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Robust consumption over the holidays helps put the country’s post-coronavirus economic recovery on a more sustainable footing.(Pixabay)

China’s holiday consumption withstands travel restrictions

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 04:13 PM IST
Chinese consumers splurged on restaurants, online sales and movies over the Lunar New Year holiday as travel restrictions made it difficult for many of them to make their annual trips home.
Revenues touched 6.96 billion yuan ($1.08 billion) over the six days to Wednesday midday, live data from ticketing platform Maoyan Entertainment shows, with higher prices padding the total and Chinese productions dominating screens.(Unsplash)
Revenues touched 6.96 billion yuan ($1.08 billion) over the six days to Wednesday midday, live data from ticketing platform Maoyan Entertainment shows, with higher prices padding the total and Chinese productions dominating screens.(Unsplash)

Chinese discouraged from Lunar New Year travel go to movies instead

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 03:01 PM IST
Chinese cinemas racked up record box-office revenues during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, as coronavirus travel curbs compelled millions to forego visits home during what is usually the world's biggest annual domestic migration.
The travel rush is generally considered the world’s largest annual human migration, when urban residents, migrant workers and students return to their hometowns for family gatherings.(Unsplash)
The travel rush is generally considered the world’s largest annual human migration, when urban residents, migrant workers and students return to their hometowns for family gatherings.(Unsplash)

China holiday train travel down nearly 70% amid restrictions

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 09:43 AM IST
Railway journeys in China during the usually frenetic Lunar New Year holiday travel rush are down by almost 70% amid calls for people to stay where they are to avoid a new outbreak of Covid-19.
Buddhist monks watch and wait to make an offering to performers with the JL Lion Dance Sports Association during a Lunar New Year celebration.(AP)
Buddhist monks watch and wait to make an offering to performers with the JL Lion Dance Sports Association during a Lunar New Year celebration.(AP)

Lunar New Year celebrations amid Covid-19 pandemic in pictures

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2021 02:56 PM IST
The most unique feature of this year's festivities is the strict use of masks to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The celebration, which begins on Friday, usually triggers the largest annual migration as people reunite with loved ones or go on holiday, but this year government curbs are spoiling plans, even as many nations roll out vaccines.(Unsplash)
The celebration, which begins on Friday, usually triggers the largest annual migration as people reunite with loved ones or go on holiday, but this year government curbs are spoiling plans, even as many nations roll out vaccines.(Unsplash)

Asian businesses suffer Lunar New Year blues over travel curbs

Reuters |
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2021 01:00 PM IST
From a skyway operator in Australia to a tourist guide on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and a lion dance troupe in Malaysia, Asia's travel industry is hurting as coronavirus curbs keep most people home for the Lunar New Year.
A labor-supply crunch in the food and beverage sector and government restrictions on office-sponsored parties will weigh even more on a sector that’s already suffering more than the general economy.(Pixabay)
A labor-supply crunch in the food and beverage sector and government restrictions on office-sponsored parties will weigh even more on a sector that’s already suffering more than the general economy.(Pixabay)

No festive bump for Singapore restaurants over Lunar New Year

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 10:50 AM IST
Singapore restaurant owners face a gloomy Lunar New Year, with Covid-related interruptions signaling that even countries with a good handle on cases will suffer until the pandemic is under control globally.
Malaysia managed to rein in the virus for much of last year, but recent months have seen a spike in cases, with more than 240,000 infections and 872 deaths.(Pixabay)
Malaysia managed to rein in the virus for much of last year, but recent months have seen a spike in cases, with more than 240,000 infections and 872 deaths.(Pixabay)

Malaysia's gravity-defying lion dancers brought down to earth by pandemic

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 10:18 AM IST
The traditional Chinese lion dance has long been part of the festivities in the southeast Asian nation, but this year the Kun Seng Keng Lion & Dragon Dance Association has been brought down to earth with such public spectacles halted by the pandemic.
Australia's Blue Mountains hit by Lunar New Year slump in Asian visitors(Reuters)
Australia's Blue Mountains hit by Lunar New Year slump in Asian visitors(Reuters)

