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Plush dolls have now become the new top stream in the toy world! Or is it the next ten billion dollar track?
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Ningbo released important economic data!
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2024 Ningbo International Stationery Fair concluded perfectly, and the "Super Meeting Room" showed its powerful appeal again.
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The balance of booths is running low! 2025 Ningbo Stationery Fair heat continues!
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Pulp prices continue to rise cultural paper enterprises are expected to achieve profit expansion
2024-05-16 16:40:44
More and more confident Chenghai toys: unafraid of copying, welcome to take photos!
2024-05-11 16:53:43
U.S. Issues Toy Safety Alert: Beware of Big Risks from Small Parts
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Dialogue with Mr Wen Jinbo, Deputy Secretary-General of Guangzhou Stationery Industry Association
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School&office life China:Shredder Industry Status and Future Development Trend Analysis 2024
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China Ningbo Stationery Fair will open next Wednesday, with 1610 exhibitors leading globally in scale
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2024 Ningbo International Stationery Fair visit guide, must be collected!
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China to unilaterally waive visa for Australia
On June 17, 2024, China announced that it would include Australia as a unilateral visa-free country.Declaration: This article comes from the CCTV News.If copyright issues are involved,please contact us to delete.
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Spotlight | Multiple requests for clarification! India's trade barriers challenged at WTO
The Indian Express reported on May 24 that the World Trade Organization (WTO) Import Licensing Committee met on May 21st. The statement issued by the committee shows that Japan and China have formally raised concerns over the import licensing measures for notebook computers announced by India on August 3 last year but soon withdrawn.
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Plush dolls have now become the new top stream in the toy world! Or is it the next ten billion dollar track?
▌How hot is the furry ‘little guy’?In recent years, the plush doll market can be described as a pop-up frequently, from strawberry bears to star Dailu, from Sanrio to Ling Na Beier, as well as the new net red lively aubergine, although the brand is different, the shape is different, but the young consumers are willing to pay for it, and even in order to buy dolls, there have been thousands of people in the subzero temperature of the cold winter queuing all night. Therefore, it has been said that plush toys have become the contemporary young people's ‘spiritual sugar’.Of course, in the plush doll consumer army, in addition to college students, there is also a part of the crowd is a mother. Li Xiaoxia is one of them. Initial contact with these products or when she was pregnant, she was preparing toys for the baby, was attracted by the cute Bonnie Bunny, and since then the enthusiasm to buy it was uncontrollable. Today, she has collected more than ten brands of plush toys. And these toys are cleverly distributed in all corners of the home: small and delicate vegetables, fruits and dessert toys are neatly placed in the living room display cabinet, and the adorable Lina Belle dolls are placed in the bedside ......On online platforms, the topic of plush toys is also widely spread. In social media such as Xiaohongshu and Jieyin, there are countless topics related to plush dolls, of which the number of views and playbacks of a certain brand alone is as high as 570 million and 660 million respectively. In addition, fans of plush dolls also ‘secondary creation’ of these dolls, making them into a variety of emoticons to use.from xiaohongshuStreaming Toy Prices SkyrocketThere is no doubt that plush dolls have now become the top stream in the toy world. Of course, being top of the line, their selling price is extraordinary. Unlike non-branded plush dolls on the market, these branded dolls are no longer sold for a few dollars or tens of dollars. Browsing Taobao shops you can find that most of the branded dolls are now priced between 119 and 1,699 yuan. For example, the smallest size of the classic Bonnie Bunny 13 cm, priced at 99 yuan; the largest size of 108 cm, priced at 1699 yuan. In addition to size, model, colour and other factors will also affect the doll pricing, and the price difference can reach 20 to 40 yuan.Taking the newly purchased plush dolls, Li Xiaoxiao frankly: ‘These dolls are not cheap, if the second-hand platform to find, almost all of the price increase in the purchase.’ She introduced a 6cm gift box shape plush toy price tag up to 129 yuan, and this is only an entry-level product in the brand dolls. Previously, the official price of 219 yuan Ling Na Beier plush doll was snapped up as soon as it came out, and she purchased it on Idle Fish at a cost of 400 yuan, with the highest selling price on the same platform at the same time of nearly 800 yuan. She was surrounded by several plush dolls ‘enthusiasts’, some time ago in order to get together a series of out-of-print dolls, in the second-hand platform to three times the price of the dolls bought the desired.Perhaps by the market demand, in addition to the second-hand platform price increases, the brand plush dolls official sales platform has also quietly increased prices. Li Xiaoxia turned out their own purchase records introduced, in 2017, she had 950 yuan price in the overseas flagship shop purchased a 67 cm beige Bonnie rabbit, last year, during the brand promotion season, she intends to buy the same product again, found that even if the use of various types of concessions still need to pay 1024 yuan, this year, the product has been in a state of shortage. Not coincidentally, the reporter found that before a 51 cm doll only 447 yuan, now has risen to 619 yuan. Some netizens said, three years ago to 160 yuan to buy the brand plush doll, now has appreciated to 1299 yuan.Aiming at small dolls to develop a big industryIn the face of value-added so fast plush dolls, many people predict: ‘the next ten billion trend track or will appear.’ Yangzhou, with the title of ‘China's plush toy gift capital’, how to grasp this opportunity?Some experts give advice: ‘to aim at small dolls to develop a large industry, must be from the processing to do brand, do standards change.’ In their view, the industry to go far, the brand is the core competitiveness. Yangzhou plush toy industry started in the 1950s, its plush toy exports accounted for the highest share of 95% of the country, and now has become a relatively complete industrial chain of long plush toy manufacturing industry base. Although and many traditional industries, the industry is also facing a gradual shrinkage of market share, the competition between local enterprises is becoming increasingly hot situation, but for the current situation, the enterprises have combined with the current industrial demand for continuous transformation and upgrading. At the same time, Yangzhou has a national toy testing centre, there are 2578 plush toy-related enterprises, covering production, design, e-commerce sales and other industry chain, Yangzhou has the strength and ability to achieve industrial breakthrough.‘The transformation process is not easy, but there is no need to be pessimistic, just to live in a different way by taking the road of branding, culture and creativity.’ In the view of some experts, the current development of plush doll industry needs to focus on the creation of IP, can be a very high visibility of the international classic IP, can also be widely spread on social networks, ‘Netflix’ IP, only in the creative aspects of the continuous input, to capture young people's curiosity, stress reduction and other psychological needs, play breakthroughs! To break the limitations of the traditional image, so that plush toy products closer to daily life, touching the young people's desire for a better life psychology, can resonate with consumers.The reporter learnt that, aiming at the plush doll industry, Yangzhou, many e-commerce is through short videos, live and other interaction with netizens, to create a ‘fan co-creation mechanism’, so that the netizen's suggestions become a source of creativity. At present, many enterprises are entering the e-commerce platform, around the harmonic terrier and other IP content to create products, emerged from the YouQiYouPin, Aiside and other businesses. Yangzhou plush dolls are from ‘manufacturing’ to ‘create’ step forward.Declaration: This article comes from the Jiangsu Economic Daily.If copyright issues are involved, please contact us to delete.
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Ningbo released important economic data!
January-April, the city thoroughly implement the Party Central Committee and the provincial party committee decision-making and deployment, integrated to promote the three "No. 1 project", comprehensively strengthen the "three teams" construction, vigorously implement the "ten major projects ", play a good strong innovation, expand investment, promote consumption, expand the market, Xing main body, such as the "combination of punches", the city's economic operation continues to be stable and good trend.
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2024 Ningbo International Stationery Fair concluded perfectly, and the "Super Meeting Room" showed its powerful appeal again.
