Local government officials have been told to tone down the partying over the Chinese New Year in a bid to crack down on corruption, state media reported.
Expensive banquets, sightseeing trips and gift-giving using government money have been banned, the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday.
It said the appeal was made in a circular from the Communist Party's discipline and inspection division, which said officials should live a frugal life.
Corruption is a widespread problem in China, and public anger is common over the misuse of government money for elaborate functions attended only by bureaucrats.
The Lunar New Year is China's most important holiday. Government offices often hold dinners to celebrate, and gift-giving is common. This coming year the holiday starts Jan. 26, but the holiday period extends more than a week on both sides of that date.