Tourists to hit record high during Spring Festival holiday

The number of tourists traveling during the upcoming Spring Festival holiday is expected to hit a record high of 211 million, tourism authorities said on Thursday. The number of holiday tourists is expected to rise by 20 percent compared with the previous year, surpassing 200 million for the first time, the China National Tourism Administration […]

China amends law to boost care for elderly

China’s top legislature on Friday adopted a bill to amend the Law on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of the Elderly in order to improve care for people ages 60 and up. The bill to amend the 16-year-old law was passed following a vote by lawmakers at the conclusion of a five-day bimonthly […]

Shanghai encourages single-child couples to have baby

Family planning authorities in Shanghai Municipality are encouraging couples who are both a single child themselves to have a second baby. Single-child couples are allowed to have an additional baby under China’s family planning policy. However, a survey showed such couples are only having on average 1.2 babies in the city, Huang Hong, director with […]

“Top 10 concerns” survey reveals gender divide, reflects anxiety

“Top 10 concerns” survey reveals gender divide, reflects anxiety

A survey on what Chinese men and women worry about these days has revealed a gender divide, as male respondents reported worrying about not having enough money while female respondents said they fret about aging. Twenty million Internet users responded to the survey carried out by Chinese search engine Baidu, which found that careers, relationships […]

China’s rural home appliance subsidy fruitful

China’s subsidy program for purchases of home appliances in rural areas, which is due to end nationwide on Jan. 31, 2013, has brought tangible benefits to people in rural areas, according to an official statement released Saturday. The Ministry of Finance posted a statement on its official website to guide the work of local authorities […]

Chongqing ranks 3rd in China in order of leisure life

The News Conference of 2012 China (International) Leisure Development Forum was held in Chongqing on the morning of November 11. Shu Fumin, director of Insight China, said that according to the recently released Index of Chinese cities’ Leisure Evaluation, Chongqing ranked the third place following Beijing and Shanghai. From 2005—2012, Insight China annually releases “the […]

Chongqing farmers’ income more than doubled in 10 years

The average income of farmers in Chongqing increased to 6,480 yuan in 2011 from 2,098 yuan in 2002 with an annual growth of 13.3%, according to Chongqing Agriculture Commission. The data revealed by NBS (National Bureau of Statistics) Survey Office in Chongqing show that in 2011, the average farmer income from wages was 2,894 yuan, […]

600 million middle-class Chinese by 2020: think tank

China’s rapid urbanization will greatly increase its number of middle-class people to 600 million and support an economic growth between 7 percent and 8 percent annually by 2020, a government think tank chief predicted here on Saturday. Speaking at a reform forum in Haikou, capital of China’s southern-most province of Hainan, Chi Fulin, executive president […]