Category Archives: Local

Middle School Students Sell Creative Works at Temple Fair

Changdian’s Spring Festival temple fair is known for its crowds of vendors selling regional foods. It’s not the shopping atmosphere in which one would expect to find the creative products of Beijing No. 35 Middle School International Department. Chu Yuchen, head of the Academic...


Beijing Returns to Firework-Free Holiday Celebration

Fireworks are a Chinese Spring Festival tradition used to welcome the gods who will bring wealth, luck and happiness in the new year. But worsening air pollution has forced many cities to clamp down on the celebration. In preparation for the festival, Beijing’s municipal...


Vanishing Wholesale Markets Headed for Hebei

A building regulation change passed in Beijing in 2014 has been pushing out the capital’s popular wholesale markets and other popular but “unhealthy” developments. Lu Yan, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform, said the new trend of forcing out...


Fake Student IDs Still for Sale Online

In spite of strict supervision of student identity card production by Beijing police, illegal shops near the capital’s schools persist in producing fake certificates. Student ID cards enable the holder to receive a discount when buying entrance tickets at many locations. Beijing Youth Daily...


Police Crack Down on Uncertified Ride-Share Drivers

The first group of drivers since Beijing published its new regulations for Didi and Uber have received their certificates. Beijing is allowing a five-month transition for drivers to obtain the new certificate, although the government said it will be stricter in spot checking major...


Police Arrest Gang of 15 Students Robbers

Police in Sanlitun reported the arrest of 15 middle and high school students between the ages of 13 and 17 who have operating as armed robbers on the bar and restaurant streets of Chaoyang, Shunyi and Changping since December. In their most recent attack,...


Beijing Moves Suburbs from Coal to Electric Heat

Winter is hard for the families of Xichan Village in Haidian District. The village is one of the 700 administered by the Beijing municipal government that still depends on coal heating. During the winter, families in Xichan must travel to buy coal, carry it...


Public Car Service to Open on Ring Roads

Public bicycle systems put into use last year in Beijing have been a great success – largely thanks to smart technology that gives the new bikes a much wider range of use. This year, Shouqi Group plans to bring the same systems to cars....


Police Bust Gambling Ring Based on FishingJoy App

The iOS and Android game FishingJoy has become a new tool for gamblers to earn money, Beijing police said. The recent bust of a gambling ring with some 30 participants in Fangshan District resulted in six being arrested on charges of illegal gambling. FishingJoy...


Beijing Subway Cuts Ticket Fares for Early Commuters

The Beijing Subway Company began discounting tickets by 50 percent for commuters who board before 7 am on January 1. The subway said its new policy was intended to incentivize passengers to board early to relieve pressure during the morning commute. However, it has...