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Many families used to bring their animals in for the winter, snuggling up against sheep or pigs in order to make the best use of their body heat

Now when there are a few deliveries at the same time, it sounds like a tuberculosis ward in a 1920s hospital

Chinese New Year isn’t what it was. During the heady, post-Olympic years, the country was a riot of color in late January/early February, as entire cities bedecked themselves with lanterns, paper cuts and lavish red-and-gold characters for good fortune.

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The year 2016 has been one of big news, from the intense US presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye due to her close friend Choi Soon-sil’s alleged meddling in the State’s affairs.

It had no amusements, no boating, no unidentifiable meat being sold on sticks. There was too much nature, and not enough fun.

I emerged with a lighter wallet but richer in experience.