Just a few minutes ago, the Louvre received the most saddening news. The architect behind the pyramid of
Louvre Museum, the Chinese architecture we just mentioned a few days ago, Mr I.M. Pei, one of the greatest architectural mas
ters in the world, died on May 16. He was 102. You may have gone to heaven, but you and your works will be forever rem
embered by the world,” read the Louvre’s official Sina Weibo account this morning.
“Mr Pei’s outstanding architectural designs made greatly important contributions to t
he history of architecture. As a Chinese-American, Mr. Pei was devoted to promote mutual und
erstanding between China and the US, and to further cultural exchange between the East and the West.
“The embassy building of China’s embassy to the US is an exempla
ry work that merges the East and the West and that manifests the long-term friendship and co
mmon future between the two nations. We recall with sentiments the architectural legacy Mr Pei has left us, and
the influence he has had on the world,” read a statement from the embassy of the US to Chin
hina’s financial center Shanghai boasts the best business environment in the country, according to a report on China’s urban busi
ness environment index jointly released by the China Strategic Culture Promotion Association, the C
hina Economic Media Association, WANB Institute and YICAI Research Institute.
With an index of 86.73, Shanghai topped the list of Chinese cities with best business environment, followed by the capi
tal city Beijing at 84.63, and then Shenzhen, in South China‘s Guangdong province, at 84.48.
The report evaluates Chinese cities according to five “soft environment” indexes — technological innovation, finan
cing, talent, culture and life — and two “hard environment” indexes, natural resources and infrastructure.
rding to her, the average age of various professionals in gardens and sce
nic spots is 45 and positions like groundskeepers and display workers are often left open.
Also, the demand for horticulture professionals is growing as the market has boomed in the past 10 years.
So, as plant growers reach retirement age, there are too few gardeners ar
riving to replace them, says Zhao Shiwei, the chief engineer of the Beijing Institute of La
ndscape Architecture, the only municipal public welfare landscape research institute in Beijing.
“There’s an obvious gap in plant cultivation and maintenance talent in recent years, especially those who have an ove
rall understanding of horticulture landscape designs and garden flower cultivation,” he says.
Zhao also says that horticulture involves a wide range of fields, and a long period is needed to train professionals.
“More importantly, the work is relatively tedious for young professionals. Nowadays fewer young people are keen on th
e horticulture industry, and we are concerned that the industry is facing difficulty to attract and retain talent,” he adds.
As for front-line gardeners, many of them are known as “city farmers” as they need to weed and mulch for the plants.
and localize its products to meet Indian customers’ needs and suit the local conditions.
One such attempt was the “Jahukna Mat” (Hindi for ‘no need to bend‘ or ‘do not bend’) campaign, which aim
ed at avoiding bending by users to put in or bring out commodities stored inside the fridg
e. This was introduced to the Indian market seven years ago, and the concept had an immediate acceptance.
“Traditionally, in the refrigerators, the veggies box was at the bottom
and homemakers had to bend down many times in a day to put in or pull out co
mmodities stored inside the box,” said Eric Braganza, president of Haier Appliances (India).
“After proper product research, we introduced the upside-down concept, and put the veggies box at the top to ensure that p
eople, especially women, avoid bending. This change has been well received by Indian consumers.”
lents, instead of regulating the property market. The aim is to attract skilled residents to optimize the demographic mix and boost
the economy, said Yan Yuejin, director of the Shanghai-based E-house China Research and Development Institution.
While these measures could actually stimulate the property market, real estate speculation should be avoided, Yan said.
Up till now, more than 60 cities have introduced talent introduction
and settlement policies, according to data from Centaline Property Research Cente
r. Preferential policies, unprecedented in terms of quality and quantity, including household reg
istration and home purchase subsidies, have sprung up in China, especially in second- and third-tier cities.
Cities such as Changzhou, Haikou, Xi’an, Nanjing and Shijiazhuang have lowered the
ir thresholds for household registration and implemented specific housing p
e than 25 million thumbs-up, and the number of his fans is 2.92 million.
In order to make more interesting short videos, Lao Ma brainstorms w
ith his team every day and recreates “small encounters” he has in his daily life in China.
And through the scripts, roles, shooting, editing, soun
dtrack and subtitles, he shows his understanding and love of Chinese culture.
Since he has become popular, he also uses his leisure time to integra
te into local cultural and sporting activities; study traditional arts such as paper-cut
ting and calligraphy and learn to cook Chinese food items such as wontons and fried spring rolls.
Lao Ma says that he will not only add more elements of Chinese culture, but also bring in African songs and dances in his new videos.
In the future, he wants to be a professional actor and chase his “Chinese Dream”.