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The local government of Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi Province, recently spent 12 million yuan (US$1.9m) building what they called a “de-smog” tower. According to media reports, the tower is located in a suburb and is 60-meters high with a soccer pitch-sized greenhouse at the bottom.

Allegedly due to obesity, a four-year-old boy from Jiangxi Province died in his sleep. According to media reports, the boy’s BMI (Body Mass Index) was over 35, defined as in the range of “overweight-severely obese” based on Hong Kong’s category for BMI.

A possible triple revenge murder in a village in southern Shaanxi Province during the Chinese New Year holiday triggered heated debate among Chinese netizens.

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The Taiwanese government has come under fire after a row in which it apparently denied applications by China Eastern and Xiamen airlines to add flights between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan during the then coming Spring Festival, the traditional Chinese New Year celebration held this year in mid-February.

On Christmas Eve, four boys in a village in Qiaojia County, Yunnan Province, allegedly died of carbon monoxide poisoning as they were warming themselves by a fire in the bedroom.

The Beijing government triggered fierce public criticism after it began to dismantle large billboards and remove building names from rooftops at the end of November.