Shanghai Dampens Lunar New Year Events After Deadly Stampede

February 17, 2015 6:33 AM

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Officials have put the brakes on some popular Chinese New Year events in big cities in the wake of a deadly stampede in Shanghai last month, leaving some observers complaining of a dampened mood and a kill-joy bureaucracy.

Shanghai canceled its lantern festival at Yu Garden that draws up to 3 million people over the seven-day holiday, which this year starts on Wednesday, the eve of the Lunar New Year. In Beijing, crowd-drawing karaoke has been yanked from a traditional temple fair, and authorities asked stores to noti...

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