A plane lands on the first high plateau airport of Xinjiang. (Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn)A passenger aircraft on Friday arrived in Taxkorgan Tajik autonomous county, Northwest Chinas Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, marking the inauguration of the regions first high plateau airport.The airport, located at 3,258 meters above sea level, is Chinas westernmost transportation airport.The construction of Taxkorgan Airport began in 2020, with an investment of more than 1.6 billion yuan ($229 million). Equipped with a 3,800-meter runway, the airport is designed to handle an annual throughput of 160,000 passengers and 400 tons of cargo and mail.
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- James Camerons epic science fiction film "Avatar: The Way of Water" stayed atop the North American box office chart with an estimated three-day cume of 56 million U.S. dollars over Christmas weekend, data from measurement firm Comscore showed on Sunday.This image released by 20th Century Studios shows Trinity Bliss, as Tuk, in a scene from "Avatar: The Way of Water." (Photo: 20th Century Studios via AP)The tentpole, distributed by Disneys 20th Century Studios, has grossed 253.7 million dollars in North American theaters after ten days.Internationally, the film also took in 168.6 million dollars this weekend, pushing its international cume to 601.7 million dollars for a global total of 855.4 million dollars, including over 100 million dollars from the Chinese mainland."Avatar: The Way of Water" is the second installment in the Avatar film series directed by Cameron. Its the sequel to the 2009 blockbuster "Avatar," the highest-grossing film of all time at the global box office with 2.9 billion dollars.Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, "Avatar: The Way of Water" tells the story of the Sully family, the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive and the tragedies they endure.In a distant second place, Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animations animated comedy adventure film "Puss In Boots: The Last Wish" opened in second place with 11.35 million dollars this weekend.Rounding out the top three, another newcomer, Sonys release of TriStar Pictures biographical musical drama film "Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody," earned 5.3 million dollars on its opening weekend.
A rare exhibition of modern works by oil painting masters from Zhejiang Province is under way at Zhejiang Art Museum. Works on display, through February 12, date back from 1912 to the present, recording 100 years of oil painting development in the eastern province."The history of Zhejiangs oil painting is the epitome of the history of Chinas oil painting. For a century, Zhejiang has been a major cultural center of oil painting art," said Xu Jiang, headmaster of the China Academy of Art and one of the curators of the exhibition.In 1912, master Li Shutong (1880-1942) started to teach oil painting at Zhejiang Normal University (modern-day Hangzhou Normal University), heralding a new chapter for Chinese modern art.Only a few of Lis works remain today. The exhibition displays a rare work "Naked Woman" painted by Li, which reflects the pioneering painting style 100 years ago in China.In the 1920s, when Cai Yuanpei (1868-1940) set out to promote art education, he established the present-day China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and appointed Lin Fengmian (1900-91) headmaster to develop Western-style paintings, calling on artists to try new media and techniques.Thereafter, faculty and students "created beauty" and "changed peoples interests to seeking beauty in life."At the beginning, they imitated Western painting styles and techniques to portray Chinese villages, towns, working scenes and common lifestyles.However, the painting styles changed when Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) started to combine oil painting with Chinese painting genres.Wu created a distinct style that successfully assimilated Western abstract techniques with Chinese characteristics and modern conceptions, ushering in a new chapter for Chinese oil painting.Wu Guanzhongs "Eyes." Wus paintings have the color sense and formal principles of Western paintings.His artworks typify changes in Chinese oil painting, where artists held an inclusiv...
