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“Made-in-China” products marvel the world

A made-in-China three-fold shovel went viral after a video of it was uploaded online. The high quality of the shovel presented in the video attracted 2.55 million views and more than 3,000 comments.

It was learnt that the shovel has to go through 268 processes and 48 quality inspection checks before rolling off the production line. It has as many as 18 functions, including cutting, sawing, digging, shearing and clamping.

“Chinese military shovels put Swiss army knives to shame,” was the title of an article published by famous technology website, Gizmodo some months back.

Another Chinese knife has also marveled foreigners with its indestructible blade. It can split firewood, cut apart iron sheet and even penetrate bricks. Nevertheless, the wonder knife costs only $16!

Similarly, Chinese-made unmanned aerial vehicles are also doing quite well in the world. Wing-Loong aircraft expanded its market to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Nigeria,etc. Meanwhile, the civilian drone, Phantom 2 Vision+, produced by Shenzhen-based industry leader, DJI, ranked third amongst the top 10 technological products appraised by Time.

In 2016, a man survived a gun robbery in Cape Town, South Africa after a Huawei P8 smart phone in his lapel pocket took the bullet for him!

Chinese smart phones by Huawei and Xiaomi are expanding their international drive with a new brand tag of “Made in China” as Samsung struggles to cope with competition and Apple experiences decline in revenue.

Chinese bike-sharing service provider, Mobike, recently entered the U.K. market, bringing a new option of travelling for local people. Chinese shared bikes have set a good example by making cities cleaner and healthier.

These are just a few of quality Chinese products at a time the country is glowing in the competitive global market with high-tech, reliable quality and good reputation.

 

Unique admission letters reflect changing times

Using attractive designs, handwritten calligraphy and augmented reality (AR) technology, Chinese universities are innovating acceptance letters to deliver their unique characters to freshmen.

Earlier this month, the Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU) in Xi’an, northwest China, issued letters of acceptance to students using AR technology. It was the first AR-enabled university admission notice in China.

The admission letter using using AR technology

NPU embedded a virtual campus platform based on AR technology, thereby enabling students to view the university’s history and discipline characteristics in a different manner.

On July 12, Tsinghua University sent out its first set of admission letters with the book, The Story of Art, which the school recommends the recipients to read this summer. Last year, the school recommended Walden Lake and The Ordinary World.

The parcel sent by Nankai University includes an admission letter and a letter written by the school president encouraging incoming freshmen to learn from their predecessors.

The admission letter by Fudan University this year is accompanied by new-student guidance and a CD that includes the university’s songs.

An admission letter from the Nankai University

Today, university admission letters have become better-looking and contain more information. Besides confirming admission, China’s universities deliver their unique education theory, humanistic spirit and value pursuits.

In fact, admission letters strongly reflect the changing times, especially after the resumption of the college entrance examination or Gaokao in 1977.

53-year-old Dong (not his real name) took Gaokao in 1983 and was admitted by a teachers’ college. As telephones were not available at the time, Dong had to come to his high school again and again to check if he was admitted.

At the time, admission letters were handwritten and very simple. A middle school teacher in eastern China’s Jiangxi province recalls that in the 1990s, some letters were still handwritten. The letters were first sent to the high school before students were informed to go and collect them.

The first admission letter sent out in Sichuan province in 2017.

 

On-water court established in SW China

An on-water court has been established in Yunyang county, southwestern China’s Chongqing municipality in a bid to ease things for the community located at the center of the Three Gorges Reservoir region.

Consisting of a judge, secretary and bailiffs, the court has so far heard 287 cases since it opened in September 2010.

 

Concerned nations should get used to China’s naval presence in Indian Ocean: expert

Chinese naval vessels in escort mission (file photo)

 

“China should send more submarines to the Indian Ocean to make concerned countries get used to their presence in that region,” said Hu Bo, researcher with Peking University Ocean Strategy Research Center.

According to Indian English-language fortnightly news magazine, India Today, a Chinese attack submarine was deployed in the Indian Ocean for two months in late 2013. And another conventional power submarine appeared in the region in September 2014.

In response, China’s Ministry of National Defense said the two vessels were deployed to conduct anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden.

Since 2008, Chinese vessels have increased their escort missions in the Gulf of Aden, said Li Jie, a naval expert. He added that it was reasonable for nuclear and conventional power submarines to participate in such missions given that they are China’s main battle vessels.

The Times of India reported that a total of 12 to 14 Chinese vessels appeared in high seas in the Indian Ocean in the past 2 months; meanwhile there were only 3 to 4 several years ago. In addition, 7 nuke submarines have entered the region so far, the paper said.

The ongoing 2017 Malabar naval exercise involving the U.S., Japan and India is drawing to a close, with more than 100 aircraft and 21 vessels participating in the drill.

Officials from the three countries all claimed in public that the objective of the drill was to cooperate on humanitarian aid and anti-piracy missions. However, India Today said that the drill was indeed a strategic message to China.

“Taking China as the imaginary enemy is a reflection of Cold War mentality,” Hu said, adding that the ocean is a global public product that does not come within the jurisdiction of any single country.

