Shenzhen teacher and daughter’s trip home through 6 provinces for Spring Festival

| February 14th, 2014

Spring Festival is always a strenuous time for Chinese people returning home caught in the the travel rush. Many people find the train tickets are sold out and have to find a creative way to get home. Last year, ChinaHush reported on the story of “Brother Public Transit” who took 35 different buses to get home.

This year, a Shenzhen teacher named Ms. Sun is garnering Chinese media attention for her trip through six provinces and eight cities on […]Read more…

Spring Festival fireworks celebrations should continue

| February 2nd, 2014

Lantern Festival 2011 was the day I arrived in China for the first time. I was dazzled that night, by the fireworks and firecrackers exploding in every alleyway as I walked down the streets of Nanjing, a study abroad student fresh off the plane.

So it is with disappointment that I read that Shanghai and other cities might ban the use of fireworks this Spring Festival if the air quality is too poor.

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Chinese God of Wealth vs. Western Valentine of Love

| February 17th, 2013

The following is a guest post by Philip via MarketingToChina.com, edited by Key.

Today is February 14, Valentine’s Day in the west and also “Chu Wu”, the fifth day after Chinese New Year, which happens to be the day for Chinese to welcome the god of wealth.

The coincidence that the two popular holidays happen to fall on the same day dilutes the festivity of both. However, Valentine’s Day seems to be the losers.

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Survey says Beijing husbands are whipped, wife mother-in-law relationship worst in Shanghai

| February 10th, 2012

From Sohu:

Chinese New Year has passed. But many people are still immersed in the festive atmosphere. However no matter how lively the festival was, the common discussion topics are always revolving “relationship between the wife and mother in law” or “who has the final say” (in the family). Sohu conducted an online survey “How did you spend your Chinese New Year?” which more than 30,000 netizens’ participated in. Let the numbers show you how people enjoyed the 2012 Chinese New […]Read more…

Beijing’s air pollution level heightened by Spring Festival fireworks

| January 28th, 2012

From Netease: [picture form QQ]

The Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau released post-Chinese New Year PM10 and PM2.5 air concentrations, measures of particles in the atmosphere. The data suggests a correlation between the recent decline in the air quality and the number of fireworks that were set off in celebration of the Spring Festival.

The two days surrounding the celebration witnessed a spike in the level of air pollution.

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Renting a girlfriend to celebrate Spring Festival in China becoming popular

| January 27th, 2012

“Don’t talk about relationship, it’s just a deal.” That is not only a dialogue in the new released Hong Kong film Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, but also the description of a recent phenomenon that single men and women rent a girlfriend/boyfriend to go back home with them to celebrate Chinese Spring Festival.

For young bachelors, the seven days Spring Festival means not just the reunion with families, they need to face the pressure driven by relatives to take a girlfriend/boyfriend […]Read more…

What is inside Spring Festival passengers’ bags?

| January 12th, 2012

From our last post about going home for the Spring Festival, it seems that a lot of our readers are curious as for why these long distance home-goers are carrying so many bags despite all the difficulties during the journey. A reporter asked 4 passengers to open their bags to reveal the treasure inside.

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Exactly how difficult it is to go home for the Spring Festival?

| January 9th, 2012

 

Something big happened on Jan 8th. It is the start of the largest scaled as well as periodical migration in human history – the Chinese spring transport (春运), which was, is and always will be the dominating theme of Chinese media for the next 40 days.

It is predicted that during the 40-day long transport season, there will be over 3.15 billion passenger flow, breaking another historical record set by 2011 with 2.85 billion(sina). To help you get a better picture […]Read more…

Online booking makes going home even harder, a migrant worker’s complaint

| January 5th, 2012

Speaking of Spring Festival, family reunion, friends gathering, firework, fire-crackers, lucky money, big feast, brand new clothes, new year scrolls etc will pop up into people’s mind. For Chinese people, Spring Festival is the time after a whole year’s hard work, you get to take a considerably long break to go home and rest; it is the time when you can share your harvest of the year to your family and/or show off to your hometown fellows; it is the […]Read more…

1.96 million couples were divorced in China last year

| February 8th, 2011

From Netease:

Every year when the long Spring Festival break is over, many people also turn the last page of their marriages. According to statistics from Ministry of Civil Affairs, in 2010, 1.961 million couples were divorced in China. Among them, the most couples were from Sichuan Province, 169,294 couples signed the divorce paper.

According to statistics, in 2010, 1.20 million couples got married, but 1.961 million couples were divorced. In this rate, last year on average 5,300 couples were divorced in […]Read more…

Afraid to go home for the New Year

| February 1st, 2011

Chunyun, (春运; Chūnyùn), also referred to as Spring Festival travel season, or Chunyun period, is a period of travel in China with extremely high traffic load around the time of the Chinese New Year.

“Afraid to go home for the New Year”, a song written by He Puxian a drifter singer from Hubei became popular on the Internet recently. In Late January 2011, He Puxian was moved by a family of three walked 266 kilometers home for the Spring Festival (Chinese […]Read more…

When low-rent housing becomes civil servant’s year-end bonus

| January 28th, 2011

From LWGCW:

When (春运 Chunyun) the mass passenger transportation is occurring around the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), to many people this means after a whole year of busy work, it is time to take a break to relax for a while. Of course, some are happy and some are sad. Unlike other company’s year-end bonus being a round-trip ticket, or traveling abroad, the unlucky ones like the employees at Youngor Textile Printing and Dyeing Co. in Ningbo (宁波雅戈尔日中纺织印染有限公司) received the […]Read more…

Snapshots of Shanghai

| March 2nd, 2010

Hello everyone, as the Lantern Festival also called Yuanxiao Festival on the 15th lunar day of the first month (2/28/2010) officially marks the last day of the 2010 Spring Festival in China, I am also back from my traveling in China. Just like millions of people in China reluctantly going back to work from their long Spring Festival vacation this Monday, I too made my way to the office feeling a bit jet lagged and resumed my work.

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550,000 people squeezed into temple to burn incense on Cai Shen Ye’s birthday

| February 19th, 2010

From Netease:

Today is lunar Jan. 5th (Feb. 18), the birthday of Cai Shen Ye (财神爷), Chinese god of wealth. 550,000 people rushed to Guiyuan Temple before dawn to burn incense as a way to welcome Cai Shen Ye, as well as to pray for blessings for the year of Tiger.

In fact, many people from in and out of Wuhan City started to queue up in front of Guiyuan Temple from 7 p.m. last night, waiting to serve Cai Shen Ye. […]Read more…