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Museums are throwing off the shackles of convention and time to pull in the crowds

What does it take to extinguish the fire of curiosity? A few drops of rain, a few gusts of wind or a full-blown typhoon?上海千花坊

Officials of the Shanghai Museum got an answer to those qu

estions when it threw its doors open to the public on the evening of Aug 9.

上海千花坊女神会所Typhoon Lekima, packing winds of 185 km/h, was just a few hours

from making landfall in neighboring Zhejiang province, so many people in Shanghai av

erse to bad weather may well have thought th上海千花坊at this would be a night to stay home.

In the event, more than 700 people chose to brave the rain and strong

winds that Typhoon Lekima brought to the city and visit the Shanghai Museum.

上海千花坊”We made the reservation on the museum WeChat service a week ago,” said Julie Wang, a Shanghai sc

hoolteacher who attended with her daughter and several other parents and children.

“I also thought the rain might keep a lot of people away and it would be less crowded.”上海千花坊女神会所

The parents prepared pamphlets and PowerPoint files on a tablet, teach

ing the children, all preschoolers from a single class, about the exhibition Arts of the G

上海千花坊reat Ocean, Pacific Art Collection from the Musee du quai Branly-Jacques-Chirac in Paris.

Walking among the carved oars, feather masks and wood sculptures, Wang occasionally br

ought to the children’s attention patterns, figures and interesting details in the exhibits.上海千花坊女神会所

“We often see fine arts from China and the West in the museum, but this ex

hibition is quite different and a rare opportunity to see the Pacific art,” Wang said.上海千花坊

Shanghai Museum began to extend its opening hours into th

e evening in 2017 when the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects

上海千花坊女神会所attracted many enthusiastic visitors, who were willing to line up for hours waiting to see it.

“We started opening in the evening on more than 20 days over three months to meet demand,” said Xia Beibei, a member

of the museum staff. Since then the museum has often held “Night of the Museum” events.

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musicians from the 上海千花坊iences across the coun

A jazz big band from the United States recently presented a concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center in Shanghai.

This is the first time Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra is touring China. The 23 y上海千花坊

oung musicians aged 16 to 19 were selected from across the US. And after two weeks’of intensive training in New

上海千花坊女神会所York, they started their performances in Taichung in Taiwan on Jul 30, followed by the National Center for th

e Performing Arts in Beijing, said Sean Jones, a renowned trumpeter and mentor of NYO Jazz.上海千花坊

In Shanghai NYO Jazz played two concerts including the show at Jazz at Lincoln Cen

ter, which featured a casual and intimate setting. The other show was at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center.上海千花坊

The orchestra had an open rehearsal before the concert at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in Shanghai. And

80 members of the public took part in the rehearsal, many of whom were parents with their school-age children.

上海千花坊女神会所Fourteen-year old Zhao Junhuan who was there with his father swayed in his seat to the rhy

thm of the music. Zhao, who has spent three years learning to play the drums, was impressed with the Am

erican boys’ performance, but said: “I will be able to play as well as them when I am their age”.上海千花坊

Shanghai-based music critic Gu Chao said that the young musicians showed e

xcellent technique that their performance was beyond his expectation. “What

these lacked in experience, they made up with their love for music,” he said.上海千花坊 女神会所”Watching them play I was conv

inced that jazz is alive and contemporary, and far from being outdated.”

Carnegie Hall in New York is one of the most celebrated concert halls in the world. And since 2013 the institution has

been bringing together outstanding musicians aged between 16 and 19 to form the NYO-USA, and NYO2, an inten上海千花坊

sive summer training program for outstanding young musicians aged 14 to 17. In 2018, Car

negie Hall launched the NYO Jazz program, celebrating the big band tradition in American jazz music.

This year the 23 young musicians from 16 states in the US, led by acclaimed trumpeter Sean Jones and Grammy Award-上海千花坊女神会所

winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling embarked on a tour to China after a concert at the Carnegie Hall.

Speaking about the band, Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie上海千花坊

Hall, said: “The musicians who make up NYO Jazz’s 2019 roster are among the finest jazz players in the nati

on, passionate not only about music, but also dedicated to connecting with people across cultures.

“This summer promises to be a truly memorable on上海千花坊女神会所

e of life-changing experiences through unparalleled training wit

h esteemed jazz artists and extraordinary performances of America’s beloved art form aro

und the world as they serve as wonderful musical ambassadors for their country.”

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Facing external uncert 上海千花坊a has been unswe

rvingly opening to the outside world to increase its resilience to risks

and shoulder its responsibility as a major country,” said Wang Xiaosong, a researc 上海千花坊

h fellow with the National Academy of Development and Strategy under Renmin University of China.

 上海千花坊Covestro, a global chemicals giant that has been in China for nearly 20 years, is plannin

g to upgrade its China headquarters in Shanghai to its Asia-Pacific headquarters.

