The resident of Chengdu, Sichuan province, is a popular vlogge

and his reviews of digital appliances have won him more than 124,000 fans on social media.

He had never eaten hotpot alone before. However, he happened to be in

Beijing on business and when he heard the restaurant offered stuffed toys as co

mpanions for solo diners he decided to visit and produce a vlog so his fans would know how it felt.

Knowing that a large number of unattached people often

spend festivals alone, Pu hoped his vlog would help them enjoy their solitude.

Even though he was the only solo diner in the restaurant, Pu said he didn’t feel at all awk

ward eating with a toy companion. The vlog showed him eating casually, occasionally scrolling through his phone, an

d having a video chat with his family. The restaurant was full of diners, but no one gave him a second glance.

“Overall, it was very enjoyable; the only thing was that I can’t eat too much so I only ordered a small amount of food,” he said.

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Pei was born in Guangzhou and raised in Hong Kong and

anghai, before moving to the US in 1935. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard’s design s

chool, and spent the early years of his career designing buildings for a real estate developer in New York.

Pei is known for his affection towards precise geometry and design details. He also ha

d a strong reverence for light, as shown in the famous pyramid of the Louvre Museum.

His significant works include the Jacob K Javits Convention Center in Manhattan (1979 to 1986), the Morto

n H Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas (1982 to 1989), the Bank of China Tower in Hong K

ong (1982 to 1989), and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar (2003 to 2008).

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A man giving his name as Million Zhao, who has nearly

 followers on Sina Weibo and works as a part-time commercial photogra

pher, said that virtually all his female clients ask him to alter their pictures digitally to mak

e them appear skinnier before they are posted online-even those who are already super-thin.

The 30-year-old also engages in “fat talk” with his fri

ends, and sometimes jokes about his rotund belly to his followers on Sina Weibo.

He said, “Different from women, guys my age or younger engage more in ‘mus

cle talk’ because they want to be bigger and stronger”, while many middle-aged men who h

ave gained weight get caught up in “fat talk”, as they “want to lose weight and be heathier rather than prettier.”

Denise Martz, a professor of psychology at Appalachian State University in

North Carolina, US, said, “Social media is giving women a false sense of how they usually look.

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The number of registered nurses in China topped 4 mill

ion as of the end of last year. Nearly 70 percent held a junior colleg

e degree or above, accounting for almost half of all healthcare professionals, she said.

Last year, there were 150 million people 60 years or above living with chronic diseases

in China. Of those, 44 million were fully or partially disabled and in need of regular nursing services, she said.

“With more nurses and nurse’s aides, the demand for nursing services from the elderly will be gradually met,” she said.

The commission will also encourage community health centers to provide more nursing services for the e

lderly in neighborhoods, Jiao said. They would include more beds and setting up day-care centers.

Regulations will also be released to encourage community health centers to provid

e beds to the elderly at home, so family doctors can provide treatment there, she said.

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Zhang Huoding, one of the most popular Peking Opera

 stars in today’s China, will take the opera makeover to the stage of the Chang

‘an Grand Theater on May 25, as the closing show of this year’s Meet in Beijing inte

rnational arts festival. Celebrated Peking Opera artist Gao Mukun will star as Xiang Yu.

For 48-year-old Zhang, it’s a dream come true.

“It’s always been my dream to play concubine Yu since I was learni

ng Peking Opera in Tianjin in the 1980s, but I didn’t get the chance,” Zhang said at a news conf

erence in Beijing on Tuesday. “I look forward to it very much and I hope the audience will like it.”Zhang is an inh

eritor of the “Cheng School” of Peking Opera, a performing style founded by Cheng Yanqiu (1904-58), one of the great Pe

king Opera masters of the 20th century. While Mei Lanfang’s “Mei School” is fam

ous for his smooth, moderate and poised style in playing elegant female roles, Cheng style is kn

own for interpreting tragic women with frequent changes in sounds and rhythm.

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Pollution ‘worsened’ by climate changeijing area could b

Smog in greater Beijing area could be thickened by 15 percent, experts say

Climate change has been making meteorological conditions in the

greater Beijing area more conducive to the generation of haze, and combined with heavy s

mog, the situation could trigger a rapid increase in the concentration of airborne pollutants, researchers said.

