ames was unveiled in February. Plans aim to optimize the venues’ designs and operations to be beneficial to the hosting regions after 2022.
“Here, you have the venues from 2008 that are going to be used
in 2022 for a complete set of winter sports. This is a wonderful legacy story,” said Juan Anto
nio Samaranch, vice-president of the International Olympic Committee.
Powering all the 2022 venues using green energy while minimizing environmental impacts, while p
lanning for their post-Games operations, are key in venue preparation this year, Liu said.
To support the preparations financially, Beijing 2022 has signed nine domestic marketing partners and four second-tier spon
sors, while the Games’ licensing program, which was launched early last year, has contributed 257 million yuan ($38
million) in sales of more than 780 types of products with the Winter Games logo as of the first quarter this year.
Laoshan district in Qingdao, Shandong province has launched a global compet
ition for cultural and innovative designs, offering a top prize of 50,000 yuan ($7,370).
The competition will run till July 30, and organizers will invite experts to
review collected works in August, with winners expected to be announced September.
The collection is divided into two sections: production
designs and special projects from individuals and groups, at home and abroad.
Production designs are to range from art crafts to prints, digital product
s, cartoons, furniture, as well as garments, while special projects can be related to sc
ulpture, tourism, festivals and even red cultural heritage, the color embodying China’s revolutionary spirit.
More domestic airlines are launching new flights connecting less-densely populated small
er Chinese cities, and those areas are seeing me growth in air traffic than major cities.
Last year, the airports of Quanzhou in Fujian province, Nantong, Changzhou and Xuzhou in Jiangsu province, Jieyang in G
uangdong province and Yichang in Hubei province saw their annual passenger throughput reach 2.5 million, a jum
p of more than 30 percent year-on-year, according to data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
In 2018, passenger throughput growth of major cities’ airports was less than 10 percent year-on-year, while the growth rates
of a number of third – and fourth-tier cities’ airports were higher than 20 percent, the data showed.
“It’s key for carriers to seize good flight times. Many domestic ai
rlines would like to launch flights to major cities like Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou, but
d studies in more developed areas in China.Tsering Lhakyi, born in the 1990s, was raised in Tibet’s Nagchu prefecture. Because of h
er high scores in the primary school, she was admitted to an inland Tibetan middle school. After the national colle
ge entrance exam, she applied to a university in Yantai, Shandong province, because she “wanted to see the sea”.
“The inland class truly taught me a lot about many new things,” sh
e said. As a fan of music, Tsering was once a singer in a bar and released two singles in Tibetan.
In 2017, she went on a popular talent show called Sing! Chi
na and became a sensation in the music industry thanks to her u
nique style of music. Before Tsering, there were no other Tibetan contestants on the show, she said.
“People thought Tibetan singers were all about ethnic
music, but I wanted to break that stereotype,” she said.
Liu Hua, with Qinghai’s Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee, said China’s favora
ble ethnic policies not only brought quality education to students in ethnic areas but also c