Archive for ‘zhejiang province’

15/04/2019

China’s online authors grow 3.82 mln in 3 years

HANGZHOU, April 14 (Xinhua) — China had 8.62 million online authors as of 2018, a significant increase from 4.8 million in 2015, according to a national conference on digital reading.

Among the digital reading materials, original online works took up 79.8 percent last year, up from 69 percent three years ago, while Liu Shu, vice president of Amazon China, said that e-book readers still love classic works.

An industry report released by the China Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association at the conference showed that the value of China’s digital reading market reached 25.4 billion yuan last year, a 19.6 percent yearly growth.

About 432 million Chinese read digital publications on electronic devices during the year, averaging 12.4 digital publications per person and 71.3 minutes per read, the report said.

Over 66 percent of the respondents of the report were willing to pay for digital publications, up from 60.3 percent in 2016.

Since 2015, the conference has been held annually in east China’s city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province before World Book Day, which falls on April 23.

Source: Xinhua

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10/04/2019

‘Lucky’ phone number sells for US$50,000 in China but it’s not a record

  • Online auction attracts fierce competition, sending value rocketing in first minutes of bidding
  • ‘Auspicious’ numbers are popular in China because they sound like words which signify good fortune
An “auspicious” mobile phone number has sold for more than US$50,000 at an online auction in China. Photo: Shutterstock
An “auspicious” mobile phone number has sold for more than US$50,000 at an online auction in China. Photo: Shutterstock
An “auspicious” mobile phone number has fetched more than 350,000 yuan (US$52,000) at an online auction in northern China.
The number, which ended in five fives, sold for more than 30 times the starting price of 11,250 yuan, after fierce bidding saw its value rocket to more than 300,000 yuan in just 12 minutes.
A total of 140 people registered to participate in the 24-hour auction and 107 bids were recorded. The winning bid came from a user called Li Zisheng on Tuesday evening, according to Alibaba’s Sifa court auction platform which hosted the sale.

The South China Morning Post is owned by Alibaba.

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It is not uncommon for people in China to pay a premium for phone numbers or car licence plates featuring numbers which are considered lucky.
Six, eight and nine are particular favourites, as they sound like the words for strength, wealth and longevity, respectively. The number five is said to represent happiness or wealth.

One of the most expensive mobile numbers on record in China contained a combination of eights and fives and sold at auction for US$680,000 in 2004, according to the Oriental Morning Post.

In 2006, a car licence plate in Zhejiang province, eastern China, containing five eights sold for 1.67 million yuan to a Wenzhou businessman with a BMW, according to online sales platform Tencent Auto.

Not everyone is willing to pay any price for a lucky number plate or phone number, with some internet users on China’s Twitter-like Weibo service questioning why people would pay so much money for such things.

“Are mobile and car plate numbers really this important?” a user from Hunan province, central China, wrote. “This type of number will have a higher chance of getting spam calls.”

Source: SCMP

07/04/2019

East China city to open direct flights to Tokyo, Seoul

HANGZHOU, April 6 (Xinhua) — The city of Ningbo in east China’s Zhejiang Province will launch direct flights to Tokyo and Seoul this year, the city’s Lishe International Airport said.

Sources with the airport said it would also increase flights to domestic cities like Beijing and Qingdao in 2019.

Ningbo has one of the busiest ports in the world.

The airport is expanding its terminal facilities amid a surging passenger volume. The airport handled 11.7 million passengers in 2018, a yearly increase of 24.8 percent.

Source: Xinhua

05/04/2019

China Focus: Funeral reform fosters new trends in China

BEIJING, April 5 (Xinhua) — “The air and environment in the cemetery have been notably improved, with less people burning joss paper,” said Wang Fang, a tomb sweeper from Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

This year’s Tomb Sweeping Day, which falls on Friday, witnesses more changes, as China has made various efforts to reform funeral traditions in recent years, and ecological burial and environmentally friendly tomb sweeping practices are increasingly popular.

GREENER BURIAL

In a tea garden in Hangzhou in east China’s Zhejiang Province, there stands a hidden cemetery where burial plots are built under tea trees in a bid to enlarge its green area as well as conserve land.

“It would be good to return to nature here after I pass away,” said a local resident surnamed Wu.

