It is such a pleasure to see Hello Kitty and her frien

nds set their home in Shanghai, by perfectly fusing with loc

al culture,” said Li Mingxun, chief operating officer of Sanrio Shanghai Intern

ational Trade, during the launch ceremony at the Le Royal Meridien Shanghai.

One of the most popular areas so far is a 14-meter-high wall that goes throughout three floors and features cute remakes of Shan

ghai’s landmarks including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, China Art Museum and Garden Bridge.

The indoor play area is one of the latest attempts by Shimao to explore theme park business oppo

rtunities. The theme park industry is fast expanding in China, with Ping An Securities projecting it to do

uble its existing volume to 90 billion yuan ($13.39 billion) in annual revenue by 2022.

“The collaboration with Sanrio started three years ago, and the tw

o parties strive to offer visitors an surrealistic experience with a mix of reality and hy

per-reality images,” said Peng Yueqi, vice-president of Shimao Commercial and Themed Entertainment.

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Online visa applications smooth traveChina DailyUpd

Increasing number of countries going digital when reviewing documents

An increasing number of countries have tapped into the convenience of e-visas to at

tract more tourists from China, the world’s largest source of outbound tourists.

According to tourism insiders, the Japanese embassy in Beijing sa

id on Thursday during a meeting with local travel agencies that it will launch e-visa serv

ices 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 next year,” said H

an Zhisu, co-founder and CEO of 666visa.cn, a dome

stic platform where visa applicants can submit materials.Chen Zeyong, CEO of online visa service tigerwing.cn, said the

Japanese government issued 7 million visa stickers for Chinese nationals last year.

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A report published by major Chinese travel agency Ctri

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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The two drafts are under their third readings at the

ongoing session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.

The emphasis on objectivity and impartiality was suggested after the drafts’ seco

nd readings, as legal experts pointed to the importance of procurators to objectively collect evidence.

The new drafts also stipulate tighter supervision over judges and p

rocurators and give them more responsibilities such as keeping business secrets and personal priva

cy information. There will be legal consequences if they fail to do so, according to the drafts.

China aims to substantially reduce water consumption by 2020 to ta

ckle a supply bottleneck that could undermine the environment and sustainable economic growth.

By next year, waster usage per 10,000 yuan (about $1,492) of gross domestic product will b

e 23 percent less than in 2015, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The country also aims to cap water consumption below 670 billion cubic meters by 2022 and 700 billion cubic meters by 2035.

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In order to improve the business environment, the Chi

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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hina Arts Festival to showcase power of modern ar

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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Affordable, quality preschools will be the priority, the m

inistry said. Governments at all levels are encouraged to establish public kindergartens,

aiming to get about 50 percent of all preschool children into public education by 2020, it said.

Communities, State-owned enterprises and public institutions

such as universities are also encouraged to establish their own kindergartens, it said.

Lyu Yugang, director of the ministry’s basic education department, said the cent

ral government will allocate 16.8 billion yuan to support preschool education.

Construction work has begun on the athletes’ village for the 2

021 Summer Universiade in Chengdu, located at Chengdu University.

Covering an area of around 37 hectares, the Universiade Village consists of eight specific buil

dings, including apartments for athletes, service center, health center, administrative affairs center, inter

national communication center, gymnasiums, aquatic center and the College of Chinese & ASEAN Arts.

In addition, construction is continuing on the tournament stadium, main gymnasium

and ball game gymnasiums. Major transportation projects, such as a new expressway, are also underway.

The 2021 Summer Universiade was officially awarded to

Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province, this March. The proposed dates for the tournament are August

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Information compiled by the NGO from government docum

ents show that at least 162 sources of drinking water across the country have been aba

ndoned or were slated for suspension over the past decade, mostly in the south.

It said many areas in the south must receive water diverted from far

away because of local pollution. For some areas in the north, diversion is chosen beca

use of water shortages. Many places in Jiangsu province have turned to the Yangtze for water.

Previously, cities in southern Jiangsu relied on Taihu Lake, China’s third-largest fresh

water lake, and other local water bodies for their drinking water. This changed, however, after a major outbr

eak of blue-green algae in 2007. The incident forced Wuxi to temporarily suspend water supplies. After the inci

dent, major cities in the Taihu basin turned to the Yangtze for drinking water, the report said.

In Taizhou, located on the north shore of the Yangtze, Xinghua is the o

nly one of six areas administrated by the city that has yet to tap the Yangtze for its drinking wat

er. But a diversion project from the river was listed on the Xinghua government’s agenda last year.

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Luckin recorded 375 million yuan in revenue while

 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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Top 10 Chinese cities with the most job opportunitie

Guangzhou in South China’s Guangdong province provides the most

job opportunities in enterprises in the first quarter of this year, a report said.

With development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greate

r Bay Area set to begin, Guangzhou witnessed 24.95 percent year-on-year growth in recrui

tment demand in Q1, according to the report by 58 Tongcheng Recruitment Research Institute.

First-tier cities including Beijing and Shanghai continue to provide the largest job markets i

n China, while new first-tier cities such as Chengdu in Southwest China’s Sichuan province and Hangzhou in E

ast China’s Zhejiang province show strong momentum in recruitment demand growth.

With an average monthly wage of 9,723 yuan ($1,447.64), Shanghai, China’s financial center, pays the highest salaries in the co

untry, followed by Hangzhou with an average of 8,684 yuan, up 25.77 percent year-on-year — the highest growth rate.

Let’s take a look at which Chinese cities provide the most job opportunities.

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