Holly Lei, president of Covestro China, said after the move, the 上海千花坊

company could better coordinate global resources to grow together with China.

 上海千花坊China is Covestro’s biggest single market and Shanghai is hom

e to its largest plant while housing its Asia-Pacific innovation center, said Lei.

Covestro is not alone in terms of expanding its business ambitions in the world’s second-largest economy. 上海千花坊

French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen plans to set up a regional procurement center in Sha

nghai. German chemicals giant BASF has increased investment to upgrade its innovation center in Shan

ghai after investing in a $10 billion production facility in Zhanjiang. The city is also home 上海千花坊女神会所

to Tesla’s gigafactory, which is under construction with an investment of over 50 billion yuan ($7.1 billion).

Investments from the European Union, Singapore, Japan and countries included in t 上海千花坊

he Belt and Road Initiative all grew at double-digit rates in the first half and the investm

ent structure is being optimized, said Hua Yuan, director of the municipal commission of commerce.

The high-tech service industry reported an actual use of foreign investment of $1.7 bil 上海千花坊女神会所

lion in the first six months, posting a hefty annual growth of 29.6 percent, said Hua.

A series of opening-up measures in multiple fields and industries and the impro

ving business environment has ramped up foreign investment interests in China.

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the investment mark上海千花坊et of food waste dispos

al facilities will expand to a scale of 152.4 billion yuan ($22.18 billion) as

the garbage sorting and recycling campaign makes headway, providing related compa上海千花坊

nies with various business opportunities, according to the E20 Institute of Environment Industry.

上海千花坊女神会所Aiming at a greater market presence and higher production efficiency, companies are rac

ing to maximize the use of intelligent and cutting-edge technologies in waste disposal.

A good example is the Chinese payment giant Alipay, which has rolled out a mini-program to h上海千花坊

elp sort garbage by using artificial intelligence and augmented reality technologies.

By scanning waste items with their smartphones, users can learn in seconds how to sort their trash.上海千花坊女神会所

In addition, the internet and big data technologies are also u

sed by companies to assess and analyze the demand for bins in different areas.

Industry body calls on authorities to implement government guidelines

上海千花坊Officials at China’s leading auto industry association are calling for local authoriti

es to implement the central government’s guidelines for boosting car consumption in the wake of ve

hicle sales in the country having fallen for 13 months in a row as of the end of July.

Overall vehicle sales in the world’s biggest vehicle market stood at 1.8 million in July, falling 4.3 percent from t上海千花坊女神会所

he same month last year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

Total sales in the first seven months of this year totaled 14.13 million, down 11.4 percent year-on-year.上海千花坊

The association expects the fall to become less severe in coming m

onths because of a lower comparable base figure from the second half of last year a上海千花坊

nd because of the measures implemented to help with car consumption.

It estimated that China’s vehicle sales would drop 5 percent this year上海千花坊女神会所

from 2018 to 26.68 million vehicles. It has also trimmed its forecast for a rise in new ene

rgy vehicle sales to 1.5 million from a forecast of 1.6 million made at the start of the year.

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According to the ho 上海千花坊ice index, the cities sa

aw an overall 0.6 percent monthly growth and 10.1 percent yearly growth in newly built h

ouse prices,” said Yan Yuejin, director of the Shanghai-based E-house China Research and Development I 上海千花坊女神会所

nstitution. “Both figures indicated a slowing upward trend in house prices, as the ef

 上海千花坊fort to stabilize house prices, market expectations and market order has paid off.”

Yan noted that Pingdingshan in Henan province was the city with the biggest monthly growth

in new property prices in July, as the city’s average price for new housing grew 1.6 percent. 上海千花坊女神会所

“The housing policies were relatively loose in cities such as Pingdingshan,” he said.

“With Pingdingshan topping the list, other smaller cities also saw mild growth in

 上海千花坊house prices. The local government needs to strengthen regulations in these cities.”

For pre-owned property, in July, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen all saw a growth in prices respectively by 0.4 pe

rcent, 0.4 percent and 0.7 percent compared to June. The 31 smaller cities saw similar trends as the average price r 上海千花坊女神会所

ose by 0.4 percent month-on-month, up 0.1 percentage point from the month earlier.

Yan said July was the peak season for the housing rental market. As rent 上海千花坊

went up during summer, the prices of pre-owned property tended to go up as well.

“A total of 70 cities saw an average 0.4 percent monthly growth in pre- 上海千花坊女神会所

owned property prices,” Yan said. “But the growth rate was smaller compared t

o the same period last year, thanks to the tightened regulation since May.” 上海千花坊

“The local governments have been aiming to stabilize land prices, house prices and market expectations, implementing a

long-term mechanism for real estate regulation in July to sustain the stable dev 上海千花坊女神会所

elopment of the property market,” said Liu Jianwei, a senior statistician at the NBS.

