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Nazi hunters' first show opens at a French memorial

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:20
French Nazi hunters Beate Klarsfeld and her husband, Serge Klarsfeld, at the Shoah Memorial in Paris. [Photo/Agencies]

PARIS-Their heroic quest to bring down fugitive Nazis such as the "butcher of Lyon" is widely known. But there's a lot more to the steely, yet unassuming, married duo of Nazi hunters Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, and a new exhibition in Paris is looking to tell that tale.

The French capital's Shoah Memorial is hosting the world's first-ever exhibition into their story. Using personal archives, including previously unseen video, Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, Fighters for Memory seeks to explain the couple's fight to a new generation. It runs through April 29.

The aim of the exhibition, say the organizers, is to show how Beate, 78, and Serge, 82, did much more than hunt Nazis, as is often portrayed in the media and in a 1986 film starring the late Farrah Fawcett. Notably, the devoted husband-and-wife team, married since 1963, played a pivotal role in understanding the horrors of the Final Solution in occupied France.

"Yes, parts of their story are known," curator Olivier Lalieu says. "But we are showing that they are not just Nazi hunters... Serge is a historian and pioneer in the writing about the persecution of Jews. They added much to our understanding of what happened during the Holocaust."

The exhibition's timing was chosen carefully, coming five decades since Beate gained international attention for exposing the Nazi ties of West German Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger in 1968, and four decades after the publishing of Serge's book, Memorial of the Deportation of French Jews.

Objects steeped in memory add fresh color to their story, such as the lock that Beate used to chain herself to a La Paz bench in a famed 1972 protest against the "butcher of Lyon", Klaus Barbie.

The exhibition also seeks to shed light on the personal dimension to Serge Klarsfeld's fight against impunity for perpetrators of the Holocaust. A French Jew, he managed to escape the Gestapo in Nice in 1943. His father, Arno, was captured and deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where he died.

During an interview, Serge Klarsfeld solemnly located his father's name on the wall at the Shoah Memorial. It lists the names of 76,000 Jews who were deported from France as part of the Nazi plan to eradicate Jews of Europe.

"We must continue fighting every day," he says.

The couple hopes that future generations can take something away from their activism against extremism and hatred and quell the rise of the far right.

"Young people will perhaps find an example in what we did, hopefully in this retrospective," Serge says.

As for the media attention, they're used to it following the movies, a myriad documentaries and a swathe of articles.

The real emotion, according to Serge, is being present at the Shoah Memorial and alongside the millions of documents it houses that the Nazi-hunting couple relied on to carry out their investigations and protests around the world.

Those archives, bristling with vital information, helped the Klarsfelds among other things bring justice to former Nazis Kurt Lischka, Herbert Hagen and Ernst Heinrichsohn, who were convicted in Cologne in 1980 over the deportation and murder of 40,000 French Jews.

"We always paid homage to the memorial because they helped us with archives. And today, it is the memorial that pays homage to us when we are old," Serge says, looking to his wife.

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Lantern show with fishing theme opens in Harbin

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:20
A lantern show with a fishing theme opened Saturday in Northeast China’s Harbin. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

On Saturday, thousands of lanterns began to be displayed in a lantern show, an important part of the Changling Lake Winter Ice Fishing Festival in Harbin, the capital city of Heilongjiang province. It is the first lantern festival in the province with a fishing theme, highlighting northeastern folk customs and the historic culture. In the following three months, tourists can enjoy various lanterns blending both modern and traditional elements in the 120,000-square-meter park.

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<em>Paddington 2</em> gains at China box office

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:38
Paddington 2 opened to a successful 26 million yuan on Dec 8, its Chinese mainland premier day. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Paddington 2, the live-action, animated sequel featuring the titular bear, has had a successful weekend since it arrived in Chinese theaters on Friday.

With a score of up to 8.4 of 10 on the country’s popular film review website Douban, the sequel to the 2015 movie Paddington had surpassed the Chinese box-office blockbuster bench mark of 100 million yuan ($15.1 million) by Sunday. The sequel has been released in China in English, which has British actor Ben Whishaw voicing the bear and in Chinese, which has local actor Du Jiang doing the same.

Over the past six decades, the cute bear has been featured in more than 150 books and four TV series, making it one of the most popular animated characters in the world.

Compared to the Paddington, the sequel has more action scenes that show Paddington's new adventure to unmask a thief.

