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Shanghai expected to see peak travel on Friday

Railway stations in Shanghai are expected to brace for a peak of 550,000 travellers on Friday for this years Spring Festival as people are returning to the city after the holiday, according to local railway management administration.This photo taken on Dec 24, 2022 shows the waiting hall of the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station in East Chinas Shanghai. (Photo: Xinhua)The Shanghai Railway Station located in the central part of the city is expected to receive 145,000 travelers on Friday - the last day of the seven-day Chinese New Year holiday, while the Shanghai South Railway Station is expected to receive 55,000 travellers. Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, which is connected to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, is estimated to receive 350,000 travelers.China Railway Shanghai Bureau Group said that the railway stations in the Yangtze River Delta region will all receive the peak of holiday travellers on Friday. Therefore, the local railway bureaus have planned 298 additional passenger trains for the estimated 1.93 million travellers.Ever since Jan 7, when people started to return to their hometowns from their work places for this years Spring Festival, the railway stations in the Yangtze River Delta region have received more than 29.64 million passenger departures and arrivals.It is estimated that during the Spring Festival travel season this year, the Shanghai Pudong and Hongqiao international airports will have a total of 66,240 flights and 6.5 million passengers. The average daily flight volume will come at around 1,656, while the daily passenger number is likely to reach 164,000. In January, flight volume and passenger flow are expected to increase by 42.1 percent and 46.8 percent respectively from a month earlier, according to Shanghai Airport (Group) Co Ltd.During the seven-day Chinese New Year holiday, China Eastern Airlines plans to operate about 18,000 flights. From Jan 8 to Jan 31, the airline plans to operate 43 international routes, ...

China orders local governments to ensure workplace safety

BEIJING, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- China has ordered local authorities to better manage hazardous chemicals and ensure workplace safety following a fatal chemical plant explosion earlier this month, the Ministry of Emergency Management said Friday.Firefighters carry out search and rescue work at the scene of the explosion in Panjin city, Liaoning Province. (Photo: Xinhua)The incident happened during maintenance at the plants alkylation facility in Liaonings Panshan County on Jan. 15, leaving 13 dead and 35 injured.The initial investigation exposed significant flaws in the safety management of the plants high-risk operations, and that for a long time, hidden hazards had not been completely eliminated, the ministry cited a statement from the Work Safety Committee of the State Council as saying.Local authorities and enterprises should make solid progress to strengthen the management of hazardous chemicals and immediately start checking for problematic chemical equipment that may still be in operation, it said.

Consumer sector witnesses steady recovery

Feng Yuchen, a 33-year-old financial magazine editor in Beijing, has frequently trawled mobile apps and filled her e-shopping carts with a range of products since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged.Visitors check out an indoor rower during the fifth China International Import Expo in Shanghai in November. (Photo: China News Service)Her purchases include a yoga mat, a treadmill, sportswear, high-end skincare products and nutrition supplements."I prefer to buy what is needed via online shopping, which is a lot of fun. I like to buy all sorts of fitness and healthcare products for my family," Feng said.Her main goal is to maintain her quality of life as much as possible, and she has downloaded several fitness apps. She also exercises at home to stay in good shape, and improve her image and temperament.Like Feng, hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers can vouch for the efficiency and reliability of the burgeoning e-commerce sector. The nations middle- and high-income shoppers demand increasingly high-quality, diversified and personalized products and services via online marketplaces, according to industry insiders.Online shopping has injected new impetus into Chinas consumption, which plays a fundamental role in the countrys economic development and is the main driving force boosting economic growth, the insiders added.According to a report released by e-commerce platform JD, Chinese consumers tend to pursue flexible and sustainable lifestyles to better cope with mounting uncertainties, and they expect online shopping to bring spiritual comfort and forge emotional connections with others.The report said more young people in urban areas have started to grow vegetables on their balconies as a hobby to help alleviate pressure. Sales of intelligent vegetable planters and vegetable seeds on JDs online marketplaces surged by 70 percent and 60 percent year-on-year, respectively, in 2022.Demand is growing fast for specialized food storage and managem...

China's box office makes strong comeback over holiday, generating 6 bln-plus yuan

BEIJING, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- After enduring the negative impact of COVID-19, Chinas cinemas welcomed crowds of moviegoers during the Spring Festival holiday.(File photo: CFP)This is the first Spring Festival holiday after the adjustment of the countrys response to the virus earlier this month."The audiences are all back!" said Dong Wenxin, a cinema manager in the eastern Chinese city of Jinan, who was thrilled to see the return of crowds to her theater. "They are really back."The week-long holiday ends on Friday. It is usually a lucrative moviegoing period in China.The holiday box office sold a total of 117 million tickets as of 11 a.m. Friday, generating a whopping revenue of 6.16 billion yuan (about 909 million U.S. dollars), according to box office tracker Maoyan.The earnings overtook that of the same holiday last year, making this years Spring Festival holiday the second highest-grossing to date.Six domestic titles were released on the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, which fell on Jan. 22 this year.Topping the holiday box office chart was the twist-filled "Full River Red," Zhang Yimous first foray into the "suspense plus comedy" genre. The ending of the movie moved many to tears with thousands of soldiers recitation of a prose by patriotic Song Dynasty (960-1279) general Yue Fei in concert. The historical drama raked in 2.34 billion yuan, accounting for about 38 percent of the box office total.It was immediately followed by Guo Fans "The Wandering Earth II," a prequel to the 2019 sci-fi blockbuster "The Wandering Earth," which pulled in 1.98 billion yuan. In an interview, Guo described the filming of "space elevators," which amazed many moviegoers who were fans of Liu Cixins original novel, a "nightmare."Third place on the chart went to animated film "Boonie Bears: Guardian Code," the newest installment in one of the longest-ru...