The National Joint Research Center for Tackling Key Problems in Air Pollution Control demonstra

ted that without a reduction in the discharge of pollutants, air quality in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster

could worsen by about 10 percent and even up to 15 percent in some cities because of unfavorable meteorological co

nditions, the China Meteorological Administration said in a release on Thursday.

Heavy air pollution and a high concentration of particulate

matter is more likely to be seen when wind speeds are lower than 7.2 kilometers per hour, rel

ative humidity is above 60 percent, and there is less than a 500-meter high “mixin

g layer”, which refers to the atmospheric height over which pollutants can be dispersed, it said.

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After the death, only three such animals remain in the

world: One in the Suzhou Zoo, one in Dong Mo Lake west of Hanoi and one in Xuan Khanh Lake in Hanoi’s outskirts.

The Yangtze giant softshell turtle is one of the world’s largest known freshwater turtle species, and one of the world’s 50 most threatened turtles.

The 125th China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, China’s largest

trade fair, will open on Monday in Guangzhou, capital of South China’s Guangdong province.

The spring session of the biannual fair will be held in three phases. The export section w

ill have 51 exhibition areas with 59,651 booths booked by 24,800 domestic enterprises.

The first phase of the export exhibition held from April 15 to 19 will mai

nly showcase mechanical and electrical equipment, hardware, and building mate

rials. The second phase from April 23 to 27 will showcase consumer goods and gifts. The third issue from May 1 to 5 will d

isplay textiles and clothing, luggage, culture and sports, food, medical supplies and medical health products.

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French officials said the EU faced “blackmail” by hardli

ine pro-Brexit potential successors to May, such as Boris Johnson. They might try to sabotage decision-making, they said.

However, Merkel has urged the bloc to do all it can to avoid such disruption. She said before leavin

g Berlin that she favoured a delay of “several months” for May, who has pledged to quit if hardcore Brexi

t supporters in her own Conservative Party drop objections to her “soft Brexit” and help ratify the deal.

Keen to ease tension, Merkel had broken the ice as talks began by showing May a photomontage on a tablet of both wearing similar jacket

s when addressing their parliaments earlier in the day. It provoked mutual laughter as other leaders joined in.

As talks wore on beyond midnight, with May patiently waiting elsewhere in the buildin

g for word on her nation’s fate, Macron rallied support for his concerns about a long extension.

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The tax rate on No 2 taxable items, including some

sporting goods, textiles, electronic appliances and bicycles, will be lowered to 20 percent from the previous 25 percent, it said.

The move was aimed at expanding imports and boosting domestic consumpti

on, with tax rates lowered for many daily consumer goods, the commission said.

 Chinese singer Yi Yangqianxi on Monday shared his vision of promoting health among young

people, citing his experiences working with the World Health Organization (WHO).

At the Asia and Pacific session of the ongoing UN Economic and Social Council Youth Forum, Yi said that to bu

ild a healthier society, “we need to start with our own personal action, make healthy choices” and “we can make an effort to reach

out to those who need support, including children and teenagers.”Chinese singer Yi Yang

qianxi (front), who is a World Health Organization (WHO) China special envoy for health, attends the Asia and Pacific session

of the United Nations Economic and Social Council Youth Forum, at the UN headquarters in New York, April 8, 2019. Yi Yangqianxi on Monday shared his vision

of promoting health among young people, citing his experiences working with the World Health Organization

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great strain on the tourist sites and limited tourigreat str

ces, including the transport system, which reduces the quality of tourists’ experience to a large

extent. So a good solution would be more paid leave on the one hand and flexibility for people to avail themselves of the holidays on the other.

Jiang Yiyi, a professor at the School of Leisure Sports and Tourism, Beijing Sport University

Too much pressure on transportation

The four-day May Day holiday would put the transport system to a se

vere test. Confronted with rising pressure on transportation facilities nationwide, the transp

ort department should intensify supply-side reforms to ensure people can travel without hassles during holidays.

Several transport sector problems need immediate attention. First, due to a lack of proper

planning, many tourist and public areas don’t have enough parking lots nearby-as a result, drivers find it extre

mely difficult to park their vehicles. In fact, some cities in Southwest China cannot receive the tourists they have tried s

o hard to woo because of the lack of parking lots near tourist sites and the ensuing traffic jams.

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