From milk bath to fruit bath, Hebei county offers unique experiences

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 22:38
Two visitors enjoy their bath in Longhua county, North China's Hebei province, Dec 10, 2017. Due to a large coverage and storage of subterranean heat, Longhua county boasts a rich deposit of hot spring resources. As the weather gets colder, local hot spring scenic areas launch a wide array of bathing experiences, such as forest bath, fruit bath, milk bath, etc. [Photo/Xinhua] A woman takes a mineral bath in Longhua county, North China's Hebei province, Dec 10, 2017. Due to a large coverage and storage of subterranean heat, Longhua county boasts a rich deposit of hot spring resources. As the weather gets colder, local hot spring scenic areas launch a wide array of bathing experiences, such as forest bath, fruit bath, milk bath, etc. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

Due to a large coverage and storage of subterranean heat, Longhua county boasts a rich deposit of hot spring resources. As the weather gets colder, local hot spring scenic areas launch a wide array of bathing experiences, such as forest bath, fruit bath, milk bath, etc. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

Due to a large coverage and storage of subterranean heat, Longhua county boasts a rich deposit of hot spring resources. As the weather gets colder, local hot spring scenic areas launch a wide array of bathing experiences, such as forest bath, fruit bath, milk bath, etc. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

Due to a large coverage and storage of subterranean heat, Longhua county boasts a rich deposit of hot spring resources. As the weather gets colder, local hot spring scenic areas launch a wide array of bathing experiences, such as forest bath, fruit bath, milk bath, etc. [Photo/Xinhua]

Exhibition takes closer look at jewelry design

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 22:06
[Photo provided to China Daily]

The 2017 Bazaar Jewelry International Designer Salon takes place at Beijing's trendy 751 D Park area from Dec 8 to 11.

The four-day jewelry exhibition, organized by Harper’s Bazaar Jewelry magazine in China, invites the public to take a closer look at jewelry design, appraise fine designer collections, discover the stories behind designers and artists, and see "smart" jewelry with high-tech functions.

The exhibition creates an elegant yet homey ambiance with afternoon teas, wine and followers for visitors who would like to take time to appreciate the rich aesthetic and artistic values of jewelry.

Another highlight is a jewelry charity auction, with donations going to Fuyang Aids Orphan Salvation Association in Fuyang city of Anhui province in the hope of helping poor orphans affected by AIDS gain a better life. Bazaar Jewelry also launched an online fundraising platform where buyers can donate to the association in Anhui by purchasing the specially designed brooches.

The 2017 Bazaar Jewelry International Designer Salon takes place at Beijing's trendy 751 D Park area from Dec 8 to 11.  [Photo provided to China Daily] The four-day jewelry exhibition invites the public to take a closer look at jewelry design, appraise fine designer collections, discover the stories behind designers and artists, and see "smart" jewelry with high-tech functions. [Photo provided to China Daily] The exhibition creates an elegant yet homey ambiance with afternoon teas, wine and followers for visitors who would like to take time to appreciate the rich aesthetic and artistic values of jewelry. [Photo provided to China Daily] The 2017 Bazaar Jewelry International Designer Salon takes place at Beijing's trendy 751 D Park area from Dec 8 to 11.  [Photo provided to China Daily] The four-day jewelry exhibition invites the public to take a closer look at jewelry design, appraise fine designer collections, discover the stories behind designers and artists, and see "smart" jewelry with high-tech functions. [Photo provided to China Daily] The exhibition creates an elegant yet homey ambiance with afternoon teas, wine and followers for visitors who would like to take time to appreciate the rich aesthetic and artistic values of jewelry. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Chinese tourists visiting Philippines up 35 pct in first 11 months

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 19:19
Chocolate hills, which is located in Panglao island, is one of the most popular resorts in the Philippines. [Photo/VCG]

Data from the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) showed that nearly 800,000 Chinese tourists entered the Philippines from January to November this year, increasing 35 percent on-year, local media reported on Sunday.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer, a major Philippine English newspaper, quote BI as saying that 796,487 Chinese visitors arrived in the Philippines from January to November this year, compared to 588,945 recorded in the same period in 2016, or an increase of 35 percent.

At present, the BI records show that China is the Philippines's third largest sources of foreign arrivals, after South Korea and the United States.

The BI issues visas upon arrival to qualified Chinese nationals as part of its drive to draw more tourists and investors to the country.

