While eating alone is hardly a novel experience in many

“Chinese culture is family-based. Everyone wants to have a group of people eating toget

her, so eating is more of a collective behavior. People either eat with family members at home or with colle

agues and clients at work,” said Cai Yani, who has directed a series of short videos about solo dining.

Eating together is considered crucial for family bonding. On a typical Chinese dining table, one rarely finds dishes for indi

viduals; instead, there is usually a range of dishes-meat, fish, vegetables and soup-for everyone to share.

Restaurants usually boast round tables with a rotatable surface, known as a “lazy Susan” in the West, to make sharing easier.

The move away from the traditional sharing approach is largely due to a demo

graphic shift in the country, especially a sharp rise in the number of unmarried people. Statistics from the Mi

nistry of Civil Affairs show that more than 200 million people were living on their own in 2017.

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Ding Sansan, head of the train’s research and developm

pment team and deputy chief engineer of CRRC Qingdao Sifang, said the

testing prototype can check and optimize the key technologies and core system comp

onents of the high-speed maglev system and lay a technological basis for the forthcoming engineering prototype.

The engineering prototype is planned to roll off the production line in

2020 and go through comprehensive tests to conclude integrated verification in 2021.

The high-speed maglev transportation system is one of the key projects under the Mi

nistry of Science and Technology’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) to promote an advanced rail transit system.

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Faced with deep-rooted structural weakness, several large

eral large developing countries are struggling to recover from recessions or remain trapped on a low growth path.

The report highlights that per capita income growth in several parts of Africa, western Asia, L

atin America and the Caribbean is expected to remain very weak in the outlook period. That poses ad

ditional challenges for the Sustainable Development Goals, including the goal to universally eradicate poverty by 2030.

The report further notes that while poverty remains predominantly

rural, further progress on poverty-reduction also hinges on the effective management of o

ngoing urbanization. That is particularly relevant for Africa and South Asia, the two regions with the highest num

ber of people in poverty, which are expected to experience the most rapid pace of urbanization in the next two decades.

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Museums need lot of stuff such as vending machines and au

These kinds of machines are very complicated and benefit customers.

Most of all, students can gain a variety of scientific knowledge and principles through them.

I think art exhibits should be free to the public. I do, however, think twice

a year the museums should host a fundraising event to help pay for the cost of upkeep.

They do it all the time. Wealthy buyers pay $100 for a plate and the proceeds are given to the muse

um. If you decide you want to buy the art, the proceeds should go to the artist, with a fee going to the museum.

That’s why people need to pay admisson fees with regular prices.

However, they can’t run and develop these kinds of things without more budgets.

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The administration has established over 360 new moni

itoring stations in the China Seismic Experimental Site, which spans Sichuan and Yunnan pro

vinces, since construction of the project was launched about one year ago, Zheng Guoguang, vic

e-minister of emergency management and head of the administration, told a news conference on Friday.

The area previously had about 1,000 monitoring stations.

China is the only country that lists forecasting earthquakes as a government responsibility.

Considering our limited knowledge about earthquakes, the forecasting work has to be based on observation. However, the we

ak signals from underground are often disrupted by electromagnetic interference, he said.

He said that in cooperation with the government of Shenzhen, Guangdong

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In addition, the institute will invite foreign experts

to give lectures to the students to provide access to new developments in the international space sector.

“We want to make sure that they will be able to design satellites when they complete their study here and go back to their countries,” Cui said.

He added that compared with their Chinese peers, the foreign

students are more active in class and are better at asking questions and sharing their thoughts.

The foreign students will choose either remote sensing or comm

unications satellites as the topic for individual research at the Shenzhou Institute, Cui s

aid, adding that their choice will depend on what they will do in their homeland after the program.

Wang Jie, the mentor of the eight-student class, said that in addition to professional knowledge

and on-site tours, the institute also arranges lectures on Chinese language and culture for the foreign s

tudents and takes them to such historical sites as the Forbidden City and Summer Palace.

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Guangdong province in South China will allow ove

erseas travelers from 53 nations and regions to enjoy a 144-hour visa-fr

ee visit starting in May, with an aim to further promote the province’s tourism industry.

Lin Weixiong, deputy director general of the Guangdong Departme

nt of Public Security, said foreign passengers can vis

it all of Guangdong’s 21 prefecture-level cities when they have entered the province.

“In addition to the international airports, foreigners can enter an

d leave Guangdong through the four railways, the eight land and 15 water ports in the pro

vince,” Lin said at a press conference in the Guangdong provincial capital of Guangzhou on Tuesday.

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Akihito walks for a ritual called Taiirei-Toashikodokoro

Earlier in the day, Akihito reported his abdication in sanctuaries i

nside the Imperial Palace, including one honouring the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, from

whom mythology says the imperial line is descended, and two others for departed emperors and Shinto gods.

Video aired on NHK public television showed Akihito, wearing a dark orange traditional robe and black headdress, wal

king slowly into the first sanctuary as a courtier in a white robe walked behind holding the train and another carried a sword.

Era names, or “gengo” as they are known in Japanese, are used in Japan for the length of a monarch’s reign.

The new era name, Reiwa, meaning beautiful harmony, was announced by the government on April 1.

New era names are usually announced after the accession of the new monarch, but the

government decided to announce the new name in advance of the accession of the new emperor.

Crown Prince Naruhito conducted a similar ceremony, NHK said.

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President Xi’s speech deeply motivated us and touch

ed our heart. I have the same feeling about world development. The speech really firms our belief in a more intercon

nected and mutually developed world. China’s policy of persisting in reform and opening up is an inspiring polic

y to the world. It will build so many bridges of mutual development for the belt and road region. China is going to main

tain a friendly and peaceful development attitude, and it will help the Belt & Road countries to get investment wit

h high quality. Also, President Xi really showed us a new model of development and investment, focusing on s

ustainable development, green economy, which helps the world to become a better place to live.

More Chinese will take medium- and short-distance trips during the May Day holiday after it was ext

ended to four days and travel time by high-speed train was shortened, according a travel report released recently.

The Labor Day holiday this year has been extended from one to four

days, according to the State Council’s response to an appeal from the public in March.

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These old TV series are such classics, that the storyli

lines and the acting were not the problem,” says Pei Yinxiang, an IT engineer from Youku. “There was something wrong with the quality of the images.”

While vintage roles and stories may be able to survive the test of time,

the pictures cannot. When the blurred images and dark colors flicker onto the scree

ns of modern digital devices, which are set up for high-definition viewing, the viewers’ lukewarm response was easy to predict.

“The original tapes were often scratched or tarnished by mildew after being stored for such a lo

ng time,” Pei explains. “You can imagine what they will look like on online streaming media.”

Consequently, Youku launched a project to digitally restore these old drama series in November.

While the restoration of old films is commonplace in the movie indus

try, this kind of work on TV series is rare in China, largely because of the length of time it takes.

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