According to a new regulation issued by Ministry of Transport of China, adults and children are required to show their ID cards or passports when they buy tickets of long-distance bus.

How to buy coach tickets?

1. Buy tickets in coach station

If you buy tickets in coach station, the ticket seller will register your personal information on the ticket.

2.Get on the coach with ticket-free children

You can collect the ticket with your child’s passport in coach station.

3.Buy tickets on internet

You should fill in your passport information when buying ticket online and collect ticket with your passport.

4. Refund or endorse the ticket

You should show the passport which used to buy the ticket.

You can also buy the ticket with Residence Permit, Allen’s Exit-Entry Permit, Diplomatic Certificate, Seafarer’s Passport and

Requirements

1. Passengers should show valid ticket together with valid identity documents when entering the station;

2. Each valid ID or passport can be used to buy one ticket only.

By Steven

Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Guangzhou held the King’s Day reception last night (on April 27th), celebrating for the King’s official birthday.

Xu Shaohua, Executive Vice Governor of Guangdong Province, said Guangdong valued the cooperation with Netherlands. Both sides have frequent exchange and collaboration in trade, culture, art and sports, etc.

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In 2015, the trade volume between Guangdong and Netherlands reached over 13.7 billion USD, one fifth of Sino-Dutch trade volume at the same period, according to Xu.

Utrecht and Guangdong established sister province relationship in 1995, and Xu said Utrecht is one of the sister provinces that keep close cooperation with Guangdong.

Tan Zie Chon, general manager of Archurban Shenzhen, the first Singaporean company to offer design and management services in China, is devoted to introducing revolutionary urban and architectural concepts to China. Courtesy of Tan

Tan Zie Chon, wearing sports shoes, dark casual pants, a black blazer and black framed glasses, led me into a well-decorated reception room in their 1,800-square-meter office inside the building near Haibin Square in Futian District, which their company designed and built in 2004.

The 38-year-old business development director and general manager of Archurban Shenzhen, the first Singaporean company to offer design and management services in China, is a third-generation overseas Chinese who grew up and lived in Singapore for some 20 years and graduated from the School of Architecture, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.

Fresh architectural blood in Shenzhen

In 2005, Tan came to Shenzhen for an internship and has remained here since. As the son of Tan Cheng Siong, the one-time key adviser to the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Planning Commission and founder of the company, Tan carries on his father’s work and continues to introduce revolutionary urban and architectural concepts to China.

“I came at a time when Shenzhen had already been developing for a few years. It seemed that there were a lot more opportunities in China, compared with Singapore, an obviously smaller market. At that time, everybody wanted to come to China,” said Tan.

During his early days in the city, Tan learned and witnessed how the company, at the helm of the company’s founder and other experienced design architects, introduced new architectural concepts and ideas to the city, sometimes even affecting real changes on certain rules.

Taking the safety regulation problem they hit in the Shenzhen East Pacific Garden Project, the first 3A luxury housing in China, as an example, Tan talked about how they wanted to design a basement car park with open ventilation wells instead of the normally dark and unventilated ones, and by inviting the fire safety department officials to Singapore to study the cases and architectural design schemes there, successfully convinced the department to allow the design and change the rules.

As Tan accumulated experience in the field over the years, he started to lead projects. One of those he considers successful is the Peninsula project in Nanshan District, which is now selling at 100,000 yuan (US$14,492) per square meter. The site sits facing Binhai Avenue and the northwestern corner of the property is a bit oddly shaped, both of which presented difficulties for the team. “With a limited site area, we had to look to distributing the functions both horizontally and vertically,” said Tan.

Tan Zie Chon

Typically in Shenzhen, projects of this kind opt for a traditional ground-level and street-front shopping layout, but Chon and his team decided to design a three-story mini-mall type structure at the odd northwest corner to make good use of the leftover space, thus creating a convenient area for retail activities and ensuring the separation and privacy of the residential areas. Vertically, they designed three tower blocks located above a naturally lit and ventilated half-basement car park, which formed the podium. With vertical landscaping facing the main road, the podium also acts as a screen to dissipate noise pollution.

