Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    -1 / -10   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>China Society

Beijing on alert for fire during lunar new year festival (2)


12:40, January 23, 2012

To come to the rescue of the people suffering fireworks-related injuries, Tongren Hospital, China's leading hospital for ophthalmic medicine and surgery, has had 14 ophthalmologists at the emergency on duty this week, in preparing for a surge in the number of out-patients during the holiday.

During last year's holiday week, the hospital treated 206 patients with fireworks-induced injuries, 178 of whom suffered eye injuries. The youngest was only two years old, said Dr. Lu Hai, deputy chief of the hospital's ophthalmic center.

The fireworks were originally intended to scare away the "Nian" (year in Chinese), a mythical beast supposed to have preyed on people and livestock at the turn of the year. The monster, however, was afraid of bangs and the red color. Although few now believe the existence of the monster, Chinese families carry on the tradition of setting off fireworks.

Apart from the new year eve, the fifth day and the first full moon of the Year of Dragon which falls on Jan. 27 and Feb. 6 respectively will also be tough days for fire control departments as the Chinese love to set off fireworks at the two days to wish for fortune and luck, said Yang.

【1】 【2】


Related Reading

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Temple fair kicks off in southwest China's Sichuan

  2. Chinese Spring Festival celebrated all over the world

  3. 36th Monte Carlo International Circus Festival kicks off

  4. 8 Taliban fighters lay down arms, join Afghan gov't

Most Popular


  1. Are gold prices nearing end of its upward trend?
  2. Six-party talks should not be shelved
  3. Downplaying Iran nuclear issue not a good sign
  4. US actions make China-Russia alliance appealing
  5. No one can say 'no' to peace
  6. Cautious end to a record year for foreign investors
  7. US sends subtle signal to Iran
  8. Farewell to double-digit GDP growth
  9. Actions speak louder than words
  10. New driving force for East Asian cooperation

What's happening in China

Make a New Year's wish

  1. Bad weather makes way home harder
  2. First-aid doctors' funny but annoying experience
  3. Beijing kicks off PM2.5 measure of air quality
  4. CIC buys minority stake in Thames Water
  5. Woman returns to claim abandoned baby

PD Online Data

  1. Yangge in Shaanxi
  2. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  3. The drum dance in Ansai
  4. Shehuo in Baoji City
  5. The dragon dance