'Dragon raises head' across China


Popular TV series revisits Chinese entrepreneurs' stuggle in 1990s

Poster of  Wild Bloom. Photo provided to China Daily Wild Bloom, a popular TV series that revisits the early struggles of Chinese entrepreneurs from over three decades ago, has garnered attention overseas as it has been translated into over eight languages, including English and Arabic, accordin

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Beloved Japan-born giant panda Xiang Xiang returns to China

TOKYO, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Female giant panda Xiang Xiang on Tuesday morning left Tokyos Ueno Zoo to fly back to China, her home country.This photo taken on Feb. 19, 2023 shows giant panda Xiang Xiang at Ueno Zoological Gardens in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: Xinhua)Around 7:10 a.m. local time, a white truck carrying the five-year-old panda slowly drove out of Ueno Zoological Gardens, before heading to Narita International Airport.The panda will take a flight from the airport at 12:45 p.m. local time, and is expected to arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in southwest Chinas Sichuan Province at 5:25 p.m. Beijing time, said the zoo.Upon her return, Xiang Xiang will be sent to Bifengxia Giant Panda Base, a giant panda research and breeding facility in the city of Yaan, Sichuan, which is known as the hometown of giant pandas, according to the zoo.Xiang Xiang was born at Ueno Zoo in June 2017 to Shin Shin (female) and Ri Ri (male), two giant pandas on loan from China, where the ownership over the cubs they give birth to belongs.As the first panda naturally bred and raised at the zoo in nearly three decades since You You, born in 1988, Xiang Xiang gained huge popularity among Japanese people after she was born.She was originally scheduled to travel back to China by the end of December 2020, but her return was postponed multiple times due to her popularity in Japan and the COVID-19 pandemic.Now five years and eight months old, the panda has reached her breeding maturity."Considering the future of Xiang Xiang and the giant pandas as a species, it would be amazing if it found a good mate and breed in China," Yutaka Fukuda, director of Ueno Zoo, told Xinhua.

Jerry Yan's return to romance reignites nostalgia among fans

A scene in the romantic drama  The Forbidden Flower. Photo provided to China Daily Once a heartthrob idol who captured the hearts of a generation of Chinese viewers, actor Jerry Yan has returned to his familiar zone in the new romance drama, The Forbidden Flower. The 24-episode series, co-starri

'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania' tops North American box office on opening weekend

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Disney and Marvel Studios superhero film "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" topped the North American box office, showed figures from the measurement firm Comscore on Sunday.This image released by Disney shows Paul Rudd, from left, Kathryn Newton and Evangeline Lilly in a scene from "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania." (Photo: Disney/Marvel Studios via AP)With an estimated three-day cume of 104 million U.S. dollars on its opening weekend, it is the biggest opener so far this year in North America.Directed by Peyton Reed, "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" is the sequel to 2015s "Ant-Man" and 2018s "Ant-Man and the Wasp." The film, starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, officially kicks off phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.The film holds an approval rating of 47 percent based on 303 reviews to date on the review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. It earned a "B" on an "A+" to "F" scale from audiences polled by the market research firm CinemaScore.Overseas, "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" earned 121.3 million dollars this weekend for a global launch of 225.3 million dollars through Sunday. The film took in 133 million yuan (19.3 million U.S. dollars) on the Chinese mainland, showed data compiled by Maoyan, a Chinese movie-ticketing and film data platform.James Camerons science fiction film "Avatar: The Way of Water" came in second on its tenth weekend with 6.1 million dollars for a North American cume of 657 million dollars. The blockbuster, distributed by Disneys 20th Century Studios, has grossed an estimated 2.243 billion dollars worldwide.Rounding out the top three, Warner Bros. Pictures musical comedy "Magic Mikes Last Dance" generated 5.5 million dollars for a North American total of 18.1 million dollars through Sunday.