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So I followed that advic上海千花坊rt because of th

the empty patriotism associated with the US flag. Now my stomach turns when I see it flown alongside calls to “liberate” Ho

ng Kong — do they want the “liberation” Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Honduras and Haiti got? — so I can’t im上海千花坊

agine how Chinese people must feel seeing it only a few years after the city’s long-delayed return.

Not all flags are created equal. There’s a reason the flag of Nazi Germany is only flown by the most hateful people on the planet; t上海千花坊品茶微信

hat symbol has been rightfully shunned. Yet an equally noxious banner gets unfurled by myopic protesters — let’s not f

orget the millions of Indians killed in the Bengal famine engineered under British rule — and no one bats an eye.上海千花坊

Without a real reckoning with the past, this kind of ignorant spectacle is doomed to repeat

itself. I can’t be the only one who wants the sad, sordid cycle to end once and for all.上海千花坊品茶微信

The author is a copy editor with chinadaily.com.cn.

The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not represent the views of China Daily and China Daily website.

The list of top 100 cities in China with strongest GDP in the first half of this year more or less remained the same as last yea上海千花坊

r, despite Xinyang city in Henan province, ranked 102 last year, moving in to the top 100 this year while Jiaozuo f

rom the same province dropping out, according to a report by 21st Century Business Herald.

上海千花坊品茶微信The overall GDP of the top 20 cities in H1 reached 16.16 trillion yuan ($2.29 trillion), contributing 35.84 percent to th

e nation’s GDP, 1.2 percentage points higher than that of the same period last year, the report, based on economic st

atistics collected by a data journalism lab under 21st Century Business Herald, said.

Six cities witnessed their GDP exceeding 1 trillion yuan上海千花坊品茶微信

in first half, with Shanghai leading the list with a GDP of 1.64 trillion yuan, followe

d by Beijing (1.52 trillion yuan), Shenzhen (1.21 trillion yuan) and Guangzhou (1.18 trillion yuan).

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To resolve the proble上海千花坊articipating in the prog

ram may harm banks’ capital adequacy, regulators will support banks to issue perpetual de

上海千花坊bt – a type of debt without a maturity date – to replenish their capital. Foreign investors will also be allowed to own st

akes in the financial investment firms that take part in the debt-for-equity swaps, the guideline said.

Meanwhile, the guideline said that good-quality and com上海千花坊女神会所

petitive companies with high leverage ratios will be encouraged to participate

in the program and the country will step up efforts to enhance asset pricing of swaps.

上海千花坊Various measures will also be unveiled to lower corporate leverage and properly handle the debt issues of loss-making “zombie c

ompanies”, the guideline said, urging financial institutions to keep monitoring the risks of corporate debt.

Li Longhai, an analyst at Dongguan Securities Co上海千花坊女神会所

Ltd, said that the measures will help banks offload distressed debt from their

balance sheets and will help ease the pressure from the rising nonperforming loans.

“It will also benefit private companies and help them resolve debt risks. And it could sav

上海千花坊女神会所e companies that have strong growth potential but are in temporary difficulties,” Li said in a research note.

As of June 30, the contract value of the debt-for-equity swap program reached 2.4 trilli

on yuan ($350 billion) with about 1 trillion yuan already in place and ready for investment. The value of new contr上海千花坊

acts of debt-for-equity swaps signed in this year reached 390 billion yuan, according to the NDRC.

上海千花坊女神会所Zeng Gang, deputy director of the National Institution for Finance and Developmen

t, said: “The debt-for-equity swaps will improve the financing ability of companies, reduce

their borrowing costs and boost their profitability as well as their business sustainability.”

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Shanghai’s three later-上海千花坊advantagesAfter en

ntering a new era, Shanghai encountered unprecedented opportunities

上海千花坊in domestic garbage treatment, reflected in three later-developing advantages.

(1) Shanghai has the advantage of “overtaking in bends”

上海千花坊女神会所Four first-tier cities across the world established modern garbage classification systems about 50 years ago.

These systems were first carried out from the perspective of the circular economy. Shangh

ai, as a catcher, started to classify and recycle municipal garbage through comprehensive integration.上海千花坊

Today garbage in Shanghai is classified into four categories: harmful; recyclable; organic; and other.

上海千花坊女神会所This integrates waste recycling, composting, incineration and landfills, and has the advantage of overtaking in be

nds. Shanghai for example provides a fixed subsidy for the construction of wet garbage resource facilities.

(2) Shanghai has the advantage of “backward force”上海千花坊女神会所

Shanghai’s waste treatment sets the maximum capacity of landfill and incineration fa

上海千花坊cilities, reverses the front-end classification collection and resource utilization, and reduces quantity at the source.

