Holiday Preset: Focusing on Self-Care Before the Festivities

Some people are pulling back — in socializing, spending, eating — not to avoid Covid, but to bolster their mental health. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Alyson Krueger Original Source: NY Times >>

Gen Z Americans Embrace Nostalgia With Miffy, the Dutch Bunny

Hordes of young adults in North America are embracing joy and childhood nostalgia with Miffy, a poker-faced, fictional, Dutch bunny. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Sanam Yar Original Source: NY Times >>

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 >>

2 Arrested in Hong Kong After Dousing Police With Water Guns

Songkran, a traditional Thai festival, often involves splashing and squirting. But the continuing crackdowns on all forms of dissent in Hong Kong made things different this year. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Tiffany May 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 >>