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  ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)(ECNS)--AfantasticliondancinghasbeenstagedinTengCounty,GuangxiZhuangAutonomousRegionrecently.LiondancingisatraditionalfolkperformanceinAsia.China,MalaysiaandSingaporesharethiscustom.TheliondancinginChinadatesbacktotheHandynasty(206BC-220AD).InTengCounty,ithasmorethan1,500yearsofhistory,featuringhighstakes."Theloweststakeis1.2metershigh,andthehighest2.9meters.Forshort-termtrainees,oneweektoonemonthisenough,"saidSongZijie,aLiondancingtrainer.LiondancinginTengCountywasaddedtoChina'snationalintangibleculturalheritagelistin2011.Inrecentyears,ithasbeenperformedinSingapore,Brunei,VietnamandotherASEANcountries.Liondancinghasadvancedfromfolkperformancetoabridgeofinternationalculturalexchange,whichhashelpedinheritanceofthelocalliondancing.

  China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)FirstplacedChina'sSuiWenjing(L)andHanCongduringavictoryceremonyforthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(C)andHanCongreactafterwinningfirstplaceinthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Visitorslookatitemsondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)FirstplacedChina'sSuiWenjing(L)andHanCongduringavictoryceremonyforthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(C)andHanCongreactafterwinningfirstplaceinthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)

  Areindeerboltsoutofthestartingboxwiththejockey(R)atthereadyatthestartofthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)(ECNS)--AfantasticliondancinghasbeenstagedinTengCounty,GuangxiZhuangAutonomousRegionrecently.LiondancingisatraditionalfolkperformanceinAsia.China,MalaysiaandSingaporesharethiscustom.TheliondancinginChinadatesbacktotheHandynasty(206BC-220AD).InTengCounty,ithasmorethan1,500yearsofhistory,featuringhighstakes."Theloweststakeis1.2metershigh,andthehighest2.9meters.Forshort-termtrainees,oneweektoonemonthisenough,"saidSongZijie,aLiondancingtrainer.LiondancinginTengCountywasaddedtoChina'snationalintangibleculturalheritagelistin2011.Inrecentyears,ithasbeenperformedinSingapore,Brunei,VietnamandotherASEANcountries.Liondancinghasadvancedfromfolkperformancetoabridgeofinternationalculturalexchange,whichhashelpedinheritanceofthelocalliondancing.Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.

  ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)(ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.

  Areindeerboltsoutofthestartingboxwiththejockey(R)atthereadyatthestartofthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Visitorslookatitemsondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)

  (ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Visitorslookatitemsondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Visitorslookatitemsondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)

  Areindeerboltsoutofthestartingboxwiththejockey(R)atthereadyatthestartofthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)HyattHotelsCorpandBeijing-basedBTGHotels(Group)CoLtdannouncedTuesdaythataffiliatesofHyatt,andHomeinnsHotelGroupofBTGHotels,hadenteredastrategicpartnershiptosetupajointventureandcreateanewhospitalitybrand.Thejointventurehasatotalinvestmentof500millionyuan(US.8million)andaregisteredcapitalof180millionyuan,withHomeinnsandHyattholding51percentand49percentstakesrespectively.Thebrand,tobenamedlater,aimstomeetthedemandofagrowingnumberofyoungtravelersintheupper-andmid-scalesegmentinChina,accordingtoHyatt."ThecombinationofHyatt'sexpertiseinpremiumhospitalitywithourlocalinsightandvastnetworkwillensureourcollaborationwillcreateopportunitiesandbenefitsforChinesetravelersaswellastheoverallhospitalityindustry,"saidDavidSun,chiefexecutiveofficerofHomeinnsHotelGroup."ThiscollaborationisexpectedtoprovideHyattwithdeepChinainsights,buildbrandawarenessandgrowloyaltywithanewsetoftravelers,"saidStephenHo,presidentforChina,GlobalOperationswithHyatt.ThejointventureisexpectedtounveilhotelsunderthenewbrandacrosscitiessuchasShanghai,Beijing,GuangzhouandShenzheninthenextfiveyears.Thebrandwillbemanagedindependently.BTGHomeinnsHotelsGroupoperatesoneofChina'slargestandfastestgrowingeconomyhotelchains,withabout3,900hotelsinmorethan400cities.Ithasabout600mid-scalehotelsacrossChina.Areindeerboltsoutofthestartingboxwiththejockey(R)atthereadyatthestartofthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)

