Various cultural activities, including art performances, parades and food festivals, are offering visitors a taste of the colorful cultures of Asian countries.
The events, part of Asian Civilization Week, are auxiliary activities of the Confere
nce on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, which kicked off on Wednesday in Beijing.
The Asian Food Festival runs until Wednesday. It has received wide attention from the public, has its main venue b
etween Beijing National Stadium, commonly known as the Bird’s Nest, and the Beijing National Aquatics Center, or Water Cube.
Food-related activities are also being held in three other cities-Hangzh
ou, Chengdu and Guangzhou. Visitors can enjoy a pepper eating competition in Chengdu, or at
tend a food container exhibition in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, according to event organizers
n skating and skiing lessons, said Zheng Shiyong, deputy director of Yanqing district’s education commission.
“We will continue supporting and encouraging more people to participate in winter
sports,” he said, adding that around 17,000 students will experience winter activities by the end of this year.
Some professional winter sports activities have also been designed into the distr
ict’s education plans, with more professional instruction to students, according to Zheng.
The district’s education authorities also cooperated with its sports bu
reau to make winter ice and snow sports available to all residents in the area.
“We will have 110,000 people participating in winter ice and snow acti
vities by 2022 in Yanqing,” said Ma Zhiyong, deputy director of the sports bureau.
Paying millions of dollars to secure their children a spot at an elite college may
sound absurd to many parents, but some are willing to do this.
Nicole Shen, the Chinese mother of a high school student in Palo Alto, California, said she would be wi
lling to pay a pretty penny upfront to get her daughter admitted to a top-tier university if she could afford it. “As long as eve
rything is legal,” she added.Zhao, 52, was introduced to William “Rick” Singer, a college consultant in California and the mast
ermind behind the scandal, by Michael Wu, who worked as an adviser at the Los Angeles area branch of in
vestment bank Morgan Stanley, according to the Los Angeles Times. Wu has since been fired.
Two wealthy Chinese families have recently been in the spotlight and t
he subject of widespread discussion after media reports showed they paid huge am
ounts in a high-profile college admissions scandal. The sums they paid dwarfed the typical amount footed by US parents.
The highest-known payoff to date is the $6.5 million by billionaire Zhao Tao, president and co-founder of Shandong Buchang Pharmaceuticals Co.
Nevertheless, while the team once thought that AI offered all th
e solutions, a new question soon arose. Audience members asked: “Where’s the original flavor?”
After restoring the images to their original state, they soon began to realize that people still needed some nostalgia. For examp
le, old series made by Hong Kong-based company TVB usually have yellowing images, but many viewers co
mplained that its retro ambience had vanished after the color cast was corrected, Jiang says.
“People then said our restored version looked like a camera filter has been ad
ded,” Pei says with a bitter smile. “We then had to go back and adapt our methods.”
More complicated algorithms were later developed to carry out a tailored plan for each type of ser
ies, including those by TVB, Chinese mainland productions from the 1980s and Taiwan productions of the 199
0s. Some techniques in hands-on restorations were introduced later too, as Pei confesses even the best AI cannot handle every case.