The annual global stationery industry event - 2024 Ningbo International Stationery Fair, has been successfully closed at 16:00 on 29 March 2024 in Ningbo International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The exhibition lasted for three days and welcomed visitors from all over the world, with a final count of 36,065 visitors and 46,124 visits, which is a new historical data."Super Meeting Room" continues to show its strong appealLooking back on 21 years, Ningbo Stationery Fair has created a deep bond with many stationery people at home and abroad. It has become a "super meeting room" for stationery manufacturers, brands, agents, channel dealers, importers and exporters at home and abroad to release new products, communicate and meet with each other, study the trend, trade and purchase, and we are happy to meet old friends and make new friends. Exhibition period of three days, from Zhejiang, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Fujian and other 14 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions of the 1610 exhibitors to display hundreds of thousands of exhibits, the number of professional buyers 29,649 people, including 584 overseas buyers."We have participated in the Ningbo Stationery Fair for nearly 20 years, and it is a very good platform for its professionalism as well as the gathering of customers. It gathers almost all the mainstream stationery manufacturers in China, which makes it convenient for us to serve the companies we work with in close proximity and consult to discuss new products." Yang Hong, manager of Shanghai Sakura Chen New Material Co., Ltd. said in an interview that every year the exhibition not only meets some old friends of many years, but also makes some new friends to talk about the trend of the industry and the new products they need Sakura Chen for technical support and product support.Speciality Zone, Prospecting the Future of the IndustryBased on a high degree of outlook on the development of the industry and the deep excavation of market demand, 2024 Ningbo International Stationery Fair has created and relaunched the "Art & Painting Materials & Educational Toys Featured Zone" for the first time in Hall 2 and Hall 2/3, focusing on art & painting materials and educational toys, and attracting more than 200 high-quality enterprises in the industry, presenting the audience with a feast of aesthetics and creativity."This is our second time to participate in the Ningbo Stationery Exhibition, feel the scene popularity is still quite prosperous, a few salesmen from the morning basically did not stop over, that Ningbo Stationery Exhibition in the stationery circle is still a great influence, but also thanks to the organisers to provide us with such a good platform." Guangzhou City, the United States to help pray for the rich instrument Co., Ltd. product manager Zhan Dacheng said, I hope the Ningbo Stationery Exhibition can be done more and more fine, the painting materials this category bigger and stronger.In addition to this special exhibition area, the show also divided Hall 6 into "processing equipment exhibition area", focusing on stationery processing and packaging equipment, upstream raw materials and accessories and other products.There are also the main production pavilions concentrated by industrial base, including "Ninghai Stationery Pavilion (Hall 4)", "Hangzhou Fenshui Pen Pavilion (Hall 7)", "Wuyi Educational Products Pavilion (Hall 7)", "Qingyuan Pencil Pavilion (Hall 7)" and so on. ""Qingyuan Pencil Exhibition Area (Hall 7)"" and so on."This is my third time to come to Ningbo Stationery Exhibition, today strolling down the overall feeling is still good, come to the exhibitors are also a lot of enterprises." Lin Liangjie, marketing director of Blue Pigeon Boutique, hoped that the Ningbo Stationery Fair would be clearer in the future in terms of the planning of the exhibition area, so as to facilitate professional buyers to find the suppliers they need.“Made in China" still occupies the mainstream of the international marketIn the face of changes in the international market, China's stationery enterprises to change, expand R & D investment and market expansion efforts to improve the supply chain system, high quality and low-cost stationery products, attracting many overseas buyers to the Ningbo procurement, so that "Made in China" still occupy the mainstream of the international market.Three days of the exhibition, attracted a total of 584 overseas buyers from Malaysia, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the United States, Russia, Japan, Iran, the United Kingdom and other 64 countries and regions, including 8 overseas purchasing groups and a number of global stationery and gift industry channel giants.This is our third year to attend the Ningbo Stationery Fair, and the harvest is very rich. We met a lot of regular customers from overseas, as well as customers from foreign trade companies in Ningbo. Because our factory is mainly orientated to the overseas market, the positioning of the Ningbo Stationery Fair with foreign trade as the main vane is very much in line with our needs." Zhong Jielong, general manager of