Chinese traders got an unexpected and unwelcome extended new year break after shares tumbled. Photograph: Reuters

China’s stock markets normally open from 9.30am until 3pm, with a civilised 90-minute break for lunch, but this week has seen much shorter sessions in(...)

Participants arrive for the national public service examination, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China, on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters

Is the appeal of the Iron Rice Bowl waning in China? For hundreds of years, a civil service position was one of the great jobs, earned via a(...)

Two people stand next to an installation of goats in Beijing in celebration of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year. There is some confusion in China over whether the coming holiday, which starts on Thursday, marks the Year of the Goat or the Year of the Sheep. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

In China, it’s becoming known as the Big Yang Theory. “Yang”, as it is in Chinese, translates as both “sheep” and “goat”, and also can be “ram”(...)

Power plant in Xingtai, southern Hebei province, south of Beijing. Xingtai produces some 20 million metric tonnes of coal annually and is one of the world’s most polluted cities.  Photograph:  Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

Based on the most reliable air-pollution index in China, the country’s most polluted city is Xingtai, one of the oldest cities in northern China, w(...)

A woman looks at a Weibo advertisement  in Beijing. Over 3,300 accounts on the China-based social networking site have been shut down as part of a campaign called “Cleaning the Web 2014”.

Online companies in China are hiring young people of solid character to act as pornography watchdogs, weeding out morally suspect images of young wom(...)

Icons of messaging applications WhatsApp of Facebook (L), Laiwang of Alibaba Group (C) and WeChat, or Weixin, of Tencent Group

China’s broader economy may be slowing but some parts of its technology sector are on fire. For many years, the country’s tech stocks have play(...)

It’s hard to overstate the importance of Weibo in China. Although it only launched in 2010, Weibo now has more than 500 million registered users with (...)

A woman leaves a Beijing cinema advertising Django Unchained before it was banned. Photograph: AP

It’s lights, camera and action all week in Beijing, as the great and the good of the international film business descend on the Chinese capital(...)