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China Digest, December 19, 2012

The director of the supply and market co-operative in Lixin county, Haozhou, was ridiculed online after his portrait appeared on "anti-fake" labels on firecrackers, the Southern Metropolis Daily reports.

Wednesday, 19 December, 2012, 3:18am

City Digest, September 20, 2012

Unhealthy lifestyles linked to breast cancer

Too little exercise and stressful lives are the most common risk factors for developing breast cancer, scientists warned. Some 85 per cent of patients under 40 reported doing less than three hours of physical activity a week, and high stress levels were identified in 46 per cent.

20 Sep 2012 - 4:09am


Firecracker Hong Kong Ballet

Just as Christmas would not be the same without The Nutcracker, choreographer Yuri Ng Yue-lit's contemporary take on the classic, Firecracker, is becoming a staple of Lunar New Year celebrations.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A case in pointe

Is there a point in creating a dance that's based on the famous Tchaikovsky score of the beloved ballet, The Nutcracker? Yes, Hong Kong choreographer Yuri Ng Yue-lit said 13 years ago. At the time, he wanted to get a gripe he had against that work out of his system: that the Chinese sequence in the ballet should be performed the proper Chinese way.

31 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Child death toll rises after blast

Guangxi health officials have admitted the number of children killed in an illegal fireworks factory explosion last month was more than first announced, but they would not reveal how many have died, fearing the public' reaction.

1 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Just when we thought they were safe at home ...

In less than two months, two youngsters have seriously injured themselves while making bombs with instructions they gleaned from the internet. The incidents may well be isolated, but there is enough similarity in their circumstances to raise worrying questions.

29 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Blizzards merely delay a girl's perilous toil

As millions of mainland students return to school this week after the winter break, 11-year-old Tan Yuke , who lives in one of the areas worst hit by the snowstorms, is facing a completely different semester.

She has to get her frostbitten hands working so she can labour in the local fireworks factory to earn her school fees.

18 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Ruined bamboo crop deals blow to villagers

As the deafening sound of firecrackers ricochets among the snow-covered hills, and the sun melts ice off frozen roofs, the residents of Dinghu township in Hunan province try to shake off the effects of the town's worst winter in half a century.

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Weather-relief efforts lift holiday gloom on the mainland

Air, road and rail traffic was getting back to something like normal on the mainland yesterday after snowstorms that cut power supplies and stranded tens of millions of holiday travellers.

9 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

The story behind fireworks

There once lived a monster called Nian . He slept all year round, except on Lunar New Year's Eve when he woke up and killed people.

One day, an old woman decided to fight the creature. Just as he was about to charge into her house, Nian saw her, dressed in red with a burning bamboo stick in her hand. He fled in panic at the sight of this.

17 Feb 2007 - 12:00am