China's holiday railway traffic up sharply compared to 2022

China’s railways handled 6.96 million passengers on Tuesday, with 8,013 passenger trains in operation, according to China Railway Group. On Wednesday, the national railway is expected to handle 8.35 million passengers, with 9,094 trains in operation.

Rural businesses embrace returning young talent

In front of his computer, Ma Quanxiang scrolls through sales figures and inventory lists as he manages an e-commerce store on Tmall, one of China's largest online marketplaces.

Nation sees strong rebound in tourism sector during the Chinese Spring Festival holidays

China's tourism industry sees a strong rebound in both domestic and overseas market, with numbers of visitors to some major tourist sites reaching a peak since the epidemic, as the country celebrates the Chinese Spring Festival holidays lasting from January 21 to 27.

How China adjusted COVID-19 policies in three years to protect people

China embraced its first Chinese New Year with downgraded COVID-19 measures in recent months and the nation has already seen a positive impact in helping people resume their normal lives.

China's 'water tower' invests 320m yuan in ecological protection in 2022

The Sanjiangyuan National Park in Northwest China's Qinghai province invested nearly 320 million yuan ($47.27 million) in ecological protection and restoration projects in 2022, local authorities said on Monday.

President Xi delivers video address at CELAC 7th summit

(Photo: Xinhua)BEIJING, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- The seventh Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) was held Tuesday in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Upon the invitation of President Alberto Fernandez of Argentina, the rotating president of CELAC, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a video address at the summit.President Xi noted that Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries are important members of the developing world. They also take an active part in global governance and make important contributions to it. CELAC has grown to be an indispensable driving force behind global South-South cooperation. CELAC has played an important role in safeguarding regional peace, promoting common development and advancing regional integration.Xi stressed that China always supports the regional integration process of Latin America and the Caribbean."We highly value our relations with CELAC, and take CELAC as our key partner in enhancing solidarity among developing countries and furthering South-South cooperation. That is why China has been working with LAC countries to steadily strengthen the China-CELAC Forum and take the China-LAC relationship into a new era characterized by equality, mutual benefit, innovation, openness and benefits for the people," he said.Xi said more and more countries in the region have engaged in high-quality Belt and Road cooperation with China, supported and participated in the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative, and are working with China in building a China-LAC community with a shared future.He stressed that the world is in a new period of turbulence and transformation. "We can only tackle the challenges and tide over this trying time through greater solidarity and closer cooperation," he said.He added that China is ready to continue working with LAC countries to help each other and make progress together, and advocate "peace, development, equity, justic...

China's box office bounces back during Spring Festival holiday

Photo: VCGBEIJING, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- On Sunday, Chinese Lunar New Year, a young moviegoer named Lian Cheng watched multiple films at three cinemas near his home in Shanghai."There are so many new movies these days. Be it families or individuals, they all can find a movie they love to watch," he said.As of Tuesday, the fourth day of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, Chinas box office revenue for the holiday exceeded 3 billion yuan (about 443 million U.S. dollars), a strong signal that the countrys cultural and tourism industry will see a robust recovery this spring.Once sluggish due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the film market is getting back on its feet following the countrys downgrading of COVID-19 management.Cinemas across the country have basically returned to regular operation, with 89.7 percent of all cinemas, or 11,494, in operation as of Monday, according to the box office tracker Dengta Data.Cinema managers are glad to see audiences coming back. According to Guo Sisuo, head of an IMAX theater of Xiaoxiang Cineplex in Changsha, capital of central Chinas Hunan Province, attendances for the three movies screened at the theater on Sunday morning all surpassed 70 percent.Guo also believed that the wide variety of genres of the seven domestic titles released for the holiday, was another positive for the booming film sector.The list consists of the sci-fi blockbuster "The Wandering Earth II," the commercial hits "Full River Red" and "Hidden Blade," the family comedy "Five Hundred Miles," the sports drama "Ping-pong of China," and the animated fantasies "Deep Sea" and "Boonie Bears: Guardian Code.""Compared with previous years, I think this Lunar New Year holiday has the best movie collection on offer," Guo said, adding that the genres are rich and diverse enough to appeal to movie-goers of every age group.The average presale cinema ticket price for the h...

