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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

China's internet tech industry under fire for intense demands on employees

Chinese companies have learned from Silicon Valley, and even outperformed the latter when it comes to competitive spirit, which is a driving force for improvement and innovation. With or without 996, many employees work overtime voluntarily, as key performance indicator remains the most valuable measurement used to assess an employee, which is then often reflected in their salaries. However, this fast working pace also means having to sacrifice your personal life.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/1 16:33:40

Kashi in Xinjiang vows to keep on fighting extremism-related gang crimes

Authorities in Kashi, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, have vowed to keep up the momentum in their crackdown on organized gang crimes, and encourage the public to offer tip-offs of gangsters involved with extremism and terrorist activities.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/1 14:48:40

New village loudspeaker campaign aims to spread ideological message

While working the farmland in North China's Hebei Province on a sunny Wednesday morning, a local farmer surnamed Li listens to a radio program being broadcast from Beiwang village, about 5 kilometers away from his greenhouse where he grows grapes.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/31 18:07:29

Tibetan unrest took 27% off GDP per capita in 1988-2007: researchers

If there had been no unrest from 1987 to 1989, the Tibet Autonomous Region may have enjoyed around 27 percent higher GDP per capita from 1988 to 2007, two Chinese researchers at the University of Goettingen in Germany recently concluded.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/30 20:28:40

Putonghua school in southern Xinjiang becomes model for ethnic unity

“To be honest, my dream is to go to Tsinghua University,” Gulzeba Kurban, 11 years old, declares confidently in front of a dozen visitors.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/30 18:53:40