  (ECNS)--AfantasticliondancinghasbeenstagedinTengCounty,GuangxiZhuangAutonomousRegionrecently.LiondancingisatraditionalfolkperformanceinAsia.China,MalaysiaandSingaporesharethiscustom.TheliondancinginChinadatesbacktotheHandynasty(206BC-220AD).InTengCounty,ithasmorethan1,500yearsofhistory,featuringhighstakes."Theloweststakeis1.2metershigh,andthehighest2.9meters.Forshort-termtrainees,oneweektoonemonthisenough,"saidSongZijie,aLiondancingtrainer.LiondancinginTengCountywasaddedtoChina'snationalintangibleculturalheritagelistin2011.Inrecentyears,ithasbeenperformedinSingapore,Brunei,VietnamandotherASEANcountries.Liondancinghasadvancedfromfolkperformancetoabridgeofinternationalculturalexchange,whichhashelpedinheritanceofthelocalliondancing.Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.(ECNS)--AfantasticliondancinghasbeenstagedinTengCounty,GuangxiZhuangAutonomousRegionrecently.LiondancingisatraditionalfolkperformanceinAsia.China,MalaysiaandSingaporesharethiscustom.TheliondancinginChinadatesbacktotheHandynasty(206BC-220AD).InTengCounty,ithasmorethan1,500yearsofhistory,featuringhighstakes."Theloweststakeis1.2metershigh,andthehighest2.9meters.Forshort-termtrainees,oneweektoonemonthisenough,"saidSongZijie,aLiondancingtrainer.LiondancinginTengCountywasaddedtoChina'snationalintangibleculturalheritagelistin2011.Inrecentyears,ithasbeenperformedinSingapore,Brunei,VietnamandotherASEANcountries.Liondancinghasadvancedfromfolkperformancetoabridgeofinternationalculturalexchange,whichhashelpedinheritanceofthelocalliondancing.

  (ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Visitorslookatitemsondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)

  ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)FirstplacedChina'sSuiWenjing(L)andHanCongduringavictoryceremonyforthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(C)andHanCongreactafterwinningfirstplaceinthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.

  Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Visitorslookatitemsondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)

  (ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Visitorslookatitemsondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.

  (ECNS)--AfantasticliondancinghasbeenstagedinTengCounty,GuangxiZhuangAutonomousRegionrecently.LiondancingisatraditionalfolkperformanceinAsia.China,MalaysiaandSingaporesharethiscustom.TheliondancinginChinadatesbacktotheHandynasty(206BC-220AD).InTengCounty,ithasmorethan1,500yearsofhistory,featuringhighstakes."Theloweststakeis1.2metershigh,andthehighest2.9meters.Forshort-termtrainees,oneweektoonemonthisenough,"saidSongZijie,aLiondancingtrainer.LiondancinginTengCountywasaddedtoChina'snationalintangibleculturalheritagelistin2011.Inrecentyears,ithasbeenperformedinSingapore,Brunei,VietnamandotherASEANcountries.Liondancinghasadvancedfromfolkperformancetoabridgeofinternationalculturalexchange,whichhashelpedinheritanceofthelocalliondancing.ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)

