fter the name, which became my nickname,” says Pucky, who was born in Hong Kong a
nd grew up in Canada, which prompted her to explore the value of identity and the meaning of belonging.亚博娱乐yb156千花网女神会所
After graduation from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouve
r in 2008, she returned to Hong Kong, where she works as a freelance artist and illustrator.
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e a kid who was unhappy and sentimental, and I always dreamed about aliens that could take me away,” she says.
“What I am trying to deliver with my design is warmth and peace. With elements亚博娱乐yb156千花网
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A blind date that works
Wang Ning, who founded Pop Mart in 2010, says: “I didn’t expect the designer toys t亚博娱乐yb156千花网
o be so popular among young Chinese. The market is huge and promising.”
亚博娱乐yb156千花网女神会所Pop Mart started launching designer toys in 2016. Most of its buyers and ardent follo
wers are women and students aged between 18 to 35, according to Wang Ning.
“It’s about individuality and relieving pressure. People collect de亚博娱乐yb156千花网
signer toys and they interpret the characters’ emotions in their own ways.”
The company also introduced the concept of a “blind box”. These finger-lo亚博娱乐yb156千花网女神会所
ng boxes are bought on spec with the purchasers unaware of their contents until they open th
em. In 2017, the company set up about 400 vending machines across the country, dispensing the “blind boxes”. It also亚博娱乐yb156千花网
held its first Beijing Toy Show that year with about 200 designers and over 30,000 fans attending.
Wang Ning says more designers from the mainland are now launching their toys at the show.亚博娱乐yb156千花网女神会所
One of them is a young Guangzhou-based designer surnamed Deng, whose moniker is Ayan
. Deng is a fashion design major who graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2017.亚博娱乐yb156千花网
Her toy series, entitled Dimoo World, is one of the most popular.
The designer held three fan meetings during the show, which attracted hundreds.亚博娱乐yb156千花网女神会所
“The story of the little boy, named Dimoo, starts with his jour
ney in a mystic world, where he meets lots of friends,” Deng says. “The boy is confused and lost. H
owever, with the support and love from his friends, he grows up in an intriguing world.”
Museums are throwing off the shackles of convention and time to pull in the crowds
What does it take to extinguish the fire of curiosity? A few drops of rain, a few gusts of wind or a full-blown typhoon?亚博娱乐yb156千花坊
Officials of the Shanghai Museum got an answer to those qu
estions when it threw its doors open to the public on the evening of Aug 9.
亚博娱乐yb156千花坊女神会所Typhoon Lekima, packing winds of 185 km/h, was just a few hours
from making landfall in neighboring Zhejiang province, so many people in Shanghai av
erse to bad weather may well have thought th亚博娱乐yb156千花坊at this would be a night to stay home.
In the event, more than 700 people chose to brave the rain and strong
winds that Typhoon Lekima brought to the city and visit the Shanghai Museum.
亚博娱乐yb156千花坊”We made the reservation on the museum WeChat service a week ago,” said Julie Wang, a Shanghai sc
hoolteacher who attended with her daughter and several other parents and children.
“I also thought the rain might keep a lot of people away and it would be less crowded.”亚博娱乐yb156千花坊女神会所
The parents prepared pamphlets and PowerPoint files on a tablet, teach
ing the children, all preschoolers from a single class, about the exhibition Arts of the G
亚博娱乐yb156千花坊reat Ocean, Pacific Art Collection from the Musee du quai Branly-Jacques-Chirac in Paris.
Walking among the carved oars, feather masks and wood sculptures, Wang occasionally br
ought to the children’s attention patterns, figures and interesting details in the exhibits.亚博娱乐yb156千花坊女神会所
“We often see fine arts from China and the West in the museum, but this ex
hibition is quite different and a rare opportunity to see the Pacific art,” Wang said.亚博娱乐yb156千花坊
Shanghai Museum began to extend its opening hours into th
e evening in 2017 when the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects
亚博娱乐yb156千花坊女神会所attracted many enthusiastic visitors, who were willing to line up for hours waiting to see it.
“We started opening in the evening on more than 20 days over three months to meet demand,” said Xia Beibei, a member
of the museum staff. Since then the museum has often held “Night of the Museum” events.
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (center), Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono (right) and Republic of Korea Foreign
亚博娱乐yb156乌托邦Minister Kang Kyung-wha attend a ceremony marking the launch of a picture album featuring the three c
ountries after the ninth meeting of the countries’ foreign ministers on Wednesday in Beijing.
China, Japan and the Republic of Korea vowed on Wednesday to advocate multilateralism and promote regional peac亚博娱乐yb156乌托邦
e, making their cooperation the cornerstone of Northeast Asia’s prosperity and stability.
