China’s ‘Christmas Village’ makes 60% of world’s Christmas decorations

Nearly two-thirds of the world’s Christmas products are manufactured in East China’s Yiwu, an inland city in Zhejiang province located about one-hour’s bullet train ride south of Shanghai, ABC news reported.

At least 30 percent of their orders are from the United States and the rest are from Russia, Latin America and China’s domestic market, workers from Yiwu’s Christmas factories were quoted as saying by ABC News. Continue reading “China’s ‘Christmas Village’ makes 60% of world’s Christmas decorations” »

Asia’s tallest wooden pagoda destroyed

Flames and smoke billow during a fire at a wooden pagoda at Jiulong Temple in Mianzhu, Sichuan province, on Dec 10, 2017. The 16-story structure was said to be the tallest wooden pagoda in Asia. No casualties were reported in the incident. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The wooden pagoda at Jiulong Temple in Mianzhu, Sichuan province.

Chinese authorities to take lead in using new energy vehicles

A revised regulation on official vehicle use has been issued, asking Communist Party of China (CPC) and governmental agencies to take the lead in using new energy vehicles.


The regulation, issued by the general offices of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, was put into operation on Dec. 5, 2017.
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Pianist Niuniu ambitious about composing pop music

20-year-old Chinese pianist Zhang Shengliang, best known by his stage name Niuniu, has confirmed he’s trying his hand at pop music.

“I listen to many different styles of music. I am also interested in composing pop music on the piano. I hope I can make a breakthrough with my next album.”

Niuniu, a child prodigy who made a name for himself on the international stage through classical music, is teaming up with Universal to release a new pop album in February.

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Paddington 2 gains at China box office

Paddington 2, the live-action, animated sequel featuring the titular bear, has had a successful weekend since it arrived in Chinese theaters on Friday.

With a score of up to 8.4 of 10 on the country’s popular film review website Douban, the sequel to the 2015 movie Paddington had surpassed the Chinese box-office blockbuster bench mark of 100 million yuan ($15.1 million) by Sunday. The sequel has been released in China in English, which has British actor Ben Whishaw voicing the bear and in Chinese, which has local actor Du Jiang doing the same.
Over the past six decades, the cute bear has been featured in more than 150 books and four TV series, making it one of the most popular animated characters in the world.
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Small Chinese city produces two-thirds of world’s Christmas products

A small inland city in east China’s Zhejiang Province produces two-thirds of the world’s Christmas decorations, ABC News reported.
Located one hour by bullet train from Shanghai, the city of Yiwu, with a population of 1.2 million, manufactured 3 billion US dollars worth of Christmas products from September 2016 to this past August.

Some 600 workshops and factories surrounding the city welcome peak production season every summer and the city has become known as China’s “Christmas Village.”
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AIIB’s first loan to China aims at Beijing natural gas facility

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has approved its first loan to China.
The 250 million US dollar loan will be used to build a natural gas pipeline network in the suburbs of Beijing.

More than 210 thousand households in over 500 villages are expected to be covered through the AIIB.

After being completed in 2021, the project is expected to help wean Beijing off coal-fired power generation.

Jack Ma to invest $15 million in selecting teachers for rural areas

Alibaba’s CEO Jack Ma is planning to invest at least 300 million yuan (about 15 million U.S. dollars) in 10 years in selecting excellent graduates to serve as rural teachers, thepaper.cn has reported, citing a rural graduates program set up by the Jack Ma Foundation.

Jack Ma, who calls himself “the spokesperson for rural teachers,” claimed that the more prominent rural teachers are, the stronger rural education will be. “Aging teaching staff and outdated knowledge structure are the fundamental problems leading to poor rural education. We might find a breakthrough in China’s educational reform by starting with rural education so as to further alleviate education-related poverty,” added Jack Ma. Continue reading “Jack Ma to invest $15 million in selecting teachers for rural areas” »

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