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Demand for Bing Dun Dun is growing with every Olympic day

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Watch the information and journalistic program "Chinese Panorama" on the TV channel "Greater Asia" (Issue 27):


  • China sent aid to the Kingdom of Tonga affected by the tsunami and volcanic eruption
  • Hong Kong authorities announced supporting residents and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Coronavirus is not a hindrance: 100 tons of fresh vegetables are delivered daily from Guangdong to Hong Kong
  • Foreign athletes shared their impressions of the Olympics
  • Bookstores open a new page its history 
  • The demand for Bing Dun Dun is growing every Olympic day
  • < b> Giant Ice Sculpture Exhibition Opens in Harbin Ice City 
  • Shaanxi Restaurant Business Comes Back to Life



China sent aid to the Kingdom of Tonga affected by the tsunami and volcanic eruption

China sent aid the island state of Tonga, which was hit by a tsunami after a volcanic eruption on January 15. This was reported by the China International Development Cooperation Agency. 

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Liu Junfeng, Director General of Regional Affairs Agency:

"The agency coordinated with foreign agencies that also deal with disaster relief. We jointly explored ways to address specific issues. They concerned the compilation of lists of necessities, procurement, transportation of essentials. Also discussed were measures to prevent epidemics and efficient cargo assembly for integrated air-ground sea transportation".

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To date, China has provided US$800,000 and US$100,000 in cash assistance to the Kingdom of Tonga on behalf of the PRC government and the Chinese Red Cross Society, respectively. Two Chinese naval ships have been sent to the country, carrying mobile shelters, tractors, generators, water pumps and purifiers, food and medical equipment.

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Almost 1,500 tons of humanitarian aid have already arrived at the port of Nuku'alofa, the capital of Tonga. The agency said China will continue to provide such support to the best of its ability to help the people of Tonga rebuild their homes as soon as possible.

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Hong Kong announces financial support for residents and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak

The Hong Kong government will allocate nearly $3.5 billion to support individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Financial Committee of the Legislative Assembly of the region accepted the relevant application from the local Government. This will be the sixth round of assistance to residents during the pandemic. It includes 48 financial support schemes for citizens and commercial companies. China's central government has expressed its approval of Hong Kong's efforts to combat the coronavirus.

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The head of the Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam said that with the support of society and the authorities of the PRC, Hong Kong will cope with the task of overcoming the pandemic, there are all the resources for this. Carrie Lamalso urged the people of Hong Kong to keep their faith during this difficult time, support the government's anti-epidemic measures and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

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Coronavirus is not a hindrance: 100 tons of fresh vegetables are delivered from Guangdong to Hong Kong daily

Vegetable depots in Guangdong have switched to a special mode of operation. The region wants to help Hong Kong, which is in a difficult situation due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. 90% of the products are brought there from mainland China, but now there are difficulties with the supply - many drivers of trucks delivering food have been quarantined.

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The trucks had to be moved to the city of Shenzhen in Guangdong, where the companies were able to find new truckers ready to work. Every day, from 8 to 10 cars go on a flight, each with up to 10 tons of vegetables and herbs. They reach Hong Kong stores in just 6 hours. 

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Liu Shengfa, Deputy General Manager of an agricultural company:
< br> “Customs inspectors help us. They carry out all the necessary checks already on the plantation, which means that our trucks pass the border in just 10 minutes. Thanks to this, our vegetables reach the table of Hong Kongers fresh, as if they had just come from the garden!

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Hong Kong's fresh food supply dropped by as much as 70 percent earlier this month. Because of this, prices for some vegetables almost tripled last week. But now the shelves are again overflowing with fresh products. The authorities are confident that prices in the region will stabilize soon.

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Foreign athletes shared their impressions about the Olympics

The Olympics – the main competition in the life of athletes. It evokes vivid emotions that the participants want to share with others. Norwegian skier Teresa Johaug enthusiastically says that she has fulfilled her dream by finally winning her personal Olympic gold. 

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< i>Teresa Johaug, skier from Norway:

“It was my dream to come here and win two individual gold medals. It was the greatest day when I received the first medal. A few days later I received the second one. 

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Despite a busy schedule, athletes find time for popular social networks. Tessa Maud, a snowboarder from the USA, shared her impressions about the Olympics with her subscribers.

Tessa Maud, a snowboarder:

« …I am grateful to everyone for their love and support. When I arrived in China, I felt loved and welcomed. I love these people, this food and this culture. Thank you for supporting me."

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Japanese curler Chinami Yoshida is thrilled to see snow for the first time in Beijing. And the skier Tib Magnin from Spain in two languages - English and Chinese - thanks for the amazing experience and the excellent organization of the competition. Volunteers of the Winter Olympics also help to create such a positive impression. More than 10 thousand volunteers work in all areas of the competition - in the center of Beijing, the Yanqing district and in Zhangjiakou in the neighboring province of Hebei. They help foreigners with translation, provide the necessary information, resolve issues with the accommodation of athletes in the Olympic Village and perform many other duties. And their work does not go unnoticed.

