It is such a pleasure to see Hello Kitty and her frien

nds set their home in Shanghai, by perfectly fusing with loc

al culture,” said Li Mingxun, chief operating officer of Sanrio Shanghai Intern

ational Trade, during the launch ceremony at the Le Royal Meridien Shanghai.

One of the most popular areas so far is a 14-meter-high wall that goes throughout three floors and features cute remakes of Shan

ghai’s landmarks including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, China Art Museum and Garden Bridge.

The indoor play area is one of the latest attempts by Shimao to explore theme park business oppo

rtunities. The theme park industry is fast expanding in China, with Ping An Securities projecting it to do

uble its existing volume to 90 billion yuan ($13.39 billion) in annual revenue by 2022.

“The collaboration with Sanrio started three years ago, and the tw

o parties strive to offer visitors an surrealistic experience with a mix of reality and hy

per-reality images,” said Peng Yueqi, vice-president of Shimao Commercial and Themed Entertainment.

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If visas become a bar code or QR code emailed to

applicants, their workload will be greatly lessened,” he said during the Shanghai World Travel Fair on Thursday.

Japan Tourism Agency data showed that 8.38 million tourists from the Chinese mainland traveled to Japan in 2018, repre

senting year-on-year growth of 13.9 percent and contributing nearly 27 percent of international tourists.

China has been the world’s largest source of tourists since 2014, reac

hing nearly 150 million last year, according the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

“The market potential remains huge,” said Dai Bin, director of the China Tourism Academy. “Compared to the United S

tates, where 48 percent of its citizens hold a passport, the figure in China is only around 10 percent. It’s estim

ated that the number of Chinese outbound travelers will reach 230 million in 2030.”

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When he was studying abroad, he met the love of hi

s life. Now both Sonam and his wife work in Beijing while raising a daughter, who is now a year old.

“We plan to let our child study in Beijing,” he said. “We want her to get in touch

with avant-garde thoughts, broaden her horizons and pursue a life she likes,” he said.

Like Sonam Tsering, Tsering Lhakyi also benefited from the country’s ethnic policies.

In the 1980s, due to a lack of skilled workers and the poor educational foundation in the Tibet autonomous regi

on, the government decided to offer classes to Tibetan children. In 1985, the first batch of them went inland to study. Sin

ce then, an increasing number have pursued studies in more developed areas in China.

Tsering Lhakyi, born in the 1990s, was raised in Tibet’s Nagchu prefecture. Because of her h

igh scores in the primary school, she was admitted to an inland Tibetan middle school. After the national col

lege entrance exam, she applied to a university in Yantai, Shandong province, because she “wanted to see the sea”.

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ng tourism in Shanghai with arts. The local govern

ment has released a total of 40 culture-themed travel routes, as sideline events to guide visitors through Shanghai’s iconic

landmarks, according to Yu Xiufen, head of Shanghai’s culture and tourism bureau.

The state-level arts carnival will also announce the winners of tw

o important prizes – the Wenhua Award and the Qunxing Award. The Wenhua Award is a trienn

ial award established by the Culture and Tourism Ministry to honor outstanding stage pe

rformances, while the Qunxing Award is granted as the top prize for amateur artistic works.

Teachers and students from the artificial intelligence institute of Xidian

University in Northwest China’s Shaanxi province have developed a smart wheelchair for Zha

ng Wei, a post-1990 generation member who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or

ALS. The new device was created specifically for those with ALS, to better improve their daily lives.

According to Sun Long, who participated in the research and develop

ment, the wheelchair features a eye-tracking system and advanced technologies inclu

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Rules for scientific researchers set out by Ministry of Edu

Researchers should strictly follow the standards and code of conduct of scientific research a

nd not embezzle or misuse scientific research funds, the Ministry of Education said on Wednesday.

They should not commit fraud to obtain a research

project, research fund and other awards or honorary titles, the ministry said.

Researchers should not seek reimbursement for items that they are supposed to

pay for themselves, and they should not embezzle funds for other purposes, it said.

Research projects that require external help should be made publ

ic at the university. If there are profits involved between the research leader

and external organizations, they should first sign a contract and submit it to the university, it said.

University administrative staff should not seek profi

ts or advantages in applying for and allocating research funds, the ministry said.

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Craftsmen carve out niche with Nixing pottery

Photos have been released of China’s first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier on its recent fifth sea trial.

