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ard social mobility, and entry to a prestigious university may indeed be a life-changer.

This year, 10.31 million students sat the exams, the largest number since 2008. Nearly 75 perce

nt of them will be able to enter a university; the percentage was only 6 back in 1979 and 34 in 1998.

But while fortune may have smiled on them, the growing num

ber who will graduate should bear in mind that they will face greater competition when trying to land

a job after graduation, although they will also enjoy more autonomy in seeking a job than their predecessors.

Universities are under heavy pressure to reform so their graduates are better equipped for life after they graduate. Since it i

s easier to enter a university now, it is neither fair nor rational to select different students using the same test,

and universities of different levels and types should target students with different talents.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated President Xi Jinping on his 66th birthday while in D

ushanbe, Tajikistan on Saturday, TASS Russian News Agency and RIA Novosti reported.

Putin expressed his congratulations before attending the fifth summi

t of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia in Dush

anbe. Putin spoke highly of Xi’s role in the development of Russia-China relations, stressing that Xi’s state visit to Ru

ssia not long ago was a complete success and ties will maintain a good momentum of development.

Xi thanked Putin and pointed out that the Russian leader is very popular in

China. Putin offered Xi a box of Russian ice-cream and Xi returned with Chinese tea.

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ased by international consultancy firm AT Kearney.

The report features the Global Cities Index and the Global Cities Outlook, revealing the world’s top-performing cities and those with the most potential.

The average Index scores of the original Chinese cities have grown three times faster than that of Nort

h American cities, and in the Outlook, the Chinese cities improved 3.4 times faster than European cities.

Beijing ranked ninth in the global cities index while Shanghai took the 19th spot. East China‘s Suzhou made it into the top 100 for the first time.

German carmaker Mercedes-Benz will recall 44,900 automobiles in China due to a tyre problem, according to China’s market regulator.

The recall, starting from Oct 25, was filed by Mercedes-Benz (China) Automotive Sales Co. and

Beijing Benz Automotive Co. It involves its imported and parts of domestically-produced cars manu

factured between April 20, 2016 and May 4, 2019, according to the State Administration for Market Regulation.

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For many solo diners, the most trying times are Chinese festiv

Late last year, Pu Kunhong decided to conduct a test. On New Year’s Eve, the 21-year-o

ld visited a well-known hotpot chain on his own to see how people would react.

Inside the packed restaurant, diners sat around tables, dropping meat, fish

balls and vegetables into boiling cauldrons and chatting happily amid the rising steam.

Pu sat opposite a large stuffed teddy bear-placed at his table by the management to ac

t as a companion-and quietly added slices of raw beef to the broth bubbling in his cauldron.

Providing large stuffed toys as companions is just one wa

y the restaurant attempts to put solo diners at ease and reduce the stigma of eating out alone.

“The stuffed bear brought a sense of warmth and security, and I didn’t feel embarrassed eating on my own,” Pu said.

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The number of captive pandas was 548 globally as of No

All outdoor activities are banned on Monday at all middle and

primary schools, kindergartens and middle voc

ational schools in Beijing, Beijing Municipal Education Commission said via Sina Weibo on Monday.

The move was taken after at least four people died in strong winds a day earlier.

Such activities include flag-raising ceremony, morning exercises and outdoor social practices.

At least four people were killed, more than 50 flights were diverted to other airports and two trains arrived late in Beij

ing on Sunday when strong gales flattened walls, knocked down trees and damaged farms.

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uangdong ready for visa-free visita-free policy will further cem

Guangdong province in South China will allow overseas travelers

from 53 nations and regions to enjoy a 144-hour visa-free visi

t starting in May, with an aim to further promote the province’s tourism industry.

Lin Weixiong, deputy director general of the Guangdong Departme

nt of Public Security, said foreign passengers can visit a

ll of Guangdong’s 21 prefecture-level cities when they have entered the province.

“In addition to the international airports, foreigners can enter an

d leave Guangdong through the four railways, the eight land and 15 water ports in the pr

ovince,” Lin said at a press conference in the Guangdong provincial capital of Guangzhou on Tuesday.

