Jingzhu Village in Chongqing among Best Tourism Villages of 202(1/5)                5 Photos

Jingzhu Village in Chongqing among Best Tourism Villages of 202(1/5)

Jingzhu Village in Chongqing among Best Tourism Villages of 2022(1/5)

Leopard captured in Taihang Mountains            5 Photos

Leopard captured in Taihang Mountains

Leopard captured in Taihang Mountains(1/5)

Villages of Dazhai, Jingzhu named best for tourism in 2022

Tourists enjoy a panoramic view of Dazhai village in Longsheng, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, in spring. (Photo: China Daily)Two villages have been named the Best Tourism Villages 2022 by the World Tourism Organization, thanks to their achievements in balancing tourism with economic development while adhering to environmental protection.According to the organization, 32 villages in 18 countries and regions including Austria, Chile and China were awarded the recognition late on Tuesday. Chinas Dazhai village in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region and Jingzhu village in Chongqing won the recognition.Dazhai village, in Guangxis Longsheng autonomous county of various ethnic groups, has terraced fields of around 66 square kilometers that have a history of over 2,300 years. The terraced fields and exotic culture of the Yao ethnic group and their unique architecture attract tens of thousands of visitors every year.Figures cited from the countys culture and tourism bureau show that tourism development in Dazhai has brought tangible economic benefits to villagers and created more jobs for them after the village started to develop tourism around 2003.According to the bureau, the village only received 32,000 visits in 2004, while the number surged to nearly 798,000 in 2019 before COVID-19 emerged.The villagers average income among its 1,212 people of 271 households, also saw a rise from 700 yuan per year ($100) to over 34,500 yuan in 2019, the bureau said. The village received over 600,000 visitors in 2021 despite facing the COVID-19 epidemic, and earned tourism revenue of 528 million yuan that year.Yang Qingguo, the countys director of the culture and tourism bureau, said the village has fostered a sustainable development model of sightseeing, cultural experience of the Yao ethnic group and agriculture."The Yao people have made their traditional costumes and customs highlights of the villages tourism, and the development of tourism help...

A winter's tale

Sunset rays illuminate the Seventeen-Arch Bridge on Winter Solstice at the Summer Palace in Beijing. (Photo by Wang Baosheng/For China Daily)On Dec 21, 2016, the gate of Yangs Family Temple in Yangjia village, Sanmen county, Taizhou city, Zhejiang province, was decorated with flags and lanterns, and couplets were pasted up. Red candles lit up the smiling faces of the villagers. For the locals, the celebration of dongzhi, or Winter Solstice, the 22nd solar term on Chinese traditional calendar, is no less important than Spring Festival.The occasion came after the practice of Twenty-Four Solar Terms was officially included on the UNESCO world intangible cultural heritage list on Nov 30 that year, and a variety of traditional folk activities to celebrate Winter Solstice were held across the country.Since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the descendants of the Yang family have used the Winter Solstice to pay tribute to their ancestors, and they gradually formed a set of ceremonies. In order to celebrate the success at UNESCO, Yangs family temple underwent renovation before the ceremony.At 4:40 am, the winter sacrifice ceremony began. The clansmen stood up, lit firecrackers and played music. The chief worshipper performed nine kowtows, three offerings, and read blessings. "Winter Solstice Festival is not just a formality, there is a lot of attention here. The more precise the movements, the more respectful we are," the inheritor of the festival, 87-year-old Yang Yaxing, was quoted as saying by China News Service."It is a ceremony of gratitude to the ancestors. Through offering sacrifices to winter, it conveys gratitude to nature, highlights the moral concepts of advocating ancestral virtues, respecting the old and loving the elderly, and realizes family harmony and cohesion."

Concert featuring ancient poetry set to debut in the US

A concert that features Tang Dynasty (618-907) poems is set to hit the United States next month to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year and the 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia Orchestra's historic 1973 tour of China.

