For 58-year-old housewife Ma, Beijing's public hospital reforms have so far worked out pretty well.
Jiang Quan is a 4-year-old black Labrador guide dog. He has spent more than 10 days in a hospital, rarely leaving Huang Ming's side.
Kang Jin looks smaller than most of his peers. He suffers from breathing difficulties and poor growth, and his skin has developed a bluish color.
The holiday mood of Chinese New Year continued to linger in some government departments two days after the annual holiday ended, with some civil servants continuing to be off duty or in no mood for work.
Smog blanketed Beijing and parts of northern China on Sunday, disrupting many passengers' plans of returning to work after the Spring Festival holiday and triggering concern over air pollution.
Hongbao, which is supposed to add happiness and festive flavor to the holiday, has placed a heavy burden on Pu and his peers.
For Xiao Liyang, 53, who has lived his whole life in Zhuzhou, the decision to move and change his job came in 1992 because of the terrible environmental quality.
With the now-ubiquitous Gangnam Style song a hit all over the world, it probably didn't come as a surprise to see it taking center stage in Chongqing's traditional baba dancing, or park dancing, sessions.
In a decade, mining has transformed Maizhokunggar from one of the poorest counties in Tibet to one of its largest tax contributors, sparking new thinking among leaders in the autonomous region.
Festival fireworks caused readings of PM2.5 to skyrocket in many cities during the Spring Festival holiday, indicating worsened air quality.
A total of 110 people who had close contact with two patients contracted avian influenza H5N1 in Southwest China's Guizhou province earlier this month have been released from quarantine.
Police caught more than 17,900 people suspected of committing crimes during the Spring Festival holiday.