Wei Menghua, a 78-year-old veteran polar scientist, still feels excited and proud when he recalls the Chinese national flag flying at the North Pole for the first time 23 years ago.
Student Li Jiajia used to get up in darkness and rush for a seat at the school library to prepare for exams, now she grabs more sleep and sets a flexible schedule as the nearby self-study center is open 24 hours.
Road construction in the countryside and improved internet access helped Niu Qinghua, a woman in a rural region of Shandong province, transform from being a housewife to an "e-commerce queen" in two years, with online sales hitting 6 million yuan ($956,300) last year.
Public bathhouses are seeing more customers in the rural areas of central China as migrant works return home to celebrate the Spring Festival.
Many students who once complained that they would never make any money from knowing the eight most famous poets of Tang and Song dynasties, now regret the time they wasted in class.
"You don't have time to deal with fear. You let fear take over, you cannot discharge your duty," Adam Roberts, a bomb disposal expert from Hong Kong said to the media on Monday.
Yu Xiangyang, a train driver in Yingtan, Jiangxi province, has written down the experiences of his 25-year driving life in 84 notebooks, which reflect not only his life, but also the railway and social development.
Instead of heading home for the upcoming Chinese New Year holiday, Sun Tao, an IT worker in Beijing, has booked two tickets from his hometown in Guizhou Province, over 2,000 km away, to Beijing.
The line, which runs between Xi'an, in Shaanxi province and Zhengzhou, in Henan province, carries more than 300 trains a day.
Chinese travel to the European country is recovering, following a slump attributed to terrorist attacks in recent years.