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SICHUAN UNIVERSITY INVESTS 3 MILLION RMB IN ‘COUPLES GARDEN’

On Nov. 9, 99 young couples professed their love to each other in a newly built garden at Sichuan Southwest Vocational College of Aviation. The school spent nearly 3 million RMB to built the garden.

Wei Quanbin, the president of the college, gave a speech at the event, celebrating the love of the couples in attendance. He encouraged students to search for “the one,” affirming his belief that love fills people with positive energy.

One couple, composed of two of the university’s graduates, wanted to experience the garden for themselves after hearing about their alma mater’s new project. So a club called“Modern Ladies and Gentlemen” put out a formal call for students to attend the event.

The garden features a giant clock, which is paused at 5:20 (the pronunciation of “5:20″sounds similar to “I love you” in Chinese), a “gate of true love,” a “path of affection” and trees that grow green apples and red persimmons.

The event in the garden is a part of the university’s relationship management curriculum.In addition to the couples garden, the school also has required courses like “Love and Sex,”as well as an online forum to guide students in their relationships, both romantic and otherwise.

Peng Xiaohui, a professor at Central China Normal University, said that it’s good for schools to organize such events, as it means that relationship between students will be supported rather than suppressed. The Chinese Ministry of Education removed the prohibition against students get married in 2015, giving more freedom to college students in their love lives.

(This article is published on People’s Daily Online)

AERIAL VIEW OF SHANDONG WETLAND PARK

Tai’erzhuang Grand Canal Wetland Park, located in the ancient town of Tai’erzhuang in eastern China’s Shandong province, is the first canal-themed wetland park in the country. Summer is the best season to enjoy the park’s scenery, including flowers in full bloom.

(This article is published on People’s Daily Online)

PARALYZED TEACHER MENTORS 150 STUDENTS IN 11 YEARS

Wang Shuo, 30, has taught over 150 students in the past 11 years, despite suffering from progressive spinal muscular atrophy. After the onset of his disease, Wang became paralyzed. However, he decided to do something meaningful with his life. He set up WangShuo English School to teach children English.

Many students attend Wang’s classes because of his excellent teaching methods. He has instructed more than 150 students, helping each one to achieve his or her goals.

“Although I can’t move, my heart is still beating,” he said.

(This article is published on People’s Daily Online)

CHINESE ASTRONAUTS PREPARE TO LEAVE TIANGONG-2

Two Chinese astronauts are preparing to depart the Tiangong-2 space lab for the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft, which is ready to return to Earth on Nov. 18. Tiangong-2 will be vacated, left to operate independently.

To ensure a safe landing, air and ground teams have been performing search and rescue exercises in China’s northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to reports.

During the 33-day space mission, the two astronauts carried out a range of scientific experiments and logged details of their life in space, including their diet, fitness routine,vegetable cultivation and silkworm breeding.

(This article is published on People’s Daily Online)

QUICK THINKING SAVES MAN IN FUJIAN CAR CRASH

On Nov. 15, a trailer overturned on a road in southern Fujian province, nearly smashing another driver’s car, which was parked on the side of the road.

The driver, surnamed Song, said that he quickly shifted to the car’s vacant passenger seat as the trailer was crashing down, which likely saved his life. The car was pushed 30 to 40 meters to the middle of the road and partially squashed by the trailer.

The trailer, which was coming from the opposite direction, was forced to brake hard as another car drove across the street, the trailer’s driver explained.

Fortunately, both drivers sustained only minor injuries. Local traffic police are investigating the accident.

(This article is published on People’s Daily Online)

3 SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR TRAFFICKING 35,000 WILD BIRDS

Police arrested three suspects and shut down five wild animal trafficking operations in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Nov. 16. Over 35,000 birds were recovered, some dead and some alive. Bodies of state-protected birds including the African grass owl and collared scops owl were found refrigerated. The local forestry department has taken charge of releasing the live birds. Most are chestnut buntings. An investigation is underway.

(This article is published on People’s Daily Online)

BROTHERS LEAD PRIMITIVE LIFE ON HEBEI MOUNTAIN FOR 60 YEARS

Two brothers, Yuan Shuqin and Yuan Renshu, have lived an isolated and primitive life on Taihang Mountain in Hebei province for the past 60 years. They eat grain and vegetables that they themselves grow, drink spring water and live in a stone cottage built by their ancestors.

Many years ago, the brothers’ great-grandfather came to Taihang to build houses and cultivate the wasteland, fleeing from famine. Yuan Shuqin and Yuan Renshu are the fourth generation of their family to live on the mountain, and they will likely be the last. Waking before sunrise to begin their work and finishing each day at sunset, they live together and depend on each other for survival.

Neither brother has married due to their shared poverty. Renshu, the younger brother, once considered getting married, but he soon realized that his humpbacked brother could not survive without the able-bodied Renshu to labor beside him. Renshu tried to convince his brother to venture into the outside world to earn a living, but his elder brother rejected the plan. Now, the brothers barely even speak because of Shuqin’s deterioriating language ability.

(This article is published on People’s Daily Online)

SINOCHEM MAY PROFIT AS US FINDS MASSIVE OIL DEPOSIT

Sinochem, a Chinese state-owned group, may profit from a newly discovered oil camp,uncovered by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). USGS claims that it is the largest deposit of untapped oil ever found.

An estimated 20 billion barrels of oil and 1.6 billion barrels of LNG are available in the Wolf camp shale, which is located in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’s Permian Basin,according to the report. Based on current crude oil prices, those deposits are together worth about $900 billion.

In 2013, Sinochem spent $1.7 billion to buy 40 percent equity of the oil-gas project from a natural resources company in the U.S., according to earlier reports.

(This article is published on People’s Daily Online)

ASSISTANT FOREIGN MINISTER LIU HAIXING MEETS WITH DIRECTOR-GENERAL FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OF FOREIGN MINISTRY ANDRE HASPELS OF THE NETHERLANDS

On November 17, 2016, Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Haixing met with Director-General for Political Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Andre Haspels of the Netherlands. Both sides exchanged views on China-Netherlands relations, China-Europe relations and topics of common concern.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)