In China, It’s Time to Splurge Again, and the Luxury Industry Is Relieved

The end of pandemic-era restrictions has unleashed a luxury spending rebound in China. Which Western brands are coming out on top? NYTimes New Year’s Eve Elizabeth Paton and Keith Bradsher Original Source: NY Times >>

Flowers, Fresh Fish and Movies: China Is Spending Again, Cautiously

The outlook for the world’s second largest economy is brighter as consumer spending picked up after “zero Covid” was lifted. But scars remain from the harsh pandemic restrictions. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Keith Bradsher Original Source: NY Times >>

It’s as if Nothing Ever Happened Here in China

China left its vulnerable people to fend for themselves in a deadly Covid outbreak. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Lucy Meng Original Source: NY Times >>

China’s Covid Tsunami Recedes, Bringing Relief, Grief and Anxiety

Officials say an onslaught of infections has slowed, and many people seem eager to move on. But fresh flare-ups could bring more illness and deaths. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Chris Buckley and Amy Chang Chien Original Source: NY Times >>

Chinese Travel Is Set to Return. The Question Is, When?

The country has dropped restrictions on overseas journeys for its citizens, but once-popular destinations are still waiting for the flood of vacationers to arrive. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Ceylan Yeginsu and Patrick Scott Original Source: NY Times >>

Polar Vortex Drives a Cold Snap in Asia

An exceptionally cold January has brought the region misery and snarled travel. Experts blame the same arctic system that hit the United States last month. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Mike Ives and John Yoon Original Source: NY Times >>

The Indirect Ways the U.S. Can Help China Avoid Covid Catastrophe

It’s in the United States’ best interest to find ways to aid China. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Michael V. Callahan Original Source: NY Times >>

Your Tuesday Briefing: California Mourns, as Death Toll Rises

Also, resistance to Chinese influence in the Solomon Islands and Beijing’s efforts to subsidize I.V.F. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Amelia Nierenberg Original Source: NY Times >>

Your Monday Briefing: A Lunar New Year Shooting

Also, New Zealand’s next leader and a Lunar New Year travel surge in China. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Amelia Nierenberg Original Source: NY Times >>

China Celebrates Lunar New Year After ‘Zero Covid’ With Caution

With strict Covid restrictions lifted weeks ahead of the country’s most important holiday, millions, joyful yet anxious, could finally travel and reunite with family. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Chang Che and John Liu Original Source: NY Times >>