The Laba Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday on the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, will fall on Jan 5 this year. It's customary on this day to eat a special Laba congee, or eight treasure porridge, usually made with at least eight ingredients, representing people's prayers for harvest, happiness and peace.
A Nanyang-based diamond processing company had been honored by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology as a manufacturing demonstration enterprise.
From billionaires to athletes, many Chinese made it big in the news in 2016. But like previous years, there were some who made a difference to society in their own ways - often quietly. Here is a recap of media coverage around four such grassroots heroes.