ames was unveiled in February. Plans aim to optimize the venues’ designs and operations to be beneficial to the hosting regions after 2022.
“Here, you have the venues from 2008 that are going to be used
in 2022 for a complete set of winter sports. This is a wonderful legacy story,” said Juan Anto
nio Samaranch, vice-president of the International Olympic Committee.
Powering all the 2022 venues using green energy while minimizing environmental impacts, while p
lanning for their post-Games operations, are key in venue preparation this year, Liu said.
To support the preparations financially, Beijing 2022 has signed nine domestic marketing partners and four second-tier spon
sors, while the Games’ licensing program, which was launched early last year, has contributed 257 million yuan ($38
million) in sales of more than 780 types of products with the Winter Games logo as of the first quarter this year.
More domestic airlines are launching new flights connecting less-densely populated small
er Chinese cities, and those areas are seeing me growth in air traffic than major cities.
Last year, the airports of Quanzhou in Fujian province, Nantong, Changzhou and Xuzhou in Jiangsu province, Jieyang in G
uangdong province and Yichang in Hubei province saw their annual passenger throughput reach 2.5 million, a jum
p of more than 30 percent year-on-year, according to data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
In 2018, passenger throughput growth of major cities’ airports was less than 10 percent year-on-year, while the growth rates
of a number of third – and fourth-tier cities’ airports were higher than 20 percent, the data showed.
“It’s key for carriers to seize good flight times. Many domestic ai
rlines would like to launch flights to major cities like Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou, but
and localize its products to meet Indian customers’ needs and suit the local conditions.
One such attempt was the “Jahukna Mat” (Hindi for ‘no need to bend‘ or ‘do not bend’) campaign, which aim
ed at avoiding bending by users to put in or bring out commodities stored inside the fridg
e. This was introduced to the Indian market seven years ago, and the concept had an immediate acceptance.
“Traditionally, in the refrigerators, the veggies box was at the bottom
and homemakers had to bend down many times in a day to put in or pull out co
mmodities stored inside the box,” said Eric Braganza, president of Haier Appliances (India).
“After proper product research, we introduced the upside-down concept, and put the veggies box at the top to ensure that p
eople, especially women, avoid bending. This change has been well received by Indian consumers.”
I’d like to see more films made in China reaching out to the world,” said American dir
ector Rob Minkoff, jury president at the main competition of the 2019 Beijing International Film Festival.
Best known for the celebrated Disney classic The Lion King, Minkoff has also directed a num
ber of animated films including Stuart Little, The Haunted Mansion and Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
In a press conference held last Thursday, Minkoff said Beijing is the heart
of the Chinese film industry. The BIFF attracts film productions from around the world, boo
sting development of filmmaking. With a global jury panel, the festival has become an international affair.
In light of the remarkable progress made by online subscription services like Netflix
and Amazon, Minkoff thinks these platforms offer a promising alternative to big-budget Hollywood blockbusters.
Having closely worked with Netflix on an original animated series based on Anna Dewdney’s picture book franchise Llama Lla
ma, he thinks its business model guarantees more liberty for the creator, thereby leading to more eclectic content.
dumping of solid waste, especially hazardous waste, along the Yangtze River, will be continued, he said.
Wang, of the NPC committee, also called for more government support to encourage in
vestment from both State-owned and private companies into the hazardous waste treatment sector.
Facilities for hazardous waste disposal should be mandatory at all ind
ustrial parks. And while they should be included into planning for new parks, the constr
uction of such facilities should begin as soon as possible in parks with inadequate facilities, he suggested. Land should b
e set aside so that it could be used to increase processing capacity to meet potential demand, Wang said.
He also suggested making the disclosure of information about hazardous waste mandated by law i
n order to facilitate public supervision. The latest technological innovations such as big data, unm
anned aerial vehicles and remote monitoring should be adopted to tighten supervisory efficiency.
raft amendments to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, C
hina’s top legislature, for deliberation, according to a statement after the meeting.
Suggestions for revisions include adding the principle of “non-discrimination” in administrativ
e licensing, substantially raising the amount of compensation for infringing exclusive rights to use trade
marks, and cutting approval time for applications for qualified construction permits.
Last month, the National People’s Congress passed the foreign
investment law, a landmark legislation that will provide stronger protection and a better bus
iness environment for overseas investors. The law will become effective on Jan 1, 2020.n costumes of ethnic grou
take part in a parade during a culture festival in Wangmo county, Southwest China’s Guizhou province, Ap
ril 6, 2019. A culture festival of the Buyi ethnic group kicked off here Saturday to c
elebrate “San Yue San”, or the third day of the third month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which falls on April 7 this
passed Tongxiang and left good luck. Anyone who went out for a hike du
ring the Qingming Festival could take the luck home and get double the harvest of silk. Thus, p
eople hold a ceremony to worship the deity of the silkworm, and other activities to pray for a good silk harvest.
Yvonne Horst, the travel blogger from GoYvon who has lived and worked in China for six years, visited Tongxiang for the first time.
“I haven’t seen a ceremony held in the Qingming Festival. What I k
now about the Qingming Festival is it is a festival to commemorate ancestors. I think it’s just fa
mily members going to sweep tombs together. However, there is such a big event to celebrate the harvest in Ton
gxiang, which gives me a chance to get a deeper understanding of the local culture,” Horst said.
The beautiful spring scenery in Tongxiang fascinated the foreigners as well. They dres
sed in han clothes, appreciated plum blossoms and tasted plum wine. They also tried bamboo wea
ving, fan paintings and other intangible cultural heritage projects themselves to understand the local culture.
Akhil Parashar, a journalist with CRI Online, wore han clothes for the first time.
“I think the city has profound historical and cultural connotations. Wearing such traditional clothes gives me a sense of trave
rsing time and space, and also gives me a more personal experience of Chinese traditional culture,” he said.
photography are growing fast. The house keeper with most orders on our platform earns more
than 160,000 yuan a year and the best photographer can rake in 60,000 yuan monthly,” said Chen.
Considered China’s answer to Airbnb, Xiaozhu has listed more than 500,000 shared ho
uses in 650 cities and other destinations on its platform since its foundation in 2012. Many are fitted with smart locks, smoke detectors and alarms.
According to Chen, with the Chinese economy entering the phase of “new normal”, the sharing economy will face multi-layere
d challenges, including innovating its business model, adopting intelligent technologies, and offering standardized services.
Advances in new technologies such as 5G and internet of things will bri
ng huge potential for the home-share market, which is still in its early stages, according to C
hen, who said that the company will accelerate its expansion to non-first-tier cities and rural areas.
According to latest Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China data, over 3
billion tourists visited rural resorts last year, which collected revenues of more than 800 billion yuan.
To take advantage of rural tourism’s potential Xiaozhu last year signed a strateg
ic deal with the Tourism Development Committee of Hainan province to promote the rural homestay