showed that 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May Day holiday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland. Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annua lly, began to issue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese nationals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han. Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sr i Lanka have started to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a barRead More →

y the city’s transport authorities to stop selling tickets and dispatching vehicles from 11:40 am until the first-level heavy rain emergency response has ended. The Guangzhou meteorological service issued an orange si gnal for thunderstorms and yellow signal for heavy rain at 3:36 am. It issued yellow sign als for thunderstorms and heavy rain in the districts of Tianhe, Yuexiu and Liwan at 10:16 am. Middle and primary schools and kinderga rtens in Sanshui district, Foshan city, were closed once the red signal for heavy rain was issued. Qingxin district of Qingyuan city received 57.9 millimeters of rain fall between 8:00 am and 9:00 am,Read More →

eituan Dianping, China’s leading on-demand online service provider, is the youngest among China’s 10 most powerful businesspeople, according to the list. Dong Mingzhu, chairwoman of Gree Electric Appliances, a major home appliances maker based in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, is the only woman entrepreneur on the top 10 ranking, placing seventh. Xu Jiayin (Hui Ka Yan), chairman of China’s property developer Evergrande Gro up, and Lei Jun, founder of smartphone maker Xiaomi Group, also made the top 10. The China Consumers Association said Wednesday that financial servi ces in automobile sales should be clearly priced and forced transactions eliminated. The association held a discussion Wednesday morningRead More →

uangzhou, provincial capital of Guangdong province, pledged to further cooperate with overseas counterparts in the fight against endangered animal smuggling in the coming months, said a senior local customs officer. “Top priorities will be given to big cases: major smuggling gangs, channels and networks,” said Zheng Jun, deputy director of the Guangzhou customs anti-smuggling bureau, at a news conference in Guangzhou on Thursday. According to Zheng, Guangzhou customs provided valuable and accurate information to its Malaysian count erparts in January, resulting in the seizure by Malaysian customs officers of more than 60 kilograms of rhinoceros horns. Zheng reiterated that customs officers from his bure auRead More →

ros horns, pangolin scales, dried sea horses, red corals, and hawksbill turtles, Zheng said. A major overseas criminal gang once active in smuggling animals to Guangdong province has been busted following the crackdown, he said. He suggested that further special campaigns will be launched to fight against such smuggling in the coming months. Water pollution has forced many regions, especially in southern China, to change their sou rces of drinking water, with many reaching out to the Yangtze River, a report said. The contamination of water bodies has made drinking water in souther n China more scarce, despite a dense network of waterways, according toRead More →

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 lightRead More →

The female turtle died after an artificial insemination procedure at the Suzhou Zoo in Jiangsu province on Saturday. Though Chinese and foreign experts confir med that it was healthy before the surgery, the animal went into a coma and never woke up. The operation went well, according to the zoo. The f emale turtle was more than 90 years old and had gone through four such procedures. The experts harvested the turtle’s ovarian tissue and stored it in liquid nitr ogen for future research. They are working on the carcass to determine the cause of death. The turtle came from Changsha Zoo in Hunan provinceRead More →

old, has poor sperm motility and its genitals were damaged. Since it could not naturally impr egnate the female, experts had undertaken four insemination procedures since 2015. “It’s a disastrous loss for the protection of the species,” said Liu Nonglin, chief engineer of the Chinese Association of Zoolog ical Gardens. “The experts had researched former insemination surgeries, consulted colleagues and made the best surgery and rescue plan. The team even experimented on three male and two female large-sized Asian turtles usi ng the same surgical procedures. But the tragedy happened even though the surgery was well planned.” More than 1 meter in length and weighingRead More →

A capacity building platform designed for community-level healthcar e services was officially launched on Apr 15 by the National Health Commission (NHC). The report delivered at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China points ou t that community-level healthcare services should be improved and the work of general practitioners strengthened. The NHC launched a capacity building and training program for community level talents i n 2018, and prepared to establish capacity building platform combining online and offline efforts. Talent team building is the key component to enhancing commu nity level healthcare services, said Wang Hesheng, NHC deputy director. www.sh419qq.comRead More →

ion into the sector this year. This makes it the third-largest market behind the US and Western Europe. Beijing has homed in on a series of policies to advance 3D printers. In the past, the Min istry of Industry and Information Technology, the industry regulator, had released the National 3D Printing Indus try Development Plan (2015-2016), which established goals for the sector’s innovation and commercialization. Separately, the ministry came up with a second action plan later in December 2017 to give a further boost. In its latest move, it included the sector in the nation’s strategic emerging industries list, heralding massive opportunities for related companies.Read More →