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d Records as the world’s longest with dual r

ad and rail functions.In 2014, it was listed as an Immovable Cultural Relic under State Coun

cil-designated protection, and two years later as part of China’s 20th century architectural heritage.

Yang Tao, director of the Nanjing Institute for Urban and Tran

sportation Planning and Design, said it was extre

mely hard to build the rail section of the bridge because of limited skills and technologies.

“But many bridge-building technologies were subsequently invented and these have not beco

me outdated, even today. Completion of the bridge has played an important role in the economic and cultural e

xchanges between areas north and south of the Yangtze, and even unified governance of the country,” Yang said.

People had dreamed of building a bridge spanning the Yangtze for years.

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In 1908, the rail line from Shanghai reached Nanjing

The rail link between Tianjin and Nanjing’s Pukou district-the Tientsin-Pukow Railw

ay-was completed in 1912. But the two lines could not be connected because there was no bridge across the river.

According to the Academy of Sociology, which was founded by scholars from Nanjing Univers

ity, at least two structures-the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge and the Chongqing Baishatuo Yangtze

River Bridge-were built before the Nanjing structure. But neither was considered a landmark by the public.

In 1913, Zhan Tianyou, who was known as “the father of China’s railways”, traveled to Nan

jing to inspect the Yangtze riverbed to build a bridge. However, he dropped his plan because the river had an ave

rage width of 1,500 meters, was more than 70 meters at its deepest and the water flow was 3 meters per second.

Zhan reportedly stayed for a few days, left without saying a word, and then decided to inspe

ct the river in Wuhan, Hubei province, before completing the first design for the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge.

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Poverty alleviation high on agenda during president’s

President Xi Jinping is paying great attention to poverty reductio

n work during his inspection tour of the mountainous Chongqing municipality.

Immediately after Xi got off his plane on Monday he boarded a train and then traveled by road,

heading to a primary school and a village in the Shizhu Tujia autonomous county, in a remote part of Southwest China.

To build a moderately prosperous society, it is crucial to raise rur

al living standards, Xi said while visiting the home of Ma Pei­qing, an 85-year-old farmer

in the village of Huaxi, Zhongyi township, who joined the Communist Party of China 45 years ago.

“Seeing that the people are guaranteed the basic necessities of food and clothing, as well as bet

ter and better access to education, medical care and safe housing, I feel relieved,” Xi told the villagers.

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For example, Netflix is investing in really diverse c

He also underlined the significance of a strong audience base in the fu

ture. “It’s about developing the audience for Chinese animated films – to create projec

ts that are more popular with broader appeal,” he said. “The most important thing is to tell a good story with i

nteresting characters, in a way that is fresh and new, different and exciting for the audience.”

Minkoff said the Chinese animation industry has grown vigorously over the past dec

ade. “I’ve seen improvements made in the quality of the animation, the production and the filmmaking.”

With the coming of the 5G era and virtual reality, he thinks it opens up new space for creativity and accessibility. “The changes in techno

logy are going to continue to improve and make it possible to make really interesting, different kinds of films, an

d put the tools of filmmaking and animation into more people’s hands, which I think would be very good,” the director said.

Besides the animated adaptation of Wolf Totem, Minkoff revealed to

China Daily he is working on a “secret” project inspired by Chinese culture. “The movie is bas

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The male turtle, thought to be more than 100 years

old, has poor sperm motility and its genitals were damaged. Since it could not naturally impr

egnate the female, experts had undertaken four insemination procedures since 2015.

“It’s a disastrous loss for the protection of the species,” said Liu Nonglin, chief engineer of the Chinese Association of Zoolog

ical Gardens. “The experts had researched former insemination surgeries, consulted colleagues and made the best

surgery and rescue plan. The team even experimented on three male and two female large-sized Asian turtles usi

ng the same surgical procedures. But the tragedy happened even though the surgery was well planned.”

More than 1 meter in length and weighing more than 100 kilograms, Yangtze giant softshell turtles are the world’s largest freshw

ater turtles. Besides the one male left in China, two other animals, whose sex is unknown, have been observed in the wild in Vietnam.

