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Giant panda 'Yuanbao' in Taipei Zoo

This photo taken on Jan. 20, 2023 shows giant panda "Yuanbao," the second daughter of "Tuantuan" and "Yuanyuan," the panda pair from the Chinese mainland, lying on bamboos in Taipei Zoo in Taipei, Southeast Chinas Taiwan. (Photo: Xinhua)

'Ladder teenagers' see development of hometown in South China

Meng Xuanren and his younger brother Meng Xuantai were nicknamed "ladder teenagers" because they had to climb mountains and hanging ladders to get to school as children.Photo: XinhuaTheyve all grown up and achieved their goals now. Meng Xuanren, 22, is a sophomore at the Liaoning Provincial College of Communications, and Xuantai, 19, works at an auto repair factory in south Chinas Guangdong Province after graduating from a vocational school.The brothers returned to Nongding Village in Bansheng Town for a family reunion during the Spring Festival. They have seen the transformation of transportation infrastructure, school facilities, and village housing in their hometown over the last decade.

Lowest temperature recorded in China's northernmost city

HARBIN, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- The minimum temperature in Mohe, Chinas northernmost city, fell to minus 53 degrees Celsius Sunday, marking the lowest temperature ever recorded, according to the local weather bureau.Photo: VCGThe figure broke the previous record of minus 52.3 degrees Celsius. Temperatures in Mohe, Heilongjiang Province, have dropped to below minus 50 degrees Celsius for a consecutive of three days.As a new round of extreme cold hit Heilongjiang, a number of areas in the Greater Khingan Range have recorded their coldest ever temperatures.Mohe has an annual ice and snow period of up to eight months, with the annual average temperature being around minus 3 degrees Celsius.As the travel peak season arrived during the Spring Festival, tourists and local citizens are advised to keep warm and safe as the low visibility might cause traffic accidents, according to Xu Liling, head of the Mohe meteorological station.

Chinese New Year's Eve sees 26m passenger trips, up 50.8% YoY

Passenger trips during Chinese New Years Eve on January 21 increased by over 50 percent year on year, data from Chinas transport ministry showed on Sunday.Photo: CFPThe day marked the 15th day of the Spring Festival travel rush, the worlds largest annual human migration.A total of 26 million passenger trips were made by railways, roads, waterways and civil aviation, 49.5 percent lower than the same period in 2019 and 50.8 percent higher than the same period in 2022, according to the Ministry of Transport.Among them, 4.2 million passenger trips were made by rail, down 24.5 percent from 2019, and up 29.7 percent from 2022. Road passenger trips reached 20.8 million, down 52.8 percent compared to 2019, and up 55 percent compared to last year.Water transportation saw 506,000 passenger trips, up 47.7 percent from 2019, and 62.4 percent higher than last year. Civil aviation logged 756,000 passenger trips, 47.4 percent lower than in 2019, and 87.8 percent higher than in 2022.The total number of vehicles on Chinas expressways reached 25.6 million, with small passenger cars accounting for 24.7 million, up 8 percent from 2019 and 19.7 percent from 2022.The 2023 Spring Festival travel rush will last 40 days, from January 7 to February 15.

China's provincial GDP in 2022: Who were the top performers?

All 31 provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities in China have released their gross domestic product (GDP) data for 2022 as of January 21, with 16 provinces reporting growth above the national rate of 3 percent.(Photo: CFP)Chinas national economy withstood the pressure and reached a record high in 2022, expanding 3 percent year on year to 121 trillion yuan ($18 trillion), according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on January 17.After the release of the national GDP data, local authorities also unveiled data tracking their economic performances for 2022, with Jiangxi and Fujian provinces recording the fastest growth at 4.7 percent.In terms of total GDP, Guangdong Province led the way with a GDP of 12.9 trillion yuan, maintaining its position as Chinas top-performing province for 34 consecutive yearsJiangsu Province followed closely behind Guangdong, with a GDP of 12.3 trillion yuan. Shandong Province came in third, with a GDP of 8.7 trillion yuan.As municipalities directly under the central government, the GDPs of Beijing and Shanghai continued to exceed 4 trillion yuan.All Chinese provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions have set growth targets for 2023 ranging from 4 percent to 9.5 percent, with most aiming for 5 percent to 6 percent.South Chinas Hainan Province, known for its popularity as a tourist destination, has set the highest GDP growth target for 2023, as it continues to establish itself as a new frontier for foreign trade. In contrast, the lowest rate was set by north Chinas Tianjin Municipality.

