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New project for tobacco control

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A foreign-funded tobacco project was launched in 10 Chinese cities including Nanjing and Suzhou of Jiangsu Province on Tuesday, following public outcries for stronger political will from top leadership to protect people from the deadly smoking epidemic. 

It is the second phase of the Tobacco Free Cities project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in China. The first was launched in seven cities, including Ningbo and Qingdao, in mid-2009. The new 10 cities' vice-mayors signed official pledges at the launch to strive to create tobacco-free cities for residents in return for shares of the $2.2 million project fund.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 January 2011 15:58

A new list for top 10 Chinese cities for tourists

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Ten Chinese cities have been voted as the top cities for tourists. Suzhou, a city in Jiangsu Province, is one of the 10 cities. Others include Harbin, Hangzhou, Huangshan, Jinan, Kashgar, Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County, Luoyang, Sanya and Xi'an.

The 10-city list is different with previous voting in various campetitions held in China. Many other cities that were listed as a tourism destinations are not on the list including Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing. The new online selection, known as "2010 Chinese City Rankings - Top Chinese Tourist Cities," concluded Tuesday, with 10 cities winning the honors. Out of more than 90 cities that were nominated, these cities bagged the highest number of online votes to be ranked as the top Chinese Tourist Cities. The most important message from the list is to let people know more tourism destinations but not just Beijing or Shanghai.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 January 2011 22:51

Do you enjoy eating the hairy crab, Dazhaxia?

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Many locals enjoy eating the hairy crab, Dazhaxia. In the harvest season, hundreds of thousands of residents from nearby major metropolises, like Shanghhai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, drive out of towns to get a taste of the crab. But I don't like them, too small or actually no meat in shells, not delicious at all, in my personal opinion. 

Now live hairy crabs are displayed in a vending machine at some locations including in main subway station in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. The crab dispenser was designed by a crab local company. This is the first live crab vending machine in China, and was

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 December 2010 13:25

Navigating Wuxi's historical sights via Grand Canal

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Stretching nearly 1,120 miles from Beijing to Hangzhou, China's Grand Canal is the world's longest and oldest canal and is still a major artery in the eastern part of China. The man-made waterway was started in 486 B.C., with most major construction taking place a millennium later, from 605 to 610.

Along the canal lie a score of cities and towns, big and small. Many of these, especially in the area west of Shanghai, are historical tourist destinations including Suzhou, Zhouzhuang and Tongli are within 65 miles of Shanghai. To get Wuxi, you need an additional 25 miles farther.


China steps up to reverse brain drain

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Having worked for two years at a tech company in Japan and picking up the language, Qiu Zhaohua has decided to return to China, lured by a job in the eastern tech hub of Dalian that pays as much 200,000 yuan a year, or about $29,000 _ a handsome starting salary by China's standards.

Chinese media have dubbed returnees like Qiu as "sea turtles" _ Chinese-born graduates of top global universities and veterans of major companies that Beijing is eager to lure back as it tries to move its huge but poor economy beyond low-skill manufacturing.

Hoping to reverse a "brain drain," the government and companies are scouring the globe for talent. Job fairs like the one Qiu attended _ at the posh Prince Hotel in central Tokyo _ are one of their tools, with dozens being organized around the world.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 October 2010 20:13

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