Brilliant and innovative as they may be, things don’t always work out for the team. As sometimes the clients just aren’t willing to accept new ideas.

One example was the proposal for a low-density villa area in Shekou Seaworld. “My team really liked the location. It was a very promising and precious waterfront district so we wanted to propose a distinct and unique design. We took cues from the spectacular phenomena of circular atoll formations found in some oceans, and proposed buildings with a stepped circular layout and large central courtyards.”

According to their proposal, the ground level would be raised to ensure maximum openness and space. The circular layout would also maximize the view.

The client liked the bold innovative idea, but in the end, a more conservative approach was adopted.

“Still we look for more outlets for creativity and currently we have a few projects under way in Shekou, Songgang and Longhua areas. Though kept under wraps for now, these are going to be very exciting projects, and I am really looking forward to seeing them completed in one or two years.”

General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan attend a seeing-off ceremony held by Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and his wife Ri Sol Ju, ahead of their departure at the airport in Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK, June 21, 2019. Xi concluded a two-day state visit to the DPRK on Friday. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s two-day state visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a major diplomatic action that comes as the world is undergoing changes unseen in a century and the international situation is seeing complex and profound changes, a senior Chinese official said on Friday.

According to Song Tao, head of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the visit, which coincides with the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between China and the DPRK, is also Xi’s first trip to the neighboring country since he became the Chinese president and general secretary of the Central Committee of the CPC, which bears key significance for the development of bilateral ties.

A NEW CHAPTER FOR TRADITIONAL FRIENDSHIP

The DPRK has attached a great importance to Xi’s visit and received the Chinese leader with grand and warm welcome, Song noted, saying that Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, welcomed Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, at the airport, and accompanied the couple for various activities during the visit.

The two leaders had on multiple occasions conducted friendly, frank and in-depth exchanges, and have reached key consensus on writing new chapters for the China-DPRK friendship, and safeguarding peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, said Song.

During the visit, Xi has engaged a series of exchanges with officials and ordinary people in the country, while hundreds of thousands of residents in Pyongyang lined up the streets to welcome and later see off the Chinese president. Xi also watched a large group callisthenics and art performance, which was specially prepared for him.

Song said these have fully reflected a deep and profound friendship of the party, government and people of the DPRK towards the party, government and people of China, and demonstrated the vitality of the friendship between the two sides.

He also said Xi’s visit was a visit of friendship and peace, and has displayed China’s determination to stay committed to consolidating the traditional China-DPRK friendship, supporting the implementation of DPRK’s new strategic line and promoting a political solution to solving the nuclear issue in the peninsula.

The traditional friendship between the two countries has been forged and fostered by their elder generation of leaders, and the top leaders of the two sides have maintained a tradition to keep a close contact, said Song.

Xi’s trip, said Song, has realized not only the historical exchange of visits by the top leaders of the two parties and countries in such an important year as the one that marks the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between China and the DPRK, but also the 5th gathering between them in 15 months, adding that it will be a much-told story in the two countries’ high-level exchanges.

During the visit, Xi and Kim have conducted in-depth exchanges on furthering the development of the China-DPRK relationship, and have reached extensive major consensus, which helps draw a blueprint for the future of bilateral ties, Song said.

The Chinese president pointed out that the China-DPRK relationship has entered a new historical era, adding that the CPC and the Chinese government will stay firmly committed to maintaining, consolidating and nurturing the bilateral ties, and China is willing to work with the DPRK in creating a bright future for the relationship.

Song said the visit is a huge political support and encouragement for the party, government and people of the DPRK and has shown the world the unbreakable China-DPRK friendship, adding that both sides have agreed that they will step up high-level exchanges and strategic communication so as to promote an even greater achievement in the traditional friendship and the relations between the two parties and countries.