The trial tested the carrier’s command and control system and battle performa

nce, with the vessel completing tests of its mooring, power, battle and security system.

Unmanned convenience stores, vending machines, mobile payment…thanks to the latest technology, shopping has become even more effortless.

But shopping experience will go further than that: an eye-catching robot in Xi’an, Northwest China’s Shaanxi province, has hit the streets selling drinks and ice creams.

Powered by 4G networking and artificial intelligence, the human-shaped robot, Mr Doer, offe

rs ice creams and drinks on its own. The robot can also recite adapted poems or even dance to attract customers.

The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Res

erve in Sichuan province said on Wednesday it had started rebuilding a fence where a visitor had touched a panda cub.

It was making the fence higher so that visitors cannot reach the pandas

and it asked visitors to keep away from the animals. It asked them to refrain from climb

ing over the fence and from feeding or touching the pandas, said Wang Jisi, an information officer at the center.

On April 7, a woman surnamed Han said in social media that she and som

ebody else had managed to touch a panda cub without the consent of the center.

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Luckin Coffee raises $150m in latest financingre seen at a stor

Chinese coffee chain Luckin Coffee has completed its new financing round of $150 million (1 billion y

uan), lifting the firm’s valuation to an estimated $2.9 billion, news portal NetEase reported on Thursday.

Global fund manager BlackRock-controlled private equity participated in the financing by investing $125 million.

Last year, Luckin Coffee completed its two financing rounds worth $400 billion with inve

stors including Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC, Joy Capital and China International Capital Corp Ltd.

The coffee chain founded in 2017 had 2,073 stores in 22 Chinese cities

by the end of 2018, and plans to build 2,500 more in 2019. The firm aims to overtake its rival

Startbucks in store and cup numbers in China, said Luckin Coffee’s founder Qian Zhiya at a news conference in January.

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The tanks lined up, were kept 50 meters apart and stre

ched for 10 km, making it a memorable scene for a generation.

In October 2016, the bridge was closed for repairs after being open for almost 50 years. The 100,000 vehicles it carried each day far

exceeded its designed capacity of 8,000, causing many cracks to appear in the structure. It has been repaired 12 times since 2002.

Other problems it faced included falling mortar and metal fatigue.

The government decided to spend more than 1.1 billion yuan ($164 million) on the repairs.

The structure’s original concrete deck was replaced by a steel one, which is lighter and h

as greater durability. The replacement work was carried out above the 27,000-volt railway line. Any falling mater

ial, even a screw, would have caused a power failure and disrupted services on the busy Beijing-Shanghai Rail

way. Workers had to erect scaffolding and protective nets when no trains were passing.

The diameter of the lamp bases on the bridge were reduced by 5 ce

ntimeters, making the sidewalk wider and more convenient for pedestrians.

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The number of Chinese students abroad returning ho

 home soon after graduation totaled 519,400 in 2018, up 8 percent from the previous year, the ministry said.

A total of 5.86 million Chinese studied abroad from 1978 to the end of 2018. More than 4.32 million co

mpleted their studies, and more than 3.65 million returned to China soon after completing their studies, it said.

The return rate soon after graduation was around 80 percent last

year. In 1987, the return rate was about 5 percent, and in 2007 it stood at 30.6 percent.

Ran said more people are returning to China because they are finding it difficult to land job

s overseas, while at the same time the domestic employment market is becoming more appealing.

Chu Zhaohui, a researcher at the National Institute of Education Sciences, said finding a job in Chi

na has not been easy in recent years because of the rising number of students graduating from domestic universities.

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However, experts believe an overseas education sho

uld not be viewed purely from the perspective of return on investment, because the experience can help students develop valuable, nonacademic skills.

China will continue to significantly relax market access, and create

a more attractive investment and business environment, Finance Minister Liu Kun has said.

Liu made the remarks when attending a ministerial-level luncheon durin

g the 99th Development Committee meeting held by the World Bank and the Inter

national Monetary Fund on April 12 and 13 in Washington, D.C., according to China’s Ministry of Finance.

Vice-Finance Minister Zou Jiayi attended a ministerial-level meeting and gave a speech.

The finance minister said that with international development and cooperation facing severe challenges, the World

Bank as the world’s most important multilateral development institution should adhere to the principle of mult

ilateralism, support all parties in jointly supporting the rules-based multilateral trade system, firmly follow the purpose of serving all member coun

tries, and adopt differentiated, targeted aid strategies based on their respective national conditions.

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