According to statistics from the Ministry for Civil Affairs, during the year 2010 there were 1,960,000 divorces registered in China but only 1,200,000 weddings. In the first three quarters of the following year, 2.8 million couples registered for divorce, up 12 percent year-on-year.
"Driving used to be a profession in China - now it's a necessary living skill... Everyone wants a driving licence," said Ren Xingzhou, instructor at a Beijing driving school (Reuters).
At the end of last year, figures from China's Ministry of Civil Affairs showed that charitable donations in China had plunged by more than 80 percent.
Last month many of our co-workers were able to share with their Chinese friends, students and colleagues about the meaning of Easter.
Sixty-nine year old Premier Wen Jiabao closed what will probably be his last National People's Congress meeting with a call for slower growth and further reform.