STRENGTHENING GOVERNANCE EXPERIENCE EXCHANGE

During the visit, the two leaders exchanged in-depth views on the socialist construction of their respective countries, said Song, adding that Xi spoke highly of the positive achievements made by the DPRK in implementing its new strategic line.

Xi stressed that China firmly supports the DPRK in pursuing a development path in line with its national conditions, adding that China stands ready to deepen exchanges and mutual learning with the DPRK on party and state governance so as to push forward the socialist construction of the two countries.

Kim expressed deep gratitude to Xi, noting that the Chinese leader’s close attention to the DPRK’s socialist construction as well as its development in economy and livelihood has strengthened the confidence of the party and people of the DPRK in their cause, Song said.

Xi and Kim, Song said, jointly blueprinted in detail a future of the bilateral relationship and agreed to take commemorating the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties as an opportunity to expand practical cooperation and deepen friendly exchanges.

The two sides will conduct exchanges and cooperation in such fields as agriculture, tourism, education, health, sports, media, youth as well as at local levels, so as to improve the well-being of both peoples, Song said.

INJECTING NEW VITALITY INTO POLITICAL DIALOGUE

On the Korean Peninsula issue, the two leaders had in-depth and candid exchange of views on the current situation in the peninsula as well as how to maintain the dialogue process, Song said.

The situation of the Korean Peninsula concerns regional peace and stability, Xi pointed out, calling it a right choice to resolve the issue through dialogue.

Xi also called for a strategic and long-term perspective to accurately guide the evolution of the situation and effectively maintain peace and stability in the peninsula.

During his visit, Xi spoke highly of the DPRK’s efforts to promote the denuclearization of the peninsula and re-launch the process of political settlement to the issue, stressing that China is ready to strengthen communication and coordination with the DPRK and other related parties on the issue so as to safeguard peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

For his part, Kim thanked Xi for his positive remarks and said the DPRK will stay patient and control the situation to safeguard peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and create a favorable external environment for the DPRK’s development.

Kim said the DPRK hopes that the relevant party will work with the DPRK to seek solutions that accomodate each other’s legitimate concerns and push for results from the dialogue process, according to Song.

Venue: Guangzhou Opera House

Time: June 1-3, Fri. 19:30, Sat-Sun. 14:30 19:30

Price: 80 180 280 480 680 880VIP

The show tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is 15 years old. He stands besides Mrs. Shears’ dead dog, which has been speared with a garden fork. It is seven minute after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTimetransferred to London’s West End, following a sold-out run at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe theatre in September 2012. It is the recipient of a then record-breaking seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design – more Olivier Awards than any other play in the history of London’s West End at that time. Curious Incident, the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade, premiered at the Barrymore Theatre in September 2014, winning five Tony Awards? including Best Play, six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off Broadway Play. Curious Incident was named among the top 10 productions of 2014 by over 20 leading media outlets, including The New York Times, Associated Press, New York Post, Time Out New York, Playbill and Time Magazine.

Want to be a peoplerazzi?

Peoplerazzi refers to people who take pictures of celebrities in situations that are newsworthy or shocking, particularly to post those pictures online.
吃瓜群众狗仔队指的是把有价值的或者让人吃惊的明星照片拍摄下来的人们,尤其是他们还要把这些照片发到网上。

A new word “Peoplerazzi” has been coined to describe citizen journalists who focus on celebrities, in catching well-known people doing ordinary things.

新词“吃瓜群众狗仔队”用来描述关注明星新闻的公民记者,他们报道的通常是名人的普通小事。

They use the power of camera phones to nab extraordinary people doing otherwise ordinary things, often funny, sometimes embarrassing.

他们使用带有拍摄功能的手机捕捉名人做普通事情的画面,通常很有趣,有时也让人尴尬。

The paparazzi might find themselves outnumbered by the peoplerazzi (who technically number in the billions)and who are snapping pics of celebs, news events and the like in greater number and perhaps quality than the “pros”.

