The market potential remains huge,” said Dai Bin, direct

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.

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Increasing number of countries going digital when reviewing documents

An increasing number of countries have tapped into the convenience of e-visas to at

tract more tourists from China, the world’s largest source of outbound tourists.

According to tourism insiders, the Japanese embassy in Beijing sa

id on Thursday during a meeting with local travel agencies that it will launch e-visa serv

ices on May 1, allowing applicants to submit their materials online instead of sending paper documents.

“The embassy said that e-visa services may be available in consulates in other Chinese cities next year,” said H

an Zhisu, co-founder and CEO of 666visa.cn, a dome

stic platform where visa applicants can submit materials.Chen Zeyong, CEO of online visa service tigerwing.cn, said the

Japanese government issued 7 million visa stickers for Chinese nationals last year.

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The two drafts are under their third readings at the

ongoing session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.

The emphasis on objectivity and impartiality was suggested after the drafts’ seco

nd readings, as legal experts pointed to the importance of procurators to objectively collect evidence.

The new drafts also stipulate tighter supervision over judges and p

rocurators and give them more responsibilities such as keeping business secrets and personal priva

cy information. There will be legal consequences if they fail to do so, according to the drafts.

China aims to substantially reduce water consumption by 2020 to ta

ckle a supply bottleneck that could undermine the environment and sustainable economic growth.

By next year, waster usage per 10,000 yuan (about $1,492) of gross domestic product will b

e 23 percent less than in 2015, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The country also aims to cap water consumption below 670 billion cubic meters by 2022 and 700 billion cubic meters by 2035.

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hina still faces serious scarcity of water resources. Its

per capita water resource share lags far behind the world average.

An action plan jointly released by the NDRC and the Ministry of Water Resources has

put forward major initiatives to meet the goals, promoting management mechanism of water saving cont

acts and water-saving service industries. job fair is held for foreign students at the University of Inter

national Business and Economics in Beijing on April 18, 2019. Around 1,000 foreign students attended, seeking jobs

Torrential rains have hit many cities in South China’s Guangdong on Friday, bringing traffic chaos.

Guangzhou Baiyun Airport had seen 104 flights canceled, 66 flights delayed for more than

an hour, and 19 flights diverted to other airports by 11:30 am. Huadu district, where Guangzhou’s air

port is located, announced a red signal, the top-level warning for heavy rain, at 11:04 am.

The airports in Shenzhen and Zhuhai have also been affected by the downpour.

Many trains between Guangzhou and Shenzhen were delayed, with stranded passengers waiting at the train stations.

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Sonam was born in Jone county in Gannan Tibetan

 autonomous prefecture of Gansu province. Under China’s et

hnic policies, Sonam was able to study at a middle school in northern Hebei province.

“There were many ethnic classes in our school, and many of my classmates were ethnic min

orities,” he said. After graduation, Sonam went for further study in Britain.

“I am from a small town, but education truly broadened my horizons,” he said.

Over the past decades, favorable policies have b

rought benefits to many children in Tibetan areas.

Sonam likes watching NBA games in his spare time. Fluent in C

hinese, Tibetan and English, he is also a fan of Tibetan rap

and occasionally hangs out with friends at a bar in downtown Beijing.

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ng tourism in Shanghai with arts. The local govern

ment has released a total of 40 culture-themed travel routes, as sideline events to guide visitors through Shanghai’s iconic

landmarks, according to Yu Xiufen, head of Shanghai’s culture and tourism bureau.

The state-level arts carnival will also announce the winners of tw

o important prizes – the Wenhua Award and the Qunxing Award. The Wenhua Award is a trienn

ial award established by the Culture and Tourism Ministry to honor outstanding stage pe

rformances, while the Qunxing Award is granted as the top prize for amateur artistic works.

Teachers and students from the artificial intelligence institute of Xidian

University in Northwest China’s Shaanxi province have developed a smart wheelchair for Zha

ng Wei, a post-1990 generation member who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or

ALS. The new device was created specifically for those with ALS, to better improve their daily lives.

According to Sun Long, who participated in the research and develop

ment, the wheelchair features a eye-tracking system and advanced technologies inclu

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Affordable, quality preschools will be the priority, the m

inistry said. Governments at all levels are encouraged to establish public kindergartens,

aiming to get about 50 percent of all preschool children into public education by 2020, it said.

Communities, State-owned enterprises and public institutions

such as universities are also encouraged to establish their own kindergartens, it said.

Lyu Yugang, director of the ministry’s basic education department, said the cent

ral government will allocate 16.8 billion yuan to support preschool education.

Construction work has begun on the athletes’ village for the 2

021 Summer Universiade in Chengdu, located at Chengdu University.

Covering an area of around 37 hectares, the Universiade Village consists of eight specific buil

dings, including apartments for athletes, service center, health center, administrative affairs center, inter

national communication center, gymnasiums, aquatic center and the College of Chinese & ASEAN Arts.

In addition, construction is continuing on the tournament stadium, main gymnasium

and ball game gymnasiums. Major transportation projects, such as a new expressway, are also underway.

The 2021 Summer Universiade was officially awarded to

Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province, this March. The proposed dates for the tournament are August

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Rules for scientific researchers set out by Ministry of Edu

Researchers should strictly follow the standards and code of conduct of scientific research a

nd not embezzle or misuse scientific research funds, the Ministry of Education said on Wednesday.

They should not commit fraud to obtain a research

project, research fund and other awards or honorary titles, the ministry said.

Researchers should not seek reimbursement for items that they are supposed to

pay for themselves, and they should not embezzle funds for other purposes, it said.

Research projects that require external help should be made publ

ic at the university. If there are profits involved between the research leader

and external organizations, they should first sign a contract and submit it to the university, it said.

University administrative staff should not seek profi

ts or advantages in applying for and allocating research funds, the ministry said.

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The association on Wednesday made a report on th

pute, saying netizens supported the female customer in defending her rights and called for Mercedes-Benz to compensate her.

The report also questioned the legality of the financial s

ervice fee and called for stronger market supervision in the automobile industry.

It also urged auto-dealers to respect and protect consumers’ rights, sayin

g that dealers should deliver qualified products and issue invoices, receipts and other cert

ificates, strengthen employee training, and cooperate with investigations in the event of quality problems.

The woman on Tuesday night arrived at an agreement with the dealer, w

hich included a replacement car and full refund of the financial service fee.

The company also invited the customer to visit Mercedes-Benz’s factory and assem

bly line in Germany, offered her ten years of one-on-one, VIP service, and held a belated birthday party for her.

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The national landmark has received thousands of visitors

from China and overseas since it opened in 1968. Leaders from more than 70 countries and over 600 delegations from 150 nations have visited it.

During the three days it reopened to the public before taking road traffic in December, the bridge had more than 200,000 visitors.

The 4,589-meter-long structure reopened after 27 months of repairs. As China’s first home-designed road and rail truss bridge, it has been p

raised and loved by many. A truss bridge is one whose load-bearing superstructure is composed of connected elements forming triangular units.

Liu Yong, 63, a retired teacher from Nanjing, said he was in elementary school when the bridge first op

ened. Without telling his parents and teachers, he and his classmates walked more than 10 kilometers to see it.

“It was the most magnificent structure I had ever seen. When our relatives visited Nanjing, we

took them to see the bridge instead of visiting other well-known places of interest,” Liu said.

Zhou Lei, who lives in a residential community near the bridge, said that when he was an elementary school student in Ya

ncheng, Jiangsu, his father promised him that he would take him to see the bridge if he had high scores in his final exam.

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