So far, several provinces, including Sichuan, Hunan and

Guangdong, have integrated study travel into teaching programs for primary and middle schoolers.

A number of middle schools in Beijing have already developed study tours that cover Jiangsu pro

vince’s Nanjing and Zhejiang province’s Hangzhou, as well as Canada and Australia, for their students.

“The original purpose of bringing study tours into students’ comprehensive performa

nce evaluation is good, because the tour will broaden their knowledge and stimulate their interests,” says Zhang.

“It’s a good complement to closed-classroom education.”

The education systems of many developed countries have schools that encourage study tours.

In Japan, numerous schools have well-established study tours fo

r their students, while a considerable number of private schools in the UK, the US, Aust

ralia and New Zealand have arranged for students to take themed education tours.

However, Zhang cautions that it has to be voluntary on the students’ part and parents sh

ould choose products based on their children’s interests and the family’s financial circumstances.

shlf520.cn

In addition, the institute will invite foreign experts

to give lectures to the students to provide access to new developments in the international space sector.

“We want to make sure that they will be able to design satellites when they complete their study here and go back to their countries,” Cui said.

He added that compared with their Chinese peers, the foreign

students are more active in class and are better at asking questions and sharing their thoughts.

The foreign students will choose either remote sensing or comm

unications satellites as the topic for individual research at the Shenzhou Institute, Cui s

aid, adding that their choice will depend on what they will do in their homeland after the program.

Wang Jie, the mentor of the eight-student class, said that in addition to professional knowledge

and on-site tours, the institute also arranges lectures on Chinese language and culture for the foreign s

tudents and takes them to such historical sites as the Forbidden City and Summer Palace.

howcode.cn

hina aims marked cut in water usage by 2020

China aims to substantially reduce water consumption by 2020 to tackle a supply bottl

eneck that could undermine the environment and sustainable economic growth.

By next year, waster usage per 10,000 yuan (about $1,492) of gross domestic product w

ill be 23 percent less than in 2015, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The country also aims to cap water consumption below

670 billion cubic meters by 2022 and 700 billion cubic meters by 2035.

China still faces serious scarcity of water resources. Its pe

r capita water resource share lags far behind the world average.

An action plan jointly released by the NDRC and the Ministry of

Water Resources has put forward major initiatives to meet the goals, promoting man

agement mechanism of water saving contracts and water-saving service industries.

www.sha419.com

Mapping of parathyroid hormone to help patients of os

Scientists have for the first time seen clearly the dynamic structure of the receptor of human parathyroid hormone, of which the s

ecretion is closely related to diseases including osteoporosis, hypoparathyroidism, and cachexia.

The revelation provides valuable insights into discovering novel therap

eutics against such diseases, the group of researchers said at a media briefing on Friday.

Patients of osteoporosis, who the National Health Commission in October said number nearly 20 percent of Chin

ese over the age of 50, need to take medicines stimulating the human parathyroid hormone receptor.

As such medicines are polypeptide, they can only be injected rather than being orally ta

ken, which can trigger a reaction with enzymes in the mouth and become ineffective, researchers said.

www.nj419yw.com

The research by Nielsen Bookscan found that, against th

 commonly seen “not more than 3-percent rule” of translated litera

ture’s presence in the English-language book markets, the number for 2018 was 5.63 percent in

Britain. And the total annual sales of translated fiction was worth 20.7 million pounds ($27.1 million).

Charlotte Collins, translator and co-chair of the British Translators Assoc

iation, says: “As we can see, this proportion has almost do

ubled in recent years … This is really exciting news, and welcome confirmation that pub

lishers have responded to the proven popularity and marketability of translated literature.”

The Guardian says embracing European fiction might have been triggered by the looming Brexit, and quot

es Fiammetta Rocco, administrator of the Man Booker International Prize, as saying: “Reading ficti

on is one of the best ways we have of putting ourselves in other people’s shoes. The rise in s

ales of translated fiction shows how hungry British readers are for terrific writing from other countries.”

njywlfw.com

The mother on Monday afternoon issued an apology on

Twitter-like platform Sina Weibo and defended herself in several media interviews.Her

post on Sina Weibo said that Niuniu is her beloved daughter and that she had absolutely no intention of hurting or abusing h

er.She also told Beijing News: “My husband has a job; our family does not rely on Niuniu to make a living.”Niuniu’s mother posted an apol

ogy on Twitter-like platform Sina Weibo on April 10. [Photo/Sina WIt was getting dark at that time and Niuniu was about to run out to

the street, so my actions were out of worry for her,” she said.Most netizens however were not convinced, with one saying, “There is no stre

et in front of Niuniu but just a wall.”Two more clips later circulated online and exacerbated the situation.One shot i

n March shows Niuniu’s mum beating her with a hanger and shouting, “Concentrate your energy”.This video was

allegedly filmed at around 10 pm, when Niuniu had already worked for most of the day.

