Sales of digital products doubled in Hebei during Spring Festival

Shoppers choose Spring Festival items at a supermarket in Fuyang, Anhui province. During the week-long holiday, nationwide sales of retailers and catering businesses rose 13.3 percent year-on-year to 610.7 billion yuan ($100.7 billion).     China's spending during the traditional Spring Festival maintained double-digit growth this year but the pace marked the slowest in more than a decade, according to the Ministry of Commerce.   The central government's promotion of frugal dining and restrictions on public spending on high-end gifts and

Pork prices drop up to 30 percent in provinces incl. Hebei

Pork prices in China, the world's largest pork producer and consumer, have been declining since mid-February and reached their lowest point since January 2011 on Tuesday. Xinhua News Agency reports that prices were more than 18 percent lower compared to the first day after Spring Festival in February. Hebei, Shanxi, Liaonjing, Shandong provinces as well as Chongqing municipality led the declines with falls of up to 30 percent. In contrast, the price of beef and mutton on Tuesday rose from a day earlier as did the price of fruit. But prices for vegetables and edible oil

Tianjin boosts folk-custom tourism during Spring Festival

Folk-custom tourism is boomed in Tianjin during the seven-day Lunar New Year holiday. More than 160,000 visitors has paid a visit to the heavily-decorated Tianjin Ancient Cultural Street to watch the dragon dances, buy goods for use during the Spring Festival and witness first-hand the special local folk culture. Statistics reveals that Tianjin has embraced more than 350 tourist groups from a lot of countries, such as Iran, Japan, Korea, Europe and America by 12th February. And due to China’s free-toll policy, self-driving tours to Tianjin has become pretty

Many cities fogged up by fireworks during Spring Festival incl. capital of Hebei

As China celebrates Spring Festival with exuberant displays of fireworks at night, the cost to pay is deteriorating air quality. In Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei, a province known for its severe air pollution, the monitoring index showed that during the weekend, on Lunar New Year's Eve and Spring Festival, the air quality index hit a hazardous 342. At midnight on Saturday, which also saw a peak for fireworks displays, the density of PM2.5, particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, jumped sharply to 701 micrograms per cubic meter, an increase of 470

China sees retail sales up 16.2% to $US74.4b during 2012 CNY holiday

Businesses rushed to take advantage of the nationwide shopping spree. (File Photo/CNS)   China's retail sales during the week-long Spring Festival holiday rose 16.2% year-on-year, the Ministry of Commerce said Saturday. Shops and restaurants across the country pocketed 470 billion yuan (US$74.4 billion) in sales volume, with revenues from clothes, jewelry and food up 18.7%, 16.4% and 16.2% respectively, the ministry said. The increases came as businesses rushed to take advantage of the nationwide shopping spree by launching promotional events

Auto accidents kill 16, injure 41 in China ahead of Spring Festival

Sixteen people were killed and 41 others injured after several traffic accidents happened over this weekend in different parts of China, casting a shadow over the Spring Festival, which is a week ahead and traditionally a time for family reunions. In the southwestern Yunnan Province, seven people were killed after their van fell off a cliff at around 5:40 p.m. Saturday after being hit by another van from the behind in Luquan Yi and Miao autonomous county, said a spokesman with the county's information office. The victims died on the spot and the van was severely damaged, said the

Hebei scenic spots to offer discounts during New Year and Spring Festival

    Scenic areas in North China’s Hebei province will offer discount to tourists in celebration of the coming New Year Day and Spring Festival holiday which occurs on January 22 and lasts until the 28, 2012. From Dec 10, 2011 to Feb 29, 2012 tourists can enjoy various discounts when travelling the 200 scenic areas in the province. Nearly 100 scenic areas will offer a discount of 50 percent or more and tickets are free to almost 40 tourist attractions. Three World Cultural Heritage sites and 60 percent of 4-A class and 5-A class tourist attractions are

Spring Festival temple fair held in Prince Zhuang's Mansion

  A Spring Festival temple fair is being held in the Prince Zhuang’s Mansion (Zhuangwangfu 庄王府), and it will last until 20th Feb.   One of the highlights of the temple fair is the replay of the wedding folk culture of China’s Qing Dynasty, together with many other folk performances like embroider ball throwing, lantern riddles, lion and dragon dance, etc.   When: Feb 07 - Feb 20, 2011  Where: Prince Zhuang's Mansion (Zhuangwangfu 庄王府) Add: 82 Baidi Lu, Nankai District, Tianjin Getting there: bus no. 609, 640, 649 or 859 to
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