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China's 'elderly colleges' teach senior citizens how to stay hip

At Happy Seniors University, youngsters become teachers while seniors become inquisitive students. At the same age as their teachers' parents, the elderly students are eager to learn anything that can help them live like teens and 20-somethings.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/20 17:42:00

Beijing's Forbidden City lights up at night to celebrate Lantern Festival

For the first time in 94 years, the largest, best-preserved brick-andwood palace in the world opened at night on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/19 23:17:53

New policies boost winter tourism figures in Tibet

Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has seen a great increase in winter tourism during the past Tibetan New Year and Chinese Lunar New Year holidays thanks to recently released favorable policies.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/19 18:48:41

Xinjiang deploys officials in villages to help with poverty work

“Edible fungus grown from a bacteria stick needs to be cultivated in the shade of other trees… if the water we use has too much alkali, it will damage the fungus' quality,” Wang Xin said, while checking the sprinkling irrigation system in a greenhouse.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/18 19:23:39

Qomolongma base camp moved in bid to control tourists' garbage

The Tibet Sports Bureau has denied a recent report claiming the base camp of the world's highest mountain - Qomolangma, commonly known in the West as Mount Everest - had been "permanently closed due to heavy pollution". The report caused public outrage when it went viral on social media.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/18 18:33:39

Smartphone apps and tourism replace traditional forms of Lunar New Year celebrations

My Spring Festival holidays this year mainly featured smartphones. While perfectly aware that the ubiquity of smartphones has changed ordinary Chinese people's lives, I was still amazed by how deeply they had entered my parents' daily lives during our brief festival family reunion.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/17 17:13:39

Xinjiang center brings Przewalski's horse back from brink of extinction

A wild horse protection center in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has seen success in its efforts to breed and release the Przewalski's horse, which was once near extinction, into the wild.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 18:33:40

Government and residents join forces in city cleaning efforts

Years ago, a major part of Chinese New Year celebrations in my hometown was setting off firecrackers, which would light up both sides of the Yangtze River. There was romantic nighttime entertainment in the form of firework cruises to the Three Gorges, the world's largest hydropower project, which is about 36 kilometers from the city, during the Spring Festival holidays.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 18:23:41

Is quality of life in China's rural areas surpassing metropolises?

I have spent every Lunar New Year in my "old home" Juye, even though I had never truly lived there.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/13 18:38:41

New white paper gives insight into Chinese academic life overseas

The survey, titled the "White Paper of Chinese Students Overseas," was released in January by Providence Academy, an organization connected to China's education giant New Oriental, which aims to "improve the quality of Chinese students overseas."
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/13 18:28:40

Xinjiang commemorates contribution of 20,000 female veterans from East China who went to region in 1950s

In February 1952, Chairman Mao Zedong gave the PLA troops the order to build Xinjiang while defending its borders. The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), a quasi-military, governmental organization, was founded in 1954. At that time, the 170,000-strong army was almost all male. In 1955, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region was established, becoming China's largest provincial region. In early 1950s, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China started to recruit young women soldiers from other parts of China to satisfy the marriage needs of male soldiers, which became a problem that could potentially compromise their stability.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/12 20:23:40

Historical costume museum provides window into past lives

In 2015, Zhang founded the Museum of Historical Costumes, a tranquil ancient mansion located in a bustling street, which exhibits all kinds of ancient Chinese costumes and accessories that were in vogue during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Out of all the exhibits, Zhang is proudest of her collection of more than 2,000 dudous.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/12 18:48:40

Array of cultural events sees in Lunar New Year around the world

A series of cultural events and lively programs including music festivals, parades and lion dances featured in the 2019 Spring Festival celebration period in major cities around the world, providing Chinese families overseas with a chance to experience the joy of this traditional time of year.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/11 18:23:39

Freight train sends butter from Shenzhen to Tibet

As a daily necessity for Tibetans, butter is used to make tea and various types of food. It is in especially high demand on the eve of the Tibetan New Year, which coincided with the Spring Festival this year on February 5. A freight train with five refrigerator carriages loaded with 184 tons of butter traveled 5,154 kilometers from Guangdong Province to Tibet, enriching the holiday market in the region.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/11 18:03:26

More young Chinese asking parents to visit them during Spring Festival

The Spring Festival travel rush, the biggest annual human migration in the world, is under way in China, but Dong Liangjian (pseudonym), from Xiangtan, Central China's Hunan Province, now working in Guangzhou, is glad to not be part of it this year. Instead, he has asked his parents to travel to Guangzhou for the family reunion.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/10 19:40:03

Scammers using anti-poverty campaign to lure unwitting victims

With China stepping up its efforts to fight poverty in recent years, a series of scams, using targeted poverty reduction measures as bait, has turned hundreds of thousands of people into victims. The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) is now calling the public to be vigilant against such scams.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/10 19:33:50

Chinese companies show strong interest in Botswana with low income tax, improving business environment

Botswana is known to the world as a country rich in natural resources, its abundant diamond mines making it one of the wealthiest countries in Africa.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/5 11:16:35

More young Chinese asking parents to visit them during Spring Festival

The Spring Festival travel rush, the biggest annual human migration in the world, has kicked off in China, but Dong Liangjian (pseudonym), from Xiangtan, Central China's Hunan Province, now working in Guangzhou, will not be part of it this year. Instead, he has asked his parents to travel to Guangzhou for the family reunion.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/3 10:26:08