4.3-MILLION-RMB POT SHOCKS CHINESE NETIZENS

A pot priced at 4.3 million RMB has recently attracted many comments on Chinese social media. The handle of the pot is rumored to be made of 738 kilograms of pure gold, into which are set 13-carat diamonds. Even so, the sky-high price sparked heated debate among netizens.

Once purchased, the pot will be delivered by Rolls-Royce, and its buyer can also enjoy a feast provided by a Michelin-starred chef. According to the seller, only three such pots have been sold since the brand was established 171 years ago. Naturally, as the most expensive pot in the world, this item is just intended as a collector’s item.

Many commented that the pot is too expensive to purchase, and some guessed that the whole thing was just a publicity stunt.

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MEP IMPLEMENTS STAGGERED CEMENT PRODUCTION TO REDUCE POLLUTION

Cement producers in northern China have been instructed by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) to stagger production during peak load times in winter months in order to reduce pollution, according to a notice issued by the ministry.

Similar rules have also been imposed on foundry enterprises and thermal power plants.

Meteorological statistics show that the La Nina phenomenon this winter may lead to high humidity and the large-scale deposition of pollution particles, especially in northern China, the MEP said. The ministry also stressed that air treatment this winter is not only intended to finish the yearly task of environmental protection, but also to contribute to the implementation of the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan (APPCAP) issued by the State Council in 2013.

As a result, the MEP has mandated staggered cement production during peak times throughout the winter. In addition, the ministry has also ordered the electricity, foundry and brick industries to produce during off-peak times. The thermal-power-generating units failing to meet emissions standards will be shut down during peak times from Nov. 15, 2016 to March 15, 2017, and substandard distillation and boiler enterprises will be ordered to suspend production.

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ANCIENT CITY WALL IN HUNAN PROVINCE

A well-preserved city wall attracts crowds of tourists to Chenzhou, Hunan province. The wall is said to be left by the Taiping Army, which led a massive rebellion in China that lasted from 1850 to 1864.

The city wall, found beneath a famous “skylight” in an underground cave, is 41 meters long, 5.5 meters high and 2.7 meters thick. It can accommodate several thousand people.

Near the skylight stands a monument that records when and where the Taiping Army attacked and retreated from Chenzhou, as well as how they got along with locals, in the 10th year of Emperor Xian Feng’s reign (1851-1861).

The magnificent skylight is the only geological formation of its kind in southern Hunan. It is 130 meters deep and forms a striking tableau. The formation has been well preserved by local residents as well as the government due to its beauty and historical significance.

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PLANE-LOVER PURCHASES RETIRED BOEING 737 FROM US

A Chinese businessman has spent a total of 8 million RMB to buy a retired Boeing 737 aircraft from the U.S. The airliner, purchased in September, is expected to be available for viewing by the public in Guanghan, Sichuan province.

The purchasing procedure was not easy, with shipping an especially notable obstacle. The plane, worth 3 million RMB ($442,869), took the businessman, surnamed Ning, one full month to ship from Arizona to Guanghan at a cost of more than 5 million RMB ($738,116).Assembly and refurbishing will be completed by the end of December.

According to information about the sale, the airliner was manufactured in 1973, and it spent 17,714 hours in the air before being retired. Ning graduated from China’s Civil Aviation Flight Institute in Sichuan in 2009, and worked in the civil aviation industry for one year. He currently works in real estate investment.

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CROWD-FUNDED ROOFTOP SPORTS PARK TO OPEN IN HANGZHOU

A large rooftop sports park in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province will be officially opened to the public in mid-November. Located on the rooftop of a shopping mall, the park was built at a cost of 8 million RMB ($118 million), which was raised through crowd-funding coordinated by more than 30 local sports fans.

Coming from all walks of life, the fund-raisers are united by their love for sports. One fund-raiser, surnamed Wang, said he looked forward to enjoying a sense of belonging on the local courts.

Nine sports fields are included in the park’s design. Currently, six soccer fields and one basketball court have already been completed. All the courts are furnished with goals, rest areas and lighting. The courts are surrounded by fencing, ensuring that balls cannot be kicked or thrown too far out of bounds.

Wang said that the park initially began with 5.5 million RMB in investment, though that amount has now grown to 8 million. After noticing the 10,000-square-meter rooftop at the end of the last year, the founding sports fans decided it would be the perfect location for several fields. Now, more than 30 companies have contacted the park to rent its fields. The rental price for a five-a-side soccer court is 400 RMB per two-hour session. Two hours on the basketball court can be had for 320 RMB.

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LARGEST MUSICAL FOUNTAIN IN HAINAN MAKES ITS DEBUT

The largest musical fountain in Hainan province, located in the city center of Haikou,debuted on the evening of Nov. 6.

At 50 meters long and 40 meters wide, the fountain is equipped with frequency conversion technology, numerical control and DMX control, which allow it to utilize 18 water displays and squirt water as high as 68 meters in the air. By integrating sound, light and laser effects, the fountain creates a dreamy world made of water. The park in which the musical fountain was installed will become a place for locals to spend their leisure time with friends and family.

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1.1 IN 100 BEIJING RESIDENTS NOW MULTIMILLIONAIRES

Statistics show that Beijing ranked first among Chinese cities in terms of multimillionaire density, with 1.1 out of 100 citizens owning assets worth over 10 million RMB in 2016.

