LAIYUAN, China (Reuters)- China’s Great Wall is falling victim to development as legal and illegal mines tear vast chunks out of the hills below the landmark, conservationists warn.
Voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the 6,400 km (4,000 mile) wall snakes its way across 11 Chinese provinces and draws millions of tourists every year, mostly to restored sections near the capital, Beijing.
Beijing (Reuters) – Black bean sauce noodles and other delicacies served at one Beijing eatery are being snapped up by customers eager to order the dishes eaten by U.S. President Joe Biden on a recent visit, a meal dubbed “noodle diplomacy.”
Biden and his entourage ordered five bowls of black bean sauce noodles, 10 steamed buns, smashed cucumber salad, mountain yam salad, shredded potatoes and Coca Cola at Yao’s Chao Gan restaurant for lunch last Thursday, racking up a tab of 79 yuan ($12.40).
BEIJING (Reuters Life!) – The school day has ended but class is not yet over for students heading for their local community center and a very different sort of classroom — one built from shipping containers.
The children, who are from China’s “floating population” of migrant workers, don’t hold Beijing residency, which means they do not have the right to access free education at public schools.
TIANJIN, China, July 1 (Reuters) – A strike at a
Japanese-owned electronics factory in north China crippled
production on Thursday, extending the industrial unrest that
has put manufacturers at odds with increasingly assertive
Employees at the Tianjin Mitsumi Electric Co. factory
continued a stoppage that began on Tuesday.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A severe winter has left 4.5 million dead animals in stockyards across the Mongolian steppes, and many poor herders face the loss of all their property just before the important breeding season.
About a tenth of Mongolia’s livestock may have perished, as deep snows cut off access to grazing and fodder.
BEIJING, Jan 28 (Reuters) – China will send its largest
ever Winter Olympic delegation to Vancouver for next month’s
Games although they have modest expectations compared to their
all-conquering Summer counterparts.
Both gold medallists from Turin four years ago, women’s
short track speed skater Wang Meng and men’s freestyle skier
Han Xiaopeng, have recovered from injuries to take their places
among the 91 Chinese competitors for the Feb. 12-28 Games.
As Copenhagen’s climate talks draw near, more and more critics are turning to the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and asking how much damage has been done and what is being done about it?China’s booming double-digit growth came with a price. Coal, the dirtiest of the fossil fuels produces 80 percent of the country’s energy. But China says change is already well underway. The government recently announced that it aims to cut 2005 carbon intensity levels by 40-45 percent by 2020. Wu Changhua, Greater China Director of think tank The Climate Group, argues that while China’s pollution levels are closely monitored, it’s green efforts often go unnoticed:
The great retreat…
Glaciers melt by the road to Copenhagen.High up on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, glaciers are melting at an alarming rate, according scientists at China's Institute of Sciences.The Himalayan glaciers are receding at a rate of 20 metres every year, at this speed they may disappear altogether by 2035, according to a United Nations report. Video credit: Jimmy Jian and Phyllis XuClick here to watch the full Reuters Report.
Proud to plug in their car
China, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, is also home to the electromobile.It buzzes along at 50 kilometres an hour and it's got its own cult following in its native Shandong province.But at the moment that is the only place it can drive, until it is given official approval.After that, the Shifeng Group who created the electromobile hope to turn their technology to all manner of vehicles. Video credit: Christina Hu and James TongClick here if you would like to watch the full video on Reuters Reports.
Deep in mountainous Sichuan province, locals are relying on one of the world’s last passenger steam trains as their only form of transport.This living relic has never been updated since 1959, when it was rolled out to transport coal from a local mine. It runs along narrow gauge tracks roughly half the width of modern train tracks.It’s passengers are less pleased with the noise, its once every 3 hours departure, the dust, and its slow trundle to its destination at 20 kilometres an hour.The locals want a road and a bus service. If they have their way the locomotive may chug its last sometime in the near future. Video credit: Jimmy Guan and Phyllis Xu
The U.S. President may be in China but it is business as usual for Beijing’s American acupuncturist. Connecticut born Bryan McMahon is treating a Chinese patient in his traditional courtyard in the backstreets of Beijing. Bryan has spent years studying Chinese traditional medicine in both Beijing and Shanghai. He says that part of the reason he chose Chinese medicine over its western alternative was the way in which it is so deeply rooted within Chinese culture.Bryan’s patient Sai Na believes the American-Chinese approach to acupuncture offers a new and improved form of treatment.