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As the Chinese New Year approaches it’s time to say good bye to the year of the Rabbit. As with all things Chinese it’s not without confusion as there are no native species of rabbit in China, so while the West calls it the Year of the Rabbit, it is in fact the Year of the Hare. There are several native species of Hare and at the time the names were handed out, there were no rabbits in the country.

So let’s take a quick look back on the Year of the Rabbit and the interesting things that happened here.

Yue Yue as she should be remembered, this incident still has the power to make you cry.

The behavior that shocked the world

Little Yue Yue became the unluckiest girl in the world, when she was hit by a passing car and then ignored as she lay dying in the street by 18 passersby, only to be run over once again before a street cleaner came to her rescue. It placed a spotlight on the lack of civic responsibility and care from Chinese citizens to other Chinese, and led to Shenzhen introducing a law requiring people to help others in distress.

The real estate market began to falter

There’s a common myth that real estate prices must always increase and despite what’s happened in the West over the last 4 years thanks to this ridiculousness, it hasn’t stopped real estate from soaring to new highs in China. In the last 3 months of the year this idea began to grind to a halt, with houses and apartments in Tier 1 cities now so far beyond the budgets of those working in them – the realization began to set in, driven by government policy, that perhaps those houses weren’t really worth what they were selling for.

The Shenzhen Government can be rightly proud of the Universiade experience they delivered. It was also the greenest games ever, with almost everything including the stage being recycled at the end.


Shenzhen delivered the Universiade Games

Shenzhen finally crawled out from under the skirts of the other mega-cities in China and hosted the Universiade games. The event may not be considered of enormous importance internationally, but the local authorities delivered an amazing spectacular that the city could be truly proud of. Demonstrating once again that when China is committed to doing something, it gets done.

Communism Didn’t Die

In fact here in China communism celebrated its 90th birthday, it may not resemble Karl Marx’s ideal anymore but communism is alive and kicking. And to prove it, China held a party for a party.

Tears from Guo Mei Mei as she realises what an awful plonker she's been.

Charitable Twit makes the headlines for all the wrong reasons

An aspiring actress decided to give herself a break by claiming to represent the Red Cross, and then detailing how much money she was spending on a brand new car, partying and clothes. Guo Mei Mei’s lesson was a harsh one as she was pilloried by the whole of China after her micro-blog enraged donors. The truth? She doesn’t work for the Red Cross at all, but sadly that’s not much help to the charity as people didn’t follow the story for long enough to find out, and now assume charity = theft.