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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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