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Ruins of Old Summer Palace brought back to life

2014-8-19

At the mention of Yuanmingyuan Garden, or the Old Summer Palace, crumbling walls and ruins come to mind. Now visitors can see how it looked before it was destroyed. The Garden located in northwest of Beijing was first constructed in 1709 during the reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Over the next 150 years it was expanded, covering a total of 350 hectares. Hundreds of sc...

Shaolin Temple to host world martial arts competition

2014-8-19

The Shaolin Temple is to hold a world martial arts competition, said abbot Shi Yongxin during the closing ceremony of a Zen activity, Chinanews.com reported. Shi said masters of martial arts and meditation of different styles and schools can use the event, on a date to be set, to compete against and learn from one another. They will compete in set patterns, stunts and sanshou (free-hand figh...

Minister Li Bin attends Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2014

2014-8-12

The Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2014 was held in Boao, Hainan, from April 8 to 11. Li Bin, minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China, attended the opening ceremony and gave a speech at a roundtable conference about the mission of the pilot region for international medical tourism. According to Li, the State Council issued a docu...

Living rural life in urban city

2014-8-12

China is undergoing rapid urbanization as people move from rural to urban areas where there are more work opportunities. Although jobs do exist in cities, especially in mega ones, they are not enough to make migrants live a decent urban life. Taking Beijing as an example, some villages that are close to the public transport system and where rents are comparatively low are becoming shelters for...

Chinese First lady attends opening of camp for AIDS orphans

2014-8-13

China's first lady, Peng Liyuan, was in Beidaihe, Hebei province, on Friday, to attend the opening ceremony of a summer camp for AIDS orphans, the website of the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) said. The camp, organized by the Chinese Association of STD and AIDS Prevention and Control and the Chinese Health Education Center, will China's first lady, Peng Liyua...

Chinese culture family life

2014-8-8

The institution of family is the pinnacle of society. This is a fact that has long been realized by the Chinese who hold the family bonds as sacred and honor them accordingly. The traditional Chinese family has a hierarchical order with the man as the head of the family tagged with the responsibility for earning the bread of his family. This responsibility also endows him with complete authority...

China hosts young overseas Sinologists

2014-7-23

Eighteen scholars from 15 countries including the United States and France on Tuesday completed a research visit in Beijing for overseas Sinologists. Jointly held by the Ministry of Culture and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the visit included lectures by Chinese scholars from prestigious universities and institutes. According to the ministry, lectures covered various themes such as C...

Firms going the extra distance as medical tourism blossoms

2014-7-23

BEIJING, July 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Medical tourism, once the exclusive preserve of the rich, is growing and changing as hospitals and clinics offer farflung patients advantages hard to come by at home-whether it be high-tech therapy, less-expensive care or alternative treatments. In China, home to a growing number of traveling patients, more foreign medical tourists are seeking care either to save...

Bird flies 1,700 km on Air China flight to Chengdu

2014-7-23

A live bird made a 1,700-kilometer trip across China by flying coach on an Air China flight on Monday, media reported. Flight crew discovered the small bird flittering about the cabin during the 2-hour flight to Chengdu, Sichuan province from Qingdao, Shandong province. A passenger posted photos on Sina Weibo of the bird perching contently on the cabin's luggage rack. While an Air China emplo...

China's H1 GDP grows 7.4%

2014-7-16

China's economy grew 7.4 percent year on year in the first half of 2014, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced on Wednesday. Growth in the second quarter stood at 7.5 percent, picking up from the 7.4 percent expansion in the first quarter. "The Chinese economy showed good momentum of stable and moderate growth in the first half," said NBS spokesman Sheng Laiyun at a press confere...

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