Chinese solar term Rain Water: Spring comes as ice melts away

Rain Water, or Yushui in Chinese, is the second of the 24 solar terms in the Chinese lunar calendar, following the Start of Spring, or Lichun."Rain during the spring time is as precious as oil" is a famous ancient Chinese saying.It starts on Sunday, or February 19, this year, and according to traditional beliefs, rainfall will be more frequent and temperatures will rise after a long winter.Rain Water is when spring makes its comeback. In large swathes of China, the temperature increases to above zero degrees Celsius, so the solar term of Rain Water is an important period for farmers to prepare for timely irrigation.The spring shower brings power and hop to the creatures. (Photo: VCG)As the famous Chinese saying goes, "Rain during the spring is as precious as oil," showcasing the importance of rain to plants and farming."Rain during the spring time is as precious as oil" is a famous ancient Chinese saying. (Photo: VCG)Married women in China traditionally visit their parents on the first day of Rain Water to express gratitude and wish them good health.Though the days are getting warmer during this solar term, it is still a little bit early to take off your heavy coat, for the winter chill still lingers in the air.(Compiled by Liu Hanyi; Cover image via CGTN)

Archaeologists report new finds at kiln site in northwest China

Archaeologists exploring a porcelain kiln site that dates back to the Western Xia Dynasty (1038-1227) have made major progress, including new finds, in Helan Mountain, northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, said the regional institute of archaeological research.

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Jiangxi duo grinds, sells traditional ink paste for paintings, calligraphy

As every Chinese schoolchild knows, pen, ink, paper and inkstone are the ancient scholar's four treasures of the study. (Photos: Shi Jiamin; Compiled by Chen Xirui)There is a fifth: grinding and dyeing ink with water to create an ink paste.The brothers Zhang are heirs to this intangible cultural heritage.Zhang Weiguo and Weizhong have refined the traditional materials, ingredients and production processes at their workshop in the Jinxian county town of Wengang, Nanchang city of Jiangxi Province.They sell their specialist ink paste products to painters and calligraphers across China, Singapore, South Korea and Japan.

Live performances back in business

A Yingge dance troupe from Shantou, Guangdong province, performs at Aranya, a popular coastal resort in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province. (Photo: China Daily)A group of 22 young people gathered at the airport in Shantou, Guangdong province, at 8 am on Jan 22, the first day of Chinese New Year, for a flight to Beijing, more than 2,000 kilometers from their hometown.That afternoon, they took a four-hour bus journey from the Chinese capital, arriving at their destination, Aranya, a popular coastal resort in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province, just before sunset.Members of a Yingge dance troupe, the group gave three shows on Jan 23 and 24, with each performance lasting about 20 minutes. This type of dancing is intended to drive away evil spirits and bring good luck and peace.Yingge dance troupes performing during Spring Festival typically attract large crowds to watch an art form that dates to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).The performers usually hold two short sticks, jump up and down, and sing to powerful rhythms. They also wear makeup to indicate different characters.Zhang Shaoqun, leader of the troupe, who also performs Yingge dance, said: "It was the first time the troupe had performed in a city in northern China. We started preparing for the shows at 4 am, and the first performance began at 10 am."It was very cold outside and the performers wore thin costumes. The audience members were very kind — giving us gloves to keep us warm. It was an unforgettable experience for all of us."It was also a new experience for audiences to watch Yingge dance, one of the oldest and most popular folk arts in Guangdong, which combines dancing, martial arts and Chinese opera. The visitors clapped, cheered and took photos and videos of the performers.China celebrated the first Spring Festival since optimizing its COVID-19 control measures.Zhang said that when a wave of infections led to a sharp decline in the performing arts market, the troupe remained inactive for about three years...

Information is the destination

Zhu at a tulou, a typical residential compound built between the 15th and 20th centuries in Fujian province. (Photo: China Daily)Tour guide gives his clients a different perspective as he broadens their minds, Yang Feiyue reports.Zhu Ming has a way of drawing peoples attention and having them spontaneously lean in and listen to what he has to say.This talent has made the Zhejiang-based tour guide an internet sensation in recent years.Zhus charm has been proved by his more than 10 million followers on short-video platforms, such as Douyin and Kuaishou. Most of his fans claim they have been swept off their feet by the fun-filled but educational journeys Zhu takes them on."Whats underneath the Peoples Liberation Monument in Chongqing?""Whats worth exploring apart from kung fu at Shaolin Temple in Central Chinas Henan province?" "How difficult was the nine-day ancient imperial examination and how did the test takers manage to eat and sleep in a cramped test space in the interim?"

