The market potential remains huge,” said Dai Bin, direct

or of the China Tourism Academy. “Compared to the United States, w

here 48 percent of its citizens hold a passport, the figure in China is only around 10 perce

nt. It’s estimated that the number of Chinese outbound travelers will reach 230 million in 2030.”

A report published by major Chinese travel agency Ctrip showed th

at 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May Day hol

iday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.

Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annually, began to i

ssue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese na

tionals 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 Sri Lanka have starte

d to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.

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McGill gave the Chinese super star no chance in t

 ninth with a break of 76 to make it 6-3 after the first session.

Ding, the 2016 runner-up, will resume the competition with the Scot o

n Sunday morning and look to reach the second round at Crucible for the 10th time.

Ding’s compatriot Tian Pengfei, ranked 81st in the w

orld, took a surprise 5-4 lead over 15th-ranked Stephen Maguire of Scotland.

Tian, one of six Chinese players in the field this year, took the opening frame with a brea

k of 52. Maguire levelled with a run of 80 then took

a scrappy third frame, before Tian made it 2-2 with a 59.

In frame five, Maguire came from 58-0 down to ta

ke it with a clinical 62 clearance, then he added the sixth for 4-2. But Tian rose to the occasion as the sessi

on progressed, winning the last three frames with runs of 45, 100 and 70. They resume on Sunday at 7pm.

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The draft increases penalties on illegal activities, such a

 manufacturing and selling fake or substandard vaccines, and stipulates a punitive compensation to those who sell or use su

bstandard vaccines with knowledge, causing death or serious health consequences.

Every morning, Sonam Tsering, 30, takes up his backpack and

earphones, boards the subway and arrives at a commercial bank in Beijing for work.

Sonam’s job in is the international busine

ss unit of the bank. His success has a lot to do with his educational background.

Sonam was born in Jone county in Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Gansu pro

vince. Under China’s ethnic policies, Sonam was able to study at a middle school in northern Hebei province.

“There were many ethnic classes in our school, and many of my classmates were ethnic

minorities,” he said. After graduation, Sonam went for further study in Britain.

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If visas become a bar code or QR code emailed to

applicants, their workload will be greatly lessened,” he said during the Shanghai World Travel Fair on Thursday.

Japan Tourism Agency data showed that 8.38 million tourists from the Chinese mainland traveled to Japan in 2018, repre

senting year-on-year growth of 13.9 percent and contributing nearly 27 percent of international tourists.

China has been the world’s largest source of tourists since 2014, reac

hing nearly 150 million last year, according the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

“The market potential remains huge,” said Dai Bin, director of the China Tourism Academy. “Compared to the United S

tates, where 48 percent of its citizens hold a passport, the figure in China is only around 10 percent. It’s estim

ated that the number of Chinese outbound travelers will reach 230 million in 2030.”

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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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Intercity coach stations in Guangzhou were asked by

y the city’s transport authorities to stop selling tickets and dispatching vehicles from 11:40 am until the first-level heavy rain emergency response has ended.

The Guangzhou meteorological service issued an orange si

gnal for thunderstorms and yellow signal for heavy rain at 3:36 am. It issued yellow sign

als for thunderstorms and heavy rain in the districts of Tianhe, Yuexiu and Liwan at 10:16 am.

Middle and primary schools and kinderga

rtens in Sanshui district, Foshan city, were closed once the red signal for heavy rain was issued.

Qingxin district of Qingyuan city received 57.9 millimeters of rain

fall between 8:00 am and 9:00 am, according to the provincial meteorological service.

 Every morning, Sonam Tsering, 30, takes up his backpack and ea

rphones, boards the subway and arrives at a commercial bank in Beijing for work.

Sonam’s job in is the international business unit of the bank. His success has a lot to do with his educational background.

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In March alone, power generation rose nt from a year ear

 China’s power generation climbed 4.2 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019, official data showed.

The pace of growth eased from 8 percent registered in the same period last year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

In March alone, power generation rose 5.4 percent from a year earlier, up from a rise of 2.9 percent in the first two months.

Generation of hydroelectricity expanded 22 percent year-on-year in March

, the highest growth since March 2016, due to abundant water from southern regions.

The generation of nuclear power and solar power both posted faster year-on-year growth, at 31.7 percent and 12.9 percent respectively.

exhibition in Shanghai commemorates Alphonse Mucha’s greatest cre

ations and explores the motivations behind his pieces, Cao Chen reports in Shanghai.

Celebrated Czech artist Alphonse Mucha’s  art collection is now

being showcased at the Pearl Art Museum in Shanghai, featuring over 230 original wo

rks of art by the maestro, the biggest ever Mucha exhibition in China, according to the organizers.

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Xu said there have also been signs showing climate cha

ange has resulted in lower wind speeds in the region. There h

as been a downward trend for average wind speeds in the cluster si

nce 1960 and especially after 1990. This is in line with the weakening trend of wind speeds made up of cold air from L

ake Baikal in Russia, which penetrates into the region from the northwest

A multilateral tax cooperation mechanism under the Belt and Road Initiative was establ

ished on Thursday in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. It aims to facili

tate cross-border trade and investment along BRI routes by helping resolve tax disputes.

The nonprofit mechanism, the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Admin

istration Cooperation Mechanism, or BRITACOM, includes tax authorities from 34 countr

ies and regions. Participating parties signed a memorandum of understanding and bec

ome council members on Thursday, including those from Kazakhstan, Uruguay and Nigeria.

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Craftsmen carve out niche with Nixing pottery

Photos have been released of China’s first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier on its recent fifth sea trial.

The trial tested the carrier’s command and control system and battle performa

nce, with the vessel completing tests of its mooring, power, battle and security system.

Unmanned convenience stores, vending machines, mobile payment…thanks to the latest technology, shopping has become even more effortless.

But shopping experience will go further than that: an eye-catching robot in Xi’an, Northwest China’s Shaanxi province, has hit the streets selling drinks and ice creams.

Powered by 4G networking and artificial intelligence, the human-shaped robot, Mr Doer, offe

rs ice creams and drinks on its own. The robot can also recite adapted poems or even dance to attract customers.

The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Res

erve in Sichuan province said on Wednesday it had started rebuilding a fence where a visitor had touched a panda cub.

It was making the fence higher so that visitors cannot reach the pandas

and it asked visitors to keep away from the animals. It asked them to refrain from climb

ing over the fence and from feeding or touching the pandas, said Wang Jisi, an information officer at the center.

On April 7, a woman surnamed Han said in social media that she and som

ebody else had managed to touch a panda cub without the consent of the center.

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Another outbreak in Shaanxi province caused the dea

aths of five pandas between December 2014 and April 2015.

Pandas are docile but can be fierce. In 2005, a female photographer from Hong Kong jumped into a pand

a enclosure to take photos. To the surprise of onlookers, the panda slashed one of her arms, causing profuse bleeding, the center said.

Zhou Mengqi, a veteran photographer in Chengdu, was chased by a panda that had been eating quietly unt

il he took pictures of the animal up close at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the early 1990s.

“Its claw touched my shoes before I escaped through a door,” he said.

China has a total of 548 captive pandas. Of those, 285 are in the China Conser

vation and Research Center for the Giant Panda and 196 live at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

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