A family reunion dinner, firecrackers, visiting friends and relatives, handing out red envelopes, and putting up couplets around the house used to be part and parcel of Wang Lei's Lunar New Year celebrations at his home in the Henan province countryside. But not this year. Instead of returning home, the 26-year-old Beijing cellphone salesman will travel with friends to Hunan province during the upcoming Lunar New Year to have some fun.
Chinese authorities have confirmed that an expressway viaduct collapse in Henan province that left 10 dead and 11 injured was a serious accident caused by multiple human errors.
Now that she's married, 29-year-old public relations manager Wu Ruoqiao has three homes. She lives in Beijing, while her hometown is Tianjin and her husband's is Taiyuan.
A Mandarin school deep in Beijing's hutong is using ancient Chinese philosophy as the basis of its teaching methods. More than 2,000 years ago, Mozi, a peasant philosopher born around the time that Confucius died, developed a theory of life that stressed virtue and hard work, which he called "all embracing love and peace".
Spencer Jan has no trouble getting to sleep at night - though it didn't always used to be that way.
After more than 20 hazy days, Beijing witnessed clear blue skies over the last two days, to the relief of every resident in the capital city. Many took advantage of the wonderful weather to go outdoors or to do their last-minute Lunar New Year shopping. Murky skies had dominated central and eastern China since the beginning of the year. Some reports say January brought the most hazy days in Beijing since 1954. The thick smog and polluted atmosphere have triggered heated discussions about preventive measures, by both individuals and the government. The poor visibility has prompted flight cancellations, while air purifiers and face masks have been flying off the shelves like hotcakes. Residents have been advised to stay indoors. But some brave souls continue to be outdoors, using face masks not only as a protective device but a fashion statement. Enjoy the images as we look forward to cleaner air and clearer skies in the days to come.
Pau Gasol knew he could play like this. Kobe Bryant and Ricky Rubio did, too. The only person in Laker land who seemed to doubt what the gifted post player could do was the man in charge.
When some of the world's richest people gather for the glittering New York auction season this spring, they will spend hundreds of millions of dollars in an art market that allows opaque transactions and has few outside monitors.
Seattle - Duane Taylor was studying in a community college and living in his own place when he lost his job in a round of layoffs. Then he found, and lost, a second job. And a third.
Science and Technology
BREDASDORP, South Africa - A crew of scientists barreled down a dirt road in a two-car caravan. After searching all day for ancient beaches kilometers inland from the modern shoreline, they were about to give up.
Arts and Styles
Over the last half-century few artists have explored impermanence quite as thoroughly as Dieter Roth, the wildly experimental Swiss-German jack-of-all-trades who died in 1998.
As if there were not enough beauty products already, a new category of skin care treatments is flooding the Chinese market. Cosmeceuticals - a combination word from "cosmetics" and "pharmaceuticals" - contain a higher percentage of active ingredients and thus offer improved performance, dermatologists say.
Nothing kick-starts romance like a candle-lit dinner, especially if it's home cooked. It is like a full display of peacock feathers in courtship. The human animal, bereft of natural, colorful plumage, can choose to impress instead with food adorned with love. And the range of seductive food is enormous. There are certainly more than 50 ways to feed your lover, and creativity can be inspired by shape, flavor, fragrance or aphrodisiacal qualities.
Beijing is a city of hidden treasures. There's a lot more to it than the Forbidden City and the Silk Market but sometimes you have to make an effort to scratch beneath the surface or be lucky enough to stumble onto something of great value
In 2002, a small county in Southwest China scored a victory for tourism when the government approved its name to be changed from Zhongdian to Shangri-La county, inspired by the 1933 James Hilton novel, Lost Horizon. According to Hilton, Shangri-La is where humans and nature co-exist peacefully and religions intermingle. "Shangri-La" originates from the Tibetan word, shambhalla, which means "the sun and moon in your heart".