Tomb sweeping service available in Chongqing

Photo shows hardened roads in Longqiao village, Wuchuan Gelao and Miao Autonomous County in southwest China’s Guizhou province. By the end of 2018, the mileage of hardened roads in the county had reached 1,500 kilometers. The improved road conditions have made local life and farm production more convenient, optimized the structure of agricultural production, and contributed to rural rejuvenation. (Photo by Tian Dong from People’s Daily Online)

Photo shows hardened roads in Longqiao village, Wuchuan Gelao and Miao Autonomous County in southwest China’s Guizhou province. By the end of 2018, the mileage of hardened roads in the county had reached 1,500 kilometers. The improved road conditions have made local life and farm production more convenient, optimized the structure of agricultural production, and contributed to rural rejuvenation. (Photo by Tian Dong from People’s Daily Online)

Photo shows hardened roads in Longqiao village, Wuchuan Gelao and Miao Autonomous County in southwest China’s Guizhou province. By the end of 2018, the mileage of hardened roads in the county had reached 1,500 kilometers. The improved road conditions have made local life and farm production more convenient, optimized the structure of agricultural production, and contributed to rural rejuvenation. (Photo by Tian Dong from People’s Daily Online)

 

5G technology turns operating room into surgery demonstration area

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A hospital in Guangzhou, capital of southern China’s Guangdong province, recently carried out a chest surgery using 5G technology, marking the first time that 5G has been used in this way in the province.

The operation, connected live to another hospital in northern Guangdong’s remote Yangshan county with 4K HD cameras, boosted the application of advanced 5G technology in medical practice.

Wang Wenlin, a chest surgery expert at Guangdong No.2 Provincial People’s Hospital, led the surgery, which was seen as a demonstration for doctors at the Yangshan-based hospital.

With the help of 5G technology, the surgical technique will help more doctors carry out similar operations, Wang said.

Wang visited over 20 hospitals across China last year to introduce his surgical techniques for chest deformities. Now, 5G-based live streaming can better promote his method and therefore benefit more patients.

Before the surgery, Guangdong No. 2 Provincial People’s Hospital had signed a cooperation document with China Telecom Corporation Limited Guangzhou branch and Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. to form a 5G-based smart medical service system.

Tian Junzhang, head of Guangdong No.2 Provincial People’s Hospital, said that the hospital would take the lead to become a pilot hospital for 5G applications in the province and offer more remote demonstrations of surgeries under the 5G network.

Marriage rate drops as more Chinese get married later

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The marriage rate, the ratio of registered marriages to China’s total population in a year, has been dropping over the past six years, Chinanews.com reported on April 2.

The marriage rate was 7.2 percent in 2018, the lowest since 2013’s 9.9 percent. Shanghai and Zhejiang province saw the lowest marriage rates, at 4.4 percent and 5.9 percent, respectively.

The declining marriage rate is related to the fact that the lifestyle choices of young adults in China are changing. More people no longer think of marriage as a necessity, and many choose to enjoy singledom for longer.

Yang Le (not her real name), a woman in her 30s, said she doesn’t feel anxious about remaining unmarried. Yang, who earns a considerable monthly salary and doesn’t have to pay for home loans, said she is currently satisfied with her life.

A report released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs indicated that more people are choosing to get married later. In 2017, about 36.9 percent of men and women entering into their first marriage were between 25 and 29 years old.

The declining marriage rate is also closely correlated to the rising costs faced by married couples, especially the staggeringly high housing prices in some big cities and the increasing costs of childcare.

Chinese parents spent a total of 1.9 trillion yuan on the education of their children in the first school semester of 2017, which accounted for 2.48 percent of national GDP in 2016.

Auto giants announce price cuts in China

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Some automotive giants have slashed the prices of models sold in China, after the country officially reduced its value-added tax (VAT) on April 1.

Ford Motor (China) Ltd. announced on the same date that it would immediately reduce the recommended retail prices of all its imported models in China. The company made the move in response to China’s VAT adjustment and suspension of additional tariffs on US vehicles and auto parts.

Ford cut the prices of all its imported models by up to 34,000 yuan, to cater to consumers’ diversified needs.

Volkswagen Group’s announcement came the same day, further cutting the recommended retail price of all its commercial vehicle models on sale in China, including Multivan and Caravelle.

The group’s recommended retail prices took effect on the same day, creating savings on a Multivan of up to 13,300 yuan.

FAW Toyota Motor Sales Co., Ltd., a Sino-Japanese joint venture, also reduced the price of parts by up to 11,000 yuan.

GAC Toyota Motor lowered the price of its popular models and spare parts on the same day, covering 50 models across its six major product ranges and over 20,000 spare parts.

Leopard captures prey at Langcang River

Image of a snow leopard captured by an infrared camera at the area of the source of Lancang River in Nangqian county, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, northwest China’s Qinghai Province. (Photo courtesy of Shan Shui Conservation Center)

An infrared camera recently caught images of a leopard capturing prey for the first time at the source of Lancang River in Nangqian county, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, northwest China’s Qinghai Province.

The footage shows an adult leopard on alert and two cubs, one of whom was eating. The images indicate that there is a complete ecosystem in the area, said Zhao Xiang, head of the Sanjiangyuan Project of the Shan Shui Conservation Center.

The leopard is a Class A protected animal in China. According to preliminary estimations, the suitable habitat for leopards at Sanjiangyuan, an area that is the source of China’s three most important rivers, is over 1,500 square kilometers in size, Zhao said, adding that the region has some of the highest altitudes home to leopards.

