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nced that when conditions are right, artificial means will be used to make rain.
Chen Lijuan, the chief weather forecaster of the National Climate Center, sai
d rain is on the way to the northeast and will arrive next week. That should alleviate the
drought, but dry conditions will continue to make things worse in Yunnan, she said.
Zhou Wenyi, a 26-year-old from Kunming, Yunnan province, said that the weather is very strange this year.
“The climate of Yunnan is kind of like the southeastern Asian countr
ies, where April and May are the two hottest periods before the rainy season arrives. The hig
hest temperature in Yunnan’s summer period usually is around 21 to 22 C,” she said.
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.
With participants from 86 countries and regions, this year’s event attracted nearly 5,800 industry insiders from 2,645 companie
s and organizations, who signed 1,368 deals and cooperation agreements worth up to 14 billion yuan.
A report released during the festival says Chinese cinemas screened 34 domestic animated features that grossed 1.62 billi
on yuan in total in 2018, a rise of 13.3 percent on the output and a 24.5 percent increase in revenue, respectively, compared to 2017.
For many international filmmakers, China‘s expanding cartoon and animation industry has gripped their attention.
“I think Chinese animation production is already headed in a great direction,” says Joe D’Am
brosia, senior vice-president of original programming and general manager of Disney Junior.
As one of the guest speakers of the festival’s master classes, D‘Ambrosia joined Disney in 2011 and has played a cr
ucial role in steering the company to the top of preschool TV networks in the United States consecutively from 2013 to 2018.
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.
are quite tight,” said Li Xiaojin, a professor of aviation economics at the Civil Aviation University of China in Tianjin.
“Instead, by launching new flights at smaller cities, airlines may be able to realize net profits after two to three years of operati
ons. In the beginning stage, there are usually some favorable policies in price and services. In the next few year
s, the flight times available at those smaller airports may become precious, as well,” he said.
Shanghai-based Chinese budget carrier Spring Airlines has establis
hed three strategic bases since 2017. They are the airports in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, Ningbo, Zhejiang province, and Shantou, Guan
gdong province, in addition to its main hub airports in Shanghai. Without much competition from major State-owned
airlines, Spring has achieved significant room for growth of launching more flights.
In summer and fall flying seasons of last year, about three quarters of Spri
ng’s flights departed from third-tier cities. Spring has a promising prospect, driven by the
growing passenger demand from smaller cities, according to a research report of Changjiang Securities.