, known as Chunwan.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Strike up the clan

Lunar New Year traditions have remained strong throughout the many generations of Chan Chau-wing's clan. They have been observed since before his ancestors moved from Dongguan to Shui Hau on southern Lantau 300 years ago.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Dennis Goodboy

New year's greetings, Puppyteers! I hope all of you are ready for the Year of the Dragon and all the exciting challenges it may throw at you.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Paws for thought

Hello Friends!

Are we all looking forward to getting some red packets?

I know I am!

It's always great to think of all the things I can splash out on. The only problem is that I could spend my money about six different ways - seven if you count the iPad I want.

I guess I should save my cash for um... er... rainy days, as they say.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Big malls have a very merry Christmas

Fuelled by an influx of mainland shoppers, Sun Hung Kai Properties says its flagship mall in Kowloon registered record sales during the Christmas holidays and forecast that the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday would see more record sales. Other shopping mall operators, such as Wharf Holding's Times Square in Causeway Bay, also registered good performances during Christmas.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A cultural revolution as customs are revived

After being left out in cold for decades, traditional culture is back in vogue on the mainland.

Millions flocked to sweep the tombs of their ancestors on the Ching Ming festival yesterday on a national public holiday set aside specifically for the tradition - the first time the Communist Party has made such an arrangement.

5 Apr 2008 - 12:00am