亚博娱乐yb156乌托邦女神会所This was agreed on by State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang
Yi, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and ROK Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha du
ring the ninth meeting of the three countries’ foreign ministers in Beijing on Wednesday.
They also agreed to maintain bilateral ties and actively promote tril亚博娱乐yb156乌托邦
ateral cooperation, and speed up negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Econ
omic Partnership and the China-Japan-ROK free trade agreement, to jointly safeguard free trade.
亚博娱乐yb156乌托邦”China will continue to resolutely promote all-around openin
g-up, … which will absolutely bring new opportunities for the development of the ROK and Japan a
s well as providing broad space for trilateral cooperation,” Wang said at a news conference after the meeting.亚博娱乐yb156乌托邦女神会所
According to Wang, they also agreed on the necessity of strengthen
ing communication and coordination on macroeconomic policy among the three cou亚博娱乐yb156乌托邦
ntries and building an open world economy given the downward pressure faced by the global economy.
China, Japan and the ROK are the world’s second-, third- and亚博娱乐yb156乌托邦女神会所
11th-largest economies, with their total GDP accounting for about 20 percent of global GDP.
“We believe that, as important manufacturing and innovation countries, China, Japan and the亚博娱乐yb156乌托邦
ROK should strengthen cooperation in such areas as big d
ata, artificial intelligence and 5G,” Wang said, adding that China’s initiative to make 2020 the China
-Japan-ROK innovation cooperation year was positively responded to by the other two sides.
ted cities, Jakarta, a city of more than 10 million people, is also one of the most congested.
In his address to parliament, Jokowi said: “A capital city is not just a symbol of nati亚博娱乐yb156夜网女神会所
onal identity, but also a representation of the progress of the nation.”
亚博娱乐yb156夜网He did not give the exact location in Kalimantan for the new city. It is a region with a
population of just over 16 million people and known for rainforests and orangutans.亚博娱乐yb156夜网
Widodo toured Kalimantan in May to survey potential sites.
亚博娱乐yb156夜网女神会所Kyle Springer, a senior analyst with the Perth USAsi
a Centre at the University of Western Australia, said from an infrastruc
ture perspective, Jokowi’s push to move the national capital to Kalimantan is “interesting”.亚博娱乐yb156夜网
“It is a less developed part of Indonesia where there are a number of infrastructure gaps,” the analyst said.
亚博娱乐yb156夜网女神会所An archipelago comprising nearly 17,000 islands, Indonesia has a population of mor
e than 270 million, mostly concentrated on the islands of Java and Sumatra.
A question mark has been hanging over the future of Jakarta as the nation’s capital for decades.亚博娱乐yb156夜网
Heri Andreas, a lecturer and researcher with the faculty of Eart
亚博娱乐yb156夜网女神会所h Science and Technology and the Institute of Technology Bandung, Ind
onesia, said Kalimantan was chosen because of its central location in the archipelago.
He said the new capital will probably be the political capital of the country while th亚博娱乐yb156夜网
e economic and commercial activities will remain on Java, at least for the time being.
He said Jakarta will be the “central economic city” of Indonesia.亚博娱乐yb156夜网女神会所
“I don’t see Jakarta being left behind after the new capital is established,” he said.
Publishers from home and abroad gathered Monday to discuss C
hina’s international publication and exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations.亚博娱乐yb156夜生活女神会所
Over 200 people including publishers and experts from more than 60 overseas publishin
亚博娱乐yb156夜生活g houses in 30 plus countries attended the China Book International Foreign Consultants Seminar.
As 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, various stories about the develo
pment of China over the years could be told, said an official with the Publicity Department of the Communist Part亚博娱乐yb156夜生活女神会所
y of China Central Committee, who expected publishers from home and abroad to strengthen their exchanges and coope
ration based on these vivid stories, and create more works with global significance.
According to Niels Peter Thomas, managing director of the b亚博娱乐yb156夜生活女神会所
ook section of Springer Nature, to enhance the global influence of Chinese publications,
further cooperation between Chinese and foreign publishers is the most important step.
Also at the seminar, the “100 Titles of China Books Since 1949 for Translation and Promotion” w亚博娱乐yb156夜生活
as launched and displayed. The titles, actually 101 in number, include 37 in the hu
manities and social sciences, 34 in science and technology and 30 in literature and art.
亚博娱乐yb156夜生活女神会所The titles were selected by a panel, who considered the original fine works worth translating a
nd promoting overseas, as they reflect the achievements made in the course of China’s development.
