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Designated traffic lanes will be set aside on Beijing-Chongli Expressway for smooth traffic flow during the upcoming 2019 Bei
jing International Horticultural Exhibition, the capital’s transport authorities said on Monday, Beijing News reported.
The expo, which will kick off on April 29 and run until Oct 7, is expected to attract 16 million visitors from home and abroad.
The special lanes will be put in use on weekends and national holidays
(Labor Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day) during the ho
rticultural exhibition, according to Beijing Municipal Commission of Transportation.
While the special lanes are in use, only public transport vehicles, large pass
enger cars, certified Beijing Expo vehicles, road maintenance vehicles and emergency vehi
cles, such as police cars, firefighting vehicles and ambulances, will be allowed to run on these lanes.
ogy giant Tencent to court and asked for 180,000 yuan in compensation after Tencent us
ed nine Visual China Group images without permission, Beijing Youth Daily reported.
Tencent said the images involved could also be found on other webs
ites, or the company could not prove it had authorization for the photos. The court fina
lly ordered Tencent to pay 40,000 yuan to Visual China, the report added.
Wang Weiwei, a lawyer from the Beijing Zhongwen Law Firm, sai
d, “Mushrooming copyright-related disputes can be acceptable if a stock-ima
ge agency, such as Visual China Group, gets authorization for images from copyright owners.
“Any litigation caused by true copyright infringement is no problem and is justifie
d, as it is also to help protect the legitimate rights and interest of the copyright owners,” he said.
lents, instead of regulating the property market. The aim is to attract skilled residents to optimize the demographic mix and boost
the economy, said Yan Yuejin, director of the Shanghai-based E-house China Research and Development Institution.
While these measures could actually stimulate the property market, real estate speculation should be avoided, Yan said.
Up till now, more than 60 cities have introduced talent introduction
and settlement policies, according to data from Centaline Property Research Cente
r. Preferential policies, unprecedented in terms of quality and quantity, including household reg
istration and home purchase subsidies, have sprung up in China, especially in second- and third-tier cities.
Cities such as Changzhou, Haikou, Xi’an, Nanjing and Shijiazhuang have lowered the
ir thresholds for household registration and implemented specific housing p
rchased by a joint venture between Partners Group, The Family Office, SDP Investments, and The Carlyle Group for around 9 billion yuan.
“Given the strong presence of leading and fast-growing IT firms in the area, Zhongguancun remai
ns a bright spot for investment opportunities in Beijing,” said Michael Wang, head of capital markets for JLL in Beijing.
“Due to the lack of commercial leasing space in the IT-driven submarket, rapidly expanding
companies are increasingly choosing to purchase entire buildings to meet large office requirements.”
An increasing number of countries have tapped into the convenience of e-visas to attra
ct more tourists from China, the world’s largest source of outbound tourists.
According to tourism insiders, the Japanese embassy in Beijing
said on Thursday during a meeting with local travel agencies that it will launch e-visa services
on May 1, allowing applicants to submit their materials online instead of sending paper documents.
“The embassy said that e-visa services may be available in consulates in other Chinese cities n
ext year,” said Han Zhisu, co-founder and CEO of 666visa.cn, a domestic platform where visa applicants can submit materials.
or of the China Tourism Academy. “Compared to the United States, w
here 48 percent of its citizens hold a passport, the figure in China is only around 10 perce
nt. It’s estimated that the number of Chinese outbound travelers will reach 230 million in 2030.”
A report published by major Chinese travel agency Ctrip showed th
at 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May Day hol
iday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.
Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annually, began to i
ssue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese na
tionals 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 Sri Lanka have starte
d to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.
Mi Store in the eastern European country occupies 200 square meters, offering some
300 products, including smartphones, cameras, speakers, headsets, smart watches, selfie sticks, electri
c scooters, smart robotic vacuum cleaners and even casual backpack.
“With opening of the flagship store in the country,
we are pleased to announce that the Mi fans can purchase the first Xiaomi phones offi
cially in Romania,” said Zhang Guoren, Xiaomi authorized representative in Romania.
Xiaomi is currently the fourth largest smartph
one producer in the world and Romanians have long been familiar with its products.
China’s former world number one Ding Junhui took a 6-3 lead over Anthony McGill of Scotland in th
e opening day’s snooker world championship at the Crucible Theatre here on Saturday.
Ding, ranked 10th in the world, pulled ahead 4-1 with breaks of 64 and 70. World num
ber 24 McGill, who was crushed last year here by Ding 13-4 in the second round, won the next frame 73-57 but D
ing made a break of 129 points in the seventh frame and took the eighth easily for a 6-2 lead.