专业狗仔队也许会发现他们的数量已经远远不及吃瓜群众狗仔队(理论上有数十亿人),大量的吃瓜群众狗仔队拍摄名人照片、新闻事件等等,也许新闻质量还更加上乘。

Source: Yaning from language.chinadaily.com.cn

Golden Age: The Treasures of the Russian Empire

Period: Until January 7, 2018

Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17:00, closed on Mondays

Venue: Hall 1, 3rd Floor, Guangdong Museum (广东省博物馆)

Add.: No. 2 Zhujiang Dong Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (广州市天河区珠江新城珠江东路2号)

Metro: Zhujiang New Town station, Line 3 or Line 5;

Bus: No.40, No.44, No.183, No.293, No.886, No.886A

Admission: Free admission tickets can be got at Ticket Office from 8: 50 a.m. to 4 p.m. Valid ID is required for one person to get one ticket. Tickets are valid on the day of issue only.

The exhibition “Golden Age: The Treasures of the Russian Empire” presents 302 exhibits (piece/set) from the State Historical Museum of Russia. These exhibits are the best witnesses of the 200-year history of the Russian Empire. There are portraits, sculptures and costumes of the emperors or empresses, porcelain, glasswork, gold and silver ware of the royal family, luxurious jewelry, as well as certificates, silver spoons with inscription, and gold coins that show the trade contacts between China and Russia. This exhibition will sure provide you a visual feast of army and government, etiquette and artistic life in the Russian Empire.

The China-gifted frigate “P625” to the Sri Lankan Navy arrives in Colombo Port, Sri Lanka, July 8, 2019. The China-gifted frigate “P625” to the Sri Lankan Navy arrived at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port on Monday morning. (Photo: Xinhua)

The China-gifted frigate “P625” arrived at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port on Monday morning.

Speaking at the welcoming reception, Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva thanked China for the gifted frigate, saying that the Sri Lankan navy would take the donation as a suggestion of the good friendship between the two countries.

Megha Rajagopalan, former China bureau chief for American news platform BuzzFeed, recently applied to have her visa renewed, but was denied by the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau. Her story quickly spread among foreign journalists based in the capital and elsewhere, who wrote articles in a show of support for her case.

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China issued a statement saying Rajagopalan’s visa rejection was “extremely regrettable and unacceptable,” which set the stage for another round of conflict between Chinese and Western values.

According to Western media reports, one reason Rajagopalan was rejected could have been connected to her coverage on China’s Xinjiang. She has written distorted reports about a variety of things that have happened in that area, feeding the Western media narrative that favors stories critical of how China governs the autonomous region. Rajagopalan has since said the rejection was the result of a “process thing,” and that there was no mention of her Xinjiang coverage.

Foreign reporters working in China are required to have a specific visa which typically needs to be renewed a few times a year. The same rules apply for Chinese correspondents working outside of China. It is a country’s sovereign right to decide whether or not to renew a foreign correspondent’s visa.

In 2016, three Xinhua News Agency correspondents had to leave India after they found out their visas would not be renewed. In fact, most people have a clear understanding of why a correspondent’s visa renewal application is rejected, but when it happens in China, some exaggerate the situation and turn it into a much bigger deal.

Western media’s coverage of China is usually negative. And there are even a few outlets that choose to take a more radical stance than others. Yet this is not something that can be resolved in the near future. China’s attitude toward Western correspondents and cases regarding visa renewals will not have a significant impact on Western media attitudes toward China.

Western media has reinforced their prejudices against China. US aggression toward the country continues to rise alongside China’s global ascent. Other foreign countries have also become abnormally anxious. Western correspondents find it too easy to pick on the Eastern giant with a political system they cannot understand and confounds them, even more, when it becomes clear that China has achieved an economic miracle.

Western news sources tailor their China reports in efforts to soothe readers by using Chinese stereotypes. Some platforms will use the Internet to stir confusion within Chinese society.

Some Western media outlets believe they are entitled to do whatever they want, but such nonsense is unacceptable. Friction between both sides will remain inevitable, and it will continue regardless of the source.