  China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)FirstplacedChina'sSuiWenjing(L)andHanCongduringavictoryceremonyforthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(C)andHanCongreactafterwinningfirstplaceinthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)(ECNS)--AfantasticliondancinghasbeenstagedinTengCounty,GuangxiZhuangAutonomousRegionrecently.LiondancingisatraditionalfolkperformanceinAsia.China,MalaysiaandSingaporesharethiscustom.TheliondancinginChinadatesbacktotheHandynasty(206BC-220AD).InTengCounty,ithasmorethan1,500yearsofhistory,featuringhighstakes."Theloweststakeis1.2metershigh,andthehighest2.9meters.Forshort-termtrainees,oneweektoonemonthisenough,"saidSongZijie,aLiondancingtrainer.LiondancinginTengCountywasaddedtoChina'snationalintangibleculturalheritagelistin2011.Inrecentyears,ithasbeenperformedinSingapore,Brunei,VietnamandotherASEANcountries.Liondancinghasadvancedfromfolkperformancetoabridgeofinternationalculturalexchange,whichhashelpedinheritanceofthelocalliondancing.HyattHotelsCorpandBeijing-basedBTGHotels(Group)CoLtdannouncedTuesdaythataffiliatesofHyatt,andHomeinnsHotelGroupofBTGHotels,hadenteredastrategicpartnershiptosetupajointventureandcreateanewhospitalitybrand.Thejointventurehasatotalinvestmentof500millionyuan(US.8million)andaregisteredcapitalof180millionyuan,withHomeinnsandHyattholding51percentand49percentstakesrespectively.Thebrand,tobenamedlater,aimstomeetthedemandofagrowingnumberofyoungtravelersintheupper-andmid-scalesegmentinChina,accordingtoHyatt."ThecombinationofHyatt'sexpertiseinpremiumhospitalitywithourlocalinsightandvastnetworkwillensureourcollaborationwillcreateopportunitiesandbenefitsforChinesetravelersaswellastheoverallhospitalityindustry,"saidDavidSun,chiefexecutiveofficerofHomeinnsHotelGroup."ThiscollaborationisexpectedtoprovideHyattwithdeepChinainsights,buildbrandawarenessandgrowloyaltywithanewsetoftravelers,"saidStephenHo,presidentforChina,GlobalOperationswithHyatt.ThejointventureisexpectedtounveilhotelsunderthenewbrandacrosscitiessuchasShanghai,Beijing,GuangzhouandShenzheninthenextfiveyears.Thebrandwillbemanagedindependently.BTGHomeinnsHotelsGroupoperatesoneofChina'slargestandfastestgrowingeconomyhotelchains,withabout3,900hotelsinmorethan400cities.Ithasabout600mid-scalehotelsacrossChina.

  ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.

  ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)FirstplacedChina'sSuiWenjing(L)andHanCongduringavictoryceremonyforthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(C)andHanCongreactafterwinningfirstplaceinthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)

  Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Visitorslookatitemsondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.

  (ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.(ECNS)--AfantasticliondancinghasbeenstagedinTengCounty,GuangxiZhuangAutonomousRegionrecently.LiondancingisatraditionalfolkperformanceinAsia.China,MalaysiaandSingaporesharethiscustom.TheliondancinginChinadatesbacktotheHandynasty(206BC-220AD).InTengCounty,ithasmorethan1,500yearsofhistory,featuringhighstakes."Theloweststakeis1.2metershigh,andthehighest2.9meters.Forshort-termtrainees,oneweektoonemonthisenough,"saidSongZijie,aLiondancingtrainer.LiondancinginTengCountywasaddedtoChina'snationalintangibleculturalheritagelistin2011.Inrecentyears,ithasbeenperformedinSingapore,Brunei,VietnamandotherASEANcountries.Liondancinghasadvancedfromfolkperformancetoabridgeofinternationalculturalexchange,whichhashelpedinheritanceofthelocalliondancing.(ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.

  ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Visitorslookatitemsondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)HyattHotelsCorpandBeijing-basedBTGHotels(Group)CoLtdannouncedTuesdaythataffiliatesofHyatt,andHomeinnsHotelGroupofBTGHotels,hadenteredastrategicpartnershiptosetupajointventureandcreateanewhospitalitybrand.Thejointventurehasatotalinvestmentof500millionyuan(US.8million)andaregisteredcapitalof180millionyuan,withHomeinnsandHyattholding51percentand49percentstakesrespectively.Thebrand,tobenamedlater,aimstomeetthedemandofagrowingnumberofyoungtravelersintheupper-andmid-scalesegmentinChina,accordingtoHyatt."ThecombinationofHyatt'sexpertiseinpremiumhospitalitywithourlocalinsightandvastnetworkwillensureourcollaborationwillcreateopportunitiesandbenefitsforChinesetravelersaswellastheoverallhospitalityindustry,"saidDavidSun,chiefexecutiveofficerofHomeinnsHotelGroup."ThiscollaborationisexpectedtoprovideHyattwithdeepChinainsights,buildbrandawarenessandgrowloyaltywithanewsetoftravelers,"saidStephenHo,presidentforChina,GlobalOperationswithHyatt.ThejointventureisexpectedtounveilhotelsunderthenewbrandacrosscitiessuchasShanghai,Beijing,GuangzhouandShenzheninthenextfiveyears.Thebrandwillbemanagedindependently.BTGHomeinnsHotelsGroupoperatesoneofChina'slargestandfastestgrowingeconomyhotelchains,withabout3,900hotelsinmorethan400cities.Ithasabout600mid-scalehotelsacrossChina.