Hu Sheguang launches 2023 haute couture collection in Beijing

Sporting masks made of silver and black lace, models, all wearing colorful tall ponytails, strutted down the narrow runway, affording spectators an intimate view of some 150 garments from the couturier's latest creations.

Harry Styles, Beyoncé and Wet Leg win at UK's Brit Awards

Harry Styles on stage accepting the award for Artist of the Year at the Brit Awards 2023 in London, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023. (Photo: AP)It was Harrys night at the Brit Awards.Harry Styles won four prizes, including album of the year, at the U.K.s leading music awards Saturday, while female-led indie rock band Wet Leg took trophies for group of the year and best new artist.Beyoncé added two Brits to her crowded shelf of awards — international artist of the year and international song of the year, for “Break My Soul.”Styles took the album of the year trophy for “Harry’s House,” less than a week after winning the same category at the Grammy Awards. He also won for pop/R&B act, song of the year for “As It Was,” and artist of the year.Accepting the best-artist trophy, the global pop heartthrob thanked “my mum for signing me up for ‘X Factor,’” the talent show that brought him to fame with boyband One Direction.“I am very aware of my privilege up here tonight,” said Styles, who drew criticism for saying at the Grammys that “this doesn’t happen to people like me very often.” Some saw the comment as deaf to the struggles faced by artists from diverse backgrounds.Styles gave shoutouts to Charli XCX, Rina Sawayama, Mabel, Florence + The Machine and Becky Hill — performers who failed to make the Brits all-male artist of the year shortlist.Two years ago the Brits replaced separate male and female performer categories with gender-neutral awards in a bid to become more inclusive. But the change drew some criticism this year when the Brits announced a best-artist shortlist with no female acts.The move to gender-neutral prizes was among changes made in response to longstanding criticism that the Brits failed to reflect the diversity of British music. In 2017, the academy of more than 1,000 music industry professionals that chooses Brits winners was expanded in an attempt to make it more gender-balanced and diverse.Some musicians said more needs to be done.“There ...

Türkiye's Göbekli Tepe historic site raises alarm after quakes

The Göbekli Tepe, located in the Germuş mountains of southeastern Anatolia, Türkiye, could be at risk after a series of devastating earthquakes hit the country, according to a report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Tuesday.Although the agency has not yet received any reports of it being damaged, UNESCO said the Göbekli Tepe could be in danger as it is relatively close to the epicenter of the quakes.A file photo taken in 2022 shows pillars at the archaeological site of Göbekli Tepe in Türkiye. (Photo: CFP)These magnificent megalithic structures, in round-oval and rectangular shapes, were erected by hunter-gatherers in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic age between 9,600 and 8,200 BCE, according to an introduction on the World Heritage List on UNESCOs website. The monuments were probably used in connection with rituals, most likely of a funerary nature.A file photo taken in 2022 shows some animal images carved on pillars at the archaeological site of Göbekli Tepe in Türkiye. (Photo: CFP)Images of wild animals were carved on pillars, indicating the way of life and beliefs of people living in Upper Mesopotamia about 11,500 years ago.Several World Heritage sites have suffered damage of different levels of magnitude after the mega-earthquakes struck Türkiye and Syria, including the Ancient city of Aleppo, and the Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape.A file photo taken in 2022 shows archaeologists and workers at the Göbekli Tepe in Türkiye. (Photo: CFP)The UNs cultural body said it has undertaken an initial survey of the damage done to local heritage sites and is mobilizing its experts to establish a precise inventory of this to help secure and stabilize them.