Posters of these movies produced by China Media Group - (from left) Keep Running, Peking Man, the Last Secrets of Human Kind and Into Space. (Photo provided to China Daily)When did humans first make music? Did our distant ancestors start by beating things to create rhythm, or did they sing? How did art start? What made those early humans look at the world in a particular way? These are among the questions explored in the movie Peking Man, the Last Secrets of Humankind.The movie seeks to reproduce those moments when our ancient ancestors first interacted with fire, created rhythmic sounds or paintings, and attempted to communicate with others. Based on the latest archaeological discoveries, it takes viewers on a journey into prehistoric East Asian jungles inhabited by gigantic animals that only existed at that time and on this continent, delving into different stages of human evolution. These subspecies of Homo erectus and Homo sapiens found in China, including Yuanmou Man, Lantian Man and Peking Man, appear in the movie which spans around 1 million years.Its promotional videos were released on Dec 19, during the 4th Hainan Island International Film Festival.As a joint production by both China and France, the movie aims to document the history of East Asias first people in a scientific way. Directed by French director Jacques Malaterre, it uses scripts co-written by the paleontologist Yves Coppens.The film starts with the early humans first interaction with fire and later tells seven stories that show "how we became what we are today", says Malaterre.He says the film will also inspire viewers to think about things like when, as a species, did we first feel sympathy? When did we cry the very first tear? And how did our ideas about an afterlife start to form? He believes that such emotive subjects will spark the interest of viewers.Hainan is an excellent filming location for the movie as it boasts varied topographical features."The forests, c...
The official closing ceremony of the 4th Hainan International Film Festival (HIIFF) took place in the Haitang Bay, south Chinas coastal city of Sanya, Sunday."Trenque Lauquen" won the Best Picture award of the 2022 HIIFF Golden Coconut Awards competition. (Photo: HIIFF) Co-sponsored by China Media Group (CMG) and the Peoples Government of Hainan Province, the film festival is dedicated to strengthening international film and culture exchange and collaboration, promoting innovative development in the film industry, and fostering creativity in filmmaking.The HIIFF has become an annual gala for filmmakers and actors globally. This year, a total of 3,761 films from 116 countries and regions were submitted for the Golden Coconut Awards, and a number of important awards were unveiled at the closing ceremony.An Argentine film directed by Laura Citarella, "Trenque Lauquen," won the Best Picture award, followed by "After Sun," a drama film written and directed by Charlotte Wells, which won the Special Jury Prize. Shortlisted for this years Golden Coconut Awards, the Chinese film "The Cord of Life" reaped the Best Artistic contribution.The Best Director award went to French filmmaker Alice Diop for her film "Saint Omer," based on the 2016 French court case of Fabienne Kabou.The Best Actor and Best Actress awards went to French actor Karim Leklou for the work "Goutte dOr" and Vera Gemma for her performance in "Vera."
Thirteen years of "Avatar" first premiered, "Avatar: The Way of Water," directed by James Cameron hit the theaters.Jake and his family exile themselves to the Metkayina reef people clan at Pandoras eastern seaboard, where they are given shelter. The family learns the ways of the reef people and develops a spiritual bond with the majestic sea creatures.Among them, the tulkuns became their good friends. The tulkuns that roam the vast waters are enormous and intelligent, as well as more spiritual and emotional, with their own language and individual names. They have family histories, mathematics, poetry, and sophisticated music and never attack foreigners. However, they are always hunted because of the anti-aging viscous liquid.The tulkuns are similar to the humpback whale in the real world, which suffer from a similar situation.Humpback whales are huge creatures that roam the vast oceans, with adults reaching lengths of more than 10 meters and weighing nearly 30 tonnes, and they feed mainly on small crustaceans such as krill.During the summer, humpback whales feed in the cold waters of high latitudes, such as Alaska, Antarctica, Iceland, Norway and the east coast of Canada and the United States.Before the mid-nineteenth century, the global population of humpback whales once reached 150,000. But over the next century, they were hunted extensively, which saw the population decline to 20,000 in 1966.In 1982, the International Whaling Commission decided there should be a pause in commercial whaling on all whale species and populations from the 1985/1986 season onwards. This measure has also become a guarantee that humpback whales can reproduce properly.Currently, the humpback whale population is increasing in numbers. But the species still faces difficulties, like climate change, collisions with ships and noise pollution, which force it away from its traditional breeding grounds.According to a new study published in Frontiers in Marine Sci...