China's pandemic strategy optimization 'great boon' for Cambodia's tourism, economy: academics

Tourists visit the Angkor Wat in the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Dec. 17, 2022. (Photo by Van Pov/Xinhua)PHNOM PENH, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Academics in Cambodia said Thursday that Chinas optimization of its COVID-19 strategy early this month is a "great boon" for Cambodias tourism and economy.Vun Phanith, a lecturer at the Institute for International Studies and Public Policy, a school of Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), foresaw that large numbers of tourists, business people and investors will return to the Southeast Asian nation, given close relationship between the two countries."The comeback of Chinese travelers will be a great boon for our tourism and economy," he said here during a round-table discussion on Chinas reopening.Tourists visit the Angkor Wat in the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Dec. 17, 2022. (Photo by Van Pov/Xinhua)"Their return will also help promote cultural exchanges and people-to-people connectivity between the two countries towards the building of a community with a shared future," he added.China was the biggest source of foreign tourists to Cambodia in the pre-COVID-19 pandemic era, a Ministry of Tourisms report said, adding that the kingdom received 2.36 million Chinese tourists in 2019, generating about 1.8 billion U.S. dollars in revenue.The worlds second largest economy is also the top foreign investor in Cambodia.Lim Chhay, a program manager for foreign affairs at the think tank, the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung Cambodia, said Chinese tourists, business people and investors have importantly contributed to socio-economic development in Cambodia."The opportunity from Chinas reopening is very clear, (and) we expect to welcome a huge influx of Chinese tourists and investors to Cambodia again, like it was before the pandemic," he said. "Chinese tourists like to spend money for their holidays, so their retu...

Wulian exemplifies greening transition

AfarmerpicksyellowpeachesintheSunjiagouvillageinYulitownshipinWuliancounty,Shandongprovince.PhotoprovidedtoChinaDailyMengFanjinplacedtwoscarecrowsinhisfieldlastyeartodiscouragemigratorybirds,especiallytheEurasiancoot,fromfeedingonthewheatseedlings。

5 Chinese citizens among 7 killed in Half Moon Bay shootings: Consulate-General

(File photo: CGTN)The Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco confirmed on Thursday that five Chinese citizens were among the seven farmworkers killed in two related shootings in the coastal city of Half Moon Bay, California, just south of San Francisco."We strongly condemn this incident of gun violence, and express our deep condolences to the victims and sincere condolences to the injured," the consulate-general said in a release, adding it is in communication with relevant US departments to follow up on the investigation.

Major Myanmar-China border crossing fully reopens after 1,030 days of closure

Photos: Courtesy of He XingyuThe Muse-Ruili checkpoint - a China-Myanmar border crossing crucial to trade and that is also among the busiest in South Asia - fully reopened on Wednesday, after 1,030 days of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic since late March 2020, the Global Times learnt from Ruili border checkpoint authorities on Thursday.A steady stream of population flow was being witnessed, as more cross-border inbound and outbound travelers have made their much-anticipated return - most for family reunion - to the opposite country after China downgraded its COVID-19 management from Class A to Class B on January 8."My wife and I have a cross-country marriage. I am very excited to finally be able to come to China after three years to meet my wife and children. I am really grateful for both governments," said Myanmar national Than Tun Win who became the first inbound traveler coming to Ruili at 6 pm on Wednesday."Full resumption means more opportunities and exchanges, especially for cross-border traders, who can commute in a more convenient and efficient way," said Than Tun Win.Located in Southwest Chinas Yunnan Province, the Ruili checkpoint is the land port with the largest flow and trade among Chinas border ports with Myanmar. It is composed of three channels with different functions, which respectively undertake the entry-exit and inspection of personnel, motorcycles and small vehicles, trucks and large vehicles.Official data show that in 2019, Ruili port had recorded more than 17 million inbound and outbound visits, and more than 17.458 million tons of import and export cargo. The port contributes annual trade value of nearly 100 billion yuan ($14.7 billion) to Yunnan Province, accounting for about 80 percent of the provinces trade value with Myanmar.After the reopening, passengers need only a 48-hour negative nucleic acid result and valid exit or entry documents to go through the port.A Chinese tourist surnamed Wu, who has...

Chinese enjoy cultural feast in Spring Festival holiday

People visit the 2023 Chinese New Year Exhibition at the National Museum of China in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 18, 2023. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- As the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit hops in, a bronze rabbit head has drawn a stream of visitors to the National Museum of China in Beijing.Exhibited to greet the Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival, at the museum, it is one of the twelve animal head sculptures that once formed a zodiac water clock in Beijings Yuanmingyuan, built in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)."Such a big surprise to see the rabbit head sculpture! And in the new year, I hope to see more wonderful things in the world," said a netizen on the microblogging site Weibo.Chinese people have celebrated the Spring Festival for millennia. As time evolves, new customs have also emerged.With more than 80 pieces or sets of cultural relics of different periods throughout history on display at the themed exhibition, people can explore Chinas profound and rich rabbit cultures, zodiac cultures, and cultures of celebrating the Spring Festival during the holiday.For the annual ritual, the "fu" character has never been missed in Chinas new year decoration. The word, meaning "good fortune," represents the nations aspiration for a better life and is a significant part of traditional Chinese culture."I bring my child here to feel the festive atmosphere and know about the traditional culture," said Huang Zheng, a visitor at the Fujian Museum in east China, where an exhibition with nearly 200 pieces of cultural relics themed on auspiciousness was held.During the holiday, more than 2,200 Spring Festival-related exhibitions and activities are being held at over 900 museums across the country, according to the National Cultural Heritage Administration.Bookstores are a great way to enjoy the holiday for avid readers, becoming a must-have ritual. Yu Bo, a resident of Wuhan, Hubei Provinc...

China braces for post-holiday travel peak

BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Railway stations, highways and airports across China are bracing for a fresh travel peak as a growing number of travelers hit the road and return to work after a week-long Spring Festival holiday which will end on Friday.Passengers arrive at Beijing North Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 26, 2023. (Xinhua/Li Xin)On Thursday, Beijing West Railway Station and Beijing South Railway Station, two major railway terminals in the Chinese capital, were estimated to receive 156,000 passenger arrivals and 142,000 passenger arrivals, respectively, according to Beijing Major Railway Station Areas Administration.Beijing West Railway Station is expected to see the travel peak on Saturday with more than 180,000 passenger arrivals.To ensure smooth traffic flow around the railway stations, Beijing will extend the operating time of subways and put more buses and taxis on roads, among others."We call on taxi operators and online car-hailing platforms to send more cars around the railway stations during the recent travel rush, especially at night," said Mao Jun, deputy director of Beijing Major Railway Station Areas Administration.In central Chinas Hubei Province, State Grid Hubei Electric Power Co., Ltd. has done a comprehensive "physical check" for 824 charging piles in operation in the provinces expressway service areas. It has also installed 18 mobile charging facilities in busy service zones.Hubeis transport authorities said it would release timely information on road conditions and weather through radios, social media platforms, and navigation software to help drivers and passengers choose trip routes.To meet the employment demand of enterprises, many Chinese provinces are using charter services to transport workers back to work.A charter flight carrying 186 migrant workers arrived at Fuzhou, the capital of east Chinas Fujian Province, on Thursday afternoon.Wang Mingrui, director of Fuzhou Munic...