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In terms of transportation methods, high-speed train is

 preferred by travelers for the four-day vacation. In most cases, it takes travelers under five hours to get to their destinations.

In addition Shanghai’s Disney theme park, Guangzhou’s Chimelong Safari Park and Cho

ngqing’s Hongyadong were predicted to be the hottest three tourist attractions on the Chinese mainland.

Two thousand years ago, the ancient Silk Road opened the door for Chengdu to connect with th

e rest of the world. Now, fueled by the Belt and Road Initiative, the city again stands at the forefront of ope

ning-up, developing its industries, creating value and making innovations on the global stage.

The first freight train from Luxembourg to Chengdu departed on April 4. The train, branded under the “China Railway Express” bann

er, passed through Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, and then entered China through the Al

ashankou port in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. The travel time, from start to finish, was 15 days.

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Tesla probes car self-ignition case in Shanghai

US auto giant Tesla said on April 22 that no one was hurt in a vehicle se

lf-ignition accident at an underground garage in Shanghai and it has sent a team to the scene.

According to the Xinmin Evening News, the self-ignition of a white Tesla sedan took

place at about 8 pm on April 21 at a community garage in Shanghai’s Xuhui district, whe

re residents living in the apartment building were evacuated following the accident.

Footage caught on a surveillance camera showed that thick smoke ro

se from the car, followed by huge flames. Cars parked nearby were also damaged.

Due to the irritating odor, firefighters closed the en

trance of the garage to spray water before going inside to clear out the fire.

Tesla said on its official micro blog that it has alerted related agencies and was cooperative in verifying the incident.

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Solar Terms: 8 things you may not know about Clear and

The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Clear and Bright (Chinese), the 5th solar term, starts this year on Apr 5 and ends on Apr 20.

Of all the 24 solar terms, Clear and Bright is the only one whose first day is also a traditional Chinese festival, Qingming Festival or T

omb-Sweeping Day. The words “clear” and “bright” describe the weather during this period. Temperatures b

egin to rise and rainfall increases, making it a crucial time for plowing and sowing in the spring.

Here are 8 things you may not know about Clear and Bright.

lear and Bright is a period in which Chinese people honor nature and the ancestors of the Chine

se nation. The worship of nature and ancestors can be traced to ancient times, and still matters a lot in modern society.

Cleaning the tombs and paying respect to the dead with offerings are the two important practices to r

emember late relatives. Weeds around the tomb are cleared away and fresh soil is added to show care for the dead.

The dead person’s favorite food, wine and chopsticks are offered on their tombs, along with paper mo

ney. These sacrifices are all burned in the hope that the deceased will not lack food and money in the afterlife.

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bodies have been transported to Xichang. The relativ

es of one victim wanted him to be buried where he died.

The 30 victims have been recognized as martyrs. The recognition is approve

d by the Ministry of Emergency Management and the Sichuan provincial government.

hang Jun, head of the Xichang branch of the Liangshan forest fire briga

de, and his team members went back to Xichang from Muli on Wednesday. Recalling the er

uptive fire, Zhang said it had been the first blaze of its kind he’d encountered in a dozen years of firefighting, China News Serv

ice reported. “I was at the south part of the fire, when I heard a blare and saw a mushroom cloud about 50 to 60 meters hig

h rising from the valley. Two to three minutes later, dense smoke began to fall and the communication equipment didn’t work.”

Zhang divided his team during the firefighting. One of them, consisting of 10 firefighters, only had four escape with their lives.

Zhao Maoyi still sees his dead teammate four days after the eruptive fire. When his team decided to evacu

ate after hearing blasts, the fire spread to their location from the foot of a mountain in seconds. They were blocked by a huge l

og. “I pushed one onto the log and used my last strength to climb over the log. When I looked back, I saw the desperate look

on an 18-year-old teammate,” Zhao cried. “I dream about him every night, I hear him saying ‘give me a hand'”.

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