Jieyang Baihang Stationery Co., Ltd. said that he met overseas big brand buyers at the Ningbo Stationery Fair, and after exchanging ideas, he was more interested in co-operation, which made the trip to Ningbo worthwhile."This is our second decade to participate in Ningbo Stationery Fair, the exhibition effect is not bad. Over the years, Ningbo Stationery Fair overseas buyers also began to more, before the other large foreign exhibitions on the old guests, this year very unexpectedly appeared in the Ningbo Stationery Fair, and I hope that next year there are more foreigners to come here." Li Zhijian, general manager of Wuyi County Sanchang Stationery Supplies Factory, said that for local enterprises in Zhejiang, Ningbo's geographical location is very convenient for exhibitors and other aspects.National tide linkage, IP co-branding and technological innovation stimulate new momentum in the industry.There was a constant flow of buyers on site, and the atmosphere was always at boiling point. Based on the 21st Ningbo Stationery Fair's accumulated exhibition experience and brilliant achievements, this year's show still attracted many famous domestic brands to the show. Exhibitors hoped to promote their brand image through special decoration and the latest products on the Ningbo Stationery Fair floor, and many of them brought practical and novel stationery products.Changjiang Paper (Booth No. H1-721) is a private enterprise specialising in the production of paper products and cultural goods. This year's exhibition brought original IP products such as the "Shanhaichuan" series and "Nogawa" series with national style themes. High-value cultural and creative products paired with the well-decorated booth attracted many purchasers of books and pamphlets to stop and consult.In addition to the classic straight liquid ballpoint pens, White Snow Stationery (Booth No. H8-221) also frequently launched new products. The PVP-525 soft-tip straight liquid highlighter on display attracted many inquiries. The product adopts an axe-shaped nib, with six commonly used fluorescent colours to choose from, a freely controllable thick and thin line, a silky smooth pen, and a consistent colour of the handwriting. The new BP10 colour soft-tip highlighter, with its soft nib that is not easy to split, direct liquid ink control and replaceable ink capsule, is suitable for a variety of scenarios.Rainbow Stationery (Booth No. H4-111) is committed to becoming a leading brand of automatic and smart stationery with the mission of "Creating Easy Stationery Time". At this year's show, they will bring their latest IP co-branding - the Milk Dragon Automatic Stationery Set. The automatic pencil sharpener is upgraded to a large calibre, which can sharpen both thick and thin pens; the nib is adjustable in three grades to meet different writing needs; and it has a strong endurance, which can be charged for 2 hours and can sharpen pens for more than 600 times. Can be described as a major breakthrough in technology.Superior (Booth No. H1-421), was selected as the designated drawing material of Shanghai Xu Beihong Art Centre. Superior brought many new products to this exhibition. The new woodless full-core pastel pencils and pastel sticks are widely loved by purchasers of painting materials for their excellent performance; the new upgraded markers are richer in colour and more durable in texture; the watercolour paints have undergone new adjustments and have been greatly upgraded in terms of both texture and colour. The various new and upgraded products on display at this exhibition allow buyers to experience the latest painting tools and materials, bringing more creative possibilities to professional painters and art lovers!Yiwu Xuan Yang (Booth No. H2-219) presented a series of educational board games under the brand of Foxglove at the exhibition, among which, the board games of Global Travel series, including all provinces, municipalities, special administrative regions, and a total of 36 board games of China and Global Travel. Compared with the same type of board games, the gameplay is more innovative, the display props are more abundant, and its drama is stronger.2025 Ningbo Stationery Fair, new friends and old friends meet again!The time of gathering is always short, but every wonderful moment will be fixed in the river of time. 2024 Ningbo International Stationery Fair has drawn a perfect conclusion with the deep participation of industry colleagues at home and abroad. Once again, we would like to thank all the industry organisations for their strong support, all the on-site staff for their hard work day and night, and all the guests, partners and media friends for their contribution to the development of the global stationery industry!2025 Ningbo International Stationery Fair will be held on 19-21 March 2025, using all the exhibition halls and part of the outdoor area of Ningbo International Convention and Exhibition Centre, full of exhibition halls, the scale of the exhibition will continue to lead the global stationery industry exhibitions. Let's look forward to next year when the spring and scenery, stationery people gathered in Yongcheng again!