UNESCO fears damage to Syrian, Turkish heritage following devastating earthquakes

People visit the tomb-sanctuary on Mount Nemrut, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Adiyaman Province, Türkiye, on June 7, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Tuesday expressed concerns over damage to Syrian and Turkish heritage sites, and vowed support for the two earthquake-devastated countries.Following an initial survey of damage to heritage carried out alongside national authorities, UNESCO said: "In Syria, UNESCO is particularly concerned about the situation in the Ancient city of Aleppo, which is on the List of World Heritage in Danger."Significant damage had been noted in the citadel, UNESCO said. The western tower of the old city wall had collapsed, and several buildings in the souks had been weakened.Meanwhile, in Türkiye, several buildings in the city of Diyarbakir have collapsed. The city is home to the World Heritage site "Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape", an important center for the Roman, Sassanid, Byzantine, Islamic and Ottoman periods.UNESCOs experts, with the cooperation of national authorities, are trying to establish a precise inventory of the damage to sites on the World Heritage List."My condolences go out to the families and loved ones of those who died. My thoughts are also with the injured and all those affected. Our Organization will provide assistance within its mandate," said Audrey Azoulay, UNESCOs Director-General.A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Türkiyes southern province of Kahramanmaras at 4:17 a.m. local time (0117 GMT) on Monday, followed by a magnitude 6.4 quake a few minutes later in the countrys southern province of Gaziantep, and a magnitude 7.6 earthquake at 1:24 p.m. local time (1024 GMT) in Kahramanmaras.The death toll in Türkiye climbed to 5,434 on Tuesday, while the number of people injured rose to 31,777, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said...

Cooking up treats with French and Chinese characteristics

Le Pigeon is one of the signature dishes of Phenix. (Photo: China Daily)One of the signature dishes of French cuisine in the Phenix in The PuLi Hotel and Spa, Shanghai, is Le Pigeon. As the name suggests, it has pigeon, foie gras, salsify and shiso. It is highly praised by customers and recommended by the chef.The executive chef of Phenix, Ugo Rinaldo, says the pigeon from Guangdong province makes the dish a unique cohesion between traditional French and Chinese recipes, which is also a feature of the restaurant that has been awarded one Michelin Star for the seventh consecutive year."The pigeon is a local product cooked in a French style that is used for foie gras. Then we have a Chinese sweet plum sauce, very similar to a French sweet plum. There is really a cohesion between what people will expect in a French restaurant but putting in local ingredients," says Rinaldo, who joined the restaurant in 2021.This commitment to the fine, fresh and good quality ingredients is not only the top mission of the restaurant, which opened in 2016, but also at the foundation Rinaldos cuisine philosophy, according to the chef.Besides appreciating the support from customers and also the challenges over last year, Rinaldo also sees changes ahead."We can see the trend of the Michelin-Starred restaurant has changed over the years in Shanghai."The city has a European way; there is also a mix of concepts," Rinaldo says.

Restaurants serve up romantic cuisine in preparation for Valentine's Day

Seasonal paper wrapped herbal cod fish by the Rug. (Photos: China Daily)As Valentines Day is approaching, restaurants in the capital are getting ready to celebrate the day of love with special menus and romantic ambiance.From intimate candlelit dinners to gourmet dining experiences, there are plenty of options for couples to choose from this Valentines Day.The Rugs WC Central store, which has witnessed many proposal scenes, has prepared a special set menu for the special day. The main dish, the seasonal paper wrapped herbal cod fish is a highlight which uses papers to wrap fresh cod together with fennel, tomatoes and other vegetables, roasting them in the oven. Once the paper is opened, the combined aromatic flavors of the ingredients brings together a French style feast. Italian-style set menu by Via Roma.Via Roma restaurant has prepared an Italian-style set menu for the day. The night starts with a very fresh bite of La Gillardeau Oyster with green apple and cucumber sorbet on top, followed by the classic Beef Carpaccio of Wagyu and creamy Parmesan cheese fondue, fresh truffle slices from Yunnan and black rye bread chips.The main course is Grilled Boston lobster and Angus beef tenderloin. The mix of seafood and red meat allows you to experience an explosion of tastes, textures and flavors. A la carte menu by one Michelin-starred restaurant Jing.One Michelin-starred restaurant Jing provides a French style dinner to the diners. The restaurant is filled with French romance, from the table settings to the lighting ambience. A special a la carte menu is paired together with complimenting wines to help create a festive and romantic atmosphere. The menu includes long leg crab meat, oysters, beef tartare and Maine lobster with a Marseille fish sauce.

