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China gears up for peak New Year travel period

China was gearing up Saturday for the peak travel period of the world's largest annual human migration as the Spring Festival national holidays draws near. Hundreds of millions of migrant workers will return home to their backwater towns and rural villages before the Lunar New Year, which falls this year on January 31. "The country's transport system will witness the busiest time in the next days, as a vast number of people rush home," Xinhua state news agency said in a report Saturday.

US aims lucky 'Year of the Horse' greenbacks at Chinese

The US Treasury is selling red "hong bao" envelopes with "lucky" dollars bearing auspicious serial numbers to mark the Chinese Year of the Horse next year. Exactly 88,888 of the dollar notes go on sale Wednesday, each stuck in a red envelope blazoned with New Year's greetings and horse pictures. The serial number on each note begins with 8888, which pronounced in Chinese sounds like the word for "prosper" and is considered by many to be especially lucky.

China to tone down new year TV galas in anti-graft push

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will tone down and simplify the glitzy, kitsch and widely watched television galas beamed across the country over the traditional Lunar New Year festival, state media said on Friday, as part of government efforts to fight graft. The "CCTV Spring Festival Gala", a more than four-hour showcase of comedy skits, music and dance, has become a lounge room fixture for hundreds of millions of Chinese since first broadcast in 1982, spawning copy-cat shows on regional stations over the holiday.

Millions head home for China annual migration

Hundreds of millions of people across China are squeezing into packed train carriages and buses to travel home for the Lunar New Year, in the world's largest annual movement of people. A total of 3.4 billion trips will be made over the holiday period, official media estimates, including hundreds of millions of migrant workers in booming cities who journey to the countryside to spend the season with their families. Travellers must be home by Saturday night to usher in the new year on Sunday.

CORRECTED-Singapore goes green with Lunar New Year red packets

(Corrects paragraphs 1 and 3 to show the central bank is still printing new $2 notes) SINGAPORE, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Clean and green Singapore is going even greener this Chinese New Year, recycling S$2 bills for red packets of money alongside the printing of new ones.
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