BEIJING — Chinese New Year is traditionally a time for colourful and noisy displays of fireworks and generously portioned banquets. This year, the festivities are likely to be a little more austere.
Authorities have asked the public to set off fewer fireworks in Beijing to reduce pollution, and a new anti-extravagance drive has prompted government officials and state-owned companies to cancel their banquets at high-end hotels. As well, a campaign against food waste is leading to half-portions in restaurants
Even advertisements for luxury goods were pulled ahead of Saturday's opening of the seven-day holiday.
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