New Year celebrations in Beijing: this year, fireworks sales in the city slumped a fizzling 37.7 per cent, as people declined to light their Catherine wheels and sprockets amid worries about worsening the city’s air pollution. photograph: kim kyung-hoon/reuters

The Chinese New Year holiday is still ongoing – it runs until St Valentine’s Day on February 14th, and most companies are still shut or running on a s(...)