Ten moments of Xi welcoming the Spring Festival with ordinary people

Over the past decade, President Xi Jinping has spent time with ordinary people ahead of the Spring Festival every year.Sometimes he helps them with festive preparations, such as making dumplings, a must-have dish for many families on their banquet tables on the eve of the Chinese New Year.Here are ten memorable moments of Xi welcoming the Spring Festival with ordinary people.(Editors: Wang Xiangyu, Huang Jingjing; graphic: Liu Kejun and He Shan)

China CDC releases monthly COVID-19 figures

China reported 12,658 COVID-19 related deaths at hospitals from Jan 13 to 19, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday.A healthcare worker places samples into a COVID-19 antigen test kit. (Photo: CFP)Of these fatalities, 681 were caused by respiratory failure due to COVID-19 infection, and the rest were the result of a combination of infection and other diseases.As of Jan 19, there were nearly 472,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in China including about 51,700 in severe condition.By that date the country had also fully vaccinated over 1.28 billion people, including 230.1 million people 60 and above.Starting on Dec 25, the National Health Commission stopped publishing daily COVID-19 epidemic information and said the China CDC will publicize relevant information for reference and research purposes on a monthly basis.

Chinese courts make efforts to improve eco-environmental protection

BEIJING, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- More than 16,000 cases involving public interest litigations regarding eco-environmental protection, eco-environmental damage compensation and judiciary confirmation had been concluded by courts nationwide since 2013, according to Chinas Supreme Peoples Court (SPC).Chinese courts have been advancing the reform of the judicial system concerning eco-environmental protection, and enhancing cooperation with procuratorates and law enforcement departments on eco-environmental protection, the SPC said in statement.A total of 2,426 specialized judicial organs for environmental and resource cases had been established across the country, and 21 judicial interpretations and 15 policy documents had been issued to improve judgement rules for public interest litigations on eco-environmental protection, the SPC data revealed.

FM expresses appreciation to diplomats

Qin Gang sends festive greetings for Lunar New Year to foreign missionsChina will deepen friendship and cooperation with all countries to jointly make new and greater contributions to world peace and prosperity, Foreign Minister Qin Gang said on Friday in a festive greeting message to diplomatic cor

China's national development zones stabilizers of foreign trade, investment

BEIJING,Jan.22(Xinhua)--China'sstate-leveleconomicandtechnologicaldevelopmentzoneshavebeenanimportantplatformforopening-up,stabilizingforeigntradeandinvestment,theMinistryofCommercesaid。

China Development Bank ups loan support for science, technology innovation

BEIJING,Jan.21(Xinhua)--ChinaDevelopmentBank,oneofthecountry'spolicybanks,issuedatotalof261.9billionyuan(about38.68billionU.S.dollars)ofloanstosupportthecountry'sscienceandtechnologyinnovationin2022。

Fixed-asset investment of central SOEs up 5.6 pct in first 11 months of 2022

BEIJING,Jan.21(Xinhua)--Thefixed-assetinvestmentofChina'scentrallyadministratedstate-ownedenterprises(SOEs)increased5.6percentyearonyearto3.6trillionyuan(about531.74billionU.S.dollars)inthefirst11monthsof2022,datafromthecountry'sSOEregulatorshowed。

Incomes of people lifted out of poverty jump 14.3 pct in 2022

BEIJING, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Incomes of people lifted out of poverty grew at a robust rate of 14.3 percent year on year in 2022, data from the National Rural Revitalization Administration showed. The growth rate was 8 percentage points higher than that of per capita disposable income of rural resi

Chinese astronauts send Spring Festival greetings from space station

BEIJING -- The Shenzhou-15 astronauts Fei Junlong, Deng Qingming and Zhang Lu sent their Spring Festival greetings from China's Tiangong space station in a video released by the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) on New Year's Eve.The trio, dressed in blue jumpsuits with dark red patterns, each held a

