Hohhot, capital of North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region has seen an influx of foreign residents over the past few years.
Traditionally, megacities such as Beijing and Shanghai have been popular with expats, but many are now choosing lesser known cities such as Hohhot.
Thanks to the city’s rapid economic growth, Hohhot is increasingly seen as an exciting place to live and work.
“I have lived here for nearly 14 years; I love everything here,” said Vincent, an expat from the Philippines.
Vincent came to Hohhot in 2006 to work as a foreign language teacher. S
ince then, he has learnt to speak fluent Chinese and has built a successful career in the city.
Hohhot has changed dramatically over the last few years; there are new expres
sways and significant improvements to public transportation networks, he said.
Most importantly, the city is becoming more and more environmentally friendly, he added.
The local culture has also proved attractive to foreigners arriving in the city.
Jason, an Irish expat, works in the city as a foreign language teacher. He
enjoys learning the local dialect and even decorated his house with red lanterns ove
r Spring Festival, despite not knowing anything about the festival when he first arrived in Hohhot.
I’m really pleased to be working here, and hope that I can make a valuable contribution to the city, he said.
The municipal government plans to continue making the city a welcoming environment for
expat workers, with a host of new preferential policies designed to make the city an attractive place to live in.
The annual Huaihua Beautiful Country Culture and Arts Festival recently took place in Huna
n province, aiming to involve more villagers in art creation and vitalize local culture.
Hosted by the China Art Association, Hunan Photographers Association and the Huaihua Feder
ation of Literary and Art Circles, this year’s arts festival featured local people performing a vari
ety of disciplines on stage, including wind and percussion music, group dance and Chinese operas.
Unique to this year’s arts festival is a photography exhibition, showcasing 50 pictures taken by mi
grant workers. The photos are selected from the award winners of the 2018 Hunan Province W
orkers Photography Exhibition.
“These photos focus on the extraordinary achievements made by laborers from all wa
lks of life, freeze-framing the wonderful moments of their daily work, presenting their diligence, endeavor and co
mmitment to innovation,” says Liang Xiangfeng, secretary-general of Hunan Photographers Association.
The exhibition is a major measure taken by the association in 2019 in its bid to use the arts to alleviate poverty and promote rural vitalization.
Founder of the arts festival, artist Shu Yong, says: “To vitalize the countryside, we must first vitalize rur
al culture. Only when the local villagers feel proud of their home and culture, can rural vitalization truly be realized.”
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro was released from the Albert Einstein
Hospital in Sao Paulo on Wednesday after convalescing from surgery and returned to the capital, Brasilia.
Bolsonaro spent 17 days in recovery, mainly in intensive or semi-intensive care units, but worked from his bedside for m
ost of that time, with his vice president, Hamilton Mourao, filling in for him for two of those days.
On the presidential campaign trail last year, Bolsonaro was stabbed in the abdomen by
a lone attacker. He required a colostomy and underwent surgery in late January to reverse the procedure.
The surgical procedure reportedly went well, but his recovery had some complications. Last week, he had fever and was diagn
osed with pneumonia, but his health improved and doctors said he was able to leave the hospital and return to Brasilia.
Bolsonaro commented on social networks about leaving the hospital, noting that the ma
n named Adelio Bispo who had attacked him had been a member of the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL).
At the time of the attack, the PSOL admitted Bispo had been a member, but said he quit the political organization years ago and was never very active.
So far, investigations have not uncovered a connection between the attacker and any Brazilian political party.
Swiping phones for payment is shaping up to be the new norm for Chinese people shopping oversea
s, as the adoption of mobile payment becomes more evenly distributed by age and geographical location.
Customers in their 50s saw a 1.3-fold increase in Alipay usage as they traveled overseas during the Spring Festival
holiday that concluded on Sunday, according to the country’s largest mobile wallet operator.
The age group has recorded the highest growth rate among all demographics tracked by Al
ipay, as more older people embrace digital payment at home and extend such habits overseas.
Meanwhile, those born in the 1990s, who grew up in relative material abundance and are more “digitally native”, formed the ba
kbone of outbound travel this year, data from Tencent’s popular messaging app WeChat showed.
They accounted for 31 percent of users who embarked on overseas trips, the biggest pr
oportion, and paid with WeChat’s embedded wallet, according to data released on Sunday.