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Spring Festival

Officials chided for taking too many days off for Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year fireworks light up the sky in Changsha, Hunan province. Photo: Xinhua

Long holidays can sometimes be too much of a good thing – as officials from Gansu and Hunan provinces are now learning.

Tuesday, 19 February, 2013, 1:01pm 1 comment

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Discovering the joys of volunteering

Sue Guan, Yan Danbin and Zheng Jihu are students at Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. Before the winter holiday, their university sought student volunteers to help maintain order at Guangzhou Railway Station, one of the nation's busiest, during Lunar New Year.

16 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

New eras

The Lunar New Year is also known in Putonghua as Yuan Duan, which means beginning and morning. Thus, the new moon in the first lunar month of the year heralds a new cycle, starting at dawn. It is known as Chun Jie or the Spring Festival and brings renewed hope for a bountiful spring, especially after a long or harsh winter.

1 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Stressed out

The Spring Festival is a time of happy reunions when family and friends return to their home villages from the cities where they make their living during the rest of the year. But it is also a time of so much stress for some that they have to seek medical help.

5 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Ticket-scalping thrives despite armed police

At Beijing's main railway station in Dongcheng district, travellers bundled up in padded winter coats carrying makeshift luggage try to avoid police while negotiating exorbitant prices for black-market tickets.

Even when bought legally after waiting in a queue for hours, tickets at this time of year cost up to 30 per cent more than normal.

21 Jan 2001 - 12:00am