Across China: Avocado growing a booming industry in China-Myanmar border county

KUNMING, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Fruit growers in a China-Myanmar border county are working hard to pick ripe avocados in time for the festive market around the Chinese Lunar New Year, in order to secure good prices for their products. Avocado has become a money crop in Menglian county, southwest Chin

RMB remains fifth most active currency by value in December: report

BEIJING, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese currency renminbi (RMB), or the yuan, remained the fifth most active currency for global payments by value in December 2022, a report has showed. The RMB's global share stood at 2.15 percent last month, according to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Finan

Chinese researchers build AI system for major ocean current prediction

BEIJING, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) - Chinese researchers have built an artificial intelligence (AI) inference and prediction system for the Indonesian Throughflow (ITF), which can make valid ocean current predictions seven months in advance. The ITF serves as a main branch of the global heat/salt conveyor

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On the road: Revitalizing energy on Spring Festival travel market

Tourists hit the beach at Dadonghai in Sanya, south Chinas Hainan Province, January 19, 2023. /CFPSpring Festival is unleashing Chinas largest seasonal travel rush, while travel and tourism have become a popular way for many people to spend their Spring Festival holiday in recent years.China is expected to see a Spring Festival holiday with the largest number of travelers in three years, with soaring domestic tourism and recovering outbound tourism, data from online travel platforms show.Hottest inbound travel destinationsTourists prefer to enjoy warmth and sunshine in the countrys south or embrace ice and snow in the north. Tourist locations such as Xishuangbanna, Sanya, and Xiamen in the countrys south and Changbai Mountains in northeastern Jilin Province are among the most popular during the holiday season, according to the online tourism platform TravelGo.According to data given by several domestic provinces and cities on Monday, the countrys scenic locations attracted a significant number of tourists, demonstrating a robust rebound of the domestic tourism market. Tourists visit the old town of Dali, southwest Chinas Yunnan Province, January 23, 2023. /CFPAccording to the data, on January 22, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture received 342,900 tourists, with an increase of 506% year-on-year, and the scenic spots received 143,672 tourists, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture culture and Tourism Bureau said on Monday.Tourists surfing in Houhai village in Sanya, Hainan province, January 22, 2023. /CFPSanyas tourism market has been steadily recovering against the backdrop of the overall recovery of domestic medium-distance and long-distance travel. On January 20, 114,600 people entered and exited Sanya City, up 4.89 percent year on year, while tourism attractions attracted 115,600 tourists, up 62.44 percent year on year, according to the data provided by Sanya Tourism Promotion Board. Photo shows tourists visiting the Harbin Ice-Snow World ...

Chinese people celebrate Spring Festival holiday amid optimized COVID response

Photo: Peoples Daily onlineBEIJING, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Following the downgrading of Chinas management of COVID-19, people across the country are merrily celebrating the Spring Festival, one of the most important traditional Chinese festivals, with their families.In December 2022, China announced 10 new measures to lift numerous COVID-19 restrictions. Wu Yating, living in north Chinas Shanxi Province, then decided to reunite with her husband in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.Two weeks before the Spring Festival, Wu, with her two-year-old child, arrived at the border area in Jingxi City, Baise, after traveling by plane and car. Wus husband is a policeman at a frontier police station. Many border areas in China had implemented more stringent COVID-19 controls."We no longer need to show our digital itinerary codes and worry about being quarantined," Wu said, adding that her family had not been able to spend the Spring Festival together since their child was born in June 2020.Wu said that she plans to stay in Guangxi for a few more months to travel around, see the beautiful scenery and taste delicious local food."We havent been infected with COVID-19 yet, but we have no fear of the virus since we have all been vaccinated and medicine can be bought in pharmacies at any time," she added.As a tourism hotspot, southwest Chinas Chongqing Municipality, also known as the home of the hotpot, has seen a large number of tourists during the Spring Festival holiday.For 24-year-old Guo Zhenqian, from Nanyang City in Henan Province, it is his second time spending the festival in Chongqing. To him, the experience is completely different this time."In 2017, we drove nearly 12 hours from Nanyang to Chongqing. However, this time we took the high-speed railway and reached Chongqings Wanzhou District in less than three hours," said Guo.The high-speed railway Guo took was opened in June 2022 and links southwest ...