Zhao Gancheng, director of South Asia Studies with Shanghai Institute for International Studies, told thepaper.cn that extension of military power was only a natural step taken by China to protect its national interests.

The geo-strategic position of the Indian Ocean has a profound influence on China’s national security and development, Zhao said, adding that sending vessels to the region was normal for the country.

Frozen Kingdom opens in northern China

Frozen Kingdom, an ice-themed summer resort set up in Luya Mountain, Shanxi provincein northern China, recently opened to the public, becoming popular this summer.

The man-made ice cave is a large-scale tourist project designed by a top international team and produced by well-known local and overseas ice sculpture masters at the cost of 27 million yuan.

The unknown civilization in Frozen Kingdom catches visitors’ curiosity and desire for exploration. Visitors can experience life and war in an imaginary lost civilization through entertainment facilities like ski trails, top-speed drifting and dinosaur fossils.

Migrant kids on summer vacation

Summer vacation lasts from early July to late August. This year, passenger flow is estimated to reach 42.42 million, with a year-on-year increase of 3.855 million and 10 percentage points. Like migrant birds, left-behind children are travelling to their working parents or hometowns.

Huang Kai shares instant noodles with his mother. They are heading to Xinjiang in northwestern China to see the father.

Wang Peng walks past the ticket entrance on the way to his hometown, Xi’an.

Zhou Xin plays with her baby brother. It is her first time to travel with the mother to meet her father in Qingdao.

Children play on phones in the waiting room of a railway station in southeastern China.

A girl and her brother eat ice cream as they wait to travel to Beijing to meet their grandparents.

Children play hawk and chicken while waiting for the train to travel back to their hometown, Chengdu, Sichuan province in southwest China.

Frozen Kingdom opens in northern China

Frozen Kingdom, an ice-themed summer resort set up in Luya Mountain, Shanxi province in northern China, recently opened to the public, becoming popular this summer.

The man-made ice cave is a large-scale tourist project designed by a top international team and produced by well-known local and overseas ice sculpture masters at the cost of 27 million yuan.

The unknown civilization in Frozen Kingdom catches visitors’ curiosity and desire for exploration. Visitors can experience life and war in an imaginary lost civilization through entertainment facilities like ski trails, top-speed drifting and dinosaur fossils. 

Pioneer capsule-like shared beds offered in Shanghai

Two capsule-like shared beds came into service in an office building in Shanghai on July 13, thepaper.cn reported.

The two white “sleeping capsules” covering an area of 10 square meters provide one-off beddings and dustbins. Each capsule is equipped with a small ventilator, instead of an air conditioner. The lights inside are adjustable.

Outside of the capsule is the user’s manual and a QR code. Users can open the door by scanning the code and leave by pressing “unlock.” After a user checks out, the sleeping capsule is automatically disinfected by ultraviolet light.

“It’s not only convenient for office workers to take a nap, but also a good choice to have a temporary stay for those who work overtime till midnight,” a staff told the reporter.

However, opinions on the creative shared beds vary among net users.

A net user expressed amazement at the design and said that he plans to settle down in the sleeping capsules! A man suggested that more shared beds be set up in shopping malls so that men can have rest or play on phones while waiting for their girlfriends.

A net user with experience of the shared bed complained about the uncomfortable mattress and foot odor of other users.

Shared “sleeping capsules” are already in use in Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai, it was reported. Users can enjoy a nap by paying 0.2 yuan a minute. The ceiling for single use is 58 yuan and a month’s card costs 788 yuan.

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13,000 Shenzhen residents banned over shared bike traffic violations

A total of 13,615 people who committed traffic violations while riding shared bikes in Shenzhen have banned from using the service from July 17 to 23 after a new regulation took effect from the beginning of the month. It is the first ban on bike sharing issued by Shenzhen authorities, the city’s traffic police said.

Reports say traffic violations by non-motor vehicles have increased substantially since bike sharing started in the southern China city where most roads have no special lanes for bikes.

According to data released by Shenzhen traffic police, 52.65 per cent of the 13,615 non-motor vehicle violations were attributed to shared bike users, with Mobike constituting over half.

Traffic violations occurred more frequently during morning and evening rush hours among young people aged 20 to 30. There were more male violators than female.

In order to enforce the ban, police will work with relevant companies by randomly checking information on violators and comparing it with what comes from the companies. Meanwhile, citizens can report uncivil conduct to the police and related government agencies via phone and social networks.

Huge phosphorus mine discovered in SW China

TV news about the phosphorus mine

A huge phosphorus mine with large reserves of 801 million tons was recently discovered in Kaiyang county, Guizhou province in southwest China, cctv.com reported on July 12.

The reserves equal two-fold exploration quantity of Kaiyang phosphate mine, the largest phosphate mine in China.

The phosphorus seam, 5.49 meters thick on average, covers about 50 square kilometers with full deposits of first class phosphate rocks.

Phosphorus is the main ingredient for producing phosphate fertilizers for agriculture. This new finding is a breakthrough in phosphorus ores in China.