At least 35 people have been killed and dozens injured in a stampede at New Year`s celebrations in Shanghai.
Though most large gatherings in China are carefully controlled by authorities, the country has seen other incidents in which overcrowding has caused panic and deaths.
Here is a brief chronology of other recent stampedes in China:
September 26, 2014: Six children were killed and two dozen injured in a stampede at a primary school in Kunming, capital of the southwestern province of Yunnan, after a stairway was blocked.
January 5, 2014: Fourteen people, some of them children, were killed and 10 injured in a stampede that broke out as food was being distributed at a mosque in Ningxia, one of China`s poorer regions.
February 27, 2013: Four children died at a school in the central province of Hubei when pupils left their dormitory on the fourth floor and attempted to exit the block. The ground floor gate was closed, resulting in the crush.
November 29, 2010: A stampede in a primary school in the small city of Aksu in China`s far western Xinjiang region left nearly 100 children injured, with 41 of them hospitalised.
March 23, 2009: Two people were killed and 11 injured as shoppers stampeded during a sales promotion in Chongqing in southwestern China.
February 1, 2008: A woman was killed after a stampede at a major China railway station where hundreds of thousands of passengers were stranded by bitter snowstorms.
February 5, 2004: A stampede on a pedestrian bridge on the outskirts of Beijing killed 37 people and injured 15 as spectators gathered during a lantern exhibition.
January 1, 1993: Twenty people were killed and more than 70 injured as New Year`s Eve revellers poured into a narrow street after midnight in Hong Kong, at the time still under British rule.