LI KEQIANG HOLDS TALKS WITH PRIME MINISTER ALGIRDAS BUTKEVICIUS OF LITHUANIA AND PRIME MINISTER ROBERT FICO OF SLOVAKIA

On the afternoon of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang held talks respectively with Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius of Lithuania and Prime Minister Robert Fico of Slovakia while attending the 5th Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) at the National Library of Latvia in Riga.

In his talks with Algirdas Butkevicius, Li Keqiang expressed that China-Lithuania relations are experiencing smooth progress. China appreciates Lithuania’s active efforts in developing relations with China and is willing to enhance practical cooperation with Lithuania to realize mutual benefit and win-win results and benefit the two peoples.

Algirdas Butkevicius said that Lithuania is deeply satisfied with the development of bilateral relations and expects to further expand bilateral cooperation in trade and investment. The “16+1 cooperation” is of great importance and Lithuania is willing to actively push the cooperation for more achievements.

In his talks with Robert Fico, Li Keqiang stated that both sides should respect each other’s core interests and major concerns and meet each other halfway, so as to promote the sound and stable development of China-Slovakia relations.

Robert Fico noted that the Slovakian government attaches great importance to its relations with China and its principled stance of sticking to the one-China policy remains unchanged. Slovakia is ready to join hands with China to push the sound progress of bilateral relations in the right direction.

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

FATHER TRACKS CHILD WITH GPS DEVICE, SPARKS DEBATE

A father in Wuhan, Hubei province reportedly installed three GPS trackers on his little one in an attempt to stay informed of his child’s coordinates at any given time. Although he took the extreme action out of concern for his child’s safety, his decision has nevertheless triggered public debate.

“For fear that bad guys might take off the GPS watch, I put two additional GPS trackers inside the backpack and clothing,” the father explained, adding that the devices have twice helped him to locate his child at critical moments.

Not everyone considers such protective measures necessary, however. According to a survey conducted among 38 parents, 80 percent think it is practical to install GPS tracker son their children; the rest believe that there is no need to be so nervous.

Keeping a close eye on children is an understandable impulse and should be lauded,according to education experts in Wuhan. Children should also be taught how to protect themselves in case of an emergency, the experts said.

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

PREGNANT BELLY-PAINTING CONTEST HELD IN CHONGQING

Thirty fathers-to-be painted the bellies of their pregnant wives in an interesting contest held in Chongqing on Nov. 6. The men drew cartoon figures and imaginative images,expressing good wishes for their soon-to-be-born babies. This is the fifth time that such a contest has been held. The event is dedicated to the memorable and beautiful experience of waiting for new life.

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

SHANGHAI CONSTRUCTS LARGE PLANETARIUM

A rendering is presented during the foundation laying ceremony of the Shanghai Planetarium in Shanghai, east China, Nov. 8, 2016. Covering an area of 38,164 square meters, the planetarium will include a main building and ancillary constructions, such as an observation base for young people, a solar tower and observatory. (Xinhua)

The construction of a planetarium started in Shanghai’s Pudong district Tuesday.

Covering 38,164 square meters, the planetarium will include a main building and ancillary constructions such as an observation base for young people, a solar tower and observatory. It is expected to open in 2020.

Xu Xiaohong, an official with the construction headquarters, said that elements of the starry sky will be applied to the design on the outside of the construction.

The construction will be energy-saving and eco-friendly, using technologies such as rainwater recycling, ecological purification and renewable energy.

Xin Ge, director of the headquarters, said that visitors will gain the knowledge of the various natural phenomena and get to know the history of human exploration of the universe.

Lin Qing, an official at the headquarters, said that people in Shanghai seldom have the chance to clearly observe the Milky Way due to light pollution. The planetarium will provide people with a better view of the stars.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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