Beijing parks present 61 cultural events for Spring Festival holiday

Tourists enjoy a dragon dance at Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park on Jan 22, 2023. [Photo by Jiang Dong for chinadaily.com.cn]BEIJING -- Seventeen parks across Beijing have staged a total of 61 cultural events for the ongoing seven-day Spring Festival holiday, including flower exhibitions and lion dances, local authorities said Thursday.At the China National Botanical Garden in Beijing, over 200 species of flowers are displayed at an exhibition featuring the theme of biodiversity conservation, according to the Beijing Municipal Forestry and Parks Bureau.Ice-snow entertainment activities are another hit during the holiday.A total of 25 parks in the Chinese capital, including the Summer Palace and Beihai Park, greet visitors with winter sports such as ice car, ice slide, and snow frisbee, said Peng Qiang, head of the bureaus park administration office.On Thursday alone, the sixth day of the holiday, Beijing parks received 630,000 visits, with the Summer Palace registered over 75,400 visits, the most of all, said the bureau.The Chinese Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, fell on Jan 22 this year.

Ferries strengthen cross-Straits bonds

Passengers wave goodbye to those seeing them off on a ferry to Matsu from Fuzhou, Fujian province, on Jan 8, 2023. [JIANG KEHONG/XINHUA]During this years Spring Festival, many people were reunited with their families by taking the ferry between the coastal areas of Fujian province and the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu of Taiwan.The ferry routes from Fujians Xiamen to Kinmen, and the provincial capital Fuzhou to Matsu, resumed from Jan 7 to Feb 6 after a suspension of nearly three years, in order to facilitate travel during the holiday.Many people from Kinmen and their mainland spouses took the ferries on Saturday, Chinese New Years Eve, to spend the holiday in Xiamen, while some people from Kinmen who work in Xiamen returned to their hometowns.A video released by China News Service showed passengers with heavy luggage arriving at the festively decorated Xiamen Wutong Wharf. Staff at the border checkpoint gave them Spring Festival couplets and candies and spoke with them in the local dialect."It is full of a festive atmosphere," Dai Cuijuan, a passenger who took the ferry from Xiamen to Kinmen, said in the video. "I havent come back for three years, and feel excited, so I think everywhere looks great."Tsai Meng-te, who took the ferry back to his hometown in Kinmen, said, "I missed my home very much." He has been working in Xiamen for about 18 years, and his wife and children live in Kinmen.Taking heavy suitcases with him, Tsai had prepared many gifts for his family."Sunflower seeds, nuts, snacks, childrens toys… The corn flour is for my wife. She likes cornmeal porridge," he said.Dai Na, a border official at Xiamen, said in the video:"During festivals, we always create an appropriate atmosphere in the wharf to welcome travelers on their way back home.""This year, I felt very familiar seeing the wharf being busy again and hearing the accent of our Taiwan compatriots," said Dai ...

Doctor couple serve as frontline health guards

Cao Hehuai (left) takes the blood pressure of a patient in Shangban in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, on Jan 13. WAN XIANG/FOR CHINA DAILYCao Hehuai and Ke Dongfeng, both village doctors in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, have specially prepared medicines to treat fever, cold and diarrhea as the area braces for potential COVID-19 cases during the Spring Festival holiday.Since 1994, the husband and wife team has been working as the only staff members of a clinic in the village of Shangban.In recent weeks, the couple and their small clinic have become a lifeline for about 3,000 villagers amid a surge of COVID-19 cases."We have weathered the initial wave of infections, with about 90 percent of villagers getting infected," said Cao, 51. "We saw about 80 to 100 patients each day, mainly people with sudden fevers."The biggest problem we had then was a shortage of medicines, so we are better prepared this time," he added.They have also taken steps to ensure that critically ill patients can be transported to hospitals in a timely manner.Village doctors, who are deemed as frontline health guards, know their fellow villagers well and play a pivotal role in sending severe cases to large hospitals for intensive medical care.Experts said that since 80 percent of medical resources in China are in urban areas, the collaboration model helps optimize the allocation of such resources and better ensures the health of rural residents at a time when COVID-19 cases are surging.With their decades of experience, Cao and Ke have been doing well in their battle against the pandemic.With strong knowledge about the health status of the villagers, they have provided care for those who are dealing with chronic diseases."In recent years, we have been regularly paying visits to poor villagers and people over age 60," Cao explained. "Some have high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. We show them how to take their medication...

China makes headway in ecological protection of Yellow River

BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- China has made remarkable progress in the ecological conservation of the Yellow River, the second-longest river in the country, official data shows.An aerial view of the Yellow River. (Photo: CGTN)In the Yellow River basin, the proportion of surface water rated at grade I to III in the countrys five-tier water quality system reached 87.5 percent in 2022, an increase of 5.6 percentage points from a year earlier, according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.Continued efforts have gone into ecological protection along this "mother river" of the country in recent years, with a Yellow River protection law coming into effect from April 1, 2023.The ministry said that it would step up pollution curbs with regards to industry, agriculture, urban and rural life, as well as mining in the river basin, and explore more regional-specific approaches for ecological conservation.Instructions will be provided for local governments to carry out the Yellow River protection law better, the ministry added.