For this year, the Philippines is expecting Chinese tourist arrivals to hit the 1 million mark.

Scenery of Danjiangkou Reservoir in Central China's Henan

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 19:08
Aerial photo taken on Dec 10, 2017 shows the scenery of Danjiangkou Reservoir in Xichuan county, Central China's Henan province. Danjiangkou Reservoir is the water source of the central route of China's south-to-north water diversion project.[Photo/Xinhua]

 

Aerial photo taken on Dec 10, 2017 shows the scenery of Danjiangkou Reservoir in Xichuan county, Central China's Henan province. Danjiangkou Reservoir is the water source of the central route of China's south-to-north water diversion project.[Photo/Xinhua]

 

Aerial photo taken on Dec 10, 2017 shows the scenery of Danjiangkou Reservoir in Xichuan county, Central China's Henan province. Danjiangkou Reservoir is the water source of the central route of China's south-to-north water diversion project.[Photo/Xinhua]

 

Aerial photo taken on Dec 10, 2017 shows the scenery of Danjiangkou Reservoir in Xichuan county, Central China's Henan province. Danjiangkou Reservoir is the water source of the central route of China's south-to-north water diversion project.[Photo/Xinhua]

 

Aerial photo taken on Dec 10, 2017 shows the scenery of Danjiangkou Reservoir in Xichuan county, Central China's Henan province. Danjiangkou Reservoir is the water source of the central route of China's south-to-north water diversion project.[Photo/Xinhua]

 

Aerial photo taken on Dec 10, 2017 shows the scenery of Danjiangkou Reservoir in Xichuan county, Central China's Henan province. Danjiangkou Reservoir is the water source of the central route of China's south-to-north water diversion project.[Photo/Xinhua]

Aerial view of Qingxi Country Park in Shanghai

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:56
Aerial view of pond cypresses at Qingxi Country Park in Qingpu district, Shanghai, China, December 9, 2017. [Photo/IC]

 

Aerial view of pond cypresses at Qingxi Country Park in Qingpu district, Shanghai, China, December 9, 2017. [Photo/IC]

 

Aerial view of pond cypresses at Qingxi Country Park in Qingpu district, Shanghai, China, December 9, 2017. [Photo/IC]

 

Aerial view of pond cypresses at Qingxi Country Park in Qingpu district, Shanghai, China, December 9, 2017. [Photo/IC]

 

A forest of pond cypresses turns red at Qingxi Country Park in Qingpu district, Shanghai, China, December 9, 2017. [Photo/IC]

 

A forest of pond cypresses turns red at Qingxi Country Park in Qingpu district, Shanghai, China, December 9, 2017. [Photo/IC]

Actress Yang Caiyu releases fashion photos

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:40
Actress Yang Caiyu releases several fashion photos. [Photo/IC]

 

Actress Yang Caiyu releases several fashion photos. [Photo/IC]

 

Actress Yang Caiyu releases several fashion photos. [Photo/IC]

 

Actress Yang Caiyu releases several fashion photos. [Photo/IC]

Let a plaid shirt highlight your winter look

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:33
Actor Jin dong wears a plaid shirt between a jacket and a t-shirt Nov 12, 2017. [Photo/IC]

For those who prefer to wear many layers of clothes, winter would be the best time to experiment with your wardrobe.

One popular way is to wear a plaid shirt between the overcoat and jumper.

If you are in head-to–toe dark colors, a plaid shirt in bold tones can be added to liven your look.

Actress Zhou Dongyu wears a plaid shirt. [Photo/IC] Singer Zhang Bichen wears a plaid shirt. [Photo/IC] Actress Qi Wei wears a plaid shirt, Nov 14, 2017. [Photo/IC] Actress Qi Wei wears a plaid shirt, Nov 24, 2017. [Photo/IC] Actress Ma Sichun wears a plaid shirt, Nov 26, 2017. [Photo/IC] Singer Wang Junyi wears a plaid shirt, Nov 29, 2017. [Photo/IC] Singer Chen Xiang wears a plaid shirt, Dec 5, 2017. [Photo/IC] Actress Jiang Shuying wears a plaid shirt. [Photo/IC] Actress Tang Yan wears a plaid shirt, Nov 24, 2017. [Photo/IC] Actor Yuan Hong wears a plaid shirt, Nov 24, 2017. [Photo/IC]

 

