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.
magnitude earthquake at a depth of 19 kilometers was detected at 12:47pm on Sunday
in Beijing’s Huairou district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.
It is the second earthquake in a week that occurred in the capital, following a 2.9-magnitude earthquake in Beijing’s Haidian district last Sunday.
Earthquake experts said minor quakes are normal in the area, as Beijing is located in the earth’s rift zone. There is no need for worry.
Since Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zone of Shanxi province, the North China Plai
n and Yanshan Mountain, it’s normal for the capital to experience small quakes at a magnitude of two to thre
e, said Sun Shihong, a researcher at the China Earthquake Networks Center, as quoted by Beijing News.
“There will be no major impact on those living or working in the capital,” he said.
Seven rift belts are scattered through the plains in Beijing, mostly lyin
g from the northeast to the southwest. Among those rift belts, active ones are more likely to trigger quakes.
Chinese firms are expected to play bigger roles than sponsorship at the the upcoming 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition.
The expo has finished its sponsorship work, signing contracts worth about 1 billion yuan ($148.8 million) with 25 Chinese f
irms, including Air China and China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited, a record high sum for similar events in the field.
The firms will not only sponsor, but also serve the expo with
products, services and technologies, according to a consultant for the event.
Artificial intelligence firm Baidu will build a high-tech ecology experience pavillon to highlight the importance of environme
ntal protection, while China Telecom will showcase the country’s development in 5G technology.
Slated to kick off on April 29, the 162-day expo is poised to impress an expected 16 million visitors from hom
e and abroad, with a huge collection of plants, flowers and eye-catching pavilions, as well as ideas for green development.
o take the national college entrance examination, or gaokao, to be ad
mitted to a university. Independent enrollment was added as an alternative admission met
hod in 2003 to allow some key universities to enroll students based on subjective criteria.
Currently, 90 universities have allocated 5 percent of their enrollment slots to indepen
dent students with special talents. They admit more than 20,000 such students every year.
Tests of academic competence and interviews are usually required. Universit
ies start the independent enrollment process in March, while the gaokao takes place in June.
The gaokao is a highly competitive and stressful test, and in some provinces with large num
bers of high school graduates, a single point can separate more than 1,000 students. The exams create a lot of anxiety amo
ng students and parents, and some will do anything possible, even committing fraud, to be admitted to a better university.