To celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on June 7, the fifth d
ay of the fifth lunar month on the traditional Chinese calendar, foreign students from the C
hinese Culture and Literature School at Nankai University learned to make zongzi, or pyramid-shaped glu
tinous rice dumplings wrapped in reed leaves, and weave five-color strings to appreciate Chinese culture on June 3.
Students learned about the festival and its origins, as well as dragon b
oat racing, hanging calamus and wormwood, and drinking realgar wine.
The school has more than 700 foreign students
from 60 countries and regions, and regularly organizes events, such as flying kites and making mooncakes, to c
elebrate traditional Chinese festivals, helping the students learn and experience traditional Chinese culture.
tions Research Institute, said that against the backdrop of growing globa
l discord, Xi’s visit demonstrates the strategic relationship of the two countries.
During Xi’s visit, the two leaders will attend a series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilater
al ties, which will include the official opening ceremony of a panda facility at Moscow Zoo, Zhang said. A pair of gia
nt pandas were delivered to Moscow Zoo in April for research cooperation.
St. Petersburg State University, Putin’s alma mater, will award Xi an h
onorary doctorate during the visit, Zhang said. P
utin was granted the same honor by Tsinghua University, Xi’s alma mater, in April.
With participants from 86 countries and regions, this year’s event attracted nearly 5,800 industry insiders from 2,645 companie
s and organizations, who signed 1,368 deals and cooperation agreements worth up to 14 billion yuan.
A report released during the festival says Chinese cinemas screened 34 domestic animated features that grossed 1.62 billi
on yuan in total in 2018, a rise of 13.3 percent on the output and a 24.5 percent increase in revenue, respectively, compared to 2017.
For many international filmmakers, China‘s expanding cartoon and animation industry has gripped their attention.
“I think Chinese animation production is already headed in a great direction,” says Joe D’Am
brosia, senior vice-president of original programming and general manager of Disney Junior.
As one of the guest speakers of the festival’s master classes, D‘Ambrosia joined Disney in 2011 and has played a cr
ucial role in steering the company to the top of preschool TV networks in the United States consecutively from 2013 to 2018.
Socheat Chea, a Cambodian student with big dreams, wouldn’t attract much attention if he
walked down a street in his country since he doesn’t talk a lot and is a bit shy around strangers.
His classmate, Edgar Moreno Pena, who is from Venezuela, is more adept at socializing. He has
a vocabulary of more than 200 Chinese words, tells shopkeepers on Beijing streets pia
nyidian (give me a bigger discount) and uses Chinese-language food-delivery apps on his mobile phone.
“I often do shopping at Taobao and JD,” he said, referring to China’s two most popular online shopping websites.
Although the two foreign students have few similarities in their perso
nal backgrounds, they share a common goal at the Shenzhou Institute in northern Be
ijing: They are trying to learn from Chinese teachers how to design, build, operate and maintain satellites.
magnitude earthquake at a depth of 19 kilometers was detected at 12:47pm on Sunday
in Beijing’s Huairou district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.
It is the second earthquake in a week that occurred in the capital, following a 2.9-magnitude earthquake in Beijing’s Haidian district last Sunday.
Earthquake experts said minor quakes are normal in the area, as Beijing is located in the earth’s rift zone. There is no need for worry.
Since Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zone of Shanxi province, the North China Plai
n and Yanshan Mountain, it’s normal for the capital to experience small quakes at a magnitude of two to thre
e, said Sun Shihong, a researcher at the China Earthquake Networks Center, as quoted by Beijing News.
“There will be no major impact on those living or working in the capital,” he said.
Seven rift belts are scattered through the plains in Beijing, mostly lyin
g from the northeast to the southwest. Among those rift belts, active ones are more likely to trigger quakes.
ar,” Yu said. “Our market share is still growing very rapidly.” Ac
cording to him, currently, one of every three smartphones sold in China is from Huawei an
d he hopes that in the near future, two out of every three smartphones sold in China are from Huawei.
The company is also expanding its presence in overseas markets, with it already beco
ming the top smartphone vendor in several European countries, Yu added.
Huawei knocked Apple Inc off its second-place seat in the second quarter of 2018. The two are
in fierce competition. Currently, Samsung Electronics Co is the largest smartphone vendor in the world.
Yu also said that Huawei is open to selling its 5G modems, a key component of smartphones, to
Apple, as the United States tech giant is having difficulty in finding an appropriate supplier.
In 2018, Huawei shipped over 200 million smartphones and it said earlier that
the Shenzhen-based company is likely to ship about 230 to 250 million smartphones this year.
property buyers in 12 first and second-tier cities were women. And as ages increase, awareness toward buying pro
perty grows as well. The report said in the 30-year-old category, 47.1 percent of single women purchased their own prop
erties, with over a third doing so without mortgages, and 23.4 percent of them owning more than one property.
The research said most of the surveyed women felt a sense of security toward the future after purchasing properties. Dong Fang, a 28-y
ear-old property investment manager who has just invested in a 40-square-meter flat in Shanghai, agreed.
“It doesn‘t matter if I marry or not, now that I have a roof over my head,” Dong said. “I just need to sort o
ut my retirement and major insurance, then whatever the future holds for me, I won’t be too scared.”
About 64 percent of the women respondents aged below 30 said living in a rented
house after getting married was unacceptable, but the ratio was down to 45 percent among women aged over 30. The rep
ort suggested that it was linked to the fact that sophisticated women were likely to own properties already.