Dior Lady Art party features latest fashions

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:30
Chinese actress Angelababy (left) and Zhao Liying (right) all chose the Dior Orange series for recent appearances. This attractive outfit was shown in the 2018 Dior Cruise Collection Show held in Los Angeles on May 11, 2017. [Photo/IC]

 

Chinese actress Angelababy chooses the Dior Orange series for her latest appearance. [Photo/IC]

 

Actress Zhao Liying chooses the Dior Orange series for recent appearances. [Photo/IC]

 

Chinese model Chen Yu arrives for a Dior Lady Art party in Beijing on Dec 9, 2017. The full dress she wore was shown at the 2018 Dior Cruise Collection Show in Los Angeles on May 11, 2017. [Photo/IC]

 

Chinese actress Angelababy arrives for Dior Lady Art party in Beijing on Dec 9, 2017. The full dress she wore was shown in the Christian Dior presentation at the 2018 Spring/Summer Paris Fashion Week. [Photo/IC]

 

Chinese actress Zhao Liying arrives for a Dior Lady Art party in Beijing on Dec 9, 2017. The full dress she wore was shown at the 2018 Dior Cruise Collection Show in Los Angeles on May 11, 2017. [Photo/IC]

 

Chinese actress Jing Tian arrives for a Dior Lady Art party in Beijing on Dec 9, 2017. The full dress she wore was shown at the 2018 Dior Cruise Collection Show in Los Angeles on May 11, 2017. [Photo/IC]

 

Chinese actress Wang Ziwen arrives for a Dior Lady Art party in Beijing on Dec 9, 2017. The full dress she wore was shown at the 2018 Dior Cruise Collection Show in Los Angeles on May 11, 2017. [Photo/IC]

New stills of 'Forever Young' released

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:27
A still shot of the film Forever Young is released and the film hits the big screen on Jan 12, 2018. [Photo/IC]

 

 

A still shot of the film Forever Young is released and the film hits the big screen on Jan 12, 2018. [Photo/IC]

 

A still shot of the film Forever Young is released and the film hits the big screen on Jan 12, 2018. [Photo/IC]

 

A still shot of the film Forever Young is released and the film hits the big screen on Jan 12, 2018. [Photo/IC]

 

A still shot of the film Forever Young is released and the film hits the big screen on Jan 12, 2018. [Photo/IC]

 

 

Actress Ni Ni poses for the fashion magazine

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 17:34
Actress Ni Ni poses for the fashion magazine. [Photo/Official Weibo account of Our Street Style]

 

Actress Ni Ni poses for the fashion magazine. [Photo/Official Weibo account of Our Street Style]

 

Actress Ni Ni poses for the fashion magazine. [Photo/Official Weibo account of Our Street Style]

 

Actress Ni Ni poses for the fashion magazine. [Photo/Official Weibo account of Our Street Style]

 

Actress Ni Ni poses for the fashion magazine. [Photo/Official Weibo account of Our Street Style]

 

Actress Ni Ni poses for the fashion magazine. [Photo/Official Weibo account of Our Street Style]

 

Actress Ni Ni poses for the fashion magazine. [Photo/Official Weibo account of Our Street Style]

 

Actress Ni Ni poses for the fashion magazine. [Photo/Official Weibo account of Our Street Style]

Dapper days of a solemn gentleman

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 17:27

The solemn gentleman sits in front of the fireplace, tumbler of whisky in hand, contemplating his well-travelled life of eccentricities – and his next move.

BJ Classic Collection Combi glasses in navysasa-gold, Bros Japan [Photo provided to China Daily]

 

Black horsehead bookends, Marquis & Dawe [Photo provided to China Daily] Faux bear head wall mount in bronze, Near and Deer [Photo provided to China Daily]

 

Gold mallard umbrella, Pasotti [Photo provided to China Daily] Hip flask set in polished chrome and Boston leather, Dunhill [Photo provided to China Daily]

 

Icaro bar globe with hidden casters, Zoffoli Geographica [Photo provided to China Daily] Relaxed distressed boots, A Diciannoveventitre [Photo provided to China Daily]

 

Sven Rustic Lodge glass leather lantern candleholder, Kathy Kuo Home [Photo provided to China Daily] Trilby, Al Duca d’Aosta [Photo provided to China Daily]

 

Yellow-gold finish natural lacquer lighter, ST Dupont [Photo provided to China Daily]

Living the dream on frozen ice

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 17:14
Skijoring [Photo provided to China Daily]

"The action on the frozen ice of Lake St Moritz and its orchestration is much like a motion picture – and demands of such an extreme equine spectacle require abundant skiing prowess on the part of competitors"

Conjure whatever image you can in your mind's eye of a surreal trip of the most otherworldly kind, and it's hard to better the stunning mountainous backdrop of the Swiss Alpine resort of St Moritz and its annual horse racing extravaganza of a most exhilarating kind.

