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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Image-editing app developer Meitu Inc stated, in response to previous reports, that it was

not true the company planned to shut down its smartphone business by the middle of this year.

Meitu would cooperate with Xiaomi to launch a new smartphone marking the beginning of a new area

. The cooperation with Xiaomi will represent the start of technological enhancement and scale devel

opment, said Meitu’s spokesman, accepting an interview with Shanghai Securities News on Monday.

On November 19, the company and Chinese smartphone maker Xia

omi reached a global strategic cooperation arrangement that gave exclusive license to X

iaomi to use Meitu smartphone brand, image-related technologies and certain smart hardware products for 30 years.

The first smartphone made and marketed by Xiaomi with image and camera provide

d by Meitu will be launched by middle of this year, according to Chinese news outlet Jiemian.

The firm will continue to handle after-sales service of previously sold Meitu brand smartphones.

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The Twin River Bridges in Southwest China’s Chongqing municipality, a famous scenic spot, has won Tien-yow Jem

e Civil Engineering Prize, the country’s top civil engineering award, Chongqing Daily reported.The twin bridg

e consists of the Dongshuimen Bridge over the Yangtze River and the Qiansimen Bridge over the Jialing River. Looki

ng from above, the twin bridges connecting Jiangbei district, Yuzhong peninsula and Nan’an district look like one

long bridge.Qiansimen Bridge. [Photo/IC]The Dongshuimen Bridge, opened to traffic in 2014, crosses the Yang

tze River with a cable-stayed main span that is 445 meters long, connecting the Yuzhong and Nan’an Districts. It is the

world’s longest single plane partially cable-stayed bridge by the length of main span with two towers.

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 A giant panda will leave for Austria for a four-year collaborative research project, a

panda research base in Southwest China’s Sichuan province said Monday.

Yuanyuan, a 20-year-old male, will leave Chengdu at 4:45 am Tuesday for it

s new home at the Schonbrunn Zoo in Vienna, according to the China Conservation and Res

earch Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) based in the Wolong National Nature Reserve.

A farewell party for the panda was held at the base Monday afternoon.

The research on Yuanyuan in Austria will enhance China’s cooperation

with Austria in areas such as breeding, disease control and prevention as well as the rep

roduction of the giant panda, said Zhang Zhizhong, an official with the CCRCGP.

The base has launched giant panda research programs in cooperat

ion with 15 zoos in 13 countries and regions so far, according to Zhang.

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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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With his exaggerated expressions and inborn sense of humor, Lao Ma, a student from Angola, has

become an internet sensation. He has 2.8 million fans on Tik Tok, a video sharing application similar to Musical.ly.

Plus, he speaks fluent Chinese and has a strong interest in Chinese culture. Although not Chinese, he has a Chinese heart.

This 23-year-old African student Clarck Gable (Chinese name Lao Ma) is from Huambo province, Angola.

He is currently studying at the School of International Co-education of Nantong Vocational

University in Jiangsu province, majoring in computer application technology.

In the second half of last year, Clarck and his friends signed up on Tik Tok, and began to create self-directed

short videos. Most of their works are based on the experience of Lao Ma in China. The videos are loved by fans.

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on Music, outside the Eastern Fourth Ring Road. Despite the location, far from downtown, Fusi

on Music says it has a firm fan base with more than 80,000 vinyls in the two-story store.

Zheng, also a Beijing native, says his passion for record shops was kindled when he was a child. He g

raduated from the Communication University of China, majoring in English, in 2003, and opened his rec

ord store in the same year. He also runs a shop on the e-commerce platform Taobao and sells more than 1,000 albums a month, he says.

One week after the 2019 Record Store Day, an event bringing together lo

cal record store owners, including Wang and Zheng, will be held at Blue Note Beijing, the first b

ranch in China of the renowned Blue Note Jazz Club in New York. The event will bring a vinyl market of a diversity

of music genres from jazz, soul, hip-hop to rock, as well as lectures on vinyls targeting those aged under 15. Celebratin

g Record Store Day last year Blue Note Beijing’s vinyl event attracted more than 400 people.

Camo Lin, a Taiwan designer who co-launched a Shenzhen-headq

uartered vinyl audio brand, HYM Originals, in 2015, says vinyl sales and turnt

able sales on Taobao were worth about 1 billion yuan ($148 million) last year.

“It shows that vinyl culture is back,” says Lin, who graduated from Tainan Universi

ty of Technology, with a master’s degree from visual communication design department.

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up China to market vinyls for pop stars such as Jacky Cheung, Karen Mok and Faye Wong, aiming to popularize vinyls among young Chinese buyers.

Turntables are designed to appeal to a contemporary lifestyle that is simple and sustainable, Lin says.

His company opened a vinyl store, called 33-rpm, in Shenzhen on March 21

, and he has ambitious plans to have outlets in about 200 Chinese cities within the next two years.

“When you look at convenience, portability, and all those things,

vinyl doesn’t make sense,” he says. “But it is rooted in a passion or love for music. Some people

buy vinyls but they don’t necessarily listen to them. They’re collecting these things like works of art.”

A total of 700 Chinese sturgeons were released on Saturd

ay into the country’s longest river, the Yangtze River, to save the species from extinction.

The 700 captive-bred sturgeons, nicknamed “aquatic pan

das,” were released in the city of Yichang, Central China’s Hubei province, by the

Chinese Sturgeon Research Institute (CSRI) of the China Three Gorges Corporation.

The sturgeons released into the river will help boost the endangered species’ survival rate in the wild and en

hance their generic diversity, said Li Zhiyuan, deputy director of CSRI.Chinese sturgeons released into China’s longest river

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A total of 22 foreign-invested projects worth $3.39 billion were signed during the “Chengdu c

an do” foreign investment signing event held in the capital city of Sichuan province on Friday.

Nine of the projects are for high-end manufacturing, including sectors such as electronic informatio

n, aerospace, automobile and equipment manufacturing, which totaled $1.77 billion, and 13 are modern service pro

jects that are related to finance, logistics, culture and creativity and senior care service., totaling about $1.62 billion.

The investors include many worldwide industry leader companies such as French multin

tional AREP, Happyeasygo Group from Singapore, and Baxter International from the United States.

Luo Qiang, the city’s mayor, said Chengdu has always been the powe

rhouse of China’s opening-up in the past four decades, and will continue to welcome foreig

n investments with ever improving business environment as China enters a new era of reform and opening-up

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y after the official account of the Communist Youth League Central Committee que

stioned the company’s right to sell images of the national flag and national emblem on its website.

Some companies and organizations have found the image company also sells products with their logos.

On Thursday evening, the company published an apology, saying some of the images we

re provided by contracted contributors and the company did not fulfill its responsibility to carefully check them.

The Tianjin cyberspace affairs authority has made an appointment to meet the company’s

manager Thursday evening and requested the company stop illegal behavior and carry out thorough rectification.

The company’s website has been closed since Thursday evening and a statement was seen on th

e front page, saying the company had problems in management and closed the website for rectification.

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