Home | Web Extra | Interactive | Radio Programs | Categories | More  
CRI Home   •About Us  •Jobs  •Contact Us 
  Local Services: Beijing | London | Sydney | Washington | Beyond Beijing

Lucky Money A Huge Burden to Chinese
    2007-02-22 18:34:11     CRIENGLISH.com

Airport in Beijing Cancels 190 Flights for Thick Fog

Passengers wait at Beijing Capital International Airport on Wednesday on February  21, 2007, as about 200 flights were forced to cancel due to thick fog that shrouded the city. [Photo: cnsphoto]

Affected by thick fog that shrouded the city on Wednesday, Beijing Capital International Airport was forced to cancel about 200 flights.

The foggy weather began in Beijing at 3 am on Wednesday, with visibility in many places being less than 50 meters throughout the day.

International flights destined for Beijing were either diverted to Pudong Airport in Shanghai or Hohhot, Inner Mongolia.

Sections of seven Beijing and 10 highways were also forced to close temporarily because of the heavy fog.

Even the number of visitors to temple fairs dropped largely because of the weather. Fortunately, good weather has returned.

Lucky Money A Huge Burden to Chinese

The giving out of "Yasuiqian", or Lucky money is a New Year tradition for Chinese people. However, nowadays, the lucky money seems to have become a New Year nightmare to some Chinese.


Only two days after the Lunar New Year Day, 25-year-old Shanghai native Xu Bin gave out 4000 yuan as lucky money to children and the elderly members of his extended family. The figure was even more than his monthly salary!

It's not only Xu Bin's nightmare. The tradition is now called "Red Packet Consumption" by many young professionals in China. Some of them have even petitioned online to boycott the custom.

Meanwhile, in an online survey participated in by 386 netizens, over 60 percent express their hope that the lucky money could return to its original form, which is giving out only a little money, merely symbolizing the giver's best wishes to the recipient.

US Issues Record 350 Thousand Visas to Chines

The United States issued more than 350 thousand visas to Chinese students, businessmen and tourists in 2006, up 18 percent from the previous year.


US Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Consular Affairs Maura Harty said visas to Chinese citizens accounted for eight percent of the total visas the US issued last year.

About 75 percent of Chinese citizens succeeded in obtaining a visa, with the ratio for students much higher.



CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff. No person, organization and/or company shall reproduce, disseminate or broadcast the content in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of CRIENGLISH.com.

CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.

Web Extra
Countdown to 2009
A wonderful Time of the Year: on Christmas Eve of 2008
Shenzhen Memory
When Modern Dance Meets a Lover of the East

What makes you happy?
A recent survey shows that people feel the happiest when they reach their 60s and 70s. Is it true that we may ignore happiness when we spend all the time looking for it? [China Drive]
 Join us in Talk China
Transcend Yourself
Transcendence is one of the core concepts of the Paralympics. In your life, have you ever transcended yourself to reach a goal? Have you achieved something that you normally wouldn't be able to do? [China Drive]

Radio Programs
Find your favorite program
Ways to Listen
Via shortwave
Via local AM and FM
Via Internet
Hosts A-Z
Help With Listening