Every year, more than 30,000 spectators converge around the frozen Lake St Moritz for an event known as White Turf across three weekends – in 2018, it's being held from February 3 to 18. There, they watch a series of races across the lake in a variety of formats. Horses are given special ice shoes to run in – and the ultimate crowd-puller is "skijoring", invented in 1923, whereby riders don't saddle up, but are dragged behind horses in four-wheel carriages or on sleds.

Skijoring [Photo provided to China Daily]

Skijoring, derived from the Norwegian word skikjøring, which literally means "driving with ropes" or "ski driving", ordinarily involves dogs such as huskies. But this 110-year-old White Turf spectacle draws a devoted group of adventurers and daredevils, who can be towed at speeds of up to 50km/h by riderless equines for 2,700 metres, making up what must be Switzerland's (and global horse racing's) flattest and most photogenic course, despite being Europe's highest. There was talk of it at one time becoming an Olympic sport in the 1960s. Surrounded by the shimmering landscapes of the Engadine valley, it's an utterly unique experience. Says Martin Staub, president and CEO of the event: "White Turf is world-exclusive."

That's pretty much how all of the Engadin and St Moritz feels. The picture-perfect backdrop has formed the mood board for a great deal of cinema; the Engadin is like the Hollywood of the mountains. More than 200 films have been made there, with classic moments from Elizabeth Taylor driving her convertible across the Silvaplana in Rhapsody (1954) to Roger Moore's turn in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) – one of the most famous sequences in the James Bond films, as he careens down the Piz Palü at breakneck speed on skis while trying to avoid three pursuing Russian soldiers.

Bond returned to the Engadin eight years later in the form of Timothy Dalton for a scene in A View to a Kill, where he fights, along with a cello, on Piz Scerscen. More recently, Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche became entangled in a tempestuous relationship on Lake Sils in Clouds of Sils Maria (2014).

An Alpine ski event like no other stealthily and spectacularly makes its way to St Moritz in February. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The magic of the Engadine continues to unfold in real life just as it does on-screen. The action on the frozen ice of Lake St Moritz and its orchestration is much like a motion picture, and depends on various factors. The demands of such an extreme equine spectacle require abundant skiing prowess on the part of competitors, and of course, total mastery of their four-legged friends. Given the nature of the event, there are strict regulations in place, with weather being the most determining factor of all.

Races only take place on the lake when the ice measures 30cm thick. Despite the constant threat of global warming, mild conditions haven't halted the running of White Turf since 1964. Many people are concerned about the horses and their safety, but to date, only one horse has ever died at the event in more than 100 years of racing, which makes White Turf the safest event anywhere in horse racing's history.

The horses are shod with specially spiked shoes to prevent them from tumbling. One unexpected and delightful upshot of their shoeing means that as they clatter and splice their majestic way across the surface, they kick up chunks of compacted ice and fresh snow, creating a scene not unlike an exaggerated, life-sized snow globe. It's at those moments – amid the shouts, thuds and laughter – that time almost stands still in this astonishing mise en scène.

An Alpine ski event like no other stealthily and spectacularly makes its way to St Moritz in February. [Photo provided to China Daily]

But the smooth, micromanaged nature of the event today is the result of so much work over the years on the part of organisers. In 1965, not a single skier made it across the finish line; reins became entangled and the thoroughbred horses shot off in different directions. As a result, skijoring's equipment began to be standardised and coloured skis were made compulsory, so the horses could see clearly in the snow.

It's not just the safety of the horses that is paramount, but the people, too. Skiers (or "jockeys") undergo stringent physical tests before the race. White Turf has attracted riders as famous as Lester Piggott in the past, but the event is open to amateur participants should they wish to enter.

"We are very happy to have a constant demand of jockeys wanting to take part each year," says Staub. In recent years, results on three racing Sundays during February have been combined and the skier with the most points is crowned King of the Engadine. To up the sense of eliteness further still, there's even a White Turf Jockey Club and a small group of White Turf ambassadors.

