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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.

如今,许多年轻白领年终奖还不够给压岁钱。一项调查显示,6成人希望压岁钱能回到象征意义时代。

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.

去年美国向中国留学生,商人和旅游者发放的签证数量比前年增长了百分之十八。

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.

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