tte of standing on the right and walking on the left, is not the first city to abandon the
norm. Many cities in China, including Tianjin, Xi’an and Nanjing have dropped the practice.
“It used to be a courtesy not to block people walking on the escalat
or, but given the safety concerns and damage to the machines, holding the handrails and standi
ng still should be advocated,” lawyer Liu Linsheng was quoted as saying in the local news portal Eastday.
The new notices, although not compulsory, have won support from commuters.
“It’s been a habit for most to leave space on the left for those who walk
on escalators, so we may not be able to change our habits overnight,” said Peng Xu
an, a commuter in Shanghai. “But for the safety of everyone, if you want to walk or are in a hurry, you can use the stairs.”
Peng said he has seen some people fall while trying to move too quickly
on an escalator, adding that during peak hours standing on both sides is more efficient.
Ahead of this year’s London Book Fair in March, media reported a rise in interest in translat
ed works among British readers, with a special mention of the wider acceptance of transl
ated Chinese titles last year. For translator Anna Holmwood, this signals the arrival of a new era.
“This is a big moment for Chinese fiction abroad,” says Holmwood, who has translated Chinese literature for almost a decade.
Her translation work, Legends of the Condor Heroes: A Hero Born, a fa
ntasy novel written by Jin Yong (Louis Cha Leung-yung), and Liu Cixin’s science-fictio
n book, The Three Body Problem, are shown in a Nielsen report as examples of t
wo of the most popular Chinese fiction works in Britain in 2018. The Guardian adds the two novels “sold strongly”.
“Languages in growing demand include Chinese and Arabic, along
side Icelandic and Polish,” according to the Nielsen report that cites trends from 2014 to 2018.
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.
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.”