areas such as the cities of Beijing, Dalian and Qingdao will be launched during the coming summer vacation, which usually spans June to August.
In the second half of the year, more trains for tourists will go into operation, linking the region to the Guangdong-Hong K
ong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Guiyang city in Guizhou province, and Guilin city in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.
Huang said more services will be provided on a regular basis on the trains, including karaoke, dining, bathing and internet.
Herder Ahmat Abla is considering returning to a livelihood abandoned by his people almost 100 years ago – fishing.
Ahmat currently grazes his sheep on a small pasture near the lower reaches of the T
arim River, China’s longest inland river. Once upon a time, there were dozens of dried-up
A growing number of people are eating alone, whether at home or in restaurants, and overturning traditional etiquette. Zhang Yangfei reports.
In China, food has always played a major role in promoting social cohesion. Communal eating is not on
ly familybased and deeply rooted in the nation’s cultural heritage, but is also regarded as an indicator of society’s health and stability.
Given that background, it is little wonder that eating alone, publicly or privately, has long been considered taboo.
However, in recent years things have started to change as a r
esult of demographic shifts and the growing influence of modern lifestyles.
According to a report released last year by the global market researcher
Kantar, 46 percent of people interviewed said they had eaten alone in the previous 24 ho
urs, a rise of 9 percent from 2017, and about 16 percent expressed a preference for eating solo.
China in 2018 had 202 unicorns valued at a combined total of $744.6 billion, according to a Greatwall Strategy Consultants report.
A unicorn is a privately held startup valued at more than $1 billion.
Seven of the companies are considered super unicorns – companies valued at more than $10 billion, the report said.
They are Ant Financial ($150 billion), Bytedance ($75 billion), Didi Chuxing ($60 bi
llion), Kuaishou ($20 billion), JD Digits ($20 billion), Cainiao ($20 billion) and Bitmain ($14.5 billion).
China’s unicorns come from 22 industries, with e-commerce, smart logis
tics, new entertainment, artificial intelligence, and new energy and smart vehicles the top five sectors.