Australia's Blue Mountains hit by Lunar New Year slump in Asian visitors

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 07:30 AM IST
Every year, lakhs of Asian tourists visit the Blue Mountains in Australia during the Lunar New Year. However, because of the coronavirus outbreak and travel restrictions, only a few people have visited the mountains this year.
The Health Ministry announced the steps Wednesday. (Pixabay)
The Health Ministry announced the steps Wednesday. (Pixabay)

South Korea curbing travel, gatherings for holiday

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 10:44 AM IST
South Korean officials are moving to limit travel and gatherings during next week’s Lunar New Year’s holidays by allowing train operators to sell only window seats and passenger vessels to operate at half capacity.
Authorities are asking people to stay home during the Lunar New Year holidays in February as part of the efforts to prevent another debilitating outbreak.(Unsplash)
Authorities are asking people to stay home during the Lunar New Year holidays in February as part of the efforts to prevent another debilitating outbreak.(Unsplash)

China to impose virus testing on Lunar New Year travellers as cases rise

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 10:01 AM IST
China plans to impose strict Covid testing requirements during the Lunar New Year holiday season, when tens of millions of people are expected to travel, as it battles the worst wave of new infections since March 2020.
Vietnam will limit fligh,ts bringing citizens home from now until the end of the Lunar New Year in mid-February when big gatherings indoors are expected, to reduce coronavirus risks, the country's prime minister said.(Reuters)
Vietnam will limit fligh,ts bringing citizens home from now until the end of the Lunar New Year in mid-February when big gatherings indoors are expected, to reduce coronavirus risks, the country's prime minister said.(Reuters)

Vietnam to limit inbound flights ahead of Lunar New Year

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 01:42 PM IST
Vietnam will limit flights bringing citizens home from now until the end of the Lunar New Year in mid-February when big gatherings indoors are expected, to reduce coronavirus risks, the country's prime minister said.
A pedestrian wearing a protective mask walks through a tunnel in Beijing, China, on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020.(Bloomberg)
A pedestrian wearing a protective mask walks through a tunnel in Beijing, China, on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020.(Bloomberg)

Coronavirus wipes out a $140 billion spending week in China

By Bloomberg
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2020 07:02 PM IST
Uncertainty is hitting retailers across the country during what in an ordinary year would be a busy time. Last year, spending during the festival topped 1 trillion yuan ($143 billion), an 8.5% increase from 2018.
Medical officers spray Indonesian nationals with antiseptic after they arrived from Wuhan, China center of the coronavirus epidemic, before transferring them to the Natuna Islands military base to be quarantined, at Hang Nadim Airport in Batam.(REUTERS)
Medical officers spray Indonesian nationals with antiseptic after they arrived from Wuhan, China center of the coronavirus epidemic, before transferring them to the Natuna Islands military base to be quarantined, at Hang Nadim Airport in Batam.(REUTERS)

Outbreak diary: China lost crucial days, weeks in the fight against the Coronavirus

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2020 03:45 PM IST
By the time Wuhan – and a dozen more cities soon after – was locked down on January 23, the virus had pretty much broken lose.
At least 56 people died of the novel Coronavirus on Sunday pushing the death toll from the outbreak to 361(REUTERS)
At least 56 people died of the novel Coronavirus on Sunday pushing the death toll from the outbreak to 361(REUTERS)

China coronavirus death toll jumps to 361, more than 17,000 now infected

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2020 09:45 AM IST
The worst hit Hubei province recorded more than 2100 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the central Chinese province to over 16600.
People wear face mask at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Thursday. The death toll rose to 170 in the new virus outbreak in China on Thursday.(AP Photo)
People wear face mask at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Thursday. The death toll rose to 170 in the new virus outbreak in China on Thursday.(AP Photo)

