China will unveil various measures to improve transport efficiency and lower logistics costs, according to a spokesperson for the transport ministry.
Vowing to see a notable increase in transport efficiency in the next
three years, the country will accelerate the construction of a comprehensive tra
nsport network, spokesperson Wu Chungeng told a news conference on March 28.
Efforts will also be made to expand the electronic toll collection system and promote multimodal transport, Wu said.
Meanwhile, the logistics costs are expected to be reduced by 120.9 billion yuan (about $17.97 bil
lion) in 2019, and a logistics service system in line with the country’s high-quality growth will be established over the next three years.
To fulfill such targets, the ministry will optimize transport struct
ure, upgrade rail, road and waterway transport systems and expand the network of logistics hubs, Wu said.
ter for foreign exchange, for example. We clear more dollars than New York, and are the largest center for RMB trading outside greate
r China. London is strong and international,” she said. “The long-term fundamentals of London and the UK still remain strong.”
Alex De Ruyter, director of the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University, echoed the
view of McGuinness, saying: “Whilst I think Brexit has clearly had a significant impact, it must be remembered that Lon
don is a global financial center and the majority of assets held by the financial services sector are outside of th
e EU, with the US, China, and other emerging economies particularly important markets.
“The 800 billion pounds figure only comprises about 10 percent of the estim
ated total assets of the UK banking sector,” he said. “So, the total volume of business affected has been relatively small.”
hinese herbal medicine,” said Ruan Jian, deputy manager of Anlong Xic
heng Xiushu Agriculture and Forestry. “Zhegui village has sufficient forest coverage, with p
roper altitude and climatic conditions, which is very suitable for growing imitation wild dendrobium.”
The plant, a member of the orchid family, is known as an important traditional medi
cine in China since many of its biomedical benefits have been scientifically examined.
Wild dendrobium officinale became an endangered species in the 1980s. However, with
the breakthrough of tissue culture technology in the early 2000s, artificially cultivated plants entered the market.
With the expansion in scale, dendrobium planted in some region
s suffered from problems such as pesticide residue, elevated levels of heavy metals and poor quality.
ow works in the village as a manager of the dendrobium planting base.
“It’s wonderful that our village has an industry now, so I don’t have to leave my hometown anymor
e. Life is much more comfortable than in the past,” said Chen, adding that she now earns a monthly salary
of more than 3,000 yuan ($446). She can also cycle to work in just a few minutes and can take care of her two children and elderly mother-in-law.
“Without competing with agriculture, planting the dendrobium can liberate good fields,” Chen
said. “Without harming the grass or trees, we can achieve harmonious coexistence. High mou
ntains and deep forests do no harm to the plant, but can help restore authentic herbs.”
The period for flower gathering lasts from April to June every year, and the fresh branch picking period is from Novemb
er to March. Residents from the neighboring area can all come to work at the base, and a skilled worker can earn up to 500 yuan a day.
“Last year, the salaries we paid totaled more than 4 million yuan,” said Ruan, adding that the
re are always job vacancies at the base. During the peak picking period, more than 200 workers are needed every day.
As the cultivation features “zero chemical fertilizer, zero chemical pesticides, zero hor
mones, and zero transgenics”, dendrobium produced in Zhegui finds a ready market.
she opened the windows, breathed clean air, and the surroundings were often bathed in su
nshine, with beautiful flowers dotting the lake as waterfowl paddled on the surface.
However, in 2017, the local government ordered all 2,400-plus hotels, guesthouses and
restaurants around the lake to close until they had been checked and the authorities confirmed they had all the permits required.
With the tourism industry expanding rapidly in Dali, wastewater and garbage were often found being disposed of directly into
the lake due to insufficient or dilapidated facilities on the shore, creating one of the lake’s major sources of pollution.
Since October, a widespread environmental campaign has escalated and more t
han 1,800 lakeside properties within the protection zone – including 540 guesthouses – have been demolished.
round. Tourists can explore the old town, hike amid the clouds, cycle around the lake and enjoy bustling street festivals.
Before he settled in Dali, Yang worked for a bank in Chongqing, his
hometown. After moving, he started a business selling hand-made traditional costumes of the loc
al Bai people, one of the ethnic groups in China. Many people from the group live in communities in Dali.
A year after he arrived, Yang opened his small restaurant, which
serves spicy Chongqing cuisine. He has developed a close relationship with his customers.
“I cook the food on my own for my customers, most of whom
are tourists. When I serve them, I often sit and chat with them and listen to their stories,” he said.
“In my spare time, I go with friends to climb Mount Cangshan, or cycle around Erhai Lak
e alone. This is exactly the life that I want to live – having no pressure, but inner peace and freedom.”
have been launched, and the search area has been expanded from 1.1 square kilometers to 2 km, Cao Lubao, mayor of Yancheng, said at a news conference on Sunday afternoon.
He said that more than 4,500 medical workers and 116 ambulances participated in the rescue work. The National Health Commi
ssion sent 16 leading experts and Jiangsu sent 65 experts from the province’s renowned hospitals to treat the injured.
“As of Sunday noon, 604 victims remain in 16 hospitals. Another 59 people have been discharged after treatment,” he said.
Li Shaodong, deputy head of the Jiangsu Commission of Health, said specialized treatment plans have be
en made for every patient. “Psychologists have also been sent to help the recovery of the patients, their relatives and rescuers.”
Workers have been sent to comfort the families of the deceased, including 43 medical worke
rs to accompany senior family members. The bodies will be treated according to ethnic and religious customs, said Li.