At a theater decorated with Chinese-style red lanterns, a group of Egyptian students are singing, dancing and acting on the stage in fluent Chinese.The students, coming from the Chinese language departments and Confucius institutes of several public and private universities across Egypt, are partici
Yak husbandry is one of the leading industries in the highland areas in Gansu province.Photo/Xinhua Yaks used to be everything for Tsering Thondup, 51, an ethnic Tibetan and formerly a nomadic herder from Northwest China's Gansu province. He once raised some 40 yaks in the pasture, barely making e
Skiers practice their skills at a ski resort in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in mid-December. [Photo provided to China Daily] Winter market in spotlight as firms tempt tourists energized by Olympics Local tourists and leisure trips are key factors in shaping this season's domestic ice and
In its first performing season, Qingxin Ensemble will give eight concerts at the Anglican Art Centre, the home to the historic Anglican Church. [Photo provided to China Daily] Moving from the traditional concert hall venue, young ensemble plays to a wider audience, Chen Nan reports. It was a chi
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Polar bears in Canadas Western Hudson Bay — on the southern edge of the Arctic — are continuing to die in high numbers, a new government survey of the land carnivore has found. Females and bear cubs are having an especially hard time.FILE - A male polar bear walks along the shore of Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba, Aug. 23, 2010. (Photo: The Canadian Press via AP)Researchers surveyed Western Hudson Bay — home to Churchill, the town called ‘the Polar Bear Capital of the World, — by air in 2021 and estimated there were 618 bears, compared to the 842 in 2016, when they were last surveyed.“The actual decline is a lot larger than I would have expected,” said Andrew Derocher, a biology professor at the University of Alberta who has studied Hudson Bay polar bears for nearly four decades. Derocher was not involved in the study.Since the 1980s, the number of bears in the region has fallen by nearly 50%, the authors found. The ice essential to their survival is disappearing.Polar bears rely on arctic sea ice — frozen ocean water — that shrinks in the summer with warmer temperatures and forms again in the long winter. They use it to hunt, perching near holes in the thick ice to spot seals, their favorite food, coming up for air. But as the Arctic has warmed twice as fast as the rest of the world because of climate change, sea ice is cracking earlier in the year and taking longer to freeze in the fall.That has left many polar bears that live across the Arctic with less ice on which to live, hunt and reproduce.Polar bears are not only critical predators in the Arctic. For years, before climate change began affecting people around the globe, they were also the best-known face of climate change.Researchers said the concentration of deaths in young bears and females in Western Hudson Bay is alarming.“Those are the types of bears we’ve always predicted would be affected by changes in the environment,” said Stephen Atkinson, the lead author who has studied polar bears f...
Under her mothers influence, Cai Qun (right) learns the batik and embroidery techniques. (Photo provided to China Daily)Almost as soon as Cai Qun was born, 42 years ago, in a Miao village in Zhijin county, Guizhou provinces Bijie city, her mother started to make her wedding dress. It took her around 15 years to finish the traditional Miao garment, as each step, from making the thread and weaving the fabric to each stitch of embroidery, was entirely handmade.Inspired by her mother, Cai fell in love with the traditional batik and embroidery techniques. She has been learning these skills from her mother since she was 8.When Cai also became a mother to a daughter, she took more than a decade to make a similar dress, with embroidered dragon heads, fishtails, butterflies and phoenixes, representing prosperity, happiness and good fortune.Known as "fingertip ballet", the batik technique of the Miao ethnic group in Zhijin county, which has a history of more than 2,000 years, was enlisted as a national intangible cultural heritage last year.In Zhijin, the embroiderers use a copper knife that has been dipped in liquid wax to outline a pattern on white cloth. They then embroider along the pattern."The patterns of the batik are passed down generation to generation, and the circular patterns, which are almost perfect, are all hand-drawn without the use of a ruler or compass," Cai says.
A group of black storks play in the Mianman River in Jingxing County, North China’s Hebei Province,on Thursday. Known as the “giant panda of birds” because of its scarcity, the black stork is an endangered rare bird in the world and is on a special national protection list. With its efforts made to improve its ecological environment in recent years, Jingxing has attracted many rare birds to the county.
