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Rural travel industry draws villagers back to thrive

More than 800 villagers have returned home to start their own businesses in Central China's Hubei Province since a string of favorable policies were introduced to revitalize the rural economy last year.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/22 18:34:11

Europe's tourist hot spots look for ways to cope with 'overtourism'

Europe's tourist hot spots are looking for new ways to cope with "overtourism," where cities like Venice, Dubrovnik and Barcelona are struggling to manage huge crowds arriving daily on cheap flights and cruise ships.
Source: Reuters | 2018/3/22 18:34:11

Portugal tourism becomes economic mainstay

Portugal's tourism boom has made the industry one of the biggest contributors to the national economy and the largest employer, with almost 1 million direct and indirect jobs, the head of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) said.
Source: Reuters | 2018/3/22 18:34:10

Chinese artist Xiao Yu surprises with new interpretation of ancient Chinese symbology

Walking down to Beijing's 798 Art District and ducking into one of the alleys, you may come across a bungalow without any decorations on the outside aside from just a few words on the door, Xiao Yu: Translocation. Out of curiosity, you walk inside and subsequently realize that this was one of the best choices you have ever made since the exhibition inside is full of shock and surprise.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/22 18:03:39

Writer Lu Xun's short story 'Regret for the Past' to be staged as opera in May

An opera adaptation of Chinese literature master Lu Xun's Regret for the Past will be staged at Beijing's Poly Theater for two nights on May 2 and 3 to mark the 28th anniversary of the death of Shi Guangnan, the musician who brought Lu's short story to the stage in 1981, said the performance's production company Shunnian Culture on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/22 17:53:40

Comic book superheroes come to the rescue of storm-battered US territory Puerto Rico

Superheroes right from the comic books are coming to the rescue of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/22 17:53:39

Afghan artists haunt warlords with graffiti campaign

For days Hamida Barmaki's smiling face stared out over traffic in Kabul, painted in a towering mural near the home of the warlord blamed for her death, until it was mysteriously covered over in white.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/22 17:48:39

Feminism and #MeToo take center stage as French author Leïla Slimani comes to Beijing for Francophonie Festival

Contrary to common misunderstandings, feminism is not an "anti-male" agenda, but a movement concerned with improving the lives of women and creating a more equal world for both genders. That was the strong message that a celebrated French female writer and an influential Chinese publisher delivered to the Chinese public earlier this month at an event for the ongoing Francophonie Festival in China.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/21 18:08:39

Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich has art lovers doubting their own eyes

Thousands of visitors have posed on his trompe-l'oeil facades, he made the pointed tip of the Buenos Aires Obelisk disappear and he even tricked visitors into thinking they were seeing others underwater in a giant pool.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/21 17:03:39

'The Crown' apologizes over pay furor

The producers of hit Netflix royal saga The Crown apologized on Tuesday over the firestorm that erupted after it emerged that Claire Foy was paid less than co-star Matt Smith.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/21 16:58:40

Ellen Barkin hits back at Terry Gilliam over #MeToo comments

The actress Ellen Barkin has hit back at Hollywood director Terry Gilliam after he said the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault has morphed into "mob rule."
Source: AFP | 2018/3/21 16:58:40

China-Ireland higher education forum in Dublin aims at boosting cooperation between two countries

A high-level forum aimed at promoting the exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and Irish higher education institutions was held in Dublin on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/21 16:58:40

Hit girl group Fifth Harmony calls time as members look to further solo careers

Fifth Harmony, the all-female pop group born on a TV singing contest, on Monday announced an indefinite hiatus as its members pursue solo careers.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/20 16:03:39

US judge delays Cosby trial few days, not three months

A US judge on Monday delayed by just a few days the start of Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, throwing out a bid by defense lawyers for a three-month postponement.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/20 15:58:40

Giacometti's studio comes to Paris

Dozens of unseen works by the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti - the world's most expensive sculptor - will go on display for the first time in June when a reconstruction of his famously decrepit studio opens in Paris.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/20 15:58:39

Half-century and counting, Kool and the Gang makes world dance

The funk classics of Kool and the Gang have found eternal life in everything from stadium pump-up songs to hip-hop samples to wedding parties. Yet more than 50 years after forming, the group itself has hardly slowed down.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/20 15:28:39

'Pacific Rim: Uprising' looks to win over China with Chinese elements

Legendary-Universal monster-fighting blockbuster Pacific Rim: Uprising is scheduled to open in China on Friday, a simultaneous release with the US.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/19 17:48:39

Tales of terror echo round African arts extravaganza

Very modern tales of religious intolerance, Islamist terrorism and illegal immigration are being heard as African storytellers tackle the burning issues of today far from the traditional bedtime stories for children.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/19 17:43:40