For young, single city professionals, the Spring Festival holidays present many reasons to be fearful: standing in line for hours to get a train ticket, exhausting long journeys, stuffing red envelopes with cash.
Several photographs depicting a traffic-free Beijing during the Spring Festival, which were posted on popular Chinese social networking website kaixin001.com, triggered massive controversy among Web users.
A man was sentenced to death for kidnapping and caging two girls in a dungeon and raping nine other women, said a verdict of the Intermediate People's Court of Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, on Jan 30.
The son of a senior police officer was sentenced to six years in jail for killing a young woman while driving drunk, a case that triggered public outrage after reports that he invoked his father's name to avoid responsibility.
Actress Yao Chen on Friday became the first Chinese micro-blogger to have more than 5 million followers, even more than US mega-celebrity Oprah Winfrey - underlining the rapid growth of the platform in China.
The latest national governmental investigation into the safety of fireworks production found that more than half of the fireworks made by small workshops are unsafe, despite the country's best efforts to protect the public, a senior official said.
Events that constituted a "public crisis" occurred every five days on average in China in 2010, and the country needs to become better at dealing with them, according to a report from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.