Siberian tiger footprints found in NE China's forest

Footprints and other evidence of wild Siberian tigers have been found in the Tianqiaoling forest area, northeast Chinas Jilin Province, the local forest bureau and public security bureau said on Monday.On December 4, footprints of a wild Siberian tiger were found by a villager in a valley within the forest. Staff from the local wild animal protection department determined that the prints had been left by an adult male wild Siberian tiger.Ten days later, further Siberian tiger footprints were found near a highway, together with marks where it had lain down.When the animal protection staff of Tianqiaoling forestry bureau examined infrared camera data, they found that a wild Siberian tiger was filmed walking in the forest on December 15.In response to these discoveries, the local forest bureau and public security bureau have taken precautionary measures to prevent conflict between the tigers and the local human population.(Cover image courtesy of Tianqiaoling forestry bureau)

Sci-fi inspired singer praises her roots

Zhu Jingxi, a Dai woman from Puer city, Southwest Chinas Yunnan province, aims to merge cyberpunk style with traditional Chinese cultural elements in her visual and musical expressions. (Photo provided to China Daily)Clad in flame-red techwear, adorned with ornaments of various sizes, singer-songwriter Zhu Jingxi announced her presence with the stage visuals embodying cyberpunk aesthetics and her intoxicating voice imbued with a certain ethereal beauty.The Dai performer, born in Puer, Southwest Chinas Yunnan province, successfully brought the inner diva out of her at the 88rising "Head in the Clouds" music festival held in Manila, the Philippines, on Dec 10.Resolving to maintain cyberpunk style in her music and stage persona, Zhu enjoys being a storyteller of her futuristic fantasies through a portfolio that ranges from electronic music, pop to rock and folk.But without a doubt, electronic music is her bedrock.She knew that she wanted to be a singer from childhood.And she remembers clearly when that magical moment came that changed her life.In 2002, when she was 14, she heard Teardrop by Bristols trip-hop legend Massive Attack.The start resonates like a pulse, similar to a heartbeat. As the melodic line jumps in, metallic and enigmatic, followed by slow notes, she felt like "being pulled into a dreamlike universe"."I was shocked and then became obsessed with music with similar psychedelic accents," she says.Being a sci-fi fanatic, she found that many of those novels, animations and films in the field would discuss topics including how to explore ones inner world.Within the frame of cyberpunk aesthetics, she is able to delve into a wide variety of topics both in the virtual world and reality."In this era of high tech, how can we cope with our limitations and find a new way out?" she exemplifies.Zhu reinvented herself as cyborg persona Akini Jing in 2019.The next year, she released a concept album...

​Tsinghua attempts to find patterns for 'symbiosis of all things'

The Academy of Arts and Design of Tsinghua University kicked off its annual art and design education event on Dec. 15, 2022, attempting to find patterns in the symbiosis of all things through tracing constants in variables, macro in micro and consensus in diversity.

Long-distance bus travel services resume in Beijing       5 Photos

Long-distance bus travel services resume in Beijing

Long-distance bus travel services resume in Beijing(1/5)

Chinese buzzwords for 2022 unveiled

BEIJING, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- China released the 10 most popular Chinese buzzwords in 2022 on Tuesday, with Chinese modernization topping the list.File photo: CGTNWhole-process peoples democracy, digital economy, words related to the space station mission, and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics also made the list.A list of new Chinese words in 2022, including winter economy and NFT collection, was also unveiled.Stability and the Partys 20th National Congress were selected as the buzzwords of the year for China, while war and the Russia-Ukraine conflict were selected for the world.An algorithm based on a corpus of Chinese characters was used in drawing up the lists, and the final results were confirmed by experts and researchers.Having been held for 17 consecutive years, the buzzword selection is an annual event jointly launched by the National Language Resources Monitoring and Research Center, the Commercial Press, and others.

Taste the frozen food in northern China

Frozen food reflects the natural conditions and social customs of northern China, and also the local people’s wisdom in coping with the cold.(Photos provided to Peoples Daily)In the freezing weather of minus 40 degrees Celsius in Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, food stored outside becomes a pleasing specialty in winter. Frozen fruits are juicy and soft. Frozen pears and frozen yellow peaches are popular. Frozen tofu with a solid texture is a common ingredient in hot pot and stew. Frozen fish is the best choice for nutrition supplements.(Edited by Sun Tianren and Zhu Dan; Photos: Hulunbeierren)