Another clip shows Niuniu shocked by her mother’s sudden strike to her hand.

Many netizens have said that the viral videos show the harmful conditions that child m

odels experience, and have asked for more care for the girl’s psychical and mental health.

More than 110 children’s clothing shops on Taobao, a Chinese online shopping platform, hav

e united together to call for better regulation of the child modeling industry and greater protection for child models.

www.bendidaojia.cn

Employers may extend working hours after consult

ation with an employee, but shall not exceed three hours a day or 36 hours a month.

The 996 work schedule, however, can easily ratchet up weekly work to 60 hours.

Jiang said tech firms represent the country’s most advanced productive force and s

hould have the wisdom to adopt a more effective way to improve productivity.

Zhao Wei, an industrial sociology professor at Beijing

Normal University, said the new industries led by internet companies

have revolutionized how workloads are calculated, thus dimming the distinction of working overtime.

“Labor laws should be revised with new industries in m

ind-which in today’s case is the information industry,” she said.

www.ashlt1314.cn

But he said legislators should clarify the respective

The head of one of the world’s best-known museums is retiring, and as the news spread l

ate Monday, netizens praised him as a tireless guardian and promoter of the nation’s heritage.

The retirement of Palace Museum Director Shan Jixiang, 65, whose name has frequently been

in the news, was announced on Monday at a meeting at the museum, also known as the Forbidden City.

Shan “has made the Forbidden City shift from a luxury beyond reach to one that is accessible to ordinary people”, Feng Kaitai, a la

wyer and Weibo user, posted on Monday. “He makes more younger people fall in love with the Forbidden City.”

The museum named Wang Xudong, director of Dunhuang Academy in Gansu province sinc

e 2014, as Shan’s successor. The academy manages and studies the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, also known as th

e Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, including hundreds of temples at a Silk Road crossroads.

www.xi-dun.cn

Always referring to himself as the “gatekeeper” of the Pa

Palace Museum, Shan joked about applying for a volunteer position after retirement.

His successor Wang Xudong was formerly the director of the Dunhuang Academy. He has b

een dedicated to the preservation of Dunhuang murals since 1991 and became the director of the institution in 2014.

China saw 112 million domestic tourist trips during the three-day tomb-sweeping holiday, up 10.

9 percent from last year’s holiday, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The tourism revenue reached 47.9 billion yuan (about $7.1 billion) during the holiday which lasts from Fri

day to Sunday, up 13.7 percent, according to the ministry.

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor started a t

hree-day trip to Japan on Sunday to attend a symposium for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

The symposium, jointly held by Guangdong, Hong Kong and

Macao, will be on Tuesday in Tokyo, site of one of the world’s best-known and largest bay areas.

gzbbch.com

Han lived in a 130-square-meter house before m

ng Wu. He planned to invite her to move in, but Wu didn’t want to leave her apartmen

t at the Social Welfare Institute of Wuhan in Jianghan district, where she had been residing for four years. So Han move

d to the institute, into an apartment across from Wu. He would call her every morning and they would eat three meals together.

On Nov 1, 2018, the two tied the knot. Han gave Wu a one-karat diamond ring at their wedding ceremony.

he institute arranged for them a suite, which has turned into a cozy home with their careful arrangement. Han’s books, newspap

ers and magnifying glasses and Wu’s handwork sit on the desk, while Han’s favorite calligraphy works hang on the wall.

Wu learns singing during the day and Han reads newspapers. When he plays Chinese che

ss, she sits and watches him. Sometimes they do handwork together, watch the TV news and order takeout food.

Han said he did astronomy research when he was young and Wu did oil exploration

, both areas requiring field work, so they have a lot of common topics to talk about every day.

On Thursday afternoon, they shot their wedding photos at the garden of the Social Welfare Institute. Han said, “I’m so happy.”

ash520.cn