The Chinese drinking culture is set for a transformation. According to a survey of 109,441 Chinese conducted by the China Youth Daily’s Social Investigation Center, 84 percent said they were not fan of the drinking culture in China.
The long tradition seems to be on the wane, reflec
ting a change in an important aspect of China’s material culture. On one hand, as living standards improve, Chinese people pay more atte
ntion to their health. More people are choosing t
ea over liquor as their daily beverage. Instead of sitting at the table for the night, people now prefer healthier lifestyles. On the other hand, Chinese pe
ople have realized that drinking culture may provide opportunities for the undeserving who can get what they want by
those who insist that they drink. This is not only unfair to the deserving but also undermines ethical conduct. Nowadays, Chinese people have developed more decent drinking habits.
Those who risk their lives drinking heavily are not the so-called heroes anymore, and those who alw
ays urge ot
hers to drink may be gradually isolated by their friends. More and more Chinese pe ople enjoy having only a few drinks and chat over the cup. Taking small sips and slowly tasting liquor seems more enjoyable.
In addition, real friendship cannot be measured by how much alcohol is consumed. Neither can bottles of liquor build relations am
ong people. Instead, they only hurt people’s feelings and health. When people are sober again, the ecstasy and promises disappear.
After all, true friends are those who care about your health, not those who urge you to drink.
Take my poor friend. After he got out of hospital, he completely forgot who forced him to drink at the t
able. When he was blind drunk and almost choked on his vomit, all he remembered was those who loyally stayed by his side.
Wang, from Laiwu in East China’s Shandong province, stood at 334 kg at his heaviest. In July
2018, he underwent a weight-loss surgery in which fou
r-fifths of his stomach was removed. Half a year later, his weight has dropped to 192 kg.
Liu Shaozhuang, a doctor with Qilu Hospital o
f Shandong University in charge of Wang’s surgery, told Beijing Youth Daily the surgery h as not had an impact on Wang’s digestion and he only needed to chew food well before swallowing it.
led that a philosophy of “eat less, exercise more” was also a reason for his becoming thinner. He said he did not e at any meat during the Spring Festival holiday, a traditional time for family reunion and feasting.
ers from fatty liver, heart and lung problems due to his obesity. These conditions have i mproved after the surgery and sleep apnea due to snoring has also been alleviated, according to Liu.
Wang now has a body mass index (BMI) of 57.3, still well above the level of 24.5 for a healthy person, Liu said.
Wang said he aims to further reduce his weight to be less than 100 kg by the end of this year
hinese internet search giant Baidu Inc inked an in-depth partnership with China’s largest online travel agency Ctrip, in its latest efforts to drive the development of intelligent tourism in China.
Under the agreement, Baidu will deploy its cloud services and artificial intelligenc
e capabilities to provide Ctrip with solutions tailor ed to tourism scenarios and businesses. Baidu Cloud, the cloud unit of Baidu will help Ctrip impr
onal efficiency and customer experience and reduce costs in marketing and sales, customer acquisition and online traffic conversion. The two companies will also continue to explore a variety of smart services in more scenarios
based on Ba
idu’s AI capabilities, such as speech technology and autonomous driving. “The tourism industry is growing rapidly and Ctrip is the industry leader. Baidu looks forward to working wi
th Ctrip to upgrade tourism services with ‘cloud plus AI’, enhance customer experience, and ex
plore a viable
path to intelligent tourism for the entire industry,” said Zhang Dongchen, vice-president of Baidu. “With the vigorous development of tourism, consumer needs are more and more diversified. To better serve our customers, Ctrip
needs to be enabled by advanced cloud computing and AI technologies,” said Xiong Xing, executive vi
ce-president of Ctrip and CEO of air ticketing business unit and international business unit of the company.
Xiong said they hoped to collaborate with Baidu to create smarter customer service and more value for users.
This partnership is not limited to IT infrastructure. With Baidu Cloud’s capabilities, big data
analytics can be conducted on users’ interests, habits and preferences. Different tourism products can
be packaged by Baidu’s AI and machine learning technologies to offer every user customized solutions.
Over the past three years, Baidu Cloud has collaborated with more than 2,000 partners in
over 30 industries, such as finance, security, transportation and education, and created over 100 solutions.
In a bid to improve the nation’s business environment, the China National Intellectual Property Administration will roll
out a new set of regulations on trademar
k filings to curb the “applications out of malice”. The regulations draft has been publicized on the CNIPA website, soliciting suggestions and opinions from the public until March 14.
The move refl
ects a shift in policymakers’ focus from intellectual property quantity to quality, s aid Li Shunde, a senior IP researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Comprised of eight articles, the new regulations target “abnormal application
s”, such as trademark sq uatting, imitating established brands and filings with no intentions for actual use in industry or business.
tions, once they take effect, will also come as a severe blow to tradema rk speculators, who apply for and stock trademarks for trade rather than industrial or business use.
will be publicized on the CNIPA website and China Intellectual Property News, a Beijing-base
d newspaper, and face other punishments administered by related authorities, according to the draft.
They will al
so be blacklisted and exposed via a national credibility information sharing system. Trademarks achieved by this means will be declared void, the draft says.
waited regulations draft came as no surprise,” Li said. “Such regulations are necessary, especially amid continuous growth in IP filings in China.” The number of trademark applications from the country has topped the world for ye
ng to statistics from the World Intellectual Property Organization. Data from the CNIPA show that the inventory of valid domestic trademarks had surpassed 18 million by the end of 2018.
China has improved in IP filings and protection by leaps and bounds, yet insufficien
ent has come under fire and the discordance between quantity and quality has yet to be tackled, Li said. Growing awareness of the issues and the reconfiguration of IP administrative organs contributed to the rollout of the draft, he added.
“The draft does not merely address the chronic problem of abnormal applica
tions but provides an approach to balancing the quantity and quality, ” he noted. “It is just a start.”
of major Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. Smaller cities and even townships are capturing the fastest growth, findings from both payment providers showed.
According to Alipay, the quickest expansion
rate in per capita overseas spending was logged in Zhoushan, a port city in East China’s Zhejiang province, which surged 55 percent year-on-year. It wa
s followed by 50 percent in Weifang, Shandon
g province, and 44 percent in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. In contrast, the growth rate in relatively affluent Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou r
eached 27 percent, 30 percent and 24 percent respectively, although they accoun
ted for the greatest outbound spending by volume. These trends “really highlight how mobile payment is taking root in China’s outbound t
ourism market”, said Chen Jiayi, Alipay’s head of business operation on cross-border business.
so saw a notable surge in the use of mobile payment in lower-tier cities, with over 40 percent transactions ma de by residents who work in bigger cities but returned to hometowns for the weeklong annual gathering.
WUHAN – Chen Yuxiang lived on Honghu Lake in Central China’s Hubei province f
or 40 years since his birth. He now works as a machi
ne operator at a shoe factory. “I used to live on Honghu Lake and made a living as a fisherman, but the water became heavily pollut
ed and we had to find another way to earn m
oney since there were hardly any fish in the lake,” Said Chen, 41. Now, after a string of environment protection campaigns, all the fishermen have left the waters and now live and w
ork onshore with the help of government, restoring Honghu Lake’s charm and beauty.
Lake, the seventh biggest freshwater lake in China, was “a place b etter than paradise,” as a popular song goes, with abundant fish, lotus and ducks.
In the 1980s
, a crowd of fishermen from the east of China rushed in and settled down on Honghu Lake due to its rich natural resources.