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The balance of booths is running low! 2025 Ningbo Stationery Fair heat continues!
2025 Ningbo International Stationery Fair will be held on 19-21 March 2025 at Ningbo International Conference and Exhibition Centre, the fair covers the four major fields of office, learning, art and life, with ten plates of exhibits and the whole industry chain presented.
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Pulp prices continue to rise cultural paper enterprises are expected to achieve profit expansion
On the news, pulp prices continue to rise. Since entering May, pulp prices continue to maintain the momentum of growth. According to business statistics, as of May 8, the domestic pulp spot price of 6,430 yuan / tonne, up 30 yuan per tonne from April 30, compared with the beginning of 2024 has risen nearly 10%. Since the beginning of this year, including Nine Dragons Paper, including many domestic paper enterprises have issued price increases. Agencies previously pointed out that with the traditional peak season approaching from March to May, paper prices ushered in the opportunity to raise.Agencies pointed out that since March, the global pulp supply disturbances are frequent, is expected in the second quarter of the global pulp supply-demand mismatch is more prominent, coupled with the whole industry chain pulp stocks are in the low level, the second quarter pulp prices are expected to maintain a strong trend. Bulk paper, currently in the traditional peak season of cultural paper, pulp prices, if the continuation of the strong trend, cultural paper prices are expected to achieve the cost of conduction, from the supply of pulp accounted for a higher proportion of cultural paper industry leaders are expected to benefit from this round of paper prices, profit expansion.
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More and more confident Chenghai toys: unafraid of copying, welcome to take photos!
In the pavilion of the 135th Canton Fair Hua Xing Technology Development Co., Ltd, Russian buyer Alexander Gudkov looked at it for a long time and carefully asked whether the exhibits could be photographed. After getting the affirmative reply, he hurriedly took out his mobile phone and took a careful picture of his favourite products.Buyers shop for products at the booth of Hua Xing Science and Technology Development Co Ltd (pictured on May 3) on the site of the third phase of the 135th Canton Fair. By Hong Zehua, Xinhua News AgencyFor the lower threshold of the toy business, flower pattern, style design is the core competitiveness of enterprises, but also easy to be copied and imitated. In the past to participate in various types of exhibitions, toy enterprise staff have to be posted in the booth "Do not take pictures" logo, but also always keep an eye on the exhibits, to guard against creative inspiration by the exhibition visitors "steal".Nowadays, generous display, allowing photography has become the norm for toy companies exhibiting at the Canton Fair. In the booth of Shantou Xinbida Early Learning Technology Co., Ltd, a castle made of magnetic pieces attracted many passing exhibitors to stop and take photos.Wang Keyfeng, director and general manager of the company, stood aside and introduced with a smile. "Our products have registered patents in the world's major markets, and the quality is excellent, but also continue to invest in research and development to launch new products. Relying on Guangdong's complete industrial chain, we can make cost-effective toy products, so we are neither worried about imitations nor plagiarism, so feel free to take photos." Wang Jianfeng said.Starlight Interactive Entertainment Co Ltd, which has participated in the Canton Fair for more than 20 years, takes licensed products as its core exhibits. "Relying on the high simulation, high quality and competitive prices of our products, we have built a good brand image in the international market. Most customers who focus on car toys have heard of Starlight's brand and are willing to negotiate further." Lin Meier, deputy director of Starlight's international business department, said more than 400 of the company's products have been sold to more than 120 countries and regions.Purchasers communicate with staff members of Starlight Interactive Entertainment Co. on