CIIC:Today's featured article/March 2017


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March 1
The apartments near key schools.

"Apartments Near Key Schools" (学区房) is a term that usually refers to those flats located near schools of the highest educational quality.

Nowadays, many families in China are striving to rent or purchase this type of apartment when their children reach school-age, thus causing the prices of those flats to rise sharply. (More...)

March 2
Lianghui (两会) or "two sessions" is the most popular phrase in China in March. It refers to plenary sessions of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. (More...)


March 3

The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (中国人民政治协商会议) is an organization of the patriotic united front of the Chinese people. It plays a significant role in the Chinese society. (More...)

March 4
CPPCC members from all areas and all walks of life.

CPPCC members (政协委员) are selected through consultation and recommendation. The Standing Committee decides through consultation on the number of members and the candidates for each CPPCC National Committee after they are examined and approved by the Chair's Council of the preceding CPPCC National Committee. (More...)

March 5

Jingzhe (惊蛰) reflects the phenological phenomenon. The temperature rises continuously after Jingzhe. The ice on the land has melted, and thunders may be heard for the first time in the year. Hibernating animals and insects are awakened, as the term so named, and start to come up out of cave or earth for activities. (More...)

March 6

The Annual Government Work Report (政府工作报告) is delivered by the incumbent government leader at the annual sessions of the NPC and CPPCC.

The report is usually drafted by the General Office of the State Council and the provincial (municipal, autonomous regional, special administrative), city and district governments. (More...)

March 7

The National People's Congress (NPC) is the supreme organ of state power in China. It is composed of NPC deputies who are elected according to law from 35 electoral units from the people's congresses of provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government, the People's Liberation Army, the deputy election council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,the deputy election council of the Macao Special Administrative Region and the Taiwan compatriots' consultation election council. (More...)

March 8
Emblem of the All-China Women's Federation

Established in March 1949, the All-China Women's Federation (中华全国妇女联合会) is an organization of women who are a major force in building socialism with Chinese characteristics. It works hard to unite and educate women, implement the basic lines of the CPC and play an active role in the building of socialist material and spiritual civilizations. The basic functions of the federation are to represent and safeguard the rights and interests of women and promote the equality between men and women. (More...)

March 9
Deputies to the 12th National People's Congress.

Deputies to the NPC (人大代表 rén dà dài biǎo) refer to component members of the National People's Congress and collectively exercise the power of the highest state organ. According to the Constitution and the Organization Law of the National People's Congress, each deputy serves a term of five years beginning with the opening of the 1st session of each NPC and ends with the 1st session of the following NPC. Deputies emerged from by-elections shall serve from the date of election to the end of the present term of office of the NPC. (More...)

March 10
Eight non-Communist parties (八大民主党派) refer to the eight political parties other than the Communist Party of China. These parties are those established before the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, which were then dedicated to the realization of a bourgeois republic in China and supported the CPC in the latter's effort of overthrowing the rule of the Kuomintang. They are independent in organization and enjoy political freedom, organizational independence and legal equality under the Constitution. (More...)


March 11
Su Mingjuan, a beneficiary of the Project Hope.

On October 30, 1989, the China Youth Development Foundation initiated "Project Hope"(希望工程), a fund for the relief of underprivileged children, in order to help poverty-stricken students continue and maintain their education. (More...)

March 12
Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve

Sanjiangyuan (literally "Source of Three Rivers") Nature Reserve, the world's biggest nature sanctuary, lies in the south of Qinghai Province. The three rivers are the Yellow River, Yangtze River and Lancang River. The area covered in this nature reserve amounts to 363,000 sq km, or 44.1% of the total of Qinghai. The elevation of the reserve is between 4,000 and 5,000 m above sea level. Administratively, it includes 16 counties under Yushu, Guoluo, Haixi, Hainan and Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures. (More...)

March 13
Two-child policy

Two-child policy (二孩政策), a new population policy of China, allows all couples to have two children, ending the one-child policy that has been in place for more than three decades. (More...)

March 14

The Cherry Blossom Festival (樱花节) at Yuyuantan Park in Beijing is usually held from March to April. People can enjoy nearly 2,000 cherry trees in full blossom as well as fine bonsais and rare stones. (More...)


March 15

Born in 1973 in the city of Qingdao in Shandong Province, Wang Hai (Chinese: 王海) has carried on a 15-year personal war against fake goods and for consumer rights. He is famous for setting up the "Wang Hai Consumer Protection Hotline". (More...)

March 16
Jiu San Society

Jiu San Society is a political party featuring political alliance based on high and intermediate level intellectuals in the S&T fields. It is a participating party that accepts the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), co-operates with it closely, and dedicates itself to building socialism with Chinese characteristics. (More...)

