stage of preparation for the Games,” said Chen Jining, mayor of Beijing and executive president of the 2022 Winter Olympics Organizi
ng Committee. “We will endeavor to deliver a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
The 1,000-day countdown — launched near the iconic Bird’s Nest and the W
ater Cube, both 2008 venues — underlined Beijing’s focus on sustainability in pre
paring a second time for an Olympic extravaganza by reusing existing resources built for the Summer Games.
According to the 2022 Winter Olympics organizing committee, 11 of the 13 ve
nues needed in Beijing’s downtown, where all ice sports will be staged, will use existing faci
lities built for 2008. Repurposing projects, such as transforming the Water Cube (which hosted swimming in 2008) in
to a curling arena by filling the pool with steel structures and making ice on the surface, are well underway.
Socheat Chea, a Cambodian student with big dreams, wouldn’t attract much attention if he
walked down a street in his country since he doesn’t talk a lot and is a bit shy around strangers.
His classmate, Edgar Moreno Pena, who is from Venezuela, is more adept at socializing. He has
a vocabulary of more than 200 Chinese words, tells shopkeepers on Beijing streets pia
nyidian (give me a bigger discount) and uses Chinese-language food-delivery apps on his mobile phone.
“I often do shopping at Taobao and JD,” he said, referring to China’s two most popular online shopping websites.
Although the two foreign students have few similarities in their perso
nal backgrounds, they share a common goal at the Shenzhou Institute in northern Be
ijing: They are trying to learn from Chinese teachers how to design, build, operate and maintain satellites.
It is believed Wu remained in the country for the past three years.
Fuzhou police on March 3, 2016 offered a 50,000 yuan ($7,429.86) reward for
information that may lead to the arrest of Wu Xieyu, wi
th their statement saying Wu, 22 years old at the time, was a suspect in the
murder of his mother, Xie Tianqin.
her apartment in the faculty dormitory of a middle school in Fuzhou.
Xie was believed to have been murdered
by her son after they had a confrontation July 11, 2015, according to police sources.
Wu allegedly sealed off the room after the murder, wrapped the corps
e with layers of plastic cloth, and put activated carbon in between to absorb the smell.
He installed CCTV cameras in the room and connected them to his computer.
Wu also managed to borrow more than 1 million yuan in his mother’s name after her death.
He also underlined the significance of a strong audience base in the fu
ture. “It’s about developing the audience for Chinese animated films – to create projec
ts that are more popular with broader appeal,” he said. “The most important thing is to tell a good story with i
nteresting characters, in a way that is fresh and new, different and exciting for the audience.”
Minkoff said the Chinese animation industry has grown vigorously over the past dec
ade. “I’ve seen improvements made in the quality of the animation, the production and the filmmaking.”
With the coming of the 5G era and virtual reality, he thinks it opens up new space for creativity and accessibility. “The changes in techno
logy are going to continue to improve and make it possible to make really interesting, different kinds of films, an
d put the tools of filmmaking and animation into more people’s hands, which I think would be very good,” the director said.
Besides the animated adaptation of Wolf Totem, Minkoff revealed to
China Daily he is working on a “secret” project inspired by Chinese culture. “The movie is bas
property buyers in 12 first and second-tier cities were women. And as ages increase, awareness toward buying pro
perty grows as well. The report said in the 30-year-old category, 47.1 percent of single women purchased their own prop
erties, with over a third doing so without mortgages, and 23.4 percent of them owning more than one property.
The research said most of the surveyed women felt a sense of security toward the future after purchasing properties. Dong Fang, a 28-y
ear-old property investment manager who has just invested in a 40-square-meter flat in Shanghai, agreed.
“It doesn‘t matter if I marry or not, now that I have a roof over my head,” Dong said. “I just need to sort o
ut my retirement and major insurance, then whatever the future holds for me, I won’t be too scared.”
About 64 percent of the women respondents aged below 30 said living in a rented
house after getting married was unacceptable, but the ratio was down to 45 percent among women aged over 30. The rep
ort suggested that it was linked to the fact that sophisticated women were likely to own properties already.