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Peking Opera actors interact on Saturday with spectators in Lisbon, Portugal, at one of many events around the globe marking Spring Festival.Zhang Liyun / Xinhua

Holiday week spending over 1 trillion yuan

Chinese consumers opened their wallet during Spring Festival, not only on things like digital home appliances and imported fresh food but also on experiences such as travel and entertainment, government figures showed.

China

Tiantongyuan redevelopment set to improve lives

The region to the north of Beijing's Fifth Ring Road is dominated by Tiantongyuan, an enormous neighborhood reputed to be the largest residential area in Asia that houses approximately 700,000 people.

Comment

Holidays should not be prison terms for pets

THE PET FOSTERING BUSINESS has flourished during the weeklong Spring Festival holiday that just ended, as an increasing number of pet owners chose to entrust their "hairy kids" to pet shops. However, the services these pet shops offer might not be as professional as they are supposed to be. Beijing News comments:

World

Plastic bags en route to extinction

A team of environmentalists last month surprised hundreds of visitors to the Sainsbury's supermarket in Walthamstow, East London.

Business

Shanghai unveils updated reforms

On the first working day after the Spring Festival holiday, the municipal government of Shanghai announced an updated reform plan to further enhance the city's business activity, showing the local regulators' resolve to improve the business environment in more areas with better results.

Business

Glowing year for the solar power sector

China saw its photovoltaic product exports reach a five-year high last year, thanks to rising demand of production capacity abroad and the end of the European Commission's anti-dumping measures.

Youth

A festival goes global

Chinese communities around the world welcomed the Year of the Pig on Feb 5, ushering in Lunar New Year with prayers, family feasts and shopping sprees.

Mosaic

sports

ARGENTINE WOMEN WAGING PITCH BATTLE AGAINST INEQUALITY

Almost 90 years after men's soccer turned professional in Argentina, the women's game is still being played by amateur athletes who get little or no money for their work on the field.

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