The China Book International (CBI) project was launched in 2006, and currently has 38 member units.亚博娱乐yb156夜生活
By the end of 2018, the CBI had helped Chinese pub
lishers sign 3,233 copyright agreements with 715 overseas publishing hou亚博娱乐yb156夜生活女神会所
ses from 82 countries, covering 4,656 titles which have been translated into 57 languages.
city in Shanxi province, learned the art of making?xiuqiu?(a ball
made of strips of silk) from her mother-in-law for more than 10 years.亚博娱乐yb156千花网女神会所
Then she trained women in her village the skill to further develop the handicraft. The technique of making silk ball h
亚博娱乐yb156千花网as been listed as a provincial-level intangible cultural heritage and she is an inheritor. Now the silk ball has become a loca
l cultural brand, generating an annual output value of nearly 1 million yuan ($141,494.8).亚博娱乐yb156千花网女神会所
Taiping silk ball, once popular in ancient Taiping county in southern Shanxi pro
vince, and now Xiangfen county of Linfen city, is a traditional auspicious ornament.
The 140-year-old Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO) wow亚博娱乐yb156千花网
ed spectators on Monday night with a stunning concert marking the debut of a Ch
inese orchestra in the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), the world’s leading performing art event.
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ning piece by leading Chinese composer Chen Qigang’s “Wu Xing” (The Five
Elements) and Dmitry Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5 in D minor.” Renowned American cellist Alisa We亚博娱乐yb156千花网
ilerstein collaborated with the group by preforming Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor.
The concert ended with the “Beautiful Night,” a piece of traditional Chinese music, winning rou
nds of applause and cheers by more than 2,000 spectators who packed the famous Usher Hall.亚博娱乐yb156千花网女神会所
“The performance is intriguing and fantastic,” said British audience Rosalind Stoddart fro
m Northamptonshire, adding that she was very impressed by the opening piece “Wuxing.”
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This year marks the 140th anniversary of the founding of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO). During the past decad
es, while performing classical western music, the orchestra has made great efforts to cre亚博娱乐yb156千花网女神会所
ate Chinese music works to showcase the profound Chinese culture to a global audience.
earthed from a well at a 2,200-year-old relic site in the mountainous
Liye town, Longshan county, Hunan province. The front and back of the slip contain the fo亚博娱乐yb156千花网女神会所
rmula in Chinese characters, which is believed to be the earliest and most complete such model in the country.
The slip was among some 38,000 bamboo and wooden pieces found in the well and d
亚博娱乐yb156千花网ates to the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), China’s first unified empire that was powerful but short-lived.
The discovery of these slips, as well as other excavations at the Liye relic site, is deemed on
e of the most important archaeological findings in China since the beginning of the 21st century亚博娱乐yb156千花网女神会所
It is not only because the Liye slips were 10 times the total number of Qin slips discovered in other parts of China before, but also be
cause the Liye slips bear more than 200,000 characters, documenting the political, economic and social aspects of Liy
亚博娱乐yb156千花网e life, a riverside military fortress during Qin rule. The relics are helping historians to understand more about the dyn
asty’s bureaucracy and economic systems, as written records about Qin were previously unclear.
After years of decoding and interpreting the information on the slips, researchers from Hunan are n亚博娱乐yb156千花网女神会所
ow sharing some of their findings about the Qin era with a display of some 175 slips at A Tale of A S
mall Town, an exhibition at the National Museum of China in Beijing that runs through Sept 6.亚博娱乐yb156千花网
These objects are from the collections of the Hunan Provincial Institute of Archaeology in Changsha and the Liye Qi
n Slips Museum near the relic site. Bamboo and wooden slips were the primary亚博娱乐yb156千花网女神会所
media for texts before paper was invented by Cai Lun, an official of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220).
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8 BC, unfolding a panoramic view of administrative management at the prefecture level then, as well as ep
itomizing the area’s social life. It is through these tiny slips and glimpses of a small t亚博娱乐yb156千花网女神会所
own’s past that people today are able to get a bigger picture of the rise and fall of Qin rulers.
Archaeologists and historians view the significance of the Liye slips rivalin
g that of the discovery of Qin’s Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, in 1974.
rvingly opening to the outside world to increase its resilience to risks
and shoulder its responsibility as a major country,” said Wang Xiaosong, a researc?亚博娱乐yb156千花坊
h fellow with the National Academy of Development and Strategy under Renmin University of China.
?亚博娱乐yb156千花坊Covestro, a global chemicals giant that has been in China for nearly 20 years, is plannin
g to upgrade its China headquarters in Shanghai to its Asia-Pacific headquarters.
Holly Lei, president of Covestro China, said after the move, the?亚博娱乐yb156千花坊
company could better coordinate global resources to grow together with China.
?亚博娱乐yb156千花坊China is Covestro’s biggest single market and Shanghai is hom
e to its largest plant while housing its Asia-Pacific innovation center, said Lei.
