he Ya’an-Nyingchi section is believed to be one of the

 world’s most challenging railway projects to build, as it will traverse the southeast

portion of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which has intricate and difficult geological conditions.

Previous reports said that 80 percent of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway will

consist of tunnels and bridges, and the cumulative ascent of the line will exceed 16,000 me

ters, which is equivalent to double the height of Qomolangma, the world’s highest mountain also known as Mount Everest.

When the line is completed, the travel time by rail between Chengdu and Lhasa will shorten f

rom 48 hours to about 13 hours.hina’s national railway operator has on Wednesday added a new function to h

elp people buy tickets on the booking site 12306.cn and its related app, the Beijing News reported.

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Through its app, customers can watch their coffee being m

Luckin raised $561 million in its initial public offering Friday by selling 33 million American depositary shares at $17 apiece.

The ADS, which are trading on Nasdaq under the symbol “LK,” closed at $20.38 after rising as high as $25.96 earlier in the day.

England – Chinese head coach Guan Jianmin said in Manchester on Friday that Bianca Walkden’s controversial victory

over Olympic champion Zheng Shuyin at the World Taekwondo Championships is a big scandal in the sport’s history.

“I cannot believe this could happen during the world championships,” said Guan, also

President of the Chinese Taekwondo Federation. “This is the first time I have seen such kind of thing.”

Zheng, who had beaten Walkden three times in a row, took a dominant lead of 20-10 in the closing stages of the women’s over

73km category final, but the referee disqualified Zheng alleging she had committed 10 fouls during the bout.

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Health campaign targets lung diseasews the X-ray che

The National Health Commission will take steps to prevent new cas

es of a lung disease often associated with dusty occupations, a senior official said on Monday.

The campaign is “the most important and compelling work” the commission will conduct with several other ministries to curb

the development of pneumoconiosis, the commission’s vice-minister, Li Bin, said in a policy briefing.

Pneumoconiosis damages lungs and is caused by inhalation of differen

t kinds of dust. It is the No 1 occupational disease in China, mostly in the mining industry.

Pneumoconiosis accounts for about 90 percent of reported occupation

al diseases, according to the commission. And patients are getting younger.

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While it is reasonable to assume that women most concern

d with their body shape are those who might be susceptible to obesity or other risks, studies indicate the vast majority of wo

men who engage in “fat talk” can be ranked “average” and “healthy” when it comes to their weight.

Zhang Ran, 28, a senior consultant in the Beijing office of multinational professio

nal services company Ernst & Young, said she was a “fat talker” when she was a college student.

“I felt comfortable when I discovered I was not the only one who was un

happy about my body shape. But then I began to understand that it has nothing to do

with a woman’s actual weight, but everything to do with how she sees herself,” she said.

She added that sharing her fear of being fat with others could trigger feelings of emotional security and being part of a great

er community. Even after she graduated and started a career, “fat talk”-and its related effects-did not stop.

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Young Chinese perform street dances at iconic spots

About 2,000 young Chinese dancers from 31 provinces across China perfor

med street dances at iconic spots in different cities, including the pagoda on Baota Mou

ntain in Yan’an, in Shaanxi province, and on the banks of Yellow River running through Lanzhou city in Northwest Ch

ina’s Gansu province, from April 25 to May 4, marking the centenary of the May Fourth Movement in China.

Launched by the China Hip-Hop Union Committee, the flash mob event showc

ases young Chinese dancers, who performed a variety of street dance styles, including popping, breaking and hip-hop.

In 2013, the China Hip-Hop Union Committee was founded by the Chinese Danc

ers Association and more than 30 subcommittees were launched nationwide.

To popularize the art form, the committee brought free street dance classes to more than 600 schools in 164 cities, esp

ecially poverty-stricken areas, attracting about 150,000 students.
It was supported by the Central Com

mittee of the Communist Youth League and the Chinese Dancers Association.

