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Over 180,000 people were attracted to the grand fair, which has been listed as a National Intan
gible Cultural Heritage, and watched the square parade, the fair’s most anticipated activity.
The parade featured over 20 troupe performances included lion dances, a waist drum presentation, stilt walking and
other local folk art shows. The folk parade stretched 2.5 kilometers around Meili town, Wuxi’s Xinwu district.
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, parade
s float went along the route expressing the people’s gratitude to the country and great expectations for the future.
During the opening ceremony, the first cultural tourism brand of Wuxi Xinwu district, “Tai Bo You Li“, was launched, and product
ions of the district’s history, Wu culture, local intangible cultural heritage and travel routes were staged.
The eight-day event will last until Lantern Festival, and will feature traditional trading fairs,
demonstrations of intangible cultural heritages and folk art, and public cultural activities.
Hohhot, capital of North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region has seen an influx of foreign residents over the past few years.
Traditionally, megacities such as Beijing and Shanghai have been popular with expats, but many are now choosing lesser known cities such as Hohhot.
Thanks to the city’s rapid economic growth, Hohhot is increasingly seen as an exciting place to live and work.
“I have lived here for nearly 14 years; I love everything here,” said Vincent, an expat from the Philippines.
Vincent came to Hohhot in 2006 to work as a foreign language teacher. S
ince then, he has learnt to speak fluent Chinese and has built a successful career in the city.
Hohhot has changed dramatically over the last few years; there are new expres
sways and significant improvements to public transportation networks, he said.
Most importantly, the city is becoming more and more environmentally friendly, he added.
The local culture has also proved attractive to foreigners arriving in the city.
Jason, an Irish expat, works in the city as a foreign language teacher. He
enjoys learning the local dialect and even decorated his house with red lanterns ove
r Spring Festival, despite not knowing anything about the festival when he first arrived in Hohhot.
I’m really pleased to be working here, and hope that I can make a valuable contribution to the city, he said.
The municipal government plans to continue making the city a welcoming environment for
expat workers, with a host of new preferential policies designed to make the city an attractive place to live in.
aduation dissertation could not be found in the CNKI database, while all graduation dissertations written by his classmates were there.
Zhai’s studio said on Friday he obtained a Ph.D. from the Beijing Film Academy in June, and all h
is academic papers and his dissertation were written by him under the guidance of supervisors.
He has met all graduation requirements from the academy and is willing to be held responsible for any academic misconduct, the studio said.
Netizens later found Zhai’s supervisor Chen Yi, former director of the performance institute of the Beijing Film Academy, on
ly has a bachelor’s degree and has not published any academic papers. However, doctoral supervisors at the university are supposed to have a do
ctoral degree and publish at least eight academic papers and two academic monographs within five years.
Zhai posted an apology letter on his Sina Weibo page Thursday.
“After I have starred in a few films and TV series, I have become full of myself and forgotten honesty is the most important principle,” he said.
“Vanity has misguided me and I brought this attitude into writing academic papers. I will
withdraw from postdoctoral research at Peking University and I am deeply sorry to my school, teachers, fans and the public.”
ie Yifeng, president of the Realty Association of Asia-Pacific Cities, said the sliding sales
in January were due to seasonal factors and should not be regarded as a market trend.
“The Spring Festival was the main reason,” he said. “Property developers were not passionate about selling new proj
ects during the holiday, and it was not very realistic for banks to release housing loans before or during the holiday.”
“A significant index was the registered sold property on the government’s website, but government employees were on
a break too and the statistics of sold property registered on the government’s website were not getting a timely upd
ate,” he said. “The real statistics from last December to January will gradually start to be updated in March.”
In fact, Xie predicted the market in 2019 would be better than last year, as he said the real market indicators were the rising land prices and the amount of land sold.
“The decisive factor is the government’s decision on the shantytown redevelopment policy,” he added, pointing
out that this was expected during this year’s session of the National People’s Congress in March.
Zhang Bo, chief analyst at the 58 Anjuke Institute, said apart from buyers being skeptical tow
ard the price, the weakening intention for speculation was another factor contributing to the slow sales in lower-tier cities.
mainly popular in a dozen counties and cities in not just Hunan, but also in the adjacent Hubei province and the eastern Jiangxi province.
In its long development process, the opera has widely absorbed features of Yueyang folk tunes and artistic factors of other opera types t
o form its own style. Traditionally, Huagu Opera had no full-time performing troupes, and was only pe
rformed by amateur artists, most of whom were local farmers, during slack farming seasons on temporary stages.
In 2007, Yueyang Huagu Opera was recognized by the State Council, China’s Cabinet, as
a national intangible cultural heritage for its cultural, historical and artistic significance.
In recent years, measures have been taken by the local government to promote the art form.
The One Yuan Theater, which aims to cultivate more audience, has been a successfu
l attempt, says Yi Wen, an expert of Huagu Opera, who works at a local cultural center in Yueyang.
“Traditional culture still means a lot to the local people. Even some younger residents have shown their interest in the opera,” Yi says.