China's COVID-19 policy to help restore global supply chains: Ghanaian expert

ACCRA, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in China will contribute to the restoration of global supply chains, a Ghanaian expert has said.Alex Ampaabeng, a fiscal policy specialist who works for the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief in Ghana, told Xinhua recently that the optimization of COVID-19 control policies by the Chinese government is welcome news for the global economy as it has the tendency to increase trade volumes between the East Asian country and the rest of the world.Medical staff work in the respiratory sub-intensive care unit at Peking University Third Hospital in Beijing, China, January 3, 2023. (Photo: CFP)"China is the worlds second-largest economy. Ghana and quite a number of other countries trade a lot with China. So after China reopened its doors to the world for things to come back to normal, then obviously, inflation caused by inadequate supply could be curtailed," he said.During the week-long Spring Festival holiday, China has seen a boom in consumption with cinemas packed with audiences and scenic spots teeming with tourists.According to Ampaabeng, Chinas travel frenzy and shopping spree during the holiday season mirrored the vigor of Chinas economy and bolstered peoples confidence in the resumption of the worlds second-largest economy.Ampaabeng said he is brimming with confidence that the gradual restoration of global supply chains will help curtail price hikes witnessed in quite a number of countries."China is one of the biggest trading partners of Ghana," said he, adding that Ghana could potentially see an increase in domestic revenue earnings as a result of the Chinese governments decision to relax its previous COVID-19 restrictions.

Rescue underway after earthquake hits southwest China's Sichuan Province

BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 300 rescuers are searching at the site of a magnitude 5.6 earthquake Thursday in southwest Chinas Sichuan Province, while almost 1,500 rescuers are on standby, the Ministry of Emergency Management said.No reports of casualties or ruined buildings were received as of 10 a.m., the ministry said.The quake occurred at 3:49 a.m., with its epicenter at the Luding County of the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, said the China Earthquake Networks Center. The tremor came from a depth of 11 km, it said.Seismologists believed that the tremor was an aftershock of a 6.8-magnitude quake that rocked Luding County last September, killing more than 90.

Chinese shipbuilding sector continues to lead in world market in 2022: MIIT

China remained the worlds leading shipbuilder in 2022, taking up nearly half of the international market share in terms of output, new and holding orders, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).The worlds largest containership, HMM GDANSK, called at the port of Xiamen in east Chinas Fujian Province on July 7, 2020. (Photo provided by Xiamen Port Holding Group Co., Ltd.)The countrys shipbuilding output, though down 4.6 percent year on year, hit 37.86 million deadweight tonnage (dwt), accounting for 47.3 percent of the worlds total, said the ministry.New orders stood at 45.52 million dwt, accounting for 55.2 percent of the global market share, according to the MIIT.Chinas shipbuilding holding orders totaled 105.57 million dwt by the end of December. The volume took up 49 percent of the market share globally, up over 10 percent from the same period last year.The ministry said that six Chinese shipbuilders were ranked among the worlds top 10 in terms of these three major indicators – output, new and holding orders.In addition, according to data from the China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry, Chinese shipping companies undertook 55 orders for large LNG carriers in 2022, a record high at over 30 percent of the global total.

COVID-19 treatment Molnupiravir starts to sell in China

Antiviral molnupiravir (Photo:VCG)The oral antiviral COVID-19 medicine LAGEVRIO (molnupiravir capsule) has been on sale in many places across China, with different medical insurance reimbursement ratios. Molnupiravir, developed by US pharmaceutical giant Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD), among other COVID treatments including Paxlovid and Azvudine tablets, is currently covered by Chinas public health insurance until March 31.A hospital in Xuzhou, East Chinas Jiangsu Province issued its first prescription pad of molnupiravir on January 18. According to the regulation of local medical insurance, 75 percent of the cost could be reimbursed in the outpatient service and there is no threshold limit.On January 17, the first batch of molnupiravir capsules was transported to the Southwest Hospital in Chongqing. Meanwhile, the medicine has come to nearly 80 public hospitals in Shanghai. The Healthcare Security Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality said that from January 8 to March 31, the hospitalization expenses of patients infected with the new coronavirus will be fully covered by the medical insurance and the monogravir capsules have been temporarily included in the medical insurance with 85 percent of the cost to be potentially that can be reimbursed.On December 29, 2022, the State Food and Drug Administration conditionally approved the import registration of monoravir capsules. The 10th edition of Chinas COVID-19 control protocols released on January 6 added the drug to the content of antiviral treatments. Monogravir capsules are the third oral antiviral COVID-19 medicine approved in China after Paxlovid and Azvudine tablets.In September last year, Chinas large-scale vaccine producer Sinopharm and MSD signed a cooperation framework agreement, under which Sinopharm would be an exclusive dealer of molnupiravir in China. In November, a subsidiary of Sinopharm signed an agreement with MSD to be responsible for the import and distribution of molnupiravir in the Ch...

Possibility of XBB, BQ.1 strains prevalent in China in 1st half of 2023 remains low: veteran expert

Travelers at Meilan International Airport in Haikou, south Chinas Hainan Province, December 9, 2022. (Photo: CFP)The possibility is relatively low that XBB and BQ.1 strains that are circulating in other countries will become prevalent in China in the first half of 2023 or trigger a spike in infections, according to a senior Beijing-based respiratory expert.According to the latest information released by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Chinas CDC) on Wednesday, China has continued to monitor the mutation of COVID-19. The China CDC has selected sentinel hospitals in each province after December 2022 to monitor the mutation of the virus in outpatient (emergency) cases, severe cases, deaths and some key groups. At the same time, the virus mutation monitoring have been carried out at land, water and airports. The results showed that the prevalent strains in latest round of epidemic were BA.5.2 and BF.7, and no new mutant strains were found.Will XBB and BQ.1 strains trigger another spike in COVID-19 infections this spring? Li Tongzeng, chief physician from the respiratory and infectious diseases department at Beijing You’an Hospital, told the health channel of the Peoples Daily on Wednesday that with the reopening of the national borders, there may be more local cases of BQ.1 and XBB strains in the future, but generally speaking, the possibility of epidemics of these two strains in the first half of this year is relatively small.On January 18, Gao Fu, former head of the China CDC, said in an interview with China Newsweek that XBB1.5, a branch of XBB, has become an increasingly prevalent strain in the US. XBB.1.5 has significant immune escape, almost equivalent to an entirely new virus. At the same time, the BQ.1 strain is also circulating in many countries."Most people in China were infected in December in 2022 and January this year, and the antibodies produced after the infection can protect them for at least three or four month...

