China stocks end on triumphant note on last trading day of 2014
* Shanghai Composite Index closes up 52.9 pct in 2014
* Best annual performance by major stock market this year
* Welcome respite from otherwise grim economic data
* Hong Kong shares close up 1.3 pct for year (Updates with market closing levels)
By Pete Sweeney
SHANGHAI, Dec 31 (Reuters) - China stocks climbed to near 5-year highs on the last trading day of the year, as mainland markets ended the year up more than 50 percent - the best annual performance by a major global stock market in 2014 after years spent in the basement.
"This year was a bit unexpected," said Tian Weidong, chief director of research department at Kaiyuan Securities in Xi'an.
"I think it took most people by surprise as they didn't realise this sort of market was possible."
The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 2.2 percent, to 3,533.71, to end up 51.7 percent for the year. Continuación...