Recent data published by the National Bureau of Statistics indicate that China's working-age population decreased by 3.45 million during 2012. This was the first decline in decades, and it has caused widespread concern that the country's demographic dividend is coming to an end.
China's art auctioneers search for more sophisticated ways to hammer the market back into shape.
For Father's Day last year, Zhao Mengmeng made her dad an album of their photos taken at around the same date for 30 straight years. The first in the digital collection is a black-and-white print that shows Zhao at 1, standing with her dad outside a brick building, her hand engulfed in his. The last shows the pair in full color three decades later, posing against a piano and a chandelier, Zhao's arms linked at the elbow with her 62-year-old father. The album, which Zhao also posted on her micro blog, is seen as a remarkable expression of a child's love for her parents. It has since been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. A video of their story, found online, has been watched at least 2 million times.
Mountain climbing, a round of golf and soaking in a hot spring - have you ever thought of doing all three in the same day? It's a rare combination, but completely possible at Qixian Mountain in southern China.
Friis Arne Petersen has long had wanderlust. As a child he was fascinated by international news and tales of his grandfather's global journeys, as a student he traveled across Europe and in North Africa, and today his desire to see the world is satisfied by his job, as Denmark's ambassador to China.
The new leadership in China should establish an agenda of reform to renew economic growth and social stability for the coming decade, says economist Fan Gang.
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