March 17
a cartoon of post-90s

Post-90s (90后): This term refers to the generation that was born between 1990 and 1999 in urban areas on the Chinese mainland. Unlike the post-80s, who were born in an era when the old conflicts with the new, the post-90s live in a comfortable environment in which China’s economy grew by double-digit percentages every year. (More...)

March 18
Xibe ethnic group

The Xibe people in northeast and northwest China have each formed their own characteristics in the course of development. The language and eating, dressing and living habits of the Xibes in the northeast are close to those of the local Han and Manchu people. Living in more compact communities, those in Xinjiang have preserved more of the characteristics of their language script and life styles. (More...)

March 19
Lei Feng (1940-1922)

Lei Feng (雷锋) was a model of wholeheartedly serving the people. He was born into a poor peasant family in Wangcheng County, Hunan Province, in 1940 and was orphaned at the age of seven. (More...)

March 20
Chunfen is one of the 24 solar terms.

Chunfen (春分) reflects the changing of seasons. The day of Chunfen falls on March 20 this year. On this day, so as on Qiufen in autumn, the sun shines directly on the equator, making the days and nights equal in length everywhere in the world. After Chunfen, the days are longer and the nights shorter. (More...)

March 21
Wolong Nature Reserve

Covering 700,000 hectares in Wenchuan County, Wolong Nature Reserve has 101 mountains taller than 5,000 meters and is home to nearly 4,000 plants, including the rare Sichuan redwood and tinctoria money maple. There are more than 50 species of beasts and 300 species of birds. (More...)

March 22

Nie Weiping (Chinese:聂卫平) is a professional go player. Go is a board game that originated in China and is played by two people using black and white stones. As one of the best go players since the founding of the People's Republic of China, Nie is now the vice-president of China's Go Association and a technical adviser of China's Go Academy. (More...)

March 23
The Qing government's first national flag with the dragon symbolizing the emperor

On October 17, 1862, the Qing government decided to use the Yellow Dragon Flag(黄龙旗) as the national flag. (More... )

March 24
Ancient town Luzhi, Jiangsu

With a history of over two millennia, Luzhi (甪直古镇) is one of the six ancient water towns in southeastern China most famous for their rich cultural traditions. It is located about 25 km south of Suzhou and is under the jurisdiction of Kunshan, a county administrated by Suzhou's municipal government in Jiangsu Province. (More...)

March 25

Founded in 1898, Peking University is the first national university in Chinese modern history. Peking University now consists of five faculties. The university has approximately 2,408 long-term international students from 80 countries. Among them are 1,757 students taking degree courses. (More...)

March 26
Friends gather at Dai's egg-style house.

Snail House (蜗居) is a popular Chinese term that originated from a high-rated TV drama with the same name. The drama, which focuses on the lives of the young people who have to crowd in narrow apartment rooms due to skyrocketing housing prices, is regarded as a perfect representation of reality. (More...)

March 27
Bai ethnic group

The Bai ethnic group (白族) are one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized in China. Of the 1,858,063 Bai people, 80 percent live in concentrated communities in the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province, southwest China. The rest are scattered in Xichang and Bijie in neighboring Sichuan and Guizhou provinces respectively. (More...)

March 28
The late spring chill (倒春寒)

The late spring chill (倒春寒) refers to the capricious weather in the late spring, in which the steady temperature rise may be interrupted by a sudden cold front, accompanied by strong winds and freezing rain. (More...)

March 29
Lang Ping

Lang Ping (郎平) is a former Chinese volleyball player and current head coach of China's national women's volleyball team. Her nickname is "Iron Hammer." She is seen as an icon in China and is one of the most respected individuals in modern-day Chinese sports history. In 2002, she became an inductee of the Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Massachusetts. On March 29, 2017, Lang was appointed as chief coach of the Chinese national team. (More...)

March 30
Puppet Show

Chinese puppetry has a long history. It is noted for its many types of puppets and superb manipulative skill. It's a truly unique art combining opera, music, fine art and craftsmanship. It creates magic with a beam of light.

Puppet shows (木偶剧) from various places had their own unique characteristics with strong local color in terms of figure modeling. String puppets from Quanzhou and Heyang, glove puppets from Zhangzhou, rod puppets from Guangdong, wire puppets from Chaozhou, shoulder-pole puppets from Wuqiao and large rod puppets from Sichuan were all finely and vividly crafted. They had all types of roles – sheng, dan, jing and chou -- as in Chinese opera. (More...)

March 31

Lu Xun was born Zhou Shuren on September 25, 1881, in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province. Zhou adopted the pen name Lu Xun in 1918, when he began writing for New Youth magazine. (More...)

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