Lining up for a lifetime of love

Lining up for a lifetime of love

Waiting to tie the knot on Friday, Jan 4, 2013, a date that has a similar pronunciation to “love you for alifetime”, is tiring for couples at the Haidian District Marriage Registration Office in Beijing.

Let Jan 4 go down in history as the sweetest day of all. In Chinese, the date 2013-1-4 has a similar pronunciation to “love you for a lifetime”, making it one of the most auspicious and romantic days to tie the knot.

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China’s growing appetite for a different luxury goods: illegal drugs

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John Lee, head of Customs Drug Investigation Bureau, speaks in front of packs of cocaine seized in Hong Kong on July 6, 2012. (Bobby Yip/Reuters)

An exponential curve seems to describe most things in modern China — cars, housing, Louis Vuitton handbags, ice cream, iPads. It also describes the growth of drug use and addicts. Only 25 years ago, narcotics and illicit drug use were nearly unheard of.

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