Mon, February 02, 2009

2009 Spring Festival

Premier Wen meets overseas Chinese in London

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R Front) meets with overseas Chinese and send greetings to them for the Chinese lunar New Year in the Chinatown of London Jan. 31, 2009. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in London on Jan. 31 for a three-day visit to Britain. Full story

Chinese Horoscope

2009 - Year of Ox (Cow)

The animal sign Cow in Chinese Horoscope is a female. We prefer to say 2009 is a Brown Cow Year than Brown Ox or Buffalo Year.


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Celebration & Entertainment


Miao women dressed up to celebrate Spring Festival

2009-02-02 05:40:32 GMT Xinhua English A group of ethnic Miao's young women in splendid silver garbs dance to the rhythm and beat of folk dancing of Lusheng (a reed-pipe Bamboo-cluster flute), in a brisk celebration of the lunar Spring Festival, at Nanqing Village, Danzhai County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Jan. 31, 2009.

Holiday travel revives tourism in China's quake-hit Sichuan

2009-02-01 10:55:31 GMT Xinhua English CHENGDU, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Tourism in southwest China's quake-hit Sichuan Province is showing signs of revival at the end of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday.

Imperial ritual performed at Temple of Heaven

2009-01-28 02:10:33 GMT Xinhua English Ritual performers wearing costumes of the royal court of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) performed in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests at the Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) Park in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 26, 2009.

Temple fairs held to celebrate Spring Festival

2009-01-27 13:40:42 GMT Xinhua English Traditional temple fairs attracted many people to come to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Travel peak


Lingering fog, upcoming rain and snow may challenge festival

2009-02-01 03:46:56 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Post-festival transport will face more challenges as fog is lingered Sunday, the first working day after the Lunar New Year holiday, and rain and snow are expected to lash parts of the country in the coming three days, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC) on Sunday.

Traffic accidents during lunar new year holiday decline

2009-01-31 17:12:48 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- The number of traffic accidents in China during the country's weeklong lunar new year holiday declined by 57.6 percent compared with the same period of last year.

South China copes with passenger peak as holiday ends

2009-01-31 15:15:47 GMT Xinhua English GUANGZHOU, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- On the last day of the week-long Spring Festival holiday, south China's Guangdong province, a destination for migrant workers, saw a new passenger peak.

China to embrace post-holiday travel rush

2009-01-31 13:50:06 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- The number of China's railway passengers continued to rise as millions of travelers were on their way back from family reunions on the last day of the Spring Festival holiday, Xinhua learnt from the The Ministry of Railways (MOR) on Saturday.

Preparations for get-togethers


Lunar new year spending up strongly

2009-02-01 05:07:19 GMT China Daily Shanghai -- China's consumer spending rose strongly during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday period which just ended, the Ministry of Commerce said on Saturday.

Economic downturn provides benefits for some on Chinese New Year

2009-01-31 11:36:31 GMT Xinhua English Special Report:

Quake-affected student returns home for family reunion

2009-01-25 02:50:48 GMT Xinhua English Gou Andong (R), who was transferred from Yingxiu Township by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao' s special plane after earthquake on May 14, 2008, is seen with his family at a temporary dwelling in Longxi Village, Longxi Town of Wenchuan County in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Jan. 23, 2009.

Journey to the jiaozi: A hearty, healthy Spring Festival

2009-01-24 03:37:27 GMT China Daily

Overseas Chinese


Chinese Lunar New Year celebrated in New York

2009-02-02 07:29:21 GMT Xinhua English Members of the Chinese community take part in the parade celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Ox, on February 1, 2009 at the Chinatown in New York.

Chinese New Year parade starts in Sydney in evening 1st time

2009-02-01 12:01:47 GMT Xinhua English SYDNEY, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese New Year parade kicked off at 8 p.m. Sunday in central Sydney, with dragon and lion dances and big red lanterns shining, a tradition of the local Chinese community to celebrate Chinese New Year -- the Spring Festival.

Singapore celebrates China's lunar New Year

2009-02-01 03:41:02 GMT Xinhua English Performers dance during the 37th Chingay Parade in Singapore on Jan. 30, 2009. More than 4,300 performers from all over the world attended the annual street parade on Friday night to celebrate China's lunar New Year, attracting tens of thousands of visitors.

Premier Wen meets overseas Chinese in London

2009-02-01 03:29:58 GMT Xinhua English Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with overseas Chinese and sent greetings to them for the Chinese lunar New Year in the Chinatown of London, Jan. 31, 2009.