Relevant agencies in China are not going to step aside and do nothing when it comes to Western media’s treatment of China. Meanwhile, Chinese society needs to improve its tolerance for delusional Western reporting and realize the limitations in place when it comes to having an influence on foreign media’s preconceived China narrative.

As the Chinese like to say, “We’ll do what we have to do regardless of what others say.” However, the fact is that the Chinese care about what others think about China. Ideally, the Chinese are supposed to tolerate whatever Western media says since their country has become stronger, but this has yet to happen.

The Chinese, either officials or regular citizens, still like it when Western media says positive things about their country. They do not like to hear the negative. They are accustomed to using Western evaluations as a mirror that reflects their progress, even though they are aware the mirror is distorted like the ones used at carnivals.

Traditional Western media is in decline, just like their correspondents in China. It is nowhere near as influential as it once was. Several media outlets criticized US President Donald Trump during the election, but he fought back after he won and started accusing media of manufacturing fake news. It is conceivable how Western media has lost its influence.

Western media thought they would have a big influence on China. And it appears that some Western journalists were able to make a profit from the negative coverage. Unfortunately, Chinese society took them too seriously.

Some Western journalists tried as hard as they could to attack their own governments, which proved to be ineffective as they thought the critical coverage of China would not have as much of an impact. And it is this right here that serves as the key point and the is the only logic the Chinese can rely on, although it turns blurry while impacted by specific factors in reality.

The Chinese have two paths from which they can choose. First, try to make outside opinions on China more objective. Second, focus on self-improvement which will provide Chinese with the strength to ignore foreign “intellectuals.” The second path could be the decisive action the Chinese need to make right now.

Foxconn Technology Group is rethinking its plan to make liquid crystal display panels at a $10 billion Wisconsin campus. The company said it intends to hire mostly engineers and researchers rather than the 13,000 jobs the project originally promised.

US President Donald Trump took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for Foxconn’s Wisconsin plant in June. The news triggered a debate over whether the project was a fraud. People also queried the government’s promise of to bring manufacturing back to the United States.

The White House has been promoting its alleged revival of the US manufacturing sector in recent years. The government praises all the new manufacturing projects and especially those that return to the US.

Trump criticizes companies such as Harley-Davidson for opting to manufacture its motorbikes overseas.

Foxconn’s Wisconsin plant was a flagship for the US manufacturing sector revival. It has quickly shrunk from a great blueprint to a much smaller research project. Economic rules won’t serve the needs of politics over a long period of time.

When Foxconn announced that it would invest heavily in Wisconsin, many people already knew that this would be an unprofitable investment.

The former government of Wisconsin planned to subsidize the project to the tune of $4 billion.

But after the government transition in the state, the new administration considered the investment not cost-effective, foreshadowing Foxconn’s change of tune.

Even if Foxconn does love the US, such a love can never precede its love of profit. Labor costs in the US are among the highest in the world and the upstream materials and accessories are far more difficult to come by in the US compared with economies like China’s.

China has accumulated years of experience as a world factory. Few countries can match China’s advanced infrastructure, spare parts support capacity, skilled industrial workers and stable political environment.

Even if some economies beat China in one field, their comprehensive abilities are still insufficient.

Any countries or enterprises that act against the laws of economics will not last long.

Global economic factors are realigned in accordance with economic law. As a highly developed economy, the US cannot resist the trend of losing some middle- and low-end manufacturing industry.

Due to rising labor costs and environmental concerns, China’s coastal areas cannot absorb the manufacturing sector either. Some factories will either shift to the inland regions or countries such as Vietnam which are at the lower end of the industrial chain.

Manufacturing plays a vital part in every economy. It flows with the changing trajectory of economic factors. A revival of manufacturing cannot be achieved via political means, but is subject to these economic factors and international trends.

The current US administration has tried its best to revive the US manufacturing sector, which has bore some fruit.

But still Foxconn’s degradation from a big apple to a crabapple is politically embarrassing.

This is a lesson. The US would be wiser to draw the lesson and respect the laws of economics.