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During this year’s Spring Rush (or chunyun), which started on Jan 21 and will end on March 1, Chinese people are expected to make about 2.99 billion trips. Th
is is equivalent to relocating the entire population of Africa, Europe, the Americas and Oceania in 40 days.
That China successfully manages the largest mass migration in the world shows the Chinese e
conomy remains vibrant and the country is moving toward overall prosperity. According to statistics from relevant de
partments, China’s total passenger transport capacity, including the railways, waterways and civil a
viation, during the 2019 chunyun is expected to increase by more than 5 percent over last year’s. Which means C
hina’s transportation authorities have made great efforts to optimize and improve passenger transfer services.
For passengers’ convenience, the authorities are widely applying smart and information tech
nologies to promote closer cooperation among the railways, civil aviation and road networks, and str
engthen the links among different transport modes, in order to provide the passengers with better “last-mile” services.
Hainan Island Circular High-Speed Railway has taken the lead in piloting e-ticket rail travel. The Haina
n railway project is aimed at replacing paper tickets with e-tickets, and making identity cards or certificates the travel vo
ucher, in order to establish a self-service entrance and exit, and self-service ticket change and refund mechanisms.
Tian Hongming, 67, has been dubbed the “last blacksmith by the fire” by the people of Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin province.
Having picked up the skill of forging iron at the age of seven from his grandfather, Tian has made a living from the skill for more than half a century.
In the 1990s his business reached its peak, selling more than 80,000 iron products a year, Tian said.
With increaed industsrialization and the cheaper and more intricate iron products it brought however, Tian and his workshop went into decline.
Although fewer customers now choose handmade iron products, Tian sticks to the traditional craft and takes every order seriously.
In 2015 his skill was listed among the city’s intangible cultural heritages.
“Sometimes, the flow-line productions can’t meet the special needs of custo
mers, so the craft will never be replaced,” he said. “And I will continue my business as long as the market and customers need me.”
Suning.com, the retail unit of Suning Holdings Group Ltd, announced on Feb 12 that it will ac
quire a total of 37 department stores of Wanda Department Store Co Ltd, to enhance its online-and-offline retail businesses.
Considered a key move for Suning to map its retail layout in the country, the acquisition is expect
ed to quickly improve Suning’s offline, or brick-and-mortar, resources and strengthen its mer
chandise supply chain to increase profits of its retail businesses, according to Suning’s statement.
The 37 Wanda Department Store locations, which have a total of more than 4 million registe
red customers, are mainly situated in central business areas in first- and second-tier cities.
The statement said the revenue of Wanda Department Store has seen a steady rise, with a continuous growth in net profits.
The new business unit will add department stores to Suning’s retail empire, which has been focusing mainly o
n home appliances and has now expanded to fast-moving consumer goods as well as maternity and baby products.
Through the deal, Suning.com is also hoping to bring its digital strengths in areas such as big data and artificial intellige
nce to Wanda, in an effort to further update the digital transformation of traditional department stores and enhance shoppers’ experiences.
mainly popular in a dozen counties and cities in not just Hunan, but also in the adjacent Hubei province and the eastern Jiangxi province.
In its long development process, the opera has widely absorbed features of Yueyang folk tunes and artistic factors of other opera types to f
orm its own style. Traditionally, Huagu Opera had no full-time performing troupes, and was only pe
rformed by amateur artists, most of whom were local farmers, during slack farming seasons on temporary stages.
In 2007, Yueyang Huagu Opera was recognized by the State Council, China’s Cabinet, as a n
ational intangible cultural heritage for its cultural, historical and artistic significance.
In recent years, measures have been taken by the local government to promote the art form.
The One Yuan Theater, which aims to cultivate more audience, has been a successful att
empt, says Yi Wen, an expert of Huagu Opera, who works at a local cultural center in Yueyang.
“Traditional culture still means a lot to the local people. Even some younger residents have shown their interest in the opera,” Yi says.
various global pressures. However, I believe that the two sides will be able to propose m
ore weighty measures to solve differences in their further consultations,” Wei said.
Zhou Mi, a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Coo
peration, said companies in the two countries definitely do not want to end their cooperation. Calling for a
stable environment, Zhou said more and more achievements may be made through cooperation at different levels.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-US diplomatic ties. In 2018, trade volume between China
and the US exceeded $630 billion, and two-way investment surpassed $240 billion, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
Nicholas Burns, former US undersecretary of state, said the Sino-US relationship is “the mo
st important relationship that both of our countries have.” The US and China, though facing certain challenges in bilateral relations, sh
ould learn how to compete with each other as well as how to work together, the official Xinhua News Agency cited him as saying.
China’s domestic retail and catering sectors posted sales of 1.005 trillion yuan ($149.05 billion) during the week-long Spring F
estival holiday that ended Sunday, an annual increase of 8.5 percent, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
China’s consumption upgrade is continuing, the ministry said, adding that some emerging consumption such as internet consumption, customized con
sumption, experience consumption and smart consumption were the highlights during the holiday.
Green food, intelligent home appliance, new digital produ
cts and local special products maintained rapid growth, according to the ministry.
Emerging service modes such as shopping malls and outlets encompassing ca
tering, shopping and amusement became more popular during the holiday.
Sales in seven major shopping malls and outlets monitored by the Shanghai government ro
se more than 20 percent year-on-year, while in East China’s Anhui province, sales in some malls jumped 11.6 percent year-on-year.
Meanwhile, experience consumption, including leisure tourism, film and expo, folk activities, rose.
NEW YORK – Residents’ opposition, labor shortage, and technology transfer difficulties are the three main reasons why manuf
acturing companies like Foxconn could not move back to the United States easily, industry insiders and analysts have said.
Being built on a vast 2,800 acres of land in the US State of Wisconsin, the Foxconn plant project is dubbed by US President Donald Trum
p as the “eighth wonder of the world” for the scale of investment, the number of new jobs it promises to brin
g in, and the hundreds of upstream and downstream manufacturing companies that potentially would follow suit.
The company, which makes products for Apple, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, among others, in 2017 signed a contract w
ith Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for the display screen plant worth $10 billion.
According to the contract, Foxconn will build a 21.5-million-square-foot (20-square-k
ilometer) manufacturing campus and hire about 13,000 local workers, and Wisconsin promised to prov
ide an incentive package worth about $4 billion, the largest subsidy offered to a foreign company in US history.
The project moved fast, but problems soon followed. In what local officials describ
ed as the “Foxconn pace,” the plant broke ground in June and soon caused considerable controversy.