Liu Shinan is China Daily's assistant editor-in-chief. He writes commentaries on social and cultural issues.
On Feb 1, in a train heading to his hometown, Mohe, the northernmost city of China, Dong Guofa appeared a bit bashful when interviewed by a television reporter.
With the nation's economic life dominated by those with vested interests, for those children from ordinary families standing out in the grueling gaokao is the only hope they have for a better future.
When the US-based Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced it was honoring Chinese pharmacologist Tu Youyou last weekend, some Chinese netizens said it reflected poorly on China's top academic institutions.
The fall of another senior citizen and his death have thrust the notorious judgment in the Nanjing Peng Yu case into question once again.
As fatal accidents alert us of the urgent necessity to crack down on corruption, there is also the urgent need to get rid of incompetent and lazy government workers.
After they come to China, foreigners, especially those from developed Western nations, are often shocked to discover that it is quite common and widespread for people to violate the rules and disregard public order.
I have been to the airport many times and each time I have had to pay a toll in both directions. I never learned, and was never informed by any toll collector, that one needs to pay only once.
As urban market prices didn't drop much,experts and government officials all attributed the problem to "the high cost of logistics".
Water splashes and flows. The adults are laughing and smiling, while the children scream and shriek with excitement.
After my last column - on China's need for harsher laws - was printed two weeks ago, many readers left comments online pointing out that what is really needed in this country is proper execution of the laws.
Chinese adage - luanshi yong zhongdian, which means in times of chaos, harsh laws are needed - is sometimes quoted when people discuss the necessity of strengthening the rule of law when society is plagued by lawless acts.
A Beijing woman recently bought a cell phone for 4,800 yuan ($728) at a well-known up-market shopping mall, but her husband later found that particular model sold for between 440 and 600 yuan in other outlets.