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Tomb Sweeping Day, or Qingming – which falls on April 4 this year – is a national festival stretching back more than 2,500 years for people to honor and remember their deceased loved-ones at cemeteries and memorials. It is not just a day to honor those who have passed away, but also a time to embrace life at the beginning of spring.

In our special report, we will cover the origins and customs of Qingming, the ways people pay their respect, and the innovative and increasingly green ways people commemorate the deceased on this day. The following poem by Du Mu (AD 803-852 ) depicted the fetival more than 1,000 yars ago.

A drizzling rain falls like tears on the Mourning Day;
The mourner’s heart is breaking on his way.
Where can a wine house be found to drown his sadness?
A cowherd points to Almond Flower (Xing Hua) Village in the distance.

(Blog posted by ChinaDaily on March 31, 2012. You can see the original article by following this link to ChinaDaily)

Fuel price rise

john  —  March 22, 2012

China’s top economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, announced Monday evening that is would increase gasoline and diesel prices by 600 yuan ($95) per ton from Tuesday. (Photo picked from China Daily 03/22/2012 page8)

Spring snow blankets Beijing

john  —  March 19, 2012

BEIJING — The Chinese capital was blanketed by spring snow on Sunday morning, after a day of heavy fog that has grounded hundreds of flights in the country’s north.

Rain began to hit Beijing Saturday evening and later turned into snow. As of 6 am Sunday, snow has accumulated to as deep as eight centimeters in parts of the city.

Light snow continued Sunday morning but the National Meteorological Center said on its website that it would stop later in the day.

Hundreds of flights were canceled Saturday at the Beijing Capital International Airport as dense fog reduced visibility. The airport said early Sunday that the snow would continue to affect flights.

On Saturday, airports in Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou in North China were all enveloped in dense fog, with the visibility in Tianjin’s airport less than 50 meters.

(Blog posted by ChinaDaily on March 18, 2012. You can see the original article by following this link to ChinaDaily)

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