In ancient times, there was a savage beast called Nian (in Chinese nian has the meaning of year). Every year on the 30th day of the 12th lunar month it would come out and attack livestock and villagers. Then one year as Nian was approaching a village, it came across two shepherd boys who were competing their ability of using whips.CHINA TODAYYu Xiaohong, 35, is from Shenyang in Liaoning province. Career aspirations motivated her to live away from her home, husband and 19-month-old son in order to take up a post in Beijing. Her job as finance manager for a private company brings her a monthly salary of RMB 15,000.