or of the China Tourism Academy. “Compared to the United States, w
here 48 percent of its citizens hold a passport, the figure in China is only around 10 perce
nt. It’s estimated that the number of Chinese outbound travelers will reach 230 million in 2030.”
A report published by major Chinese travel agency Ctrip showed th
at 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May Day hol
iday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.
Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annually, began to i
ssue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese na
tionals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.
Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sri Lanka have starte
d to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.
ros horns, pangolin scales, dried sea horses, red corals, and hawksbill turtles, Zheng said.
A major overseas criminal gang once active in smuggling animals to Guangdong province has been busted following the crackdown, he said.
He suggested that further special campaigns will be launched to fight against such smuggling in the coming months.
Water pollution has forced many regions, especially in southern China, to change their sou
rces of drinking water, with many reaching out to the Yangtze River, a report said.
The contamination of water bodies has made drinking water in souther
n China more scarce, despite a dense network of waterways, according to the report, publ
ished earlier this year by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, an NGO.
A campaign to root out environmental violations at water intake sites is expect
ed to improve things, but environmental authorities should be aware that local governments may choose to aba
ndon their water intake sources to avoid rectifying problems, said Ma Jun, director of the institute.
More than 3,000 cooperation intentions were reached between Chinese government dep
artments and professional organizations, training agencies and overseas talent at the 17th Conf
erence on International Exchange of Professionals, which wrapped up in Shenzhen on Monday.
Over 1,500 enterprises, including well-known companies like Tencent, Huawei, Pin
gan, Vanke and BYD, presented talent with nearly 40,000 job opportunities at the conference.
The employers received more than 180,000 res
umes from job-seekers. More than 30,000 people reached preliminary agreements on employment.
As a platform on which international professionals and talent gather to exchange
ideas and explore development opportunities, the conference also features international cooperation.
Several high-level entrepreneurial programs, including [email protected] China, and the Ch
ina (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition, were held during the event.
China’s smartphone shipments fell 4.1 percent year on year in March to 26.94 million units, dat
a from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) showed.
Last month, smartphones made up 94.9 percent of all mobile phone shipments in the country, ac
cording to a report from the CAICT, a research institute under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Despite the mobile phone market shrinking, the drop has been moderated, said the report.
Overall mobile phone shipments went down 6 percent in March, narrowing from the 1
.9-percent slump in February to 28.37 million units, among which 95.1 percent were 4G phones.
Chinese-brand mobile phones accounted for 90.5 percent of total shi
pments last month, up from 90.3 percent in February 2019, according to the report.
Employees in Shanghai earn the highest monthly incomes in China, according to a report by 58 Tongcheng Recruitment Research Institute.
With an average monthly wage of 9,723 yuan ($1,447.64), Shanghai, China’s financial ce
nter, tops the country’s income rankings, the report on talent flow in quarter one said.
New first-tier city Hangzhou in East China’s Zhejiang province came in second, wi
th an average of 8,684 yuan, up 25.77 percent year-on-year – the highest growth rate.
With development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area set to begin, Gu
angzhou in South China’s Guangdong province offers the most job opportunities, up 24.95 percent year-on-year.
Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen remain job seekers’ p
referred locations, with Shenzhen most popular in the first quarter of this year, the report said.
An employment-first policy has been elevated to the status of a macro policy for the first
time in this year’s government work report, and China will pursue the policy with full force in 2