The city encourages classification by disposing

of organic garbage for free and calculating the cost of other garbage disposal.上海千花坊女神会所

Shanghai also promotes quality control and both rewards and

上海千花坊punishes district treatment facilities through its garbage treatment fee system.

(3) Shanghai has the advantage of “governance orientation”上海千花坊女神会所

Shanghai residents participate in making waste classification a bottom-up action.

Enterprises strengthen market-oriented changes and fulfill their corporate social responsibility.

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When we have performe上海千花坊around the world

Chen liked to say something to the audience about his pieces and I have always stopp

ed him. His music speaks for itself and is strong enough to communicate with people.”上海千花坊

Born in Shanghai, Yu, 55, studied piano with his grandfather, the composer Ding Shande, before he

上海千花坊品茶微信was trained at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and later at the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin. On

his return from Europe, Yu has become a central character in the development of the Chinese classical music scene.

Like Yu, Chen, 68, is also a Shanghai native. In 1977, Chen was enrolled to study composition at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and in 1984上海千花坊

he moved to France where, for four years, he studied with Olivier Messiaen as the great French composer’s last pupil. He

上海千花坊品茶微信is best known as the musical director for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and composed the

song, You and Me. He is also known for his cooperation with Chinese film director Zhang Yimou on the 2001 ballet prod上海千花坊

uction, Raise the Red Lantern, based on Zhang’s film with the same title and the film, The Flowers of War, in 2011.上海千花坊品茶微信

The two works by Chen on the new album come from very different periods in his career.

 written between 1998 and 1999, is a five-movement suite, portrayi

ng the five traditional Chinese elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal.上海千花坊

“When I first wrote Wu Xing, the piece was not well received, since the melodies were not smo

oth and not considered beautiful in a traditional way,” says Chen. “But, over the course of the last 20 years, a gr

owing number of people have developed a liking for it and it’s beyond my expectation.”上海千花坊品茶微信

The violin concerto, La joie de la Souffrance, was written in 2017, and Chen added color w

ith a percussion section. Maxim Vengerov played the solo part and the violinist premiered the work alon

g with China Philharmonic under the baton of Yu during the 20th Beijing Music Festival.

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra also knows the violin conce

rto very well since it was a test piece for the 2018 Shanghai Isaac

Stern International Violin Competition and was played by the six finalists, accompanied by the Orchestra.

“The relationship between a composer and his music is like that of a biological father and his

children. For the interpreters, like the conductors and symphony orchestras, they are like the ‘f

oster parents’ of the work,” says Chen. “As the ‘biological father’, I can do nothing about my work after I finished wr

ting it, but Yu has his own understanding of my music, which sometimes surprises me.”

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Zhao, the professor, s上海千花坊eration, the rail line

 line will help Sichuan province build itself into an inland transportation hub within China

as well as a bridge that connects the country with South Asian countries including Nepal and India, wh上海千花坊

ich will greatly boost the economy in southwestern China with convenient transportation.”

The Sichuan-Tibet railway will be the second rail line connectin

上海千花坊女神会所g Tibet with the rest of the country. The 1,956-km Qinghai-Tibet Railway opened in

Military aircraft in development will be able to carry out air, land, sea attacks

China’s development of the FC-31, the country’s second steal

th fighter jet, is proceeding smoothly and on schedule, according to its chief designer.上海千花坊

Sun Cong, president of the Chinese Aeronautical Establishmen

上海千花坊女神会所t under Aviation Industry Corporation of China, said at a news conference on Thursday in Sh

enyang, Liaoning province, that people should be patient and wait for good news from the project.

“You will see its latest developments in due course, in the near future,” said Sun, who上海千花坊

is also the chief researcher at AVIC’s Shenyang Aircraft Design and Research Institute.

上海千花坊女神会所Sun’s comments indicated that China has never wavered in its attempts to develop and build a second series of stealth com

bat aircraft after the J-20 entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force in 2017.

His remarks are likely to reassure anyone concerned about the fate of上海千花坊

FC-31 because of its virtual disappearance from public view over the past two years.

The twin-engine, radar-evading fighter jet was unveiled in October 2012 when a prototy上海千花坊女神会所

pe made its maiden flight, becoming China’s second 5th-generation fighter jet, following the J-20.

上海千花坊The FC-31 has a high survivability rate, a low radar signature, advanced electronic countermeasures, strong information gat

hering and handling capacity, outstanding situational awareness and beyond-visual-range combat capability.

In addition to air combat, it can also carry out strikes against land and sea targets, according to its designers.上海千花坊女神会所

The aircraft has a large weapons bay and can carry multiple external missiles.

According to AVIC specifications, the FC-31 has a maximum takeoff we

ight of 25 metric tons, a combat range of 1,200 kilometers and a top speed of Mach 1.8, or 2,上海千花坊女神会所

205 kilometers per hour. It can carry 8 tons of weapons and has a designed life span of up to 30 years.

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