“Artificial insemination surgery for the turtle requires procedures

such as anesthesia, blood sampling and sperm extraction,” Wen Cheng, a turtle expert with

International Union for Conservation of Nature, was quoted by Lifeweek.com.cn as saying.

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The turtles’ circadian rhythm is slower than a mamm

mal’s, which means that the signs of trouble during the procedure will not be as obvious as

with mammals. It is easier to cause irreversible damage if an unexpected situation is encountered.”

“It’s obvious that their near-extinction was caused by huma

ns,” he said. “We haven’t done the basic work of researching the turtles’ biological inf

ormation, behaviors and genetics. The knowledge we have is too limited to save the species.”

Save your look of judgment for anyone blocking your path as you try to walk past them on an

escalator in Shanghai. The new safety notices posted in every metro station in the city tell you to stand still.

The notice also warns people against playing, leaning and faci

ng the wrong way, as well as carrying heavy goods or trolleys on escalators.

While standing on the right and walking on the left has been the norm, the city has changed t

his etiquette to “no walking” for the safety of commuters and the proper functioning of escalators.

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We hope that the hall not only will become a platfor

form for people from the two nations to enjoy excellent cinematic works of b

oth countries, but also a starting point for more and deeper cultural exchanges,” sai

d Hou Sheng, secretary-general of Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture.

Last year, a cross-border marathon was organized by the prefecture. Abo

ut 10,000 runners participated in the marathon, which started from Ruili and inclu

ded 7 kilometers in Muse, Myanmar, before re-crossing the border back to the Chinese city.

The first two films screened were Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, a 2011 3D m

artial arts film featuring Jet Li and Zhou Xun, and Am

zing China, a 2018 documentary reviewing the country’s achievements in science, technology and economy.

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Trump to attend 75th anniversary of Normandy landi

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he will attend the ceremonies t

o be held in France later this year for commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

Trump made the remarks when asked by a World War II veteran at the Oval Office in the White House.

“I’ll be there,” he said.

The Normandy landings, an unexceptionally big military operation launched by the Allied troops, commence

d on June 6, 1944, breaking Nazi Germany’s grip on France and changing the course of history during the World War II.

Trump made a trip to France for the 100th anniversary commemorations of the end of World War I last November.

He has frequently criticized European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

for failing to meet the official annual defense spending target of 2 percent of gross domestic product set by the organization.

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First phase of polling begins in India’s general elections

 India — The first phase of polling in India’s general elections began on Thursday morn

ing, and votes are to be polled in as many as seven different phases over the next 39 days.

The first phase of polling began at 7:00 a.m. local time, and will continue till 18:00 p.m

. local time. However, in other areas the polling timing will vary and end as early as 15:00 p.m. local time.

More than 170,000 polling booths have been set up for the first phase of polling.

The first phase of polling is said to be the third biggest among all the seven phases in terms of number of parliam

entary constituencies witnessing polling.ling officer prepares dinner inside a classr

oom after setting up a polling booth ahead of the first phase of the general election in Majuli, a large river island on the Br

ahmaputra river, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, India April 10

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talian legwear brand Calzedonia opens two more stor

Italian legwear brand Calzedonia has opened two more stores in downtown Beijing, expand

ing its business in the Chinese capital. Another two outlets are expected to open in the capital in April and May.

Calzedonia is a brand under the Calzedonia Group, which a

lso owns Intimissimi, Tezenis, Falconeri, Signorvino, Atelier Emè and Intimissimi Uomo.

The Italian fashion retailer is taking big strides in China since it first entered the Chinese market in 2017. Calzedonia Group has

so far opened more than 20 retail stores in Chinese cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Chen

gdu. It’s aimed at owning more than 100 shops in the Chinese mainland by 2020, according to company management.

Founded in 1986, Calzedonia specializes in socks, leggings, tights and beachwear. Its colle

ctions are sold in more than 4,500 stores in over 50 countries and regions around the world.

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