Nation's new COVID cases, deaths down significantly

COVID-19 infections are on a sharp downtrend nationwide after cases peaked around Dec 22, when the number of new cases was around 7 million per day, and the number of deaths in hospitals has also declined significantly, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. People wearing masks walk on a street in Huaian, Jiangsu province, Jan 21, 2023. (Photo: CFP)According to a CDC report on the national epidemic situation, since Dec 9 — the day after the Chinese mainland optimized its COVID-19 prevention measures — the number of positive nucleic acid test results and the positive rate in the reported population showed a trend nationwide of first increasing and then decreasing.The number of positive cases reached 6.94 million on Dec 22 and then gradually decreased, reaching a low on Monday of 15,000. The positive test rate reached its peak on Dec 25 — 29.2 percent — and then gradually declined, dropping to 5.5 percent on Monday.The number of deaths from COVID-19 infections in hospitals nationwide reached a daily peak of 4,273 on Jan 4 and then declined,falling to 896 on Monday, a drop of 79 percent from the peak, the center said.The number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 nationwide reached a peak of 1.63 million on Jan 5 and then began to decline,falling to 248,000 on Monday.Among them, the number of critically ill patients had increased by nearly 10,000 per day from Dec 27 to Jan 3, and then fell to 36,000 on Monday.The number of visits to fever clinics across the Chinese mainland started to decline after reaching a peak of 2.87 million on Dec 23. The number fell to 110,000 on Monday, a 96.2 percent drop from the peak.In rural areas, the peak stood at 922,000 on Dec 23 and then fluctuated downward, falling to 50,000 on Monday, a drop of 94.6 percent from the peak.To strengthen the monitoring of the virus, since Dec 9, a total of 824 sentinel hospitals that have established an influenza surveillance network, as well as 402 national-le...

China's industrial capacity utilization rate at 75.7 pct in Q4

BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinas industrial capacity utilization rate came in at 75.7 percent in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2022, down 1.7 percentage points from the same period a year earlier, official data showed.Workers work at a factory of Harbin Turbine Company Ltd. of Harbin Electric Corporation in Harbin, northeast Chinas Heilongjiang Province, April 15, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)The figure increased by 0.1 percentage points from the previous quarter, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.In 2022, the countrys industrial capacity utilization rate stood at 75.6 percent, down 1.9 percentage points from 2021.Among the three major sectors, the mining sectors utilization rate came in at 76.5 percent in Q4, dropping by 0.5 percentage points from the same period in 2021.The utilization rate of the manufacturing sector and the production and supply of utilities stood at 75.8 percent and 74 percent, respectively.

China's daily crude steel output up in early January

BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinas major steel mills saw their average daily output of crude steel grow 0.51 percent in early January from that recorded in late December 2022, industrial data showed.Steel rolls are seen at a factory of Ansteel in Anshan City, northeast Chinas Liaoning Province, Aug. 19, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)The daily crude steel output stood at 1.93 million tonnes in early January, according to the China Iron and Steel Association.Major steel producers churned out a total of 19.26 million tonnes of crude steel in the period, the data showed.During this period, daily production of pig iron went down 0.4 percent, while that of rolled steel lost 8.68 percent, the data showed.

Cold wave to hit central, eastern China

BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- A cold front will hit central and eastern China from Thursday to Saturday, bringing low temperatures and strong winds, the National Meteorological Center said Thursday.Photo: XinhuaIt will lead to temperature drops above 8 degrees Celsius in some regions, the center said.But temperatures rebounded Thursday morning remarkably as the previous cold wave ended, which reduced temperatures in some regions lower than levels in previous years by up to 10 degrees Celsius.The center forecast little precipitation in most regions from Thursday to Saturday, advising the public to pay attention to safety in using fire and electricity.

Xinjiang strengthens medical services for rural COVID patients

URUMQI, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Rural doctor Kuwanam Imin pays home visits to villagers every day. Recently, he pays more attention to patients with underlying diseases, since China has made rural areas a focal point in its current COVID response strategy.A doctor looks at a patients X-Ray scan in a hospital in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, on January 9, 2023. (Photo: Image China)Rural doctors like Kuwanam Imin and grassroots medical institutions in the rural areas of the vast Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have played a vital role in providing tiered, timely, and convenient medical services for rural residents.Kasim Sebi, 81, a resident of Shengli Village, Kuqa City of Aksu Prefecture, had fatigue two weeks ago. His family reported his health condition to rural doctors, who later visited him and conducted a COVID-19 antigen test for the senior.Kasim Sebi was diagnosed with a mild COVID-19 infection. Kuwanam Imin was among the doctors paying home visits, providing medicine for free, and doing physical checks for Kasim Sebi the following week. Thanks to the treatment, the senior recovered in around a week.Kuwanam Imin said that elderly villagers with underlying diseases such as hypertension have received special attention from doctors since last month. Once a family member reports the symptoms of COVID-19 infection or if the symptoms are found during home visits, doctors will provide treatment or transfer the patient to a superior medical institution in case of serious symptoms.Less than one kilometer away from the village, a township health center that has over 100 medical staffers can also provide treatment for patients and has a sufficient medicine stockpile for treating COVID-19 infection."The current medicine stockpile can guarantee the dosage of 20 percent of the township population for two months. We also have equipment such as defibrillators, electrocardiographs, oxygenators and ventilators," said Turgunjan Turdi from the township hea...

Youngsters find niche in second-hand market

CHONGQING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Located along the road leading to Nanshan Mountain, a renowned scenic spot in southwest Chinas Chongqing Municipality, a 3-story old building with a signboard reading Yesterdays News intrigues people, who end up visiting to solve the mystery of its real function.File photo: Jiefang Daily"People thought it was a shop for liquor, cigarettes, and some other merchandise for passers-by," said Tian Wei, the 35-year-old owner of this shop.In fact, it is a second-hand shop with goods bought from all over the world, such as chairs from Africa, rings from India, clocks from Britain, and so on.Attached to such old stuff, Tian started to collect and sell second-hand goods during her world tour in 2013. At first, she had an online shop that sold accessories, clothes, and then paintings and furniture. Tian later opened a vintage shop for clothes in 2018. In 2022, Tian expanded the scale of her business and opened this shop, which has 7 rooms to accommodate her goods.On the first day after opening this new shop, Tian received orders worth of tens of thousands of yuan. "When I started selling second-hand things, many people disdained the old stuff. However, they gradually noticed that old stuff has a unique aesthetic, which spurred their interest to purchase," said Tian.The second-hand market has gained ground in China, increasing from 300 billion yuan (about 44.2 billion U.S. dollars) in 2015 to over 1 trillion yuan in 2020. Also, it is expected to reach nearly 3 trillion yuan in 2025, based on the report released in 2021 by consulting company Frost & Sullivan and the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy at Tsinghua University.With the market thriving, many young people also spotted the niche and started their own businesses.In Daijiaxiang, an old community in Yuzhong District of Chongqing, Deng Qingqing, a 26-year-old postgraduate majoring in fashion design, opened a second-hand shop last September named 3Re...

