showed that 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May

Day holiday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.

Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annua

lly, began to issue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese

nationals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.

Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sr

i Lanka have started to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.

“When more countries that are mainstream travel destinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.

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s life. Now both Sonam and his wife work in Beijing while raising a daughter, who is now a year old.

“We plan to let our child study in Beijing,” he said. “We want her to get in touch

with avant-garde thoughts, broaden her horizons and pursue a life she likes,” he said.

Like Sonam Tsering, Tsering Lhakyi also benefited from the country’s ethnic policies.

In the 1980s, due to a lack of skilled workers and the poor educational foundation in the Tibet autonomous regi

on, the government decided to offer classes to Tibetan children. In 1985, the first batch of them went inland to study. Sin

ce then, an increasing number have pursued studies in more developed areas in China.

Tsering Lhakyi, born in the 1990s, was raised in Tibet’s Nagchu prefecture. Because of her h

igh scores in the primary school, she was admitted to an inland Tibetan middle school. After the national col

lege entrance exam, she applied to a university in Yantai, Shandong province, because she “wanted to see the sea”.

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ange has resulted in lower wind speeds in the region. There h

as been a downward trend for average wind speeds in the cluster si

nce 1960 and especially after 1990. This is in line with the weakening trend of wind speeds made up of cold air from L

ake Baikal in Russia, which penetrates into the region from the northwest

A multilateral tax cooperation mechanism under the Belt and Road Initiative was establ

ished on Thursday in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. It aims to facili

tate cross-border trade and investment along BRI routes by helping resolve tax disputes.

The nonprofit mechanism, the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Admin

istration Cooperation Mechanism, or BRITACOM, includes tax authorities from 34 countr

ies and regions. Participating parties signed a memorandum of understanding and bec

ome council members on Thursday, including those from Kazakhstan, Uruguay and Nigeria.

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ese government has launched a series of measures to continually reduce burdens for taxpayers, an

d the annual plan for 2019 is to cut 2 trillion yuan ($300 billion) in taxes and fees.

“Effects have been seen recently. In the first two months, 182.85 billion yuan in taxes and fees were furth

er reduced,” Wang said. “The Chinese tax authority will do all it can to achieve the target.”

“International tax cooperation is not and has never been easy. But we

do need a multilateral approach,” said Vitor Gasp

ar, director of the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund.

“BRITACOM has a role to play in fostering a multilatera

l cooperation approach to taxes, and it can help tax adm

inistrations share best practices and build a foundation for cooperation,” Gaspar said.

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The 2019 edition is co-organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Shanghai municipal government. Since its esta

blishment in 1987, the festival has changed host cities in each edition, traveling to a

reas including Beijing, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Hubei over the past three decades.

Sales of tickets have opened online, with concessionary tickets price

d from anywhere from no cost up to 380 yuan ($56), according to the organizers.

To allow a larger audience to access the progra

ms, the festival will also feature live broadcasts online. “We will use new media to br

ing the shows to more ordinary people through livestreaming, letting them know about the modern dev

elopment of Chinese arts,” said Zhu Di, head of the ministry’s arts department, at

a news conference in Beijing on Thursday.As China merged the Ministry of Culture and National Tourism Admini

stration into a ministry of culture and tourism in 2018, this year’s festival is also aimed at promoti

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dies for each student and the district government has offered another 500 yuan per m

onth for each student. The students are only required to pay tuition of 900 yuan per month.

Apart from ensuring students get a high-quality education, the sub

sidies are also used to increase the salaries of teachers and give them better training, she said.

To ensure that more students receive inexpensive yet hig

h-quality preschool education, the school added 270 new kinde

rgarten slots in 2016, she said. It now has 18 classes and more than 540 students.

Children attending public kindergartens or affordable private on

es will account for 80 percent of all preschoolers by 2020, according to a d

irective issued recently by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.

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He told China Daily his company’s priority is to attract more peo

ple, especially non-locals, to visit and boost sales, as local consumption has limited potent

ial. The company is eyeing more business opportunities based on word-of-mouth among visitors, Long said.

This “one-stop industrial tourism”, as Long calls it, has contrib

uted more than 60 percent in total sales since his company started to feel out the market in 2005.

Long witnessed the company transform from a State-owned enterprise to a market-orient

ed limited company at the turn of century. By streamlining internal bodies and lifting the proportion of em

ployees involved in production while promoting its products via culture and tourism, costs can be cut, according to Long.

Now, he added, the annual production value of the company has reached 10 million yuan ($1.5 million).

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ros horns, pangolin scales, dried sea horses, red corals, and hawksbill turtles, Zheng said.

A major overseas criminal gang once active in smuggling animals to Guangdong province has been busted following the crackdown, he said.

He suggested that further special campaigns will be launched to fight against such smuggling in the coming months.

Water pollution has forced many regions, especially in southern China, to change their sou

rces of drinking water, with many reaching out to the Yangtze River, a report said.

The contamination of water bodies has made drinking water in souther

n China more scarce, despite a dense network of waterways, according to the report, publ

ished earlier this year by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, an NGO.

A campaign to root out environmental violations at water intake sites is expect

ed to improve things, but environmental authorities should be aware that local governments may choose to aba

ndon their water intake sources to avoid rectifying problems, said Ma Jun, director of the institute.

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 that they are supposed to pay for themselves, and they should not embezzle funds for other purposes, it said.

Research projects that require external help should be made public at the university. If there are profits involved between

the research leader and external organizations, they should first sign a contract and submit it to the university, it said.

University administrative staff should not seek profits or advantages in applying for and allocating research funds, the ministry said.

Researchers should be held responsible for misuse of research funds. T

heir research projects will be suspended, their research funds will be recovered and th

ey will be prevented from applying for other projects within a certain period of time, the ministry added.

The management of research funds at Chinese universities is still done the traditional way,

with researchers paying the costs and then submitting a claim for reimbursement. As a result, financial staff

members often face piles of receipts, which are rather difficult to check, leaving room for loopho

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 the loss and gross margin were 875 million yuan and -433 million yuan in the first nine months of last year, according to NetEase, citing the firm’s financing plan.

In April, the firm mortgaged its movable properties in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chengdu to raise money.

Earlier reports, including by Reuters, said the coffee chain had tapped Credit Suisse to w

ork on an IPO to raise $300 million on the US market as soon as in the second quarter of this year.

On April 10, Luckin announced plans to build new stores in ano

ther 14 Chinese cities and start selling tea-based beverages to satisfy customers’ diverse demands.

There are no more than 20 paintings ascribed to Leonardo da Vinci the Renaissance polymath and genius by art historia

ns around the world. And the majority of these works, housed at top museums worldwide, easily draw huge crowds.

Now, recent developments in high-definition reproduction technology are providing easy access to appreciating these paintings.

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