The Year of the Rabbit is just around the corner, with Chinese New Year arriving on January 22 in 2023.After gathering countless audiences favorite options and through systematic and informative big data research, the 2023 Spring Festival Gala official logo and mascot image, "Tu Yuanyuan," was born. It is the first intellectual property mascot generated through big data analysis in the 40-year history of the Spring Festival Gala.2023 Spring Festival Gala official mascot image "Tu Yuanyuan." (Photo: CMG)The design of the mascot "Tu Yuanyuan" was completed in four months by Chen Xiangbo, the director and chief curator of Guan Shanyue Art Museum in Shenzhen, and the visual design team of the Spring Festival Gala. The overall image is based on the characteristics of the Chinese white rabbit and incorporates the aesthetic style of gongbi, a careful realist technique in Chinese painting, and then completed using 3D modeling technology.At precisely 8 p.m. on Lunar New Years Eve in practically every Chinese household, with food and family in front of a intermingling songs, dance, comic sketches, opera, and folk arts-based extravaganza on TV is customary ritual in ushering in the new year in todays China.The Spring Festival Gala, hosted by China Media Group (CMG), known as "Chunwan" in Chinese, has become an essential part of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration since 1983.The official logo for the 2023 Spring Festival Gala was framed from the upward jumping posture of "Tu Yuanyuan," and it is also an illusion of the Chinese calligraphic cursive character "Mao (卯)."The 2023 Spring Festival Gala will air on Spring Festival Eve, which falls on January 21.
Lin Jing, senior vice-president of Eternal Group, delivers a speecn through an online meeting. (Photo provided to China Daily)On Dec 14, the Chinese Perfume Industry Research White Paper 3.0 was published in Shanghai during an online press conference jointly organized by Eternal Group and Kantar China. The white paper seeks to provide a valuable reference for the industry to explore new trends in the "smell economy".Lin Jing, senior vice-president of Eternal Group, said that although a certain degree of economic downturn has had a certain impact on the cosmetics and perfume markets, compared with the 50 percent penetration rate of cosmetics, the current penetration rate of perfumes in the Chinese market is only 10 percent. There is still a wide space in the market waiting to be developed.Li Xiaojie, senior research director of Innovation & Customer Experience Business of Kantar China, mentioned that Chinese consumers are pursuing more meaningful uniqueness to show their own taste in subtleties. Consumer behaviors have also changed, mainly five areas, namely customer base, emotional value, preference for "pure aesthetics", feeling value and omni-channel connection.Wang Wei, chief operating officer of Eternal Group pointed to the home fragrance sector as the growth driver of the industry — consumers use of various aromatherapy categories increased significantly in 2022. It is an area worthy of in-depth exploration and research by industry practitioners.
The brand new Michelin Guide Beijing 2023 selection was unveiled on Wednesday through an online ceremony, adding four one-star restaurants to the capitals world-class dining scene.It highlighted two three-Michelin Star establishments, three two-Michelin Stars, 31 one-Michelin Stars, 19 Bib Gourmands as well as 53 Selected restaurants. Three hospitality talents received Michelin special awards, including the Michelin Sommelier Award, a recognition presented in Beijing for the first time.Gwendal Poullennec, the international director of the Michelin Guides, acknowledged the commitment and dedication of the industry to welcoming guests, running restaurants, managing teams, and keeping the food industry alive despite recent challenges."The Michelin Guide team has been very impressed by the quality of the culinary propositions that Beijing has continued to create. Whether it is to enjoy popular or traditional regional Chinese cuisines, or experience international or very innovative offers, gourmets can find in Beijing a rare gastronomic kaleidoscope. This is of course proudly and boldly shaped by chefs and teams whose skills, passion and commitment are outstanding and always improving," Poullennec said.The two restaurants which were awarded three Stars in the last edition — vegetarian restaurant Kings Joy and Taizhou cuisine restaurant Xin Rong Ji (Xinyuan South Road) — maintain the highest distinction for another year in the 2023 edition.Chao Shang Chao, Jingji and Shanghai Cuisine maintained Two Michelin Stars, shedding a special light on outstandingly interpreted Teochew, Beijing and Shanghai cuisines.With the Michelin Green Star, the Michelin Guide is committed to encouraging efforts toward sustainable gastronomy in the hospitality industry. By promoting eco-friendly role models, it raises awareness among chefs and restaurateurs, as well as the general public.Restaurant Kings Joy, which takes sustainable actions in the daily practice of the...
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