Editor's note:

The year 2012 wraps up with ups and downs.

From an economic aspect, it was not an easy one. The lingering financial woes keep cutting into China's economy, which saw a slower GDP growth of 7.8%. The growing trade protectionism also led to a shrinking trade surplus and rising trade disputes. As a result, China turned to domestic consumption to boost further growth.

In our special Year in Review, we present eight videographics to showcase different facets of China's economy in 2012.

This is our first attempt at animated infographic videos, to help readers better understand China's economic data via visualized charts and cartoons.