China has seen progress in ecological burials in recent years, especially in developed cities. The first model ecological cemetery of Beijing has been built in Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery, with a green coverage rate of nearly 90 percent.

Currently, ecological burials in first-tier cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, takes up more than 20 percent of the total. It is expected that by 2020, the share of ecological burial across the country reach over 50 percent.

In addition, tomb sweeping practices have become greener. Most tomb sweepers would rather present flowers at tombstones than burn joss paper to pay tribute to their deceased families and friends.

On Tomb Sweeping Day, some cemeteries hold cultural activities, such as calligraphy and painting exhibitions as well as poetry recitals as an alternative to tomb sweeping.

LAND CONSERVATIVE

Besides the “tea garden burial,” other ecological burial methods in China include tree, flower, wall and sea burials.

Replacing traditional tombstones with trees and flower beds, putting urns on shelves in walls or just dropping ashes into the sea requires less or even no land.

“At first people said it was for those in financial difficulties to save money, but as time changes, the popularity of ecological burials have increased,” said Zhao Quansheng, manager of a Yinchuan-based cemetery.

“A customer told us that his father voluntarily asked for an ecological burial to conserve land,” Zhao said.

Non-profit cemeteries are also thriving in places of separate burial traditions. In Yishui County, east China’s Shandong Province, 110 non-profit cemeteries have been built, leading to conservation of large areas of land that otherwise would be utilized for burial sites.

Xue Feng, Party secretary of Yishui, said it used to take about 20 to 27 hectares of land to accommodate all the private tombs in the county, but now it only needs 10 percent of that.

LESS MONEY

China has beefed up funeral infrastructure and public services, with the number of funeral parlours and cemeteries reaching 1,760 and 1,420, respectively.

Since 2009, the Ministry of Civil Affairs has pushed forward fee reduction in basic public funeral services as well as other preferential policies, benefiting low-income groups. For example, commercial cemeteries in Chongqing, Gansu and Ningxia were required to set aside part of their burial sites as non-profits for those with financial difficulties.

“Now the whole funeral is free, including the urn and burial site, which is a great help for households with low incomes like us,” said Yuan Li, a rural resident from Yishui, where funeral services have been free of charge since 2017.

Xue said the fee-reduction policy could save the public nearly 200 million yuan (about 30 million U.S. dollars) annually.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs issued a pilot plan for funeral reform in 2017, and released guidelines with another 14 authorities on further reform in 2018.

“The funeral reforms help encourage fine and up-to-date practices and trends, and make contributions to land and ecological conservation,” said Ma Guanghai, sociology professor of Shandong University. “It is an important aspect of social progress.”

Source: Xinhua

13/03/2019

Chinese woman pays $44,710 back to crowdfunders who helped her father and ‘gives 300 people a warm hug’

  • When truck driver dad needed money to compensate pedestrian after accident, Hai Lin raised it online in one night and she paid it back two years before her deadline
In 2015, Hai Lin posted an appeal for 300 donations of 1,000 yuan on WeChat with a promise to pay lenders back within five years. Photo: Xinhua
In 2015, Hai Lin posted an appeal for 300 donations of 1,000 yuan on WeChat with a promise to pay lenders back within five years. Photo: Xinhua
A woman from southeastern China has returned 300,000 yuan (US$44,710) to 300 people – many of them strangers – who donated money to a crowdfunding appeal she started four years ago.
In 2015, Hai Lin posted an appeal for 300 donations of 1,000 yuan on WeChat, with a promise to pay lenders back within five years. She kept her promise – and paid back all her loans two years early.
The internet was abuzz with the story of Hai’s crowdfunder, which was reported by Pearvideo.com on Tuesday. Many people said it warmed their hearts and restored their confidence in society.

Shortly before that, Hai’s mother was admitted to hospital with bleeding on the brain.

“The man [hit by her father] was in critical condition,” Hai, then 27 and from Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, was quoted in the Pearvideo.com as saying. “We had to hide the accident from my mother so that her rehabilitation won’t be affected.”

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Hai said the accident was a big blow and, for the first time in her life, she felt frightened.

“My father told me that if we couldn’t afford the compensation, he would run away to escape the debt,” said Hai. “I said I would try my best to keep that from happening.”

In her post on WeChat, she wrote that she was looking for 300 people to lend her 1,000 yuan each. She planned to pay back those debts in five years by returning money to five lenders each month.

