unt for about 20 percent of the total, but they have quadrupled in the past two years.
“If you can prove to small-town youths that the products are useful, they are willing to pay,” Lan said. “Some inno
vative Saky products have also seen rapid growth in lower-tier markets, including one that removes stains from teeth.”
Chen, from Roland Berger, said that while small-town youths are narrowing the gap with their count
erparts in bigger cities in many ways, they still have many distinct demands. If companies want to win t
hem over, it is important for them to have a deep understanding of lower-tier markets and to draw up strategies acc
ordingly, whether in building brand awareness, or providing specialized products and distribution channels.
For example, while helping a jewelry company to access lower-tier markets, he found tha
t jade inlaid with gold is very popular, although it is considered unfashionable by consumers in large cities.
“Products that just scratch the surface, like simple tours of famous universities, have fallen out of favor with the market,” Zhang says.
Language training, NASA’s space camp, computer programming, homes
tays, wild animal care and desert and museum experiences are among the most popular options.
“Certain volunteering and public-welfare routes have seen a particularly fast increase in bookings,” Zhang says.
During the recent winter vacation in February, study-t
rip bookings surged by 80 percent compared with the same period of last year.
Domestic trips cost roughly 4,500 yuan ($663) per capita on ave
rage, while expenditures hit 21,000 yuan for outbound experiences, the agency reports.
Parents from Shanghai, Beijing and Guangdong province’s Guangz
hou and Shenzhen are the most willing to spend, according to Ctrip’s data.
Ballard County and has been set up to use the carp acquired by the fish center. Twelve tracts of land inside the park are for sale.
On opening day, eight tracts were already claimed, with most of the investors coming from China.
Jiang Chenguang, an internet businessman from the Guangxi
Zhuang autonomous region, launched the United Fisheries Group to process carp into fish balls
and fish cakes for export to China. Two Rivers Foods will process smoked fish, and has already shipped a smoker to the site.
A business called Lakeside City has been formed to process carp into salted fish, while
Eco Fish, which already existed, has hired fishermen to catch carp, process them and recycle waste into fertilizer.
Zhu Hongwei, a hotel and catering businessman from Jiangsu province, decided on the day the indus
trial park opened to buy one tract of land for food processing. “I will decide how to process the fish later,” Zhu said.
Earlier in the day, Akihito reported his abdication in sanctuaries i
nside the Imperial Palace, including one honouring the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, from
whom mythology says the imperial line is descended, and two others for departed emperors and Shinto gods.
Video aired on NHK public television showed Akihito, wearing a dark orange traditional robe and black headdress, wal
king slowly into the first sanctuary as a courtier in a white robe walked behind holding the train and another carried a sword.
Era names, or “gengo” as they are known in Japanese, are used in Japan for the length of a monarch’s reign.
The new era name, Reiwa, meaning beautiful harmony, was announced by the government on April 1.
New era names are usually announced after the accession of the new monarch, but the
government decided to announce the new name in advance of the accession of the new emperor.
Crown Prince Naruhito conducted a similar ceremony, NHK said.
tes satellite remote sensing images, water environment problems spotted by satellite, water protection zone bound
ary’s spatial data, water environment problems found by provinces and cities themselves and law enfo
rcement data at the scene, and sends environmental problem lists to law enforcers at the scene to guide their work.
The app was used during the nationwide inspection on water sources i
n 2018 and the law enforcement during water sources inspection at county level this year.
Meng Zhiqi, a law enforcer with the water ecology and environment department of Shang
hai bureau of ecology and environment, has witnessed the app’s ability. “We received
a message from a work team of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, saying there was an illegal shrimp farming house with a chimney deep
inside a water resource conservation forest, but my colleagues and I didn’t know how to get there. Later, we fo
llowed the map provided by the app and demolished the house within 24 hours,” said Meng.
uangzhou, provincial capital of Guangdong province, pledged to further cooperate with overseas
counterparts in the fight against endangered animal smuggling in the coming months, said a senior local customs officer.
“Top priorities will be given to big cases: major smuggling gangs, channels and networks,” said Zheng
Jun, deputy director of the Guangzhou customs anti-smuggling bureau, at a news conference in Guangzhou on Thursday.
According to Zheng, Guangzhou customs provided valuable and accurate information to its Malaysian count
erparts in January, resulting in the seizure by Malaysian customs officers of more than 60 kilograms of rhinoceros horns.
au have zero tolerance for smuggling and will introduce more high-tech means and big data
analysis to crack down on smugglers trafficking endangered animals and their products.
Zheng made the remarks after his bureau seized a total of 178.66 kilograms of smugg
led endangered animals and their products, the result of 111 cases since the beginning of the ye