I once did a dangerous thing: I ran outdoors in Beijing. Actually not once but several times a week.
With barely a sound, the glossy black leaflet slid through the letter-box of my home in Aberdeen, North-east Scotland.
Shopping for lucky bags used to mean making a leisurely trip to one’s favourite store, picking out a bag from among many, and going home to find out what’s in it. These days, many stores advertise the contents of their lucky bags well in advance – a surefire way of not only drawing shoppers to their stores, but also tempting shoppers to grab as many lucky bags as they can afford.
The ruling Chinese Communist Party has repeatedly issued edicts to media outlets – keep it simple, keep it short and keep the useless jargon out – since a new leadership helmed by general secretary Xi Jinping emerged last month.