The event may be somewhat under the radar, but it does draw some high-profile association. Two long-standing sponsors of the event are Credit Suisse and BMW, whose participation actively promotes the social aspect.
But while White Turf draws a niche group of jet-setters and partygoers – yes, there's a VIP section for guests of the sponsors – the event is open to the public and to holidaymakers in the Swiss region. To watch the racing events, a seat (the stands boast 2,500) costs as little as US$100 – and for such a once-in-a-lifetime experience, that seems a remarkable deal.

It's not all racing, either. For those looking for action off the ice, there are shows, art, exhibitions and food stalls. There's also the elegant 130,000sqm White Turf tent, which serves up the superlative lifestyle experience. In 2014, revellers could even take advantage of a pop-up submarine bar that surfaced from the lake, serving champagne, brandy, sake, maotai and other libations. But it's hard to believe one's spirits could need any lifting in such a jaw-dropping locationand with such a spectacle as White Turf.

Picture perfect: A photo album on Brazil

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:00
Photojournalists zoom in on Germany's national soccer team which won the FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, on July 12, 2014. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Their lenses record a country full of wonders-from the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer to Iguazu Falls, the world's widest waterfall; and from the mysterious Amazon forests to the simple but marvelous architecture of the Cathedral of Brasilia.

This page displays the work of Chinese and Brazilian photographers.

The album, One Hundred Photographers Focus on Brazil, is being released by China Daily on Monday in Beijing.

About 100 Chinese and Brazilian photographers' images are in the album, which showcases Brazil's natural splendors, diverse culture and tremendous vitality through approximately 200 entries. The photographs also cover the carnival, samba and soccer.

A panoramic view of the Sugarloaf Mountain and the Corcovado Mountain that overlook the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro. [Photo provided to China Daily]

In his preface for the album, Zhou Shuchun, editor-in-chief of China Daily, writes that the album reflects the trust and bond between the two countries.

"China and Brazil are the biggest developing countries in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres," says Zhou. "The Chinese and the Brazilians have a long history of friendship, and the two sides have kept strengthening their strategic partnership."

"The two countries have effective communication and coordination on key global issues and jointly promote the building of a community of shared future for mankind," says Zhou.

China and Brazil are both members of BRICS, which had its summit heralding the second Golden Decade of the grouping in Xiamen, East China's Fujian province, in September. And the Belt and Road Initiative also provides further space and potential for bilateral cooperation, says Zhou.

A boy plays in front of a graffiti wall in Sao Paulo. [Photo provided to China Daily]

In 2013, the Latin America edition of China Daily was launched in Sao Paulo to serve readers of the region-a milestone for China's national English-language newspaper.

China Daily's Focus series is a well-known brand among Chinese photographers since its debut in 2003 when it focused on the SARS epidemic.

The series began to expand overseas in 2015 when it focused on Canada. In 2016, a similar album on Russia was released.

Tourists rest on a lawn near a historic lamp tower in Salvador. [Photo provided to China Daily] The Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam in the state of Parana. [Photo provided to China Daily] Soccer fans during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. [Photo provided to China Daily] A couple kisses under a lamp tower in Salvador, the state of Bahia. [Photo provided to China Daily] The statue of Jesus atop the Corcovado Mountain. [Photo provided to China Daily] People at the Cathedral of Brasilia. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Chinese tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka record 3.5 pct growth in November

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 00:42
Sri Lanka has become a famous tourist destination among Chinese travelers and the government hopes to attract at least 1 million Chinese tourists per year by 2020. [Photo/VCG]

Chinese tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka witnessed a 3.5 percent growth last month when compared to the same period last year, with over 19,200 visitors arriving in the island country, statistics from the Sri Lanka Tourism Ministry showed here Thursday.

China has been Sri Lanka's second largest market for the most number of tourist arrivals with 249,000 Chinese tourists arriving so far this year.

India has continued to be the leading market while Europe and Britain have also witnessed a growth in recent years.

Sri Lanka has become a famous tourist destination among Chinese travelers and the government hopes to attract at least 1 million Chinese tourists per year by 2020.

The Sri Lankan government is anticipating higher numbers this month due to the festive season and has announced a grand Tourism Fest which will be held in capital Colombo during December.

Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said the aim of this event was to promote Sri Lankan food, culture, gems, handicrafts, tea, shopping and entertainment during the height of the tourism season.

Sri Lanka's tourism industry has witnessed a boom since the end of the country's three decade long civil war which ended in May 2009.

Over 1.8 million tourists have arrived in the country so far this year while the government is expecting to achieve a 2.5 million arrival target by the end of 2017 and a 5 million arrival target by 2020.

According to the Central Bank, Sri Lanka has earned over $2 billion from tourism so far this year.

Smart fitness equipment makes exercise more fun, convenient in NW China city

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 23:51

The 75-year-old Liu Qiang takes out his mobile phone and connects its Bluetooth with that of a pavilion that locals use for exercise. After his favorite song came out from the loudspeaker on the roof, he begins his daily walk at Zhongshan Park in Yinchuan, northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

"Everyday at around 11 a.m. I come to this park to do exercise. In the past I have to take along a hi-fi, now there is no need to do that," said Hu.

At the same time, another man is recharging his radio through the power socket in the pavilion.

According to officials of the Zhongshan Park, this "Fitness Pavilion" is the first smart fitness route in this city and contains four pieces of equipment, and was set up two weeks ago.

Electricity for the pavilion is supplied by solar energy. Those who don't know how to use the equipment can scan the QR code posted on it, and then a video would pop up with instructions.

Not far away from this site, another set of smart fitness equipment attracts many elderly people doing exercise despite the cold weather. There are more than 20 pieces of fitness equipment, including a field on which people can both play football and basketball.

Guan Zongchang, director of the Equipment Maintenance Center of Yinchuan Sports Tourism Bureau, said the government will set up more smart fitness equipment in the parks as well as in some communities in the future to promote exercise among citizens.

"Smart fitness equipment will make exercise more comfortable and more scientific, people will surely like it. We hope citizens can use this equipment properly," he said.

Indonesia eyes China's Macao, Hong Kong markets to boost tourism

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 20:48
[Photo/Xinhua]

Indonesia has planned to hold events to sell tour packages in China's Macao and Hong Kong on Dec 12 and Dec 14 respectively, aimed at further tapping significant potentialities from the two markets, a senior official of the country's Tourism Ministry said.

Deputy Minister for International Marketing Development at the ministry Gde Pitana said the ministry would send 11 sellers from Bali, Surabaya, Lombok, Jakarta, Sabang, North Sulawesi, Papua and Riau Isles in the two events.

Most of Indonesian sellers would highlight marine and undersea tours with several tour packages in Indonesia's prominent diving and snorkeling spots.

Besides Bali, tour packages to be offered for potential tourists in Macao and Hong Kong among others were Bunaken, Raja Amat, Mansuar Island, Mike's Point and Manta's point, would be offered in the two events.

"Indonesia has plenty of beautiful undersea spots for diving and snorkeling. Indonesia had just earned The Best Dive Destination award in the recent World Travel Market event in London last month," Pitana said recently.

He said the upcoming sales mission events held in Macao's Royal Hotel and Hong Kong's Kimberly Hotel were highly expected to successfully tap the momentum prior to year-end vacation this year.

Indonesia's upcoming tour package sales events were particularly expected to attract more tourists from the Chinese mainland to visit Indonesia via Hong Kong, Pitana added.

Clinical skill contest attracts over 100 overseas students in Tianjin

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 20:35

 

International students from Tianjin Medical University conduct lumbar puncture during a clinical skill contest for overseas students held at Tianjin Medical University in North China's Tianjin municipality, Dec 9, 2017. The competition attracted over 100 overseas students.[Photo/Xinhua]

 

International students from Tianjin Medical University conduct lumbar puncture during a clinical skill contest for overseas students held at Tianjin Medical University in North China's Tianjin municipality, Dec 9, 2017. The competition attracted over 100 overseas students.[Photo/Xinhua] An international student from Fudan University shows her first aid skills during a clinical skill contest for overseas students held at Tianjin Medical University in North China's Tianjin municipality, Dec 9, 2017. The competition attracted over 100 overseas students.[Photo/Xinhua] International students from Tianjin Medical University conduct lumbar puncture during a clinical skill contest for overseas students held at Tianjin Medical University in North China's Tianjin municipality, Dec 9, 2017. The competition attracted over 100 overseas students.[Photo/Xinhua]