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3 October 2006
 

Heroines returned to the battlefield. Two young women from an all-girl lion dance troop once again publicly challenged kung fu bachelors to a fight, and promised to marry the ones who can beat them.

The Kung Fu Girls
(Source of original photo: Zhongxinwangtu)

This time the call has been answered not just from all over the China, but all over the world. On China’s National Day, the kung fu masters from Guangdong, Shanghai, America, New Zealand and Bulgaria landed on a small island and began their fight over the prize - a wedding to a kung fu girl.

Chinese Traditional Crafts Expo

Chinese Traditional Crafts Expo sponsored by the UN are held in Tianjin at the moment. The crafts on display include figurines, kites, brick-carves and wood-carves.

A replica of the old Beijing street scene
(Source of original photo: Beifangwang)

How the Poor in China Spend Their Holiday

This long holiday season combined with two major festivals in Chinese calendar -the National Day (October 1) and the Moon Day (October 6, Lunar August 15) - has made it a big occasion for many Chinese families, and a lot of eating and entertainment are taking place. Not everyone in China can afford to squander the money on lavish meals at restaurants, bars and hotels, however, not for those living in the margins of the society: the workers who lost their job, the peasants who lost their land and the peasant labours who are stuck in the gap between the urban and village.

An unemployed man in Shengyang told the Xinhua Newsagency journalists what would be on his family festival dinner table:

"We are planning to have a get together dinner during the holiday. My budget is 20 yuans (2.5 usd, or 3.3 aud). I’m gonna spend 9 yuans on a couple of chicken thighs to stew with potato, 10 yuans on pork meat to cook with soy sauce, plus two bottle of beers to wash them down."

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Men in Beijing Become Lazier

Comparing to their Shanghai counterparts, men in Beijing were never praised for being diligent housekeepers, but now they are said to be even lazier. According to a study by the People’s University of China, male residents in Beijing are spending less time in kitchen than they were twenty-years ago. Instead, they spend more time in bed and on leisure activities, such as drinking at bar, watching DVD, singing in Karaoke, and tucking in at restaurant (撮饭) with their hupenggouyou (狐朋狗友), i.e., "fox mates" (the mates as smart as foxes) and "dog buddies" (the buddies as loyal as dogs). On the average, a Beijing resident is reportedly spends 4.42 hours on leisure activities each day.

The study also found that women in the capital are no longer spending all their leisure time at home but began venturing out for fun.

The shift in the leisure patterns has made an impact on the festival market. A great number of people in Beijing are now less keen on traveling around but prefer to relax at home during the holiday season.

 

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