“It’s because I couldn’t find someone who could lend me 300,000 yuan at a one time,” said Hai. “Some friends said they could have loaned me 100,000 yuan, but I refused their kindness because that was too big an amount.”

Resourceful Hai Lin asked 300 people online for 1,000 yuan each to help her father out and was true to her word in repaying the money. Photo: Weibo
Resourceful Hai Lin asked 300 people online for 1,000 yuan each to help her father out and was true to her word in repaying the money. Photo: Weibo

To her surprise, 300 WeChat contacts, many of whom were not acquaintances, came up with the funds in one night.

In July 2015, Hai began to pay back the money she had borrowed. By July of last year, two years ahead of schedule and thanks to pay rises and year-end bonuses, the debt was cleared.

Some creditors had deleted Hai’s WeChat details, so she had to track them down.

“Girl, thank you for restoring trust which I thought I’d lost and for warm feelings that will stay with me,” one of her creditors wrote on WeChat.

Another said that when he received Hai’s money transfer he thought someone was joking. After recalling Hai’s appeal, he said he was touched by her gesture.

“You gave us 300 people a warm hug,” he said on WeChat.

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The report on pearvideo.com has scored more than 40,000 “likes” on Sina Weibo, China’s

Twitter-like, while users added 10,000 combined reposts and comments.

“In her [Hai’s] mind there was a debt while other people would treat it as donation,” an internet user wrote. “I think many people wouldn’t expect her to return the money.”

“It shows this woman is a nice person in her everyday life and deserves credits. I would lend money to people like her,” another wrote.

One cautious Weibo user said: “I’ve never loaned money to people whom I never met face-to-face and only chatted with online.”

“Is it a big thing that you borrow money and pay it back?” asked another user. “You borrow 1,000 yuan from a person and return it years later. Is it something to feel proud of?”

Source: SCMP

02/03/2019

China’s private business hub to increase trade with Africa

HANGZHOU, March 1 (Xinhua) — East China’s Zhejiang Province plans to increase its trade volume with Africa to 40 billion U.S. dollars by the end of 2022 to account for at least 20 percent of the total Sino-Africa trade.

Zhejiang’s department of commerce issued an action plan revealing the details on Friday as China’s first provincial-level plan on economic cooperation with African countries.

The 40-billion-dollar target will mark a significant rise from the 30.1-billion-dollar trade between Africa and Zhejiang, home to many of China’s most successful private businesses, in 2018.

The plan also promises to increase investments in Africa’s industries of textiles, garments, chemicals, equipment manufacturing and pharmaceuticals to meet the continent’s development needs.

The province, however, will bar investments that are polluting and highly energy-consuming from going to Africa, said the plan, which also calls for more agricultural investments and cooperation.

The document also said the province would expand goods imports from Africa, especially in the non-resources category.

According to China Customs, China’s foreign trade with Africa reached 204.19 billion dollars in 2018, up 19.7 percent year-on-year and 7.1 percentage points higher than the growth of China’s overall foreign trade during the same period.

Specifically, the country’s exports to Africa rose 10.8 percent to 104.91 billion dollars in 2018, while its imports from Africa surged 30.8 percent to reach 99.28 billion dollars.

Source: Xinhua

27/02/2019

Chinese, Russian FMs meet on closer ties

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Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Wuzhen of Tongxiang City, east China’s Zhejiang Province, Feb. 26, 2019. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

HANGZHOU, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday vowed to enhance strategic communication and promote cooperation within the meeting of the foreign ministers of China, Russia and India (RIC).

The ministers made the remarks during their meeting on the sidelines of the 16th trilateral meeting of RIC foreign ministers in Wuzhen of east China’s Zhejiang Province.

Noting that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Russia, Wang said the two countries should further deepen strategic communication and make new contributions to world peace and development.

It is of great significance for China, Russia and India to enhance communication, coordinate positions and deepen cooperation for the region and the world, Wang said.

China is willing to work together with Russia and India to strive for substantial outcomes in the meeting of RIC foreign ministers, he added.

Echoing Wang’s remarks, Lavrov said it was necessary for Russia and China to jointly safeguard the basic norms of multilateralism and international relations.

The 16th meeting of the foreign ministers of China, Russia and India will be held in Wuzhen on Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua

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