Fairy Tale King
Zheng Yuanjie, a renowned Chinese writer for children's literature, was honored as one of the 2011 Hot Figures by New Weekly magazine
Outstanding Artist
Han Meilin, a well-known Chinese artist who designed the mascot Fuwa for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, will hold a solo art exhibition in the National Museum of China
Accident Aftermath
Fifty-four people are found responsible for a fatal high-speed train crash in July
GPS Rival
China's homegrown Beidou Satellite Navigation System begins providing positioning, navigation and timing services to China and its surrounding areas
Nursing for Seniors
The Chinese Government has issued a five-year plan to boost social services for the elderly
Children of migrant workers display a giant New Year card for their parents in Huanfeng No.3 Primary School in Hanshan County, Anhui Province, on December 26, 2011 (CHENG QIANJUN)
A model performs at a show of ethnic costumes at the First Culture & Art Festival of Lancang-Mekong Basin Countries, which kicked off in Jinghong, Yunnan Province, on December 27, 2011 (YANG ZONGYOU)
Passengers wait in long queues to buy train tickets at the Changsha Railway Station, Hunan Province, on December 28 (CFP)
Swans frolic on a lake after a snowfall in Rongcheng, east China's Shandong Province, on December 24, 2011 (WANG FUDONG)
SHIPPING BOOM Two container vessels docked at China's Dalian Port. Throughput of the port is expected to surpass 6.4 million standard containers in 2011 (GUI ZIYUN)
RIDING THE WIND The first phase of the Jiangsu Rudong Offshore Wind Power Farm, China's largest offshore wind farm, goes into operation on December 28 (XU CONGJUN)
Investigated SOE Chief
Bai Peizhong, former Board Chairman of Shanxi Coking Coal Group Co. Ltd., is now under investigation for suspected corruption after being dismissed from the post
Gas Price Reform
The National Development and Reform Commission initiates a pilot program in Guangdong and Guangxi  to link natural gas prices with import prices of alternative fuels
Railway Investment
The Ministry of Railways announcs that China plans to invest 400 billion yuan on railway infrastructure construction in 2012
Finding Way Out
The Western sovereign debt crisis is sending a chill throughout automobile industries around the world
Online Shopping
Chinese consumers intends to spend 11 percent more to shop online during the holiday season at the end of 2011
Pressuring Counterfeits
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in a recent report lists four Chinese markets as "notorious markets" known for pirated goods and services, including the Petty Commodities Market in Yiwu, Beijing's Silk Street Market, the C2C auction site Taobao.com
    Police officers gather around a victim on London's Oxford Street on December 26, 2011. A teenager was stabbed to death, while another man was injured in a similar case later that day (XINHUA)
    North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un escorts the hearse of his late father Kim Jong Il during a state funeral on December 28, 2011, in Pyongyang (XINHUA/AFP)
    Newly built escalators in the Comuna 13 neighborhood in Medellin are opened on December 26, 2011. The escalators, replacing more than 350 concrete stairways for the benefit of 12,000 users, are the first of their kind to be installed in a Colombian shantytown with high rates of urban violence (XINHUA/AFP)
    A female sea lion helps a trainer clean her room at the Shinagawa Aqua Stadium in Tokyo on December 28, 2011, during aquarium's year-end general cleaning (XINHUA/AFP)
    Swimmers get into the water during their traditional Christmas swim in the Vltava River in Prague on December 26, 2011 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A book damaged by termites is displayed on a shelf of the museum at the Central Institute for the Conservation and Restoration of Damaged Books in Rome on December 20, 2011. Since its founding in 1938, the institute has worked on everything from the Dead Sea Scrolls to one of the oldest Qurans in the world (XINHUA/AFP)
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