Coronavirus outbreak may slow China’s growth to 5 % or below, says economist

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2020 10:46 AM IST
The industries most affected by the Coronavirus outbreak are the service industries, especially transportation, tourism, catering and entertainment.
A worker in a protective suit speaks with staff members at the Wangfujing subway station, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Beijing, China January 26, 2020.(REUTERS)
A worker in a protective suit speaks with staff members at the Wangfujing subway station, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Beijing, China January 26, 2020.(REUTERS)

‘Swiftly separate Indian students with Coronavirus symptoms from families’: China’s top scientist

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 08:38 PM IST
Gao Fu, the director-general of China’s apex Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said for those not exhibiting the symptoms home quarantine should be good enough.
Rat-themed decorations are displayed for sale ahead of Chinese New Year in Singapore January 23, 2020. REUTERS/Feline Lim(REUTERS)
Rat-themed decorations are displayed for sale ahead of Chinese New Year in Singapore January 23, 2020. REUTERS/Feline Lim(REUTERS)

Can rats be chic? Fashion labels are trying for Lunar New Year

Bloomberg | By Kim Bhasin
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2020 01:09 PM IST
Each year, fashion labels seeking to cash in on the coming Lunar New Year turn to the corresponding zodiac animal for cutesy designs.
A woman wearing a protective face mask delivers a leaflet on coronavirus in Wuhan, in Hong Kong on Friday. China broadened its unprecedented, open-ended lockdowns to encompass around 25 million people to try to contain a new virus that has sickened hundreds.(AP Photo)
A woman wearing a protective face mask delivers a leaflet on coronavirus in Wuhan, in Hong Kong on Friday. China broadened its unprecedented, open-ended lockdowns to encompass around 25 million people to try to contain a new virus that has sickened hundreds.(AP Photo)

China puts off big holiday releases in view of coronavirus, losses likely in billions

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2020 02:59 PM IST
Cancelled mainland Chinese outings will now have a domino effect on overseas releases of certain films, reported the website Variety.
Happy Chinese New Year 2020: In countries where there is a significant Chinese and Korean population, the Chinese New Year is observed as a public holiday.(Unsplash)
Happy Chinese New Year 2020: In countries where there is a significant Chinese and Korean population, the Chinese New Year is observed as a public holiday.(Unsplash)

Happy Chinese New Year 2020: Best Wishes, Quotes, Greetings, Images, Messages, WhatsApp and Facebook Status to share with your loved ones

UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2020 10:37 AM IST
Happy Chinese New Year 2020: Here are some wishes and quotes for the Chinese New Year which you can share with friends and family.
Subway passengers wear protective masks in Beijing on January 21, 2020.(AFP)
Subway passengers wear protective masks in Beijing on January 21, 2020.(AFP)

China’s fast-spreading virus kills 6, reaches 5 countries including Australia

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2020 08:08 PM IST
As many as 300 people have been infected, health authorities said Tuesday, adding that two more people died in Wuhan in the past 24 hours, pushing the toll up to six.
China reported on Monday a third death from a mysterious SARS-like virus(AFP)
China reported on Monday a third death from a mysterious SARS-like virus(AFP)

China reports third death from SARS-like virus, nearly 140 new cases

Beijing | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2020 06:12 AM IST
The new coronavirus strain has caused alarm because of its connection to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.
The rupee Wednesday ended almost flat at 71.56 per US dollar as participants preferred to wait for the Reserve Bank’s interest rate decision for further cues.(BLOOMBERG NEWS)
The rupee Wednesday ended almost flat at 71.56 per US dollar as participants preferred to wait for the Reserve Bank’s interest rate decision for further cues.(BLOOMBERG NEWS)

Rupee ends flat at 71.56 per dollar ahead of RBI policy decision

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 06:28 PM IST
The domestic currency has been trading in a narrow range ahead of RBI’s monetary policy meeting outcome, scheduled for February 7.
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