  China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)FirstplacedChina'sSuiWenjing(L)andHanCongduringavictoryceremonyforthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(C)andHanCongreactafterwinningfirstplaceinthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.Areindeerboltsoutofthestartingboxwiththejockey(R)atthereadyatthestartofthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)

  HyattHotelsCorpandBeijing-basedBTGHotels(Group)CoLtdannouncedTuesdaythataffiliatesofHyatt,andHomeinnsHotelGroupofBTGHotels,hadenteredastrategicpartnershiptosetupajointventureandcreateanewhospitalitybrand.Thejointventurehasatotalinvestmentof500millionyuan(US.8million)andaregisteredcapitalof180millionyuan,withHomeinnsandHyattholding51percentand49percentstakesrespectively.Thebrand,tobenamedlater,aimstomeetthedemandofagrowingnumberofyoungtravelersintheupper-andmid-scalesegmentinChina,accordingtoHyatt."ThecombinationofHyatt'sexpertiseinpremiumhospitalitywithourlocalinsightandvastnetworkwillensureourcollaborationwillcreateopportunitiesandbenefitsforChinesetravelersaswellastheoverallhospitalityindustry,"saidDavidSun,chiefexecutiveofficerofHomeinnsHotelGroup."ThiscollaborationisexpectedtoprovideHyattwithdeepChinainsights,buildbrandawarenessandgrowloyaltywithanewsetoftravelers,"saidStephenHo,presidentforChina,GlobalOperationswithHyatt.ThejointventureisexpectedtounveilhotelsunderthenewbrandacrosscitiessuchasShanghai,Beijing,GuangzhouandShenzheninthenextfiveyears.Thebrandwillbemanagedindependently.BTGHomeinnsHotelsGroupoperatesoneofChina'slargestandfastestgrowingeconomyhotelchains,withabout3,900hotelsinmorethan400cities.Ithasabout600mid-scalehotelsacrossChina.China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)FirstplacedChina'sSuiWenjing(L)andHanCongduringavictoryceremonyforthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(C)andHanCongreactafterwinningfirstplaceinthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)HyattHotelsCorpandBeijing-basedBTGHotels(Group)CoLtdannouncedTuesdaythataffiliatesofHyatt,andHomeinnsHotelGroupofBTGHotels,hadenteredastrategicpartnershiptosetupajointventureandcreateanewhospitalitybrand.Thejointventurehasatotalinvestmentof500millionyuan(US.8million)andaregisteredcapitalof180millionyuan,withHomeinnsandHyattholding51percentand49percentstakesrespectively.Thebrand,tobenamedlater,aimstomeetthedemandofagrowingnumberofyoungtravelersintheupper-andmid-scalesegmentinChina,accordingtoHyatt."ThecombinationofHyatt'sexpertiseinpremiumhospitalitywithourlocalinsightandvastnetworkwillensureourcollaborationwillcreateopportunitiesandbenefitsforChinesetravelersaswellastheoverallhospitalityindustry,"saidDavidSun,chiefexecutiveofficerofHomeinnsHotelGroup."ThiscollaborationisexpectedtoprovideHyattwithdeepChinainsights,buildbrandawarenessandgrowloyaltywithanewsetoftravelers,"saidStephenHo,presidentforChina,GlobalOperationswithHyatt.ThejointventureisexpectedtounveilhotelsunderthenewbrandacrosscitiessuchasShanghai,Beijing,GuangzhouandShenzheninthenextfiveyears.Thebrandwillbemanagedindependently.BTGHomeinnsHotelsGroupoperatesoneofChina'slargestandfastestgrowingeconomyhotelchains,withabout3,900hotelsinmorethan400cities.Ithasabout600mid-scalehotelsacrossChina.

  Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)FirstplacedChina'sSuiWenjing(L)andHanCongduringavictoryceremonyforthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(C)andHanCongreactafterwinningfirstplaceinthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)FirstplacedChina'sSuiWenjing(L)andHanCongduringavictoryceremonyforthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(C)andHanCongreactafterwinningfirstplaceinthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)

  (ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.(ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)

  China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)FirstplacedChina'sSuiWenjing(L)andHanCongduringavictoryceremonyforthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(C)andHanCongreactafterwinningfirstplaceinthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)Areindeerboltsoutofthestartingboxwiththejockey(R)atthereadyatthestartofthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)(ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.

  Areindeerboltsoutofthestartingboxwiththejockey(R)atthereadyatthestartofthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)HyattHotelsCorpandBeijing-basedBTGHotels(Group)CoLtdannouncedTuesdaythataffiliatesofHyatt,andHomeinnsHotelGroupofBTGHotels,hadenteredastrategicpartnershiptosetupajointventureandcreateanewhospitalitybrand.Thejointventurehasatotalinvestmentof500millionyuan(US.8million)andaregisteredcapitalof180millionyuan,withHomeinnsandHyattholding51percentand49percentstakesrespectively.Thebrand,tobenamedlater,aimstomeetthedemandofagrowingnumberofyoungtravelersintheupper-andmid-scalesegmentinChina,accordingtoHyatt."ThecombinationofHyatt'sexpertiseinpremiumhospitalitywithourlocalinsightandvastnetworkwillensureourcollaborationwillcreateopportunitiesandbenefitsforChinesetravelersaswellastheoverallhospitalityindustry,"saidDavidSun,chiefexecutiveofficerofHomeinnsHotelGroup."ThiscollaborationisexpectedtoprovideHyattwithdeepChinainsights,buildbrandawarenessandgrowloyaltywithanewsetoftravelers,"saidStephenHo,presidentforChina,GlobalOperationswithHyatt.ThejointventureisexpectedtounveilhotelsunderthenewbrandacrosscitiessuchasShanghai,Beijing,GuangzhouandShenzheninthenextfiveyears.Thebrandwillbemanagedindependently.BTGHomeinnsHotelsGroupoperatesoneofChina'slargestandfastestgrowingeconomyhotelchains,withabout3,900hotelsinmorethan400cities.Ithasabout600mid-scalehotelsacrossChina.(ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.

  Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.(ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)FirstplacedChina'sSuiWenjing(L)andHanCongduringavictoryceremonyforthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(C)andHanCongreactafterwinningfirstplaceinthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)

  Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Visitorslookatitemsondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)HyattHotelsCorpandBeijing-basedBTGHotels(Group)CoLtdannouncedTuesdaythataffiliatesofHyatt,andHomeinnsHotelGroupofBTGHotels,hadenteredastrategicpartnershiptosetupajointventureandcreateanewhospitalitybrand.Thejointventurehasatotalinvestmentof500millionyuan(US.8million)andaregisteredcapitalof180millionyuan,withHomeinnsandHyattholding51percentand49percentstakesrespectively.Thebrand,tobenamedlater,aimstomeetthedemandofagrowingnumberofyoungtravelersintheupper-andmid-scalesegmentinChina,accordingtoHyatt."ThecombinationofHyatt'sexpertiseinpremiumhospitalitywithourlocalinsightandvastnetworkwillensureourcollaborationwillcreateopportunitiesandbenefitsforChinesetravelersaswellastheoverallhospitalityindustry,"saidDavidSun,chiefexecutiveofficerofHomeinnsHotelGroup."ThiscollaborationisexpectedtoprovideHyattwithdeepChinainsights,buildbrandawarenessandgrowloyaltywithanewsetoftravelers,"saidStephenHo,presidentforChina,GlobalOperationswithHyatt.ThejointventureisexpectedtounveilhotelsunderthenewbrandacrosscitiessuchasShanghai,Beijing,GuangzhouandShenzheninthenextfiveyears.Thebrandwillbemanagedindependently.BTGHomeinnsHotelsGroupoperatesoneofChina'slargestandfastestgrowingeconomyhotelchains,withabout3,900hotelsinmorethan400cities.Ithasabout600mid-scalehotelsacrossChina.

