Air quality in 271 out of 338 prefecture-level or above citiesfailed to meet national standards on the Chinese New Year Eveto 6 am the next morning on Feb 8, primarily because ofpollution caused by firecrackers.
The PM2.5 density in the 338 cities averaged 148 micro gramsper cubic meter while the density for PM10 averaged 210 micrograms per cubic meter for these cities. But air condition in Beijing and Shanghai, and some otherbig metropolis that have partly banned firecrackers improved from last year.
More than a billion people participated in the Spring Festival Gala by watching it on differentchannels and interacting on social media, according to data released by CCTV.
The Spring Festival Gala was watched on TV domestically by 690 million views while 138 millionpeople watched it online.
China’s cinema box office sales hit a new record, by pulling in over 2.9 billion yuan ($441.4 million)in just seven days, from Spring Festival Eve (Feb 7) to Feb 13, according to the filmadministration.
The sales surpassed last year’s 1.82 billion yuan during Spring Festival holidays in just five days.
The ticket sales of The Mermaid movie hit one billion yuan in four days after being released.
According to Tencent Holdings Ltd, 420 million people participated in Red Envelope, an interactivegame on instant messaging app We Chat where people can gift certain amount of money as bestwishes to others
The number of all the red packets that were given and received reached 8.08 billion, eight timesthan that in last year which is 1.01 billion
The peak time was 00:06:09 when 409,000 electronic red envelopes were sent and received.
On Feb 7, or the New Year eve, 65.6 percent of Ali-pay users travelled from workplace to home,data from the Ant Financial Services showed.
The top three cities that saw the most people leave for hometown were Shenzhen, Dongguan andGuangzhou, all from South China’s Guangdong province, while the top three cities with the mostpeople pouring in are Anqing, East China’s Anhui province, Huanggang, Central China’s Hubeiprovince, and Meizhou, Guangdong province.
Online orders on China’s leading shopping platforms Taobao.com and Tmall.com increased 200percent year on year between the first to the fourth day of the Spring Festival (Feb 8-11),according to data from Alibaba Group.
The top five places that saw the highest volume of transaction were Beijing, Shanghai, Zhejiang,Guangdong and Jiangsu, and the top five goods sold were imported food, paper products, drinksand beverage, confectionery and bakery products, and diapers and wet tissue.
Smart phone users on average spent 3.91 hours a day on New Year’s Eve and the first day of theSpring Festival (Feb 7-8), the peak period for New Year greetings, which is one hour more fromthe same period of last year.
The data is based on the 650 million daily active users on China’s leading cell phone smart pushservice Getui. Grabbing red envelopes and instance messaging were the most common usages.