hina’s financial center Shanghai boasts the best business environment in the country, according to a report on China’s urban busi
ness environment index jointly released by the China Strategic Culture Promotion Association, the C
hina Economic Media Association, WANB Institute and YICAI Research Institute.
With an index of 86.73, Shanghai topped the list of Chinese cities with best business environment, followed by the capi
tal city Beijing at 84.63, and then Shenzhen, in South China‘s Guangdong province, at 84.48.
The report evaluates Chinese cities according to five “soft environment” indexes — technological innovation, finan
cing, talent, culture and life — and two “hard environment” indexes, natural resources and infrastructure.
Laoshan district in Qingdao, Shandong province has launched a global compet
ition for cultural and innovative designs, offering a top prize of 50,000 yuan ($7,370).
The competition will run till July 30, and organizers will invite experts to
review collected works in August, with winners expected to be announced September.
The collection is divided into two sections: production
designs and special projects from individuals and groups, at home and abroad.
Production designs are to range from art crafts to prints, digital product
s, cartoons, furniture, as well as garments, while special projects can be related to sc
ulpture, tourism, festivals and even red cultural heritage, the color embodying China’s revolutionary spirit.
“So far, eight nations－Venezuela, Bolivia, Algeria, Egypt, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia－have applied for places for some 20 candidates.”
Cui, meanwhile, said he looks forward to collaborating with his foreign students in the future.
During the ongoing International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 in Beijing’s Yanqing district, reporters fro
m various local and international media outlets can expect 5G technology coverage and floriculture lectures at the media center.
According to Ma Guoying, deputy head of the publicity and planning department of the expo’s coordinat
ion bureau, the media center, which opened on April 27, is fully covered by 5G-the fifth-generation wireless network.
“Reporters can get a 4K high-definition view of the expo through the 5G network,” she said.
Andres Osorio, a Colombian reporter who arrived on the center’s opening day, said it was easy to use.
“I am convinced that some of the students will become our partners in the future. Actuall
y, the former director of the Venezuelan space agency was one of the trainees here at the institute.
“So by teaching them, we are promoting not only spacecraft knowledge, but also China’s space industry standards.”
More domestic airlines are launching new flights connecting less-densely populated small
er Chinese cities, and those areas are seeing me growth in air traffic than major cities.
Last year, the airports of Quanzhou in Fujian province, Nantong, Changzhou and Xuzhou in Jiangsu province, Jieyang in G
uangdong province and Yichang in Hubei province saw their annual passenger throughput reach 2.5 million, a jum
p of more than 30 percent year-on-year, according to data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
In 2018, passenger throughput growth of major cities’ airports was less than 10 percent year-on-year, while the growth rates
of a number of third – and fourth-tier cities’ airports were higher than 20 percent, the data showed.
“It’s key for carriers to seize good flight times. Many domestic ai
rlines would like to launch flights to major cities like Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou, but
repaired and replaced. Some 202 of them, including images of sunflowers, landscapes
, workers and soldiers, have been placed on the two sets of railings on the bridge to maintain its original appearance.
Guo Jian, deputy director of the Nanjing Center of Public Project Construction, said
the bridge could be used safely for another 100 years if properly maintained.
“The comprehensive examination before the bridge was closed showed that it was in its prime,” he
said. “The bridge has been reliable for years, even after several ships collided with the piers. The flow of traf
fic and the speed of vehicles have far exceeded the original design but have not affected its solidity.”
Yang, from the Nanjing Institute for Urban and Transportation Planning and Des
ign, said the bridge will continue to serve as a major road, rail and marine structure.
“It has been a witness to and participant in the country’s 40 years of fast development. It will g
reatly help the economic and traffic development of Nanjing, the province and the country,” Yang added.
The shared accommodation industry should follow a “platform plus” model to inject new impetus in China’s pre-owned hou
sing market, said the co-founder of Beijing home-sharing company Xiaozhu during the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan.
‘Platform plus’ is a reference to China’s Internet Plus strategy t
o integrate new technologies, such as AI, big data, and cloud computing, in traditional industries.
Chen Chi, also the company’s CEO, made the remarks while discussing future trends in Chi
na’s sharing economy with founders from other industry players, such as Booking.com, Grab, and VIPKid.
“The ‘platform plus’ strategy is to complete the missing links in the service industry chain,” Chen said.
“Xiaozhu has been offering numerous value-added services, ranging from housekeeping, ho
me interior photography to smart devices, so as to provide shared home users with a more convenient living environment.”