According to “Going Global: Trends of Chinese High Net Worth Individuals 2016,” are port issued by Hurun Research Institute on Nov. 5, there were approximately 1.34 million multimillionaires in mainland China by May 2016, 130,000 more than existed last year. Among them, 11,000 grew their assets to over 100 million RMB in 2016, bringing that total figure up to 89,000.

Multimillionaires accounted for 0.1 percent of China’s total population of 1.368 billion by the end of 2014, as indicated by data from the National Bureau of Statistics. In otherwords, one in 1,000 Chinese citizens is now a multimillionaire.

In 2016, Guangdong province outnumbers Beijing in multimillionaires, with 240,000 people owning assets worth over 10 million RMB. Beijing ranked second on the list,followed by Shanghai and Zhejiang. The 843,000 multimillionaires in these four regions account for 63 percent of all multimillionaires in the country.

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CRAB-TRUSSING WORKERS EARN MORE THAN 10,000 RMB DURING CRAB SEASON

Autumn is the harvest season for crabs. A skilled crab trusser in China who is able to tie sixor more crabs in one minute can earn as much as 10,000 RMB ($1,476) per month duringthe busiest times, according to a crab industry expert.

Though payment for tying one crab is usually just 0.2 RMB, the trussers can earn considerable money by taking on a heavy workload on weekends and at night – the peak time for shipments.

Hundreds of boxes of crabs can typically be tied within two hours by several skilled crab trussers. This year, some crab merchants tried to replace crab-tying with plastic boxes.However, the solution was not broadly promoted due to its high cost and lower efficiency.

In addition, the old approach of crab trussing is more trusted by customers. The industry expert, surnamed Cai, explained that experienced trussers are not only efficient, they can also estimate the weight of a crab just by looking at it.

Though the crab trussers work as many as 10 hours per day during the busy season, high salaries make the job tempting. In other periods of the year, the trussers usually make rice dumplings or simply rest at home.

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VICE FOREIGN MINISTER LI BAODONG ATTENDS OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 16TH INFORMAL ASEM SEMINAR ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND DELIVERS A SPEECH

On November 8, 2016, the 16th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights opened in Beijing. Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech.

Li Baodong noted in his speech that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the ASEM, as well as the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The theme of the 16th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights, “Persons with Disabilities and Human Rights”, is of great significance.

Li Baodong expressed that persons with disabilities are not only an important part of human civilization, but also a main force for human development. The international community should actively protect the rights of the disabled, strive to build a harmonious and inclusive social environment, increase investment and carry out international exchanges and cooperation in the cause of persons with disabilities.

Li Baodong said that China attaches great importance to the cause of persons with disabilities. During the past 5 years, 5.88 million impoverished disabled people in rural China have been lifted out of poverty. More than 10 million urban and rural disabled people have access to the minimum living guarantee and over 10 million disabled people receive rehabilitation services. In the next 5 years, China will let the 85 million disabled people and the whole nation enter a moderately prosperous society simultaneously.

Li Baodong said at last that China will work with all other countries to build a more equal, inclusive and harmonious society in which every life is respected and each disabled person is entitled with human rights.

The Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights is an important platform for exchanges on human rights under the ASEM framework. With the theme of “Persons with Disabilities and Human Rights”, the 16th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights is held in Beijing from November 8 to 11. Over 100 people attended the seminar, including governmental representatives from ASEM member states, scholars, experts, and representatives of non-governmental organizations. Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, Vice Chairman of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation Jia Yong, President of China University of Political Science and Law Huang Jin, Professor Göran Melander of Raoul Wallenberg Institute and others attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches. Executive Director of Asia-Europe Foundation Karsten Warnecke chaired the opening ceremony.

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DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AFRICAN AFFAIRS OF THE FOREIGN MINISTRY LIN SONGTIAN ATTENDS INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF CHINA-EQUATORIAL GUINEA FRIENDSHIP PRIMARY SCHOOL

On November 4, 2016, Director-General of the Department of African Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Lin Songtian and Equatorial Guinean Ambassador to China Ekua Avomo visited Jinping Miao, Yao, and Dai Autonomous County of Yunnan Province to attend the inauguration ceremony of China-Equatorial Guinea Friendship Primary School. Nearly 600 people, including heads of governments of Yunnan Province, Honghe Prefecture and Jinping County, as well as teachers and students from the school, attended the ceremony.

In his speech, Lin Songtian expressed sincere gratitude to the generous donation from the Equatorial Guinean government and people. Lin Songtian said that unity, cooperation and mutual support between China and African countries goes way back. The donation from Equatorial Guinea to build a primary school in China fully embodies the profound friendship between the Equatorial Guinean government and people and the Chinese government and people. Such kindness shows us that when Africa develops, it will not forget to bring back benefits to China. The China-Equatorial Guinea Friendship Primary School, which is a significant example of Africa’s aid and feedback to China, bears the new hope of carrying forward China-Africa friendship and promoting common development.

Ekua Avomo said in his speech that the China-Equatorial Guinea Friendship Primary School is an important symbol of bilateral friendship, a concrete reflection of Africa-China friendship and a bridge of friendship and culture between the two countries as well. It is hoped that the children will take over the baton of Equatorial Guinea-China friendship and contribute to the development of bilateral relations.

During his state visit to China in April, 2015 at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea announced that the Equatorial Guinean government would donate 4.9 million yuan to build a teaching building for the Jinping County First Primary School in Yunnan Province, and rename it “China-Equatorial Guinea Friendship Primary School”. Its construction started in July 2015, and was completed to put into use in November, 2016.

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