Architectural experts who have gained a hands-on unders

standing of the pros and cons of rural reconstruction through their work were also invited to hold a dialogue with the writers, which resonated so strongly with the

villagers that some of them surrounded the speakers afterward hoping to expand their discussions.

He Wei, assistant professor at the school of architecture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, w

ho has been leading several projects in the countryside, thinks a major problem is the conflicting demands between the elite class

of city dwellers, who tend to seek spiritual comfort in village life, and the villagers themselves who naturally want to i

mprove their quality of life. However, many of the rural traditions have been lost during the process.

“Once they leave the countryside, it’s hard for people to come back and settle, both in person and spiritually,” he says.

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It’s important we have both of the visions. One is the visi

on to look into the future amid urban life, and the other is to look back

on rural history – it’s our past,” he says, adding that this contradiction – resisting urban

ization while at the same time embracing progress – has driven the emergence of modern thought and di

scourse, which has become the internal motivation for change in art, literature and philosophy.

Ethnic Tibetan writer A Lai, famous for his novel Settling Dust, which was also published und

er the title Red Poppies, says many of the writers today still depict rural life as they imagine it, rather than ob

serving and reflecting on it by honestly facing the challenges posed by globalization.

“We should be aware that many of the problems facing Chinese farmers and villagers today are universal,” he says.

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Ministry of Education warns of study risk in USion holds a pres

30n Monday, the Chinese government warned students to be aware of po

ssible visa restrictions or even rejection if they want to study in the United States.

For a period of time, some Chinese who want to pursue their studies in the US have encounte

red visa problems, including a longer waiting time for visas to be issued, a shortened term of visa va

lidity and a rising rate of visa applications being rejected, according to the Ministry of Education.

Such problems are exerting negative influence on Chinese w

ho plan to study or are studying in the US, the ministry added.

The ministry suggested students and scholars be aware of the risk

, assess the risk and make preparations accordingly before deciding to study in the US.

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Now, 65 large framed photos by Rock, which captur

ure Bowie in his dressing room, his transformation into Ziggy Stardust, shots of his live performances and candid, private moments between the shows, are bein

g displayed as an exhibition, entitled Bowie by Mick Rock, at 798 Space in Beijing’s 798 Art Zone from May 29 to Aug 4.

The exhibition, which is supported by Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP, a no

nprofit museum dedicated to reflecting contemporary popular culture, and co-organized by Beijing-based i

ndie record label, Modern Sky, also showcases performance footage of Bowie, interviews with Rock, who talks abou

t directing Bowie’s first four music videos, as well as photos of other music legends of the era taken by Rock, i

ncluding Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry. It’s MoPOP’s first exhibition to be staged in Asia.

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yramid-shaped glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in reed leave

To celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on June 7, the fifth d

ay of the fifth lunar month on the traditional Chinese calendar, foreign students from the C

hinese Culture and Literature School at Nankai University learned to make zongzi, or pyramid-shaped glu

tinous rice dumplings wrapped in reed leaves, and weave five-color strings to appreciate Chinese culture on June 3.

Students learned about the festival and its origins, as well as dragon b

oat racing, hanging calamus and wormwood, and drinking realgar wine.

The school has more than 700 foreign students

from 60 countries and regions, and regularly organizes events, such as flying kites and making mooncakes, to c

elebrate traditional Chinese festivals, helping the students learn and experience traditional Chinese culture.

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China boast 80% of world’s unicornsSince the term “unic

icorn” was first used by venture capitalist Aileen Lee six years ago to describe a privately held startups valued at $1 billio

n or more, the number of companies matching this label has mushroomed to 326, according to a report.

The United States is home to 156 unicorns, nearly half of the world’s total, followed by China with 94 unicorns, Jeff Desj

ardins, editor-in-chief of media site Visual Capitalist, said in a report called Visualizing the Unicorn Landscape in 2019.

The total valuation of the 326 unicorns has been raised to $1.1 trillio

n by investors, of which almost 30 percent is made up by the top seven unicorns with hig

hest valuation, including Bytedance, Uber, Didi Chuxing and WeWork, the report citing data from CB Insights said.

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Candice Chen, a graduate studying in Beijing, travel

led with a few of her friends to Japan in January. Despite living in Beijing, she bought return flight ticke

ts that departed from the nearby city Tianjin to Japan, and the return tickets cost less than 1,500 yuan in total.

“It’s a great deal as I can save more money for shopping in Japan. It’s convenient to take a high-speed train fr

om Beijing to Tianjin, which only took half an hour, and then I caught a taxi to go to Tianjin airport,” she said.

Last year, the per capita spending of college students on flights edged up 2.6 percent year-on-year, the study said witho

ut disclosing specific numbers, and indicated their high sensitivity on flight ticket prices. Despite that they try to save m

ore money in buying flight tickets, college students prefer to stay at better hotels.

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Companies are also introducing low-price options to

 attract the young consumer group. In late May, Qunar teamed up with 33 domestic and foreign carriers, including Air China, Chi

na Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, United Airlines and All Nippon Airways, to l

aunch discounted prices for students on more than 3,000 routes, along with the concept of student flight tickets.

Students who have registered successfully with their identific

tion documents on the platform will be able to book cheaper tickets. For instance, a one-way

flight ticket from Guangzhou to Beijing can be as cheap as 460 yuan ($66.7), which is about half of the price tag – 8

62 yuan – for a second-class seat on a high-speed train. Qunar said such low-price flight tickets compared with high-spee

d trains may change the travel habits of college students and create user stickiness.

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The forum, which opened on May 26, is devoted to implem

menting the SCO Qingdao Summit consensus and improving the health level of the people across the region.

Themed “Health, Cooperation, Innovation and Sharing,” the forum focused

on the topics of national health, disaster relief, medical services, and medical education and research.

The forum appreciates China’s remarkable achievements in health and medical

services over the past 40 years of reform and opening-up and China’s medical assistance to other countries.

In addition, the forum will also establish the “China-SCO Medical Innovat

ion and Cooperation Committee” in Shanghai, which will be responsible for calling me

etings and coordinating relevant national institutions to take turns holding the forum.

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to reroute two other packages sent from Vietnam to

addresses elsewhere in Asia without authorization.

“Express service providers should never interrupt normal services for noncommercial purposes,” Ma said.

“FedEx values our business in China. Our relationship with Huawei Technologies and our relationships with all of our custom

ers in China are important to us,” the company said in a statement posted on its website on Saturday.

“FedEx holds itself to a very high standard of service. FedEx will fully cooper

ate with any regulatory investigation into how we serve our customers,” it said.

On Tuesday, FedEx China said in a statement that a small number of Huawei parcels were rerouted by mistake.

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