the site of the third phase of the 135th Canton Fair (photo taken on 2 May). By Hong Zehua, Xinhua News AgencyBritish buyer Bradley Anden is an old friend of Xinghui, all kinds of authorised remote control cars have been the focus of his purchases. When he came to the Canton Fair this year, the recently launched building block assembled RC car mould from Starlight attracted his attention. "This product is very novel, I have not seen elsewhere, I hope to get a deeper understanding, and then in a few markets to start testing the water." Anden said.Guangdong Xinyu Technology Co., Ltd. placed several chicly shaped block RC cars in the most prominent position at the entrance of the booth. Customers were able to experience the product features on-site while shopping for the products and obtain product information by taking photos and scanning codes.Purchasers buy and experience block remote-controlled car products at the booth of Guangdong Xinyu Technology Co. on the site of the third phase of the 135th Canton Fair (photo taken on 2 May). Xinhua News Agency reporter Hong Zehua took the photo"The products are patented and quality is guaranteed, so we have the confidence that we are not afraid of taking photos or making copies." Chen Liang, chairman of Xinyu, said, "We have hired long-term cooperation designers in more than 10 countries and regions, such as Italy, Russia, France, etc., to design products to meet local market demand according to the habits and preferences of local customers."Xinyu welcomed an old friend - Mexican buyer Hector Alonso at the Canton Fair site. This exhibition, Alonso fancy ten kinds of products, ready to recommend to Turkey, Mexico, the Philippines, Japan and the Middle East customers in many countries."I have been engaged in the toy industry for more than 20 years. From my observation, customers from Middle Eastern countries pursue novelty and uniqueness, and like new products and designs. Japanese customers, on the other hand, pay more attention to the educational significance of toys and are willing to buy educational products." Alonso said, "No matter how diversified the demand is, we can always find products that meet the requirements at Canton Fair, and in recent years, the quality of the products is better and more cost-effective, which has a strong competitive advantage in the world."Zhang Yuwei, manager of international trade department of Hua Xing Company, said, exhibiting in Canton Fair this year, he felt that the demand of buyers is more precise, and the company relies on the complete supply chain, strong manufacturing capacity and rich design experience to launch different grades of products adapted to different markets."As China's toy industry continues to make a name for itself globally, the different needs of different customers are posing more challenges to us. Our toy enterprises have been innovating, researching and developing, relying on patented technology and excellent quality to strive for greater market opportunities." Zhang Yuwei said.Source: Xinhua News AgencyDeclaration: This article comes from the Ningbo stationery industry Association.If copyright issues are involved, please contact us to delete.
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U.S. Issues Toy Safety Alert: Beware of Big Risks from Small Parts
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released the ‘2022 Annual Toy-Related Deaths and Injuries Report,’ which shows that there were 145,500 hospital emergency department (ED) injuries in 2022, and 11 toy-related deaths of children 14 years old and younger, of which five deaths were caused by small parts safety issues in the product. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a special alert that will be combined with special regulatory actions to guide consumers in reducing the risk of small parts safety in toys.
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Dialogue with Mr Wen Jinbo, Deputy Secretary-General of Guangzhou Stationery Industry Association
On the venue of 2024 Ningbo International Stationery Fair, we had the honour to interview Mr. Wen Jinbo, Deputy Secretary General of Guangzhou Stationery Industry Association. Organisation to lead the team to visit the ninth year, in his eyes of the Ningbo Stationery Fair experienced how the development and changes, let's listen to his feelings.