Xi congratulates Bob Dadae on re-election as governor-general of Papua New Guinea

Photo: CFPBEIJING, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday congratulated Bob Dadae on his re-election as governor-general of Papua New Guinea (PNG).In his message, Xi noted that PNG was one of the first Pacific island countries to establish diplomatic relations with the Peoples Republic of China, and the two countries enjoy sustaining friendship.At present, the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and PNG has been developing at a high level with fruitful exchanges and cooperation in various fields, bringing huge benefits to their people, Xi said.Noting that he attaches great importance to the development of China-PNG relations, Xi said that he is ready to continue to work with Dadae to build on past achievements and forge ahead with steady and sustained growth of bilateral relations.

High-level investigation continues after plant explosion

Photo:China DailyThe Work Safety Committee of the State Council will directly oversee the investigation of a chemical plant explosion that killed 13 and injured another 35 in Panjin, Liaoning province, according to a release from the Ministry of Emergency Management, where the office of the committee is based.The accident happened when workers were rolling out a maintenance operation at an alkylation facility in Panjin Haoye Chemical on Jan 15. The release noted a series of problems that were unearthed in the ongoing investigation. To ensure economic gains, company leaders neglected safety management and left hazards unattended for an extended period of time, it said.There were major loopholes in the management of highly risky maintenance operation, according to the ministry, which also concluded the company considered the national campaign to promote workplace safety a mere formality.The release said the committee demanded authorities across the country launch special operations to screen for safety hazards and work out safety control measures accordingly.

Human wave floods Beijing at holiday's end

Passengers walk outside Beijing Railway Station on Jan 27, 2023. Photo by Wang Jing/chinadaily.com.cn Beijing's transportation commission has taken several steps to cope with the growing wave of travelers returning to the capital in recent days, as the Spring Festival holiday wound down on Friday.

Chinese economy embarks on new journey of hope, the world bullish on it in 2023

File photoChinas economy grew 3 percent to a record high of 121 trillion yuan (about $17.8 trillion) in 2022, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on January 17.This marks a new and higher level in terms of economic aggregate, after the Chinese economy topped the thresholds of 100 trillion yuan and 110 trillion yuan in 2020 and 2021, respectively – maintaining its position well as the worlds second-largest economy, Kang Yi, head of the NBS, told a press conference.Kang said the 3 percent growth rate is relatively fast when compared with major economies across the world – Germany has reported a real GDP growth of 1.9 percent in 2022, and both the United States and Japan saw growth of less than two percent over the past year.Chinas economy grew by 2.2 percent in 2020, making it the worlds major economy to attain positive growth, and it registered an 8.4 percent growth in 2021, accounting for 18.6 percent of the world economy, Yuan Da, director of the Department of National Economy of the National Development and Reform Commission, said at a press conference on January 18.From 2020 to 2022, Chinas economy posted an annual average growth of 4.5 percent, higher than the world level of around 2 percent, said Yuan, adding that the countrys economy has taken the lead among major economies over recent years.In addition, Chinas consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, rose 2 percent year on year in 2022, well below the governments annual target of 3 percent, according to the NBS.The countrys foreign trade of goods expanded 7.7 percent year on year to around 42.1 trillion yuan (about $6.2 trillion) over the past year.Chinas industrial output went up 3.6 percent year on year in 2022, while fixed-asset investment rose 5.1 percent year on year.A total of 12.06 million new urban jobs were created last year, exceeding the annual target of 11 million.The Chinese people became more afflue...

China's box office makes strong comeback over holiday, generating 6 bln-plus yuan

BEIJING,Jan.27(Xinhua)--AfterenduringthenegativeimpactofCOVID-19,China'scinemaswelcomedcrowdsofmoviegoersduringtheSpringFestivalholiday.ThisisthefirstSpringFestivalholidayaftertheadjustmentofthecountry'sresponsetothevirusearlierthismonth。

China's box office hits $737 million during Spring Festival holiday

Chinas box office revenue for the Spring Festival holiday exceeded five billion yuan ($737 million) as of Wednesday, the fifth day of the weeklong Chinese New Year holiday.A citizen buys film tickets at a cinema of a shopping mall in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 25, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)The commercial hit “Full River Red,” the sci-fi blockbuster "The Wandering Earth II," and the animated fantasy "Boonie Bears: Guardian Code" were the three most popular movies during the holiday, accounting for almost 80 percent of total box office revenue, according to statistics from Chinas box office tracker Maoyan.The Spring Festival marks the first seasonal peak for film industry in four years, after China optimized COVID response and lifted caps on entertainment and cultural facilities. Box office performance during the Spring Festival was driven by the optimization of epidemic prevention policies, a slight decrease in pre-sale ticket prices and a surge of audience enthusiasm for movie watching.Based on the advance ticket sales of the Spring Festival holiday and the current box office takings, industry insiders expressed their optimism about the recovery of the movie market in 2023.(Compiled by Zhao Yang)

Much smaller number of COVID patients in small city and village clinics than anticipated during Spring Festival