Chinese New Year widely celebrated as world rings in the Year of the Rabbit

From Thailand and Serbia to New Zealand and the U.S., the Chinese New Year, which fell on January 22, has been widely celebrated.Receptions and gatherings have been held. Landmark buildings have been lit up in red. Performances like dragon and lion dances, and red lanterns and other decorations featuring the rabbit – 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit according to the Chinese Zodiac – can be easily found in most parts of the world.Yang Xin (R, front), charge daffaires of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, presents a mascot specially designed for this years Spring Festival to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (C) during a Chinese New Year celebration in Ratchaburi, Thailand, January 19, 2023. /XinhuaWhen attending a Chinese New Year celebration in Ratchaburi Province of Thailand, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hailed the centuries-old friendship between the two countries.China has recently optimized its COVID-19 policy, and the Thai people are ready and eager to see the return of Chinese tourists, Prayut said.This year, many places in Thailand, including Bangkok and Phuket, have held "Happy Chinese New Year" celebrations with rich content and unique features.A woman shops for festive decorations ahead of the Chinese New Year in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, January 17, 2023. /XinhuaThe Chinese New Year, though not yet a public holiday in Cambodia, is widely celebrated, and some schools, private companies and institutions choose to close for the occasion.Sambo Manara, vice president of the Pannasastra University of Cambodia, said the Chinese New Year has gained popularity in the kingdom thanks to the close ties in politics, economics and culture between the two countries."A large number of Cambodians have Chinese ancestry, and we estimate that about 80 percent of Cambodians living in urban areas and 40 percent in rural areas celebrate the Chinese New Year," he told Xinhua.A man holds a red lantern during a cultural event to celebrate the Spring F...

State Grid mulls record investment in power grid projects

BEIJING, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- The State Grid Corporation of China (State Grid) pledged to step up investment in 2023, with funds set aside for power grid construction to hit a record high of 520 billion yuan (about 76.81 billion U.S. dollars). The figure was up 4 percent compared with a year ago an

Macao SAR chief executive vows to focus on economic recovery, diversification in Year of Rabbit

MACAO, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Chief Executive of China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) Ho Iat Seng said on Saturday the SAR government will focus on expediting economic recovery and diversification in the Year of the Rabbit. In his message for the Chinese New Year, which falls on Sunday,

Year of the Rabbit sees much-loved creature hop onto center stage

SONG CHEN / CHINA DAILY Legend of friendly, furry animal deeply rooted in folklore A new stainless-steel sculpture, named Two Rabbits, created by renowned artist Yuan Xikun, was unveiled at the Solana Mall in the capital's Chaoyang district in January. Hundreds of people took photos of the sculptu

New photos from China's lunar rover released with New Year blessings

BEIJING, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- The China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Saturday released a group of new photos from the countrys lunar rover Yutu-2, together with its good wishes for all Chinese people, ahead of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rabbit.(Photo: CNSA)The photos showed the wheel track left by the rover, some rocks and a small impact crater on the lunar surface.Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, is known as the pet of Lunar Goddess Change in the Chinese mythology. The rabbits common association with Earths only natural satellite led China to name its first moon rover "Yutu."In 2019, China sent another rabbit visitor to the moon. The Yutu-2 rover and Change-4 lander, both part of the Change-4 probe, soft-landed on the dark side of the moon -- a first for humanity.The Yutu-2 rover and Change-4 lander woke up from their dormant mode on Jan. 15 and Jan. 16, respectively, ushering in their 51st lunar day of work.A lunar day is equal to 14 days on Earth, and a lunar night is the same length. The lunar probe switches to the dormant mode during the lunar night due to the lack of solar power.So far, Yutu-2 has worked for more than four years, traveled nearly 1,500 meters in total, and released more than 940.1 gigabytes (GB) of scientific data.

Low probability of epidemic rebound or 2nd wave nationwide: chief epidemiologist of China's CDC

With a huge passenger flow of about 5 billion trips expected during this year’s Chinese Lunar New Year, COVID infection numbers in certain specific regions could rise, but the possibility of a large-scale epidemic rebound nationwide in the next two to three months is low, Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China’s CDC), wrote on his social media account Saturday.People wait for trains at the Beijing West Railway Station during the peak travel rush for the upcoming Chinese New Year holidays on January 16, 2023. China’s 40-day Chunyun or Spring Festival travel rush, the world’s largest human migration, is expected to see about 2.09 billion passenger trips from January 7 until February 15. (Photo: VCG)Responding to the Deltacron variant that recently sparked public concern, Wu noted that China has not found the variant so far. Given that it was spotted almost a year ago but has not spread on a global scale, it is unlikely the Deltacron would trigger a new round of pandemic in the near future.After China optimized epidemic prevention and control measures, COVID infections soared across the nation rapidly but has now passed the peak. Cities of various scales nationwide as well as counties are now seeing decline of the infections, the epidemiologist said. This wave of epidemic in China is mainly caused by multiple sub-branches of the Omicron strain, among which the BA.5.2 is absolutely dominant, followed by the BF.7 and the BA.2.76, with more than a dozen other subtypes accounting for less than 5 percent of the total.As some expressed worries that the Spring Festival travel rush could trigger an epidemic rebound, Wu reassured that although the large movement of people during the holidays could to some extent cause the spread of epidemic and a rise in the number of infections in some places, the likelihood of a large nationwide rebound or a second wave in the next two to three months is small, as this wave of the epide...

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