Beijing Briefing is our weekly round up of China news and analysis

New Year’s Eve, Beijing style

Something strange happened in Beijing on Saturday, Chinese New Year’s Eve. Quite suddenly the city, with its 20 plus million people, was dead. Not just a quiet, lazy long weekend dead. It was 5am in the middle-of-winter dead. Shops were shuttered apart from the odd outlet – in the busy road nearby my house that

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Happy Year of the Snake

China’s own version of Christmas / New Year Thanksgiving / Channukah,  the ten day long Spring Festival – that seems to start earlier the wealthier you are – is not turning out to be so festive for some. It is upon us this Saturday evening when endless homegrown and official displays of fireworks will shower the

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