New trend stirs cultural interest

Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons outlet at Shui On Plaza in Shanghai. The brand aims to launch localized drinks in the Chinese market. (Photo: China Daily)The popularity of new-style, tea-based beverages provides a gateway for young people to discover traditional Chinese tea customs, Li Yingxue reports.Blending traditional Chinese tea with coffee has recently become a new trend for purveyors of both beverage types.From the osmanthus oolong latte by coffee brand Manner, to a coffee drink with jasmine tea launched by Plus In Coffee in Chengdu, Sichuan province, young customers are welcoming the innovative concoctions.Mixing tea and coffee is not a new thing, as yuenyeung, or yuanyang, which generally consists of brewed coffee and black tea with sugar and milk, has long been a popular refreshment option in Hong Kong.Yuenyeung refers to a pair of mandarin ducks, one male and one female, and the drink usually combines a harmonious blend of equal parts of coffee and milk tea. The drink has provided inspiration for coffee and tea brands that are developing new products.As Chinas coffee and tea markets are both developing quickly, the new drinks have become a window through which young customers can understand and learn about traditional tea culture, breaking the stereotype that "only the middle-aged and elderly drink tea".During the Spring Festival holiday, 6.4 million cups of tea-based drinks were sold by tea maker Nayuki at its stores across China, with its sales increasing 120 percent year-on-year. Other new-style tea brands including Hey Tea, Lelecha and Chabaidao, all of which also saw increased sales.

Regular guest on Chinese variety show 'Informal Talks' dies in Türkiye earthquake

Photo of Idris Talha Kartav. (Photo: CGTN) Idris Talha Kartav, a Turkish guest on popular Chinese variety show "Informal Talks," was reported on Tuesday to have been found dead by rescuers in the ruins of a hotel in earthquake-stricken Türkiye.In 2016, Kartav first participated in "Informal Talks" as a representative of Türkiye and has been welcomed by Chinese viewers ever since.Kartav used to frequently express his affection for China on the internet, sharing his experiences of Chinese culture. He once expressed a wish to settle in Xiamen, southeast Chinas Fujian Province and had plans to purchase a house there and become a permanent Xiamen resident.In the past few days, many Chinese social media users have voiced concern about the safety of Kartav, as no one had heard from him since the deadly earthquakes struck Türkiye and Syria on Monday.A friend of Idris Talha Kartav pays tribute to him, saying, "Please remember him, remember this precious soul." (Photo: CGTN) The official account of the show "Informal Talks" and Kartavs friends issued tributes to him on social media after the news.Earthquakes struck southwest Türkiye and northern Syria on Monday, killing at least 20,000 people.

80 diplomats in Shanghai celebrate Chinese New Year at Yuyuan Garden

Photo: Courtesy of organizersMore than 80 diplomats from 51 foreign consulates in Shanghai recently celebrated the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) at the famous Yuyuan Garden, collectively experiencing the citys vibrant festive atmosphere.Yuyuan Garden is famous for its lantern show held almost every winter during the Spring Festival and Lantern Festival. During the lantern show tour on Monday, diplomats watched the beautiful lanterns designed as deities and monsters in ancient Chinese classic The Classic of Mountains and Rivers, or Shan Hai Jing.Diplomats also enjoyed traditional Chinese dancing and Yueju Opera performances. The event was jointly organized by Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office and Huangpu district government. Located in downtown Huangpu district, the time-honored Yuyuan Garden, together with its surrounding commercial areas, is one of Shanghais most popular destinations for both tourists and local residents to spend weekends and festivals.

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