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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24-hour border crossing to China

December 18 is the date. It’s been a long time in the works. But now it’s reality. The Lotus Bridge crossing to and from mainland China will open 24 hours. So round the clock access – and egress – to and from Hengqing.

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End of gold rush era

Reality check time. Jewellery retailers are licking their wounds. Last year’s ‘Gold Rush’ has petered out, with declining sales the proof. Many mainland Chinese visitors bought in but conspicuous consumption is out.

“Since the beginning of the year until October, we’ve seen a single digit drop in our sales revenues.

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Taking public opinion on board

The consultation conclusions are clear. The public approves of undercover officers keeping tabs on taxi drivers. This in the wake of increasing complaints. The new taxi law will include provision for such agents.

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Robert J. Shiller

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2013 Nobel laureate in economics and Professor of Economics at Yale University

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