February 2, 2011 by staff
Cctv China, What are some good rules for a drinking game CCTV Spring Gala do you? Here’s an idea – every time a minority comes to the screen? How China 55 will be represented in the next three hours? (AFP) – For hundreds of millions of Chinese Lunar New Year is the time to take the road, rail and air to share food and celebrate with their parents.
But as growing Chinese diaspora spreads throughout the world, many find it impossible to return home for the year of the rabbit from Thursday – thanks to the Internet, a family reunion is always possible.
“I’m having a live video chat on QQ with my parents in the morning on New Year’s Eve, Paris time,” said Liu Shiqi, a Chinese student, the economy in the French capital that recognizes the strong tug of nostalgia this time.
Like tens of thousands of overseas Chinese students in France, Europe and the rest of the world, Liu will not go home for the holidays. Too far, too expensive.
Thus, it provides an online meeting with his family to celebrate the year of the rabbit, the symbol of mercy, elegance and the cult of beauty.
Liu will not be alone. QQ, a Chinese version of MSN Messenger from Microsoft last year notched up more than 500 million active users.
Most of them are Chinese, not just the young enthusiasts of the Internet. Parents have also learned to use in order to maintain contact with their children abroad.
The software is free and has a video function that can be activated with integrated or add-on cameras, expensive international calls made essentially obsolete.
Another option is the China-based social site Douban, which began as a site to examine the books.
Douban today has more than 48 million registered users, who visit and contribute to forums about 210,000 people who share a hobby or living in the same city.
A forum, “Paris”, is widely used by Chinese expatriates live in the French capital. He has mailed invitations to celebrate New Year’s Eve, in Paris on Wednesday a restaurant called Sichuan Delicious.
Facebook and Twitter are not easily accessible in Mainland China, but entrepreneurs have developed in our equivalents.
On the first page of RenRen (“Everybody”), a knockoff of Facebook, users can offer new wishes for the New Year, or click through a new application called “Rabbit Lady Party,” a line that any person having an account can play in real time.
“I use every day RenRen to post updates on how my life is going on and check my friends,” Xu Huang, another student in Paris, told AFP. “I’ll keep in touch with them through RenRen during the new year.”
SMS traffic bursts also during the Chinese New Year. Last year, Chinese mobile phone users have fired off more than 18 billion messages during the holidays, as the country’s top three telecom.
New Year’s Eve alone, Shanghai and Beijing each accumulated 700 million letters.
For 2011, microblog Sina.com, a Chinese version of Twitter that has exceeded 50 million users, offers “red pocket money” – a traditional gift envelope from parents to children – for people who are parents to sign Service New Year’s Day.
Instead of money through, they include a rabbit in solid gold worth 5,000 yuan (550 euros, 758 dollars) and a mobile phone.
The Year of the Rabbit begins February 3rd and ends January 22, 2012. The rabbit is the fourth sign of 12 animal signs in the Chinese zodiac.
People born in the Year of the Rabbit are said to enjoy the company of friends. They are good teachers, counselors and communicators, but also need their own space.
Famous West “rabbits” include: Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Johnny Depp, Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, George Orwell, Angelina Jolie, David Beckham, Kate Winslet and Tina Turner.
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