Various cultural activities, including art performances, parades and food festivals, are offering visitors a taste of the colorful cultures of Asian countries.
The events, part of Asian Civilization Week, are auxiliary activities of the Confere
nce on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, which kicked off on Wednesday in Beijing.
The Asian Food Festival runs until Wednesday. It has received wide attention from the public, has its main venue b
etween Beijing National Stadium, commonly known as the Bird’s Nest, and the Beijing National Aquatics Center, or Water Cube.
Food-related activities are also being held in three other cities-Hangzh
ou, Chengdu and Guangzhou. Visitors can enjoy a pepper eating competition in Chengdu, or at
tend a food container exhibition in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, according to event organizers
our country. We must encourage fair competition, and ensure that
our measures to lower internet service charges are fully delivered as they are an impo
rtant part of our efforts in improving people’s lives,” Premier Li said.Baisu Gulang, a 37-year-old horse hea
d fiddle maker, makes a horse head fiddle in Qian Golos Mongolian autonomous county of Songyuan, Nort
heast China’s Jilin province, May 15, 2019. Under his father’s influence, Baisu Gulang has an ardent love in making and playin
g horse head fiddle, a traditional musical instrument favored by Mongolian ethnic group. He started lear
ning to make horse head fiddle when he was 18 years old. In 2006, Baisu Gulang started a horse head fiddle maki
ng studio where he voluntarily teaches enthusiasts to make and play the instrument besides selling
The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), China’s most valuable brand, topped Forbes’s
newly released annual ranking of the world’s top 2,000 largest public companies for the seven consecutive years.
The State-owned bank, which generated 298.7 billion yuan ($43.5 billion) in net profit last
year, has assets of more than $4 trillion and nearly half a million employees, according to Forbes.
Meanwhile, China Construction Bank, the Agricultural Bank of China and the Bank of China, renowned as the “Big Four” ba
nks in China along with ICBC, also joined the top 10, ranking at third, fourth and eighth places, respectively.
Ping An Insurance Group came in at seventh with a market capital of $220.2 billion, according to Forbes.
Hotels in Shanghai will no longer automatically provide disposable daily necessities such as toothbrush, comb and shaver f
rom July 1 as a regulation on household waste will come into effect in the city on the day, People’s Daily reported.
Around 4.8 billion guests booked into 440,000 hotels in China in 2017, as per data. More than 70 percent o
f soaps are thrown away after being used once, a survey shows. Calculated by weight, each hotel t
hrows away 2.5 kg disposable soaps every day and 440,000 hotels would throw away more than 400,000 tons
of soaps every year. If each ton of soaps costs 20,000 yuan, that would be 8 billion yuan worth of soap.
Apart from soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, shampoo and bath foam are often discarded
after one-time use. It’s not only a waste of money, but also a burden for environment as many articles are non-degradable.
ative safer, more sustainable and disaster-proof, according
to the declaration published during the two-day International Conference on Silk-road Disa
ster Risk Reduction and Development, which concluded in Beijing on Sunday.
Sunday marked China’s 11th National Disaster Prevention and Reducti
on Day, an annual event which began in 2009 after a devastating earthquake hit Sich
uan and neighboring provinces on May 12, 2008, leaving over 87,000 dead or missing.
More than 700 scientists from around 40 countries, regions and international organizations supported the declaration. It reco
mmended actions including data-sharing, investing in disaster risk reduction technologies and in
frastructure, and jointly enhancing disaster preparedness and response protocols.
On a warm spring afternoon, 28-year-old Ye Xiaoxian keeps her eyes glued to her comp
uter screen as she chats with female co-workers in an office in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.
Her concentration is only broken when a colleague offers a plate of snacks.
“I’ve already eaten a chicken drumstick, three pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of potato chips, half a bowl of white rice and som
e walnuts. My thighs will swell if I eat these snacks,” Ye said, reluctantly pushing the plate away.
Her colleague, pinching Ye lightly on the forearm, replied: “Come on, you are not fat at all. I am the elephant in the room.”
But Ye, popping a slice of pineapple into her mouth, responded, “No, I don’t e
ven feel like eating dinner tonight and I really should renew my gym membership.”