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n, who came to the main venue of the festival on Thursday with four friends.
“We went to Thailand for a vacation last month. The beautiful sunshine and beaches there
are enchanting,” the 54-year-old Beijing native said. “Now, we have a second chance to experience its food.”
Yang Lin, 26, who described herself as a foodie, also went to t
he gala. “I love Korean food most, except for Chi
nese cuisine, and I’m happy that Beijing is holding such a big food exhibition.”
Xu Hejian, a Beijing official in charge of the event, said visitors can see how Asian food i
s made at the venue and sample various cuisines made by more than 200 food enterprises.
Wuyutai Tea is one of the companies.It’s a good opportunity for the younger generati
on to learn more about traditional Chinese delicacies and desserts,” said Chen Huaji, an employee. “Tea is
quite an important element of Chinese culture, and the exhibition offers a stage to show off the essence of Chinese food and Chinese culture.”
The Central Conservatory of Music will hold a festival from May 23 to 27 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Yellow River Cantata.
Written by composer Xian Xinghai (1905–1945) in Yan’an, Shaanxi pro
vince, in early 1939, the piece was inspired by a patriotic poem by Guang Weiran, and the lyrics
were adapted for the cantata. Premiered on April 13 of the same year in Yan’an, the work became, and remains, popular.
The conservatory’s symphony orchestra, choirs and chamber music grou
ps will join in the festival with 20 concerts, including the opening concert on May 23 condu
cted by Yu Feng, president of the university. The Yellow River Cantata will be performed by young singers.
Veteran Chinese musicians and singers, including Guo Shuzhen and Wang Xiufen, will perform during the festival.
Besides concerts, masterclasses and forums will be held in Yan’an.
The music festival will also celebrate the 70th birthday of the country.
services will aim precisely at those most in need,” she said.Shan Jixiang, former director and curator of the Palace Muse
um, has been hired as Palace Museum Research Institute chief, one month after his retirement.
Wang Xudong, current director of the Palace Museum, on Wednesday handed the offer letter, dated May 6, to Shan.
Xi Huan, vice-president of Beijing Hospital, said major medical institutions need to mak
e more efforts to improve services for the elderly, including the promotion of disease prevention educ
ation and increased follow-up visits for elderly patients who have been discharged from the hospital.
“Big hospitals should provide more help for elderly patients, and more follow-up nursing services after they leave the ho
spital, so they can get timely help if problems occur at home or at community health centers,” he said.
The volunteer team－led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En
glish－has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal management style, in addition to the city go
vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.
Larry Goodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife
in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.
Having worked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si
zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con
venience, traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents.
“The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.
tain a breakneck pace of economic development, which has brought booming economic prosperity.
Unfortunately, it has also brought a deteriorating environment. Seeing heavy smog, for ex
ample, many people feel that a worsening environment will destroy the happiness brought by economic growth.
Since 2012, the new leadership under President Xi Jinping has put forward a series of ecol
ogical ideas. On Sunday, Xi said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition that “green mountains and cle
ar waters are indeed mountains of gold and silver, and environmental improvement means great productivity”.
This idea, dubbed the theory of two mountains, enjoys immense popular support in China.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party o
f China, urged officials at all levels never to sacrifice the environment for economic growth.
more than 100 projectors were installed to digitally recreate mangrove fo
rests and the environment surrounding them: tropical seas, tides and beaches.
With sound, light and electrical effects, the exhibition shows how mangroves, one of the very few vegetation env
ironments that can survive in coastal waters, thrive in the tides and change their surroundings for the better.
Tianjin resident Li Lingyan, who visited the park on Monday, was fascinated by the mangrove exhibition.
“Looking at the exhibit, it is as though I was brought to the seashore to se
e how mangroves grow in a tough environment. It was an amazing process,” she said.
” I was totally thrilled, and I got to learn a lot about mangroves.”
Near Gate No 5 of the park, “a forest of lights and shadows” draws crowds.