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Teresa Johaug, skier from Norway:

“All so kind and so happy. They smile, they beam, they always say hello to you. And you are happy that everyone around is so kind! The people of China laugh a lot and this gives us a huge amount of energy. And to go fast on the highway, you need a lot of energy!”

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Li Runshi, volunteer:< /b>

“I am pleased and inspired by my experience of participating in the Olympics, such an important international event. Many athletes are my age and we are watching, experiencing and living this great event together. I think that's what it means - "Together for a common future".

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The Winter Olympic Games in Beijing under the official motto "Together for a Common Future" will end on February 20, but already now many athletes say they love this country and plan to return soon.


Bookstores open a new page in their history

Bookstores compete for customer attention with social networks, series and games. Despite harsh conditions, some Chinese bookstores are creating their own success stories. To do this, they choose certain niches and expand the range.

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Nearly 1,600 bookstores closed in the country in 2020, according to a report by the China Book and Periodical Association. But some entrepreneurs quickly figured out how to keep their business alive in the digital age: the secret is that the bookstore should become an integral part of the local community.

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Shanghai resident:

“Today people go to the bookstore not only to buy a book. They are looking for new ideas, want to visit interesting events, see unusual things. This is a special way of life. This is what people go to these stores for.”

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In recent years, many bookstores have become famous for thoughtful interior design. It quickly becomes popular on social networks and attracts those who want to take beautiful pictures. However, large crowds do not always mean high profits. Some specialty bookstores were forced to close due to low sales. To avoid this situation, some stores have focused on working with local residents.

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Lu Ningxin, Shanghai bookstore founder:< br>
“Most of our stores are 70 percent focused on people who live within a radius of several kilometers. We are more than just a place with a beautiful interior.”

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Other stores are changing their business model and turning into cultural and educational venues.

Yang Gengyu, manager of the Read and Social Foundation in Shanghai:

“Before, bookstores meant only selling books. I define our store as a "book and lifestyle store". Anything related to the exchange of knowledge or cultural communication can be part of our business. Our store is also a cultural platform, we sell tickets for exhibitions and performances. Our strategy is working well.”

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Yang also revealed that their bookstore's average monthly income doubled last year compared to 2020. Another successful example is the Shanghai book chain, known for its ancient cave-like reading rooms. It sells coffee, soft drinks, stationery and cosmetics. Last year, the brand opened nine new stores, and 10 more will open in different cities of the country this year.

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The demand for Bing Dun Dun is growing with every Olympic day < /b>

A Chinese silicone manufacturer is working around the clock to make a costume for one of the mascots of the Winter Olympics, the panda Bing Dun Dun. The black-and-white symbol is dressed in a silicone suit, symbolizing ice. One of the most difficult stages of creating an image is applying colored circles that represent sports facilities built for the Olympics.

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Wu Yongping, commercial director of a silicone manufacturer:

"The larger the Bing Dun Dun, the more difficult it is for us to make colored ovals around the muzzle, which symbolize snow and ice arenas."

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The workload of the company is increasing every day, already now we need to prepare 400,000 costumes for the mascot. In order to fulfill orders on time, the manufacturer has installed additional equipment and plans to increase capacity. From February 26, the enterprise will produce 30,000 suits for Bing Dun Dun daily.

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An exhibition of giant ice sculptures opened in Harbin Ice City

Tourists and locals can watch Olympic-themed light shows, see art installations, admire the panda Bing Dun Dun in the ice city built in Harbin. The most impressive object is a sculpture in the form of a tower, which is installed right in the middle of the park.

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Cui Shiyao, chief park designer:

“The sculpture consists of 24 vertical figures – in honor of the 24th Winter Olympic Games. The free upward movement is a symbolic representation of the Olympic flame.”

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The talismans that fell in love during the Winter Games Bing Dun Dunand Xue Rong Rong< /b> have become favorites of park visitors as well. More than 50 artists worked on the sculpture, 100 meters long and 30 meters high. The snowy work of art took eight days to complete.

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Liu Guijie, park employee:

“As you can see, the snow sculpture is surrounded by snow-covered hills. It symbolizes the enthusiasm, hospitality and hope of the people of Harbin.”

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China Media Corporation's own studio in the ice park. The site was opened for the Winter Olympics. It occupies 120 square meters and is surrounded by an ice composition. 

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Tourist from Shanghai:

“For the first time in my life I see so much snow and so many giant snow sculptures. We even decided to go skiing later, so we wanted to see all the figures! I think that everyone should be involved in winter sports in order to get a little bit of what athletes experience at the Winter Olympics. 

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for cold weather. But now in the capital of Heilongjiang province there is a real ice city - the center of attraction for both locals and tourists. 


Restaurant business in Shaanxi province returns to life
< br> In December last year, Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi Province, experienced the outbreak of COVID-19, which suspended the work of many cafes and restaurants. But now on Beiyuanmen Street, which is called a foodie's paradise, almost 100% of catering establishments are again accepting guests. 

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Ma Jianfeng, restaurant owner:

“During lunch and dinner, the first floor is full of visitors. Most of them are locals.”

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Some establishments in Xi'an welcomed over 100,000 customers during the Spring Festival. This is almost 15% more than last year. Restaurateurs say their business has truly come back to life. 

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