Beijing rings in Spring Festival


China's power use up 3.6 pct in 2022

File photoBEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinas electricity consumption, a key barometer of economic activity, maintained stable growth in 2022, official data shows.Power use increased 3.6 percent year on year to nearly 8.64 trillion kilowatt-hours last year, according to the National Energy Administration.Power consumption in primary industry grew 10.4 percent year on year in 2022. Electricity consumed by secondary and tertiary industries increased 1.2 percent and 4.4 percent, respectively.Residents power consumption registered a year-on-year increase of 13.8 percent during the period.

Grand fireworks show in Nanchang, E China

Fireworks light up the sky over the city of Nanchang, east China's Jiangxi province, Jan 22, 2023. Sending traditional blessings to locals, a grand fireworks show was held on Sunday here to celebrate the Spring Festival. Photo/Xinhua

China's spending on R&D hits 3t in 2022

Microchips are produced at a factory in Huai'an, Jiangsu province. ZHAO QIRUI/FOR CHINA DAILY BEIJING - China's total expenditure on research and development (R&D) amounted to nearly 3.09 trillion yuan ($456 billion) in 2022, up 10.4 percent year on year, according to the National Bureau of St

China issues blue alert for cold wave

BEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinas meteorological authority on Monday issued its blue alert for a cold wave, forecasting big temperature drops and gales across most of the central and eastern regions of the country.File photo: CGTNFrom Monday morning to Wednesday morning, temperatures are expected to plunge by 12 to 14 degrees Celsius in some parts of northeast China, regions south of the Yangtze River, and south China, according to the National Meteorological Center.Some parts of Jilin could see temperatures slashed by over 16 degrees Celsius.Gales are expected to hit the aforementioned areas, said the center.The center warned against the cold waves impact on agriculture and advised the public to take precautions against both the temperature change and the wind.China has a four-tier, color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe weather, followed by orange, yellow, and blue.

Clean energy playing growing role in ensuring China's energy supply

BEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Wind and solar energy are playing growing roles in ensuring Chinas energy supply, thanks to their continuous scale expansion.File photo: CGTNIn 2022, the newly installed capacity of wind and solar power topped 120 million kW, and the cumulative installed capacity surpassed 700 million kW by the end of last year, data from the National Energy Administration (NEA) showed.The newly installed capacity of wind and solar power accounted for 78 percent of the newly installed capacity in the country last year, making them major power generators in China.In 2022, the newly added wind and solar power generation made up more than 55 percent of the countrys new power generation.Solar energy made a notable contribution to stable energy supply in major solar power provinces, like east Chinas Jiangsu and Zhejiang, during energy use peaks last summer, the NEA noted.

Hong Kong welcomes joyful, bustling Spring Festival

In Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, a well-known shrine and tourist attraction in Hong Kong, large crowds came early Sunday morning to pray for blessings.Photo: XinhuaWith the adjustment of the COVID-19 pandemic prevention policy, the streets and lanes of Chinas Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) during this years Spring Festival, which falls on Sunday, are filled with a warm and festive atmosphere.On Lunar New Years Eve, a large number of people headed to the Wong Tai Sin Temple to take part in a ritual to be the first to offer incense to the temples deity at the stroke of midnight after a two-year hiatus.On the first day of the Lunar New Year, a large number of people also came to the temple to worship.A woman with her surname Wong said, "The temple is filled with a festive atmosphere. I am so happy and blessed."Affected by the pandemic, the scale of the Lunar New Year Fair in Hong Kong was reduced in the past two years or canceled for a lower risk of crowd gathering.While this years fairs were held at 15 locations for seven days from Jan. 16, attracting more than 1.14 million visitors. Jan. 21 was the peak, with more than 100,000 visitors rushing to the fair at Victoria Park on a single day.Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Well-wishing Festival 2023 at Lam Tsuen in Tai Po, which is noted for its wishing trees, saw the most bustling day of the year.As one of the most distinct Chinese New Year festivities in Hong Kong, the well-wishing festival, which runs through Feb. 5 from Sunday, has attracted locals and visitors to Lam Tsuen to take part in the traditional celebration by throwing placards onto the wishing tree and lighting wishing lanterns."I hope the Hong Kong economy will be better than last year. I hope Hong Kong will be prosperous and everyone here will be happy," said a Hong Kong resident with the surname of Yeung.Chan Kwok-ki, chief secretary for administration of the HKSAR government, attended the well-...

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