Dongzhi Festival or Winter Solstice Festival

Dongzhi Festival or Winter Solstice Festival

Dongzhi Festival or Winter Solstice Festival or The Extreme of Winter is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians during the dongzhi solar term on or around December 21 when sunshine is weakest and daylight shortest; i.e., on the first day of the dongzhi solar term. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days.

The coming of winter is celebrated by families and is traditionally the time when farmers and fishermen gather food in preparation for the coming cold season. It is also a time for family reunions.

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President Xi Jinping in town

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Macau today. It will be his first official visit in five years. Xi has a busy schedule ahead of him. Official 15th anniversary celebrations and the inauguration of the fourth-term government of Macau.

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The ties that bind

Trade liberalization is in the air. The mainland has signed a new trade pact with Hong Kong and Macau on the eve of President Xi Jinping’s visit to the MSAR.

Upon the imminent 15th Macau handover anniversary, the governments of the city and mainland China signed a new trade liberalisation deal yesterday that seeks to provide easier conditions for Macau ser

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Sense of achievement

Celebrations of the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region are scheduled for tomorrow. Some facts and figures provide broad brushstrokes of the changes. Highlighting the massive strides made in economic and social development in the past 15 years

> The area of Macao has expanded from 22 square km in 1999 to more than 30 square km in 2013 due to land reclaimation from the sea. Its population has grown from 420,000 to 630,000 nowadays.

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