Terry Hall, singer of ska band The Specials, dies aged 63

Terry Hall, frontman of British ska band The Specials, has died at the age of 63, his bandmates announced Monday. In this file photo taken on August 12, 2012 British lead vocal and member of The Specials, Terry Hall performs at the BT London Live - Closing Ceremony celebration concert in Hyde Park, London, on the last day of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Photo: AFP)Hall shot to fame in the 1970s as the modish lead singer of the socially conscious 2 Tone band, which was formed with a multi-racial, anti-racism objective.The Specials found success on the UK charts, notching seven consecutive top 10 singles, including "Ghost Town" and "Too Much Too Young".Hall died after a brief illness, The Specials said in a statement."It is with great sadness that we announce the passing, following a brief illness, of Terry, our beautiful friend, brother and one of the most brilliant singers, songwriters and lyricists this country has ever produced," they wrote on Twitter. "His music and his performances encapsulated the very essence of life… the joy, the pain, the humour, the fight for justice, but mostly the love."No cause of death was given, and the band asked for respect for Halls family.Born in Coventry in 1959, Hall spoke of being abducted by a paedophile ring at the age of 12 and subsequently struggling with depression and addiction. Hall joined The Specials, then called the Automatics, in 1977.Their popularity peaked with "Ghost Town" in 1981, a prophetic hit about Britains unemployment, economic decline and urban violence that was released just ahead of summer riots over the polices use of stop-and-search tactics. After the success of "Ghost Town", Hall and bandmates Neville Staple and Lynval Golding split off to form "Fun Boy Three", a new wave pop group. Hall went solo in 1984 and later rejoined The Specials for a 2008 reunion tour. Over the course of his career, Hall collaborated with a...

'Avatar 2' makes waves with $134 million debut in US

This image released by 20th Century Studios shows Britain Dalton, as Loak, in a scene from "Avatar: The Way of Water." (Photo: AP)“ Avatar: The Way of Water ” didn’t make quite as big of a splash as many assumed it would, but James Cameron’s big budget spectacle still helped breathe life into the box office this weekend. The sequel earned $134 million from North American theaters and $300.5 million internationally for a $434.5 million global debut, according to studio estimates on Sunday.It tied with “The Batman” as the fourth highest domestic debut of the year, behind “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” ( $187.4 million in May ), “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” ( $181 million in November ) and “Thor: Love and Thunder” ($144.2 million in July).Expectations were enormous for “Avatar 2,” which carried a reported price tag of over $350 million, the pressure of following up the highest grossing film of all time (thanks in part to various re-releases) over a decade later and the daunting task of propping up an exhibition business that’s still far from normal. Everything “Avatar” is oversized, though: the Na’vi characters, the runtime (a staggering three hours and 12 minutes), the technical advancements and the release strategy from 20th Century Studios and The Walt Disney Co.Going into the weekend many were expecting a domestic debut of at least $150 million. Some even said $175 or higher, but tracking has also not been as reliable a metric during the pandemic.Disney saw early that “The Way of Water” was going to be a different kind of beast when they looked at pre-sales. For a normal, spoiler-heavy movie like many Marvel offerings, post-opening weekend sales are usually around 5%. For “The Way of Water,” they were at 20%. In other words, the company knew that tracking was overinflated.“We’ve got a terrific movie that is playing across all demographics and (has) terrific word of mouth,” said Tony Chambers, the Walt Disney Co.’s executive vice p...

Chinese brews indispensable part of cultural diversity

Mastering China's tea etiquette is even occasionally cited as the key to success in guides for foreign businesspeople in China.

International film festival opens in China's Hainan

Actress Chen Duling performs at the opening ceremony of the fourth Hainan Island International Film Festival in Sanya, Hainan province on Dec 18, 2022. Photo/Sina Weibo account of Hainan Island International Film Festival The fourth Hainan Island International Film Festival opened Sunday in Sanya,