Covestro is not alone in terms of expanding its business ambitions in the world’s second-largest economy.?亚博娱乐yb156千花坊
French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen plans to set up a regional procurement center in Sha
nghai. German chemicals giant BASF has increased investment to upgrade its innovation center in Shan
ghai after investing in a $10 billion production facility in Zhanjiang. The city is also home?亚博娱乐yb156千花坊女神会所
to Tesla’s gigafactory, which is under construction with an investment of over 50 billion yuan ($7.1 billion).
Investments from the European Union, Singapore, Japan and countries included in t?亚博娱乐yb156千花坊
he Belt and Road Initiative all grew at double-digit rates in the first half and the investm
ent structure is being optimized, said Hua Yuan, director of the municipal commission of commerce.
The high-tech service industry reported an actual use of foreign investment of $1.7 bil?亚博娱乐yb156千花坊女神会所
lion in the first six months, posting a hefty annual growth of 29.6 percent, said Hua.
A series of opening-up measures in multiple fields and industries and the impro
ving business environment has ramped up foreign investment interests in China.
Chinese on-demand video streaming platform iQiyi Inc reported a 15 percent year-on-year increase in revenu
e in the second quarter of 2019, continuing to see strong growth in its paid membership.亚博娱乐yb156乌托邦女神会所
Unaudited results show the company’s second-quarter revenue reached 7.1 billion yuan ($1 billion). The report also n
oted iQiyi’s net loss expanded to 2.3 billion yuan from 2.1 billion during the same period in 2018.亚博娱乐yb156乌托邦
Membership services mainly drove the company’s revenue. The company attributed this to its premium content — es
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For the second quarter, iQiyi’s membership revenue grew 38 percent year-over-year to 3.4 billio
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67.1 million during the same period last year. Among overall subscribers, 98.9 percent are paid.
“We achieved continued revenue growth in the second quarter despite some rec
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of iQiyi. “Our membership business generated solid growth, with subscription revenues increasing 38 per
cent year-over-year, driven by our strong content slate during the quarter. As our IP-centered diversification strateg亚博娱乐yb156乌托邦女神会所
y grows to scale, we are constantly expanding the scope of our value-added services and pursuing better mon
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nue to invest in our original content and technology which serve as the dual engines to drive future growth.”
Online advertising service revenue was 2.2 billion yuan in the second quarter, down 16 percent ye亚博娱乐yb156乌托邦女神会所
ar-on-year mainly due to the challenging macroeconomic environment in China, content launch dela
ys and slower-than-expected recovery of its in-feed advertising, the company explained.
There are plenty of theories of extra dimensions and we do experiments to find them. Interestingly, one of the ideas abou
t why gravity is so weak is because it has to deal with other dimensions, where other forces don’t.?亚博娱乐yb156楼凤
What would you say is people’s biggest misconception about space?
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iverse. So if there’s anything that surprises me about some people, it is that they don’t really care. But as long as en
ough people do, we’re okay. I remember people used to say to the famous US cosmologist Carl Sagan, “L?亚博娱乐yb156楼凤
ook at those lights in the sky.” And he’d say, “They’re more than lights, kids – they’re worlds.”
ive novels have won this year’s Mao Dun Literature Prize, one of th
e four highest literature awards in China, the prize’s organizer unveiled Friday.?亚博娱乐yb156楼凤品茶微信
The five novels, respectively written by Liang Xiaosheng, Xu Huaizhong, Xu Zechen, Chen
Yan and Li Er, won the prize, which is awarded every four years, according to the China Writers Association.?亚博娱乐yb156楼凤
The winners were chosen from 234 candidates after six rounds of reviews and votes.
An awarding ceremony will be held in October in Beijing.?亚博娱乐yb156楼凤品茶微信
Focusing on China’s transformation and achievements over the past 70
years, the third Beijing Documentary Week commences Aug 23 and runs till Aug 29.
?亚博娱乐yb156楼凤The weeklong event majorly comprises two main parts: off-line activities to raise pu
blic interest about documentaries and online releases of critically acclaimed works.
Organizers expect the events, which will be held at the China Mille?亚博娱乐yb156楼凤品茶微信
nnium Monument from Aug 23-25, will draw at least 30,000 people.
Documentaries to be released include?If National Treasures Could Talk,?China Reinvents
Itself,?Zhongguancun?and?National Southwestern Associated University.?亚博娱乐yb156楼凤
Zhang Su, deputy head of the Beijing Municipal Radio and Television Bureau, says organizers have received 157 documen
taries and short video works since May and will announce the winners at the opening ceremony on Aug 23.?亚博娱乐yb156楼凤品茶微信
He said that the winners will be released on streaming sites such as Tencent Video, Youku and iQiyi.
Chinese Plants that Have influenced the World, a documentary highli
ghting 28 exported plants, will be the first film released on Aug 23.