Unlike some Western media reports that predicted China’s rural areas and small cities would see mass infections following the Spring Festival holidays, the Global Times learned from different localities that the numbers of positive cases have been largely declining during the holidays while some third- and fourth-tier cities have already passed peak infections. A nurse in Shuikou township hospital in Yunyang county, Chongqing checks the blood oxygen of a COVID-19 patient. (Photo: Global Times)A doctor surnamed Wu, who is the owner of a clinic in Hengfeng county, East China’s Jiangxi Province, told the Global Times on Wednesday that there had been no COVID-19 patients seeking treatment in her clinic during the Spring Festival holidays so far as the infection peak in the county had passed a few weeks ago.Wu received nearly 30 patients during the half-month infection peak from December 19, 2022 to early January. Among them, the majority were aged between 50 and 80, she said, noting that there were five or six COVID patients aged over 80.Some were coughing, some reporting chest pain, some with bloody sputum, vomiting or body aches, Wu said, noting that antipyretics, antivirals and infusion to reduce inflammation were the common treatment in response to the symptoms.All the patients she received have recovered and none has been transferred to the county hospital.Overall visits to fever clinics nationwide reached a peak of 2.87 million on December 23, 2022 and dropped to 63,000 on January 23, according to a latest report from Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China’s CDC).Those visits to fever clinics in rural areas reached a peak on December 23, 2022 at 922,000, declining 94.6 percent from their peak to 50,000 on January 23, the report stated.After the local infection peak, patients with COVID-19 symptoms saw a dramatic decline, Wu said.Also, during the Spring Festival holidays, common diseases such as cold, fever and bronchitis during the previous Sprin...

5.6-magnitude quake hits Sichuan Province: CENC

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Luding county, Southwest Chinas Sichuan Province, at 3:49 am Thursday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).Photos: Sichuan fire departmentThe epicenter, with a depth of 11 kilometers, was monitored at 29.63 degrees north latitude and 102.01 degrees east longitude, the center said.No casulties or building collapses were initially reported, according to Sichuan fire officials.Seismologists believed that the tremor was an aftershock of a 6.8-magnitude quake that rocked Luding County last September, which killed more than 90. (With input from Xinhua)

Chinese tourists not required to produce PCR tests for entry into Namibia

WINDHOEK -- Chinese visitors or tourists will not be required to produce COVID-19 tests when entering Namibia, an official told Xinhua, following recently imposed entry restrictions on travelers from China by some countries.Passengers check in at the Sanya Phoenix International Airport in Sanya, south Chinas Hainan Province, Aug. 15, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)"Namibia has not implemented that on Chinese nationals or tourists. Such a move only depends on the situation, and we will only react when need be and when such a time comes," Walters Kamaya, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Social Services, told Xinhua.According to Kamaya, Namibias entry requirements are the same for all travelers, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not an entry requirement for now.Kamaya said there had been no detection of new COVID-19 variants in the southwestern African nation as it continues to conduct various COVID-19 surveillance activities countrywide to prepare for, detect and respond to any resurgence in cases.Gitta Paetzold, the chief executive officer of the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN), told Xinhua Tuesday that although Namibias health minister in early January sounded caution about Kraken, the new variant, it was agreed not to create too much hype about the new variant, and it seems globally, governments are taking a stance of careful consideration, but not to restrict travel.Meanwhile, according to HAN statistics, occupancy rates at nationwide hospitality establishments stood at 37.9 percent in December 2022, compared to 45.8 percent in the prior month, bringing the annual average to 40.1 percent.According to the annual statistics for 2022, around 3,740 Chinese nationals booked in various establishments in Namibia, which constituted 0.48 percent, while the bulk of the occupancy was dominated by Namibians at 30.59 percent.

Report analyzes trends in COVID-19 infection

AmedicalstaffadministersasecondboosterdoseofCOVID-19vaccineforaresidentthroughnoseatatemporaryvaccinationsiteinHaidiandistrict,Beijing,capitalofChina,Dec17,2022。

COVID-19 cases in China substantially dropped in Jan.: Official data

A shopping mall in Zhengzhou City, central Chinas Henan Province, January 24, 2023. /CFPThe number of COVID-19 cases dropped significantly in China in the first month of 2023, according to data released on Wednesday by the disease control authority.Many of the data metrics have dropped below pre-optimization levels, displaying a clear trend of recovery.Daily visits to fever clinics reached 2.86 million on December 23, then dropped by 97.8 percent to about 63,000 on Monday, said a webpage posted by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients across the Chinese mainland dropped by 84.8 percent to 248,000 on Monday from 1.62 million on January 5. That of severe cases also dropped by 72 percent from 128,000 on January 5 to 36,000 on Monday.The number of daily deaths dropped by 79 percent from 4,273 on January 4 to 896 on Monday, the CDC data showed.BA.5.2 is the main sub-variantCDC said they had collected 10,165 virus samples from across the Chinese mainland since early December, over 70 percent of which belong to the Omicron BA.5.2 sub-variant.Other sub-variants, like the BA.5.1, BA.2.76 and BN.1.3, each accounted for less than 0.4 percent.The second most popular sub-variant is BF.7 with a share of more than 28 percent. Beijing and Tianjin are the only two provincial areas that saw BF.7 as the dominant sub-variant in this period.Senior people are also vaccinatedVaccination against COVID-19 also saw progress, as more than 3.4 billion doses have been taken across the Chinese mainland.More than 90.5 percent of the Chinese population have been fully vaccinated, up from 90.1 percent in August 2022.Chinas health authorities have been trying to get more senior people vaccinated to reduce severe cases. According to a recent CDC survey, 96 percent of senior people over 60 years old have been fully vaccinated, while 92 percent are getting a boost dose.

China key contributor to Cambodia's development: Cambodian senior official

File photoPHNOM PENH, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- China is a key contributor to Cambodias socioeconomic development and poverty reduction, Cambodian Economy and Finance Ministrys Standing Secretary of State Vongsey Vissoth said here on Wednesday."China is the largest source of FDIs (Foreign Direct Investments) to Cambodia, accounting for 42 percent of total FDIs to the country," he said at a forum on Cambodias economic outlook for 2023."China has played a key role in the investments in Cambodias industries, agriculture, tourism, construction and real estate, and transport infrastructure," he added.China is also a major trading partner of Cambodia and one of the potential markets for Cambodian products, Vissoth said, adding that the worlds second-largest economy is also the largest provider of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Cambodia.Meanwhile, the official said Chinas optimization of its COVID-19 strategy early this month would give a boost to tourism and economic growth in Cambodia and in the world."China was the main source of foreign tourists to Cambodia in the pre-COVID-19 pandemic era, but during the pandemic, the number of Chinese tourists to Cambodia had sharply declined," he said. "So, Chinas reopening will be a good opportunity for us to attract Chinese tourists to Cambodia again."Ky Sereyvath, director-general of the Institute of China Studies at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said Chinese ODA and investment have played a crucial role in supporting Cambodias socioeconomic development and poverty reduction, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs for Cambodians.China-funded mega-projects such as roads, bridges, airports, hydropower plants, economic zones, national stadium and expressway have provided and will continue to provide great benefits to Cambodia and its people, he told Xinhua.