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Eight Fun Facts about Chinese New Year That You Should Know
Chinese New Year, is the happiest holiday season in China and is full of fun activities. People seem to compete with each other in doing New Year shopping, decorating their own houses, and preparing plenty of festival food. During the half-month celebration, there is much interesting trivia and we select the top 8 fun facts that may inspire you.1. Every year is represented by a zodiac animal.Chinese zodiac, also called Shengxiao (生肖), is like the western zodiac in some ways. One of the fun facts about Chinese New Year is that every year is represented by a zodiac animal and it is for the entire year. Chinese zodiacs are based on a 12-year cycle and there are 12 zodiacs in total, which include Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.In Chinese culture, the zodiacs play an important role and they are closely related to people’s characteristics, careers, health, and love relationship. At present, people are more likely to regard the zodiac animal as a kind of mascot, which can bring good fortune in the New Year.2. Hide a lucky coin inside a dumplingEating dumplings is one of the most typical customs on New Year's Eve, especially for people in northern China. All the family members reuniting together to have a dumpling feast is undoubtedly one of the happiest things of the day.An interesting fact is that people will hide a lucky coin or several coins in the process of making dumplings. The coin represents luck and wealth. When eating dumplings, the person who gets the dumplings with lucky coins is believed to get the best luck the next year.3.  “Fu” character posted upside downThe Chinese character “Fu” (福) appears on different occasions very frequently during the Chinese New Year and it is always written on a piece of red diamond-shaped paper. “Fu” means good fortune in Chinese. Before the Chinese New Year, every family posts the “Fu” on the doors, windows, or walls. If you look carefully, you can find a fun fact that most of the “Fu” are posted upside down. That’s because in Chinese, the words “upside down” and “come” have the same pronunciation. Pasting the “Fu” upside down means that good fortune is coming.4. Six million people send digital red envelopes.Another traditional custom in Chinese New Year is the red envelopes, with lucky money inside, which are normally sent by elders to the young generation. The red envelopes represent happiness and good luck. In recent years, with the development of the internet and the popularization of Ali pay and WeChat Pay, people are more likely to send digital red envelopes and this is an activity prevalent among all people.There have been more than 688 million people sending digital red envelopes to express blessings and wishes in the Chinese New Year of 2022 and undoubtedly there are more people joining this in 2023.5. No sweeping on Chinese New Year's DayThis is an interesting fact about Chinese New Year – all the sweeping and cleaning have to be finished before New Year’s Eve and it is not allowed to sweep on New Year’s Day. According to the old saying, if you sweep on that day, it means you just sweep wealth and good fortune out of the house.In different areas of China, the customs are a little different. In some places, people will not sweep until the fourth day of the New Year for keeping good fortune in the house.6. See off and welcome the Kitchen GodAccording to Chinese legend, the Kitchen God will visit the Jade Emperor, the ruler of Heaven, to report the daily affairs of families on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month. For having a better report, people always sacrifice candy and cakes to the Kitchen God. What’s more, sometimes people will paste the syrup on the mouth of the Kitchen God so that he cannot say any bad words about the families.The time to welcome the Kitchen God is on the 4th day of the 1st lunar month and every family just changes a new painting of Kitchen God and prepares some sacrificial offerings.7. Welcome the God of Wealth on the 5th day of the New YearAs one of the most important gods in China, the God of Wealth is widely loved by the public. On the basis of folk legend, the fifth day of the New Year is the birthday of the God of Wealth. In order to celebrate it, people always prepare a big dinner and sacrifice fruits and fish on the previous night. The fish in Chinese means “Yu”, which is associated with lucky things: a prosperous life and abundance. After 0:00, people will set off firecrackers and light fireworks to welcome the God of Wealth. In some areas, it will be arranged in the early morning of the fifth day.8. The festival originated from fighting against a monster.One of the most interesting facts about the Chinese New Year is the origin story of the festival. It was said to be about a fierce monster called “Nian”, who would appear every 365 days or 366 days to eat humans.As time went by, people found that the monster always came at night and was afraid of the red and the sound of the firecrackers. So from then on, people began to drive away the monster by setting off firecrackers, wearing red clothes, and making red decorations.Therefore, celebrating the Chinese New Year is also called ‘Guo Nian’, which means defeating the monster “Nian”.
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