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To ensure Zhao’s daughter, Zhao Yusi, was admitted to Stanf

ford University in California, Singer focused on the school’s sailing program, even though the girl had no experience in the sport.

She was admitted to Stanford in 2017, but was not recruited to the sailing program.

A few weeks after their daughter’s admission, the Zhaos paid $6.5 million to Singer, who a

ppears to have kept the bulk of the money for himself. Former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer rec

eived only $500,000 in connection with Zhao Yusi’s admission. He has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering.

Stanford spokesman Ernest Miranda said that a student’s admission was rescinded last month because of false

material in the application, but did not confirm the student’s identity, citing the “federal student privacy law”.

According to The Stanford Daily, the school’s independent newspaper, Zhao Yusi move

d out of her campus residence on March 30, three days before the university confirmed her expulsion.

The second-highest known payment, of $1.2 million, was also made by a Chinese family. She

rry Guo’s parents paid Singer this amount after their daughter was admitted to Yale University in late 2017.

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Xing Ziqiang, chief economist with investment bank Mo

organ Stanley China, said this age group will be a main driver of the consumption upgrade in the next decade, with consum

ption in third- and fourth-tier cities expected to reach 45 trillion yuan in 2030, compared with 15 trillion yuan in 2017.

There were estimated to be about 112 million small-town youths in

China last year, according to mobile internet industry consultancy iiMedia Research.

Chen Ke, a senior partner with global consultancy Roland Berger, said that with lower housing prices in third- and fourth-tier c

ities, small-town youths have sizable disposable income and are more willing to spend a larger proportion of th

eir income on daily consumption, compared with people of the same ages living in bigger cities.

“They also have an increasing desire to live a better material and spir

itual life, are becoming more interested in personal products and are more willing to sp

end on entertainment and hobbies, as they have more spare time than their peers in big cities,” he said.

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Hu Qizheng, a professor at the institute who teaches fun

damentals of the space industry, said Chinese teachers are exp

loring approaches that are appropriate for instructing foreign students.

“Some of the students have work experience in the space sector because their countries have satellites, while othe

rs don’t have such experience and know virtually nothing about space activities,” he said. “So we have been wor

king to figure out an appropriate teaching schedule and to make sure everyone’s individual needs can be taken care of.”

The students’ first year at the institute was focused on basic knowledge about space p

rograms, while in the second year each of them will be given a detailed topic for research, Hu said.

Teaching materials given to the foreign trainees were modified from those prepared for Chinese students, while teach

ers are making textbooks specifically edited for foreign learners, the professor said.

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Lophophora cristata, a distinguished mutant plant with

 a history of more than 100 years, with hundreds of colorful hybrids, is a blast from the past, she says.

Cheng, 43, decided to conduct research on succulent plants and c

ultivation after she graduated from the Beijing University of Agriculture in 1998.

But she set herself the goal of becoming a professional gardener much earlier-when she was in high school.

Cheng was one of the first batch of people who started to explore the splendor of succule

nt plants, but she didn’t expect the small pots would become a craze for millions of Chinese.

It was not until 2011 that the succulents industry in China started to boom, aided by cyber publicity.

A long-distance athlete since primary high school, Cheng has alway

s been dedicated to things she loves, such as replacing soils and pruning messy bran

ches in the garden. And despite being allergic to pollen, she did not give up on this career.

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Chen said that there are still many other areas in whi

ch the US and China can work together.There are some types of cancer, including liver cancer and stomach canc

er, that are more common in China but are rare in the US,” he said, adding that cooperation on research for those canc

ers can help the US improve understanding of them and help China develop new drugs faster.

Chen said the potential for China’s cancer drug market is huge and dynamic. The market is projected to reach $30 billi

on by the year 2024, according to a recent report by US company Research and Markets.

Lung, breast and stomach cancer dominate the anti-cancer d

rug market in China and are expected to do so in the near future, according to the report.

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