The footage is of great significance for the research and protection of leopards in the area, which is a corridor for promoting biodiversity conservation, said Xiao Lingyun from Peking University Center for Nature and Society.

Lao officials speaks highly of China-Laos railway

Lao officials who attended the drilling-through ceremony pertaining to the first major tunnel along the China-Laos railway spoke highly of the project.

Lao girls pose for pictures at the drilling-through ceremony pertaining to the Boten Tunnel along the China-Laos railway in Boten, Laos. (Sun Guangyong/People’s Daily)

This marks an important milestone in the project’s construction process. For the Lao people, this is an important historical moment and has created a miracle in the history of Lao construction, said Khamsouk Bounyavong, Vice President of Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee’s Inspection Committee, who attended the drilling-through ceremony in Boten.

After the opening of the China-Laos railway, development between Laos and other ASEAN countries will also speed up and the railway will become a major transportation artery that runs through the north and south of Laos. It will also become a new engine for the modernization of Laos, Khamsouk added.

During a field inspection of the project, Lao Minister of Industry and Commerce as well as Chairperson of the Laos-China Joint Committee on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation Khemmani Pholsena also expressed her wishes for completion of the project at an early date, and for the Lao people to take trains to the world.

China Railway No. 5 Engineering Group (CREC-5) drilled through the Boten Tunnel, a tunnel with a total length of 6453.5 meters. The tunnel is among the 10 major tunnels longer than 5 km along the China-Laos railway.

The tunnel has to pass through unfavorable geology such as karst, bed rock, fault fracture zones, gypsum, carbon mudstone, and water inrush. The CREC-5, however, made the victorious breakthrough by tackling challenges.

The 414-km China-Laos railway is a strategic docking project between the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and Laos’ strategy to convert from a landlocked country to a land-linked hub.

The railway runs from the Mohan-Boten border gate in northern Laos to the capital of Vientiane. At present, it takes 13 hours to drive from Vientiane to Boten, but less than 4 hours to take the high-speed train after completion of the project.

Commenced in December of 2016, the project is scheduled to be completed and opened to traffic in December 2021.

China’s first Mars simulation base in desert

The camp (Photo/Chinanews.com)

China’s first Mars simulation base, which has opened to the public, is located in Mangya city, Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan autonomous prefecture in northwest China’s Qinghai province.

The red rock area, located in the Qaidam Basin in Qinghai, has natural features, landscape and climate similar to those seen on Mars. The camp is named for its unique Yadan landforms, or dry areas with wind eroded landscapes.

A camp has been opened for educational travel purposes. The camp can accommodate 60 people in its capsules and hundreds in tents at its base. Construction started in June 2018 with a total cost of about 150 million yuan ($22.3 million).

The Yadan landforms (Photo/Chinanews.com)

The camp is now open to tourists, researchers, and the media. Zhou Tao, head of the education and science and technology bureau of Mangya city, said multiple Mars observation projects will be established here, including the Stellar Observations Network Group by the National Astronomical Observatories of China and the 50 cm Binocular Network of China West Normal University.

In addition, an award has been set up to solicit and praise outstanding literature works related to the base. Radio stations, books and films will also feature the Mars simulation base.

Builders spend 11 years digging 12km tunnel

Dazhushan tunnel (Screenshot/CCTV)

The 14.5-kilometer Dazhushan tunnel, linking Dali in southwest China’s Yunnan province by rail with Ruili, a city on the border with Myanmar, has been under construction for 11 years, with a further two kilometers to go before completion.

The complicated conditions have hampered progress, making the tunnel China’s most challenging tunnel project to date.

The geological and hydrogeological conditions around Dazhushan are complicated, and workers have faced many difficulties in terms of ventilation, transport and water in the process of building the tunnel.

Dazhushan tunnel (Screenshot/CCTV)

Jiang Dong, a project manager with China Railway First Group, the company behind the new line, said new troubles emerged every day, such as floor water inrush. Over the last 3,862 days since Jiang first got involved in the project, he has been fighting with water inrush and mudstones almost every day, as the tunnel runs through six fault zones.

When water inrush begins, the water can fill a standard swimming pool in approximately four hours. About 200 million cubic meters of water have gushed into the tunnel, and 116 suction pumps have helped to drain the water out.

More than 150 people were involved in the project at one time, but now only 36 people remain on the project, able to face the challenges both physically and mentally. Jiang said he would work until the tunnel is opened.

Medical members of a Chinese rescue team provide treatment to people at a temporary shelter for victims of Cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique on March 27, 2019. The Chinese rescue team has provided medical treatment to more than 500 people, and delivered 60 liters of drinking water and other materials to 1,000 affected people since March 25, after Cyclone Idai wreaked havoc in the southeastern African country. (Photo provided by the Ministry of Emergency Management)

A medical member of the Chinese rescue team measures a woman’s body temperature at a temporary shelter for victims of Cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique, March 27, 2019. The Chinese rescue team has provided medical treatment to more than 500 people, and delivered 60 liters of drinking water and other materials to 1,000 affected people since March 25, after Cyclone Idai wreaked havoc in the southeastern African country. (Photo provided by the Ministry of Emergency Management)

Medical members of a Chinese rescue team provide treatment to people at a temporary shelter for victims of Cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique on March 27, 2019. (Photo provided by the Ministry of Emergency Management)

Medical members of a Chinese rescue team provide treatment to people at a temporary shelter for victims of Cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique on March 27, 2019. (Photo provided by the Ministry of Emergency Management)

Medical members of a Chinese rescue team provide treatment to people at a temporary shelter for victims of Cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique on March 27, 2019. (Photo provided by the Ministry of Emergency Management)