Chinese tourists to fuel global economic recovery, cultural exchange

File photoBEIJING, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- "We cannot wait to have the Chinese back in our restaurants. We missed it so much," said Alix Pickard, a senior manager of a British restaurant corporation.China relaxed its outbound travel restrictions amid its recent overall COVID-19 response shift. Officials and tourism practitioners across the world are eagerly anticipating the return of Chinese tourists.The comeback of Chinese travelers in the international market will fuel the recovery of the tourism sector worldwide and promote cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world, experts have said.WORLDWIDE WELCOMEIn Hakkasan, a Chinese restaurant in London, guests were hanging their Spring Festival wishes to a wishing tree installed recently.The restaurant, like many others around the world, has put up traditional Chinese decorations and introduced a limited menu celebrating the Year of the Rabbit, the Chinese zodiac animal representing the year of 2023.Such a festive scene can be observed in numerous hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and attractions across the globe, which recently launched products and services with Chinese elements in a bid to attract Chinese tourists and facilitate their journeys.A giant rabbit is standing at the entrance of the Shangri-La Hotel in Istanbul of Türkiye, welcoming visitors amid a sea of red lanterns.In Greece, the authorities have prepared a "Chinese-ready" airport to create a feeling of home for travelers from China, according to Ioanna Papadopoulou, director of communications and marketing at Athens International Airport.Virtual assistants speaking Chinese are in place to provide visitors with information in their native language, while Chinese customers can use all payment methods they use back home in the airports duty-free shops.Tourism officials and professionals are looking forward to the mass return of Chinese travelers as early as possible, after their absence in the global tourism market for...

Ice-snow tourism becoming new 'tradition' for Chinese New Year

Photo: XinhuaTAIYUAN, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- Having spent the first day of the Spring Festival holiday at home, He Rui rushed to the ski resort early on the second day and was ready to start the Year of the Rabbit on his snowboard. This enthusiast has mastered the S-turn, and is working on his edging.Since He started skiing two years ago, the 11-year-old has gotten used to getting up early and heading for the Jiulong International Ski Resort in the suburbs of Taiyuan, north Chinas Shanxi Province, sometimes even before dawn."People used to stay at home and relax during the Spring Festival holiday. But as our society places greater value on healthy lifestyle, more people are willing to spend their holiday skiing," said Chang Yulin, director of the ski resort. Chang said that the resort received more than 2,000 guests per day recently, including some coming from other provinces.The Spring Festival holiday, when Chinese people traditionally travel home for family reunions, runs from Jan. 21 to 27 this year.For Qiao Jian, a ski-lover from Taiyuan, skiing has become his new habit to celebrate the Spring Festival, or the Chinese Lunar New Year. He has flown with his family to northeast Chinas Heilongjiang Province, where the ice and snow atmosphere is more developed, for the third consecutive year."In addition to participating in winter sports, we can also visit nearby scenic spots to further appreciate local customs and culture," Qiao said.With high-hanging lanterns and paper-cutting pastings on windows, the Sun Mountain Yabuli resort welcomed visitors from all over the country. According to the resort, some clients even booked five months in advance."We have 17 ski trails of all kinds and different levels here at our resort. With a maximum slope of 40 degrees to a minimum one of six degrees, we can meet the needs of skiers of all levels," said Sun Nianwei, director of the marketing and sales department.At a recent ice and snow touris...

New dining trends emerge for 2023 Chinese New Year's Eve reunion dinner

A familys New Years Eve dinner at a residential complex in Chaoyang district, Beijing, China, January 21, 2023. /CFPNew consumption trends emerged during this years traditional and beloved "reunion dinner" on Chinese New Years Eve, considered the most important part of the Spring Festival, according to a report by China-based e-commerce giant Pinduoduo.As China emerges from the pandemic, tens of millions of people have returned home for family reunions, resulting in a surge in spending on New Years food and specialties.This year, seafood orders from rural areas surpassed those from first-tier cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou for the first time on Pinduoduos platform, said the report.Seafood purchases grew the most among young people in small towns, pushing up the proportion of seafood orders in counties and rural areas.Overall, domestic seafood sales increased by 140 percent month on month, and imported seafood such as giant tiger prawns, Argentine red prawns, and Arctic sweet prawns increased by 220 percent compared to the previous month, according to the report.Another distinct feature of this years Chinese New Year celebrations was the fusion of flavors between the north and the south. For example, south China became a significant consumer of leek and egg dumplings, a traditional northern staple, with Shanghai, Zhejiang Province, and Guangdong Province generating the most dumpling sales in the country.In contrast, southern staples saw an increase in popularity in northern China, with sales of glutinous rice balls increasing by more than 110 percent month on month before the Spring Festival, particularly in Beijing, Shandong Province, and other northern regions.The report also revealed a generational shift in consumption, with young people increasingly opting to purchase time-honored brands, often favored by older consumers. This caused sales of popular brands such as renowned Peking roast duck restaurant Qua...

Means of production prices mostly rise in China

Most of the capital goods in China posted higher prices in mid-January of 2023 compared with early January, official data showed.

China's gold production up 13.09 pct in 2022

China produced 372.048 tonnes of gold in 2022, up 43.065 tonnes, or 13.09 percent year on year, according to the data released by the China Gold Association (CGA).

China's crude oil output up in December

China's crude oil output posted expansion in December 2022, official data showed. The output totaled 16.87 million tonnes in December, rising 2.5 percent year on year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

China's exports of pickup trucks surge 65 pct in 2022

China's pickup truck exports surged 65 percent year on year in 2022, according to the China Passenger Car Association.

China's power generation rises in December

China's power generation rose 3 percent year on year to 757.9 billion kilowatt-hours in December 2022, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed.

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