Tang Dynasty poems concert to celebrate CNY

Hao Jiang Tian (right) and Martha Liao (left), co-founders of the iSING! Suzhou International Young Artists Festival, preview the January 2023 premiere of "Echoes of Ancient Tang Poems" on Dec 8 at Asia Society. (Photo: China Daily)A concert that features Ancient Tang poems is set to hit the US next month to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year and the 50th anniversary of The Philadelphia Orchestras historic 1973 tour of China.The program entitled Echoes of Ancient Tang Poems is set to release on Jan 6 and 7, 2023 in Philadelphia and New York. iSING! Suzhou and The Philadelphia Orchestra present the program.The show, led by former Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman, features ancient Chinese lyrical texts from young composers who were selected from the 2020 iSING! Composition Competition.The 2020 iSING! Composition Competition is a five-month-long process of selecting winning composers from more than 200 entries from nine countries. The panel of judges included Hao Jiang Tian, renowned bass, iSING! founder and artistic director.Founded in 2011, iSING! Art Festival is the first international vocal art festival in China. iSING!founders discuss their campaign to champion singing in Mandarin Chinese in the international classical music world, from training young singers in Mandarin language, to curating a new repertory through their 2020 iSING! International Composer Competition and culminating in a full-evening program first presented by the Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre.Since 2014, over 380 singers from more than 30 countries were selected to come to China to participate in the annual iSING! Suzhou Art Festival.Poets of the Tang Dynasty featured in the incoming program Echoes of Ancient Tang Poems include Li Bai, Bai Juyi, Du Fu, Du Mu, Zhang Ji, and Wang Bo."I was initially worried about being able to connect both historically and culturally," said Fernando Buide del Real in an official press statement. "But I soon re...

The odyssey continues

A scene from The Three-Body Animation, based on the "Remembrance of Earths Past" trilogy. (Photo provided to China Daily)Since The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, the enthusiasm for science fiction among the Chinese readers has run higher than ever.Its the first book of the "Remembrance of Earths Past" trilogy — also referred to as the "Three-Body" trilogy — that tells the story of Chinese physicist Ye Wenjie making contact with the Trisolarans, an alien civilization intent on invading Earth to escape their endangered motherland.The Three-Body Animation, a 15-episode series based on The Dark Forest, the second novel of the critically acclaimed trilogy, recently premiered on video-sharing platform Bilibili.The first two episodes debuted on Dec 10, generating over 120 million views within 12 hours and stoking heated debate online. A new episode will be broadcast every Saturday.With other big-budget TV series and movie adaptations in the works, the animation is the first to air, amid much anticipation from both fans of the books and a general audience. So far, other adaptations have only released trailers."The first two episodes fulfilled my anticipation and the story was largely faithful to the original work. I like the thrilling plot and the good combination of scenes and special effects," says Zhou Si, a book fan of the trilogy since 2013.

Christopher Doyle on stage and film

Christopher Doyle sits down with CGTN. /CGTN Christopher Doyle is a cinematographer whose name has become synonymous with the great works of recent Chinese language cinema. CGTN sat down with him, talking about the differences between stage and film, and how life experience ha

Hainanese chicken rice all the rage in SE Asia

Boiled chicken, rice cooked with chicken oil, and dip make up the simple and delicious Hainan chicken rice, which has been lingering nostalgia for overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia. The most important thing for cooking Hainanese chicken rice is to choose chicken of good quality, use Thai fragrant rice, and make the dipping sauce thick. Photo/XinhuaMore than a century ago, more and more Hainan people went across the ocean to Southeast Asia, bringing along their native dish Hainanese chicken rice.As time went by, Hainanese chicken rice gradually became a popular dish in Southeast Asian countries, including Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.Located in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, Andrew Wong Hainanese Chicken Rice restaurant is quite famous among the locals.Andrew Wong Hin Hau, the owner, whose ancestral home is Qionghai, Hainan Province, has been cooking Hainan chicken rice since 2003.Wong gets up at around 4 a.m. every day to buy the ingredients at the market, starts to prepare the dish at 5:30 a.m. and gets everything ready around 10:30 a.m..He said the most important thing for cooking Hainanese chicken rice is to choose chicken of good quality, use Thai fragrant rice, and make the dipping sauce thick. "Hainanese chicken rice looks ordinary, but it is not easy to make it well," said Wong.Wong has been constantly improving the recipe. "If the guests are not satisfied, I will find a way to make it better," he said, adding that however, he never replaced the ingredients with cheaper ones. "You cant cheat your customers by using inferior ingredients just because prices keep rising."Over these years, Wong always tries local Hainanese chicken rice when he goes to a new place, such as Shanghai, Hong Kong and Thailand. He wants to make his restaurant better by studying the dish at other restaurants.In his eyes, Hainanese chicken rice is a delicacy and heritage from his hometown. "As a Hainanese, Im proud to cook Hainanese chicken ri...

Canal program shows route of global progress

A bilingual program focuses on cities with important canals, such as Venice, Italy and Beijing. It is attended by guests from different countries.[Photo provided to China Daily] As a closing event of the second Beijing International Canal Arts Fest, a three-episode bilingual video program, Destin

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