  Areindeerboltsoutofthestartingboxwiththejockey(R)atthereadyatthestartofthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)(ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.(ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.

  China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)FirstplacedChina'sSuiWenjing(L)andHanCongduringavictoryceremonyforthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(C)andHanCongreactafterwinningfirstplaceinthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.(ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.

  ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)FirstplacedChina'sSuiWenjing(L)andHanCongduringavictoryceremonyforthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(C)andHanCongreactafterwinningfirstplaceinthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)

  Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Visitorslookatitemsondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)(ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.Areindeerboltsoutofthestartingboxwiththejockey(R)atthereadyatthestartofthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)

  (ECNS)--AfantasticliondancinghasbeenstagedinTengCounty,GuangxiZhuangAutonomousRegionrecently.LiondancingisatraditionalfolkperformanceinAsia.China,MalaysiaandSingaporesharethiscustom.TheliondancinginChinadatesbacktotheHandynasty(206BC-220AD).InTengCounty,ithasmorethan1,500yearsofhistory,featuringhighstakes."Theloweststakeis1.2metershigh,andthehighest2.9meters.Forshort-termtrainees,oneweektoonemonthisenough,"saidSongZijie,aLiondancingtrainer.LiondancinginTengCountywasaddedtoChina'snationalintangibleculturalheritagelistin2011.Inrecentyears,ithasbeenperformedinSingapore,Brunei,VietnamandotherASEANcountries.Liondancinghasadvancedfromfolkperformancetoabridgeofinternationalculturalexchange,whichhashelpedinheritanceofthelocalliondancing.Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Visitorslookatitemsondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.

  ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)(ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.(ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.

  (ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.HyattHotelsCorpandBeijing-basedBTGHotels(Group)CoLtdannouncedTuesdaythataffiliatesofHyatt,andHomeinnsHotelGroupofBTGHotels,hadenteredastrategicpartnershiptosetupajointventureandcreateanewhospitalitybrand.Thejointventurehasatotalinvestmentof500millionyuan(US.8million)andaregisteredcapitalof180millionyuan,withHomeinnsandHyattholding51percentand49percentstakesrespectively.Thebrand,tobenamedlater,aimstomeetthedemandofagrowingnumberofyoungtravelersintheupper-andmid-scalesegmentinChina,accordingtoHyatt."ThecombinationofHyatt'sexpertiseinpremiumhospitalitywithourlocalinsightandvastnetworkwillensureourcollaborationwillcreateopportunitiesandbenefitsforChinesetravelersaswellastheoverallhospitalityindustry,"saidDavidSun,chiefexecutiveofficerofHomeinnsHotelGroup."ThiscollaborationisexpectedtoprovideHyattwithdeepChinainsights,buildbrandawarenessandgrowloyaltywithanewsetoftravelers,"saidStephenHo,presidentforChina,GlobalOperationswithHyatt.ThejointventureisexpectedtounveilhotelsunderthenewbrandacrosscitiessuchasShanghai,Beijing,GuangzhouandShenzheninthenextfiveyears.Thebrandwillbemanagedindependently.BTGHomeinnsHotelsGroupoperatesoneofChina'slargestandfastestgrowingeconomyhotelchains,withabout3,900hotelsinmorethan400cities.Ithasabout600mid-scalehotelsacrossChina.

  Areindeerboltsoutofthestartingboxwiththejockey(R)atthereadyatthestartofthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)(ECNS)--AfantasticliondancinghasbeenstagedinTengCounty,GuangxiZhuangAutonomousRegionrecently.LiondancingisatraditionalfolkperformanceinAsia.China,MalaysiaandSingaporesharethiscustom.TheliondancinginChinadatesbacktotheHandynasty(206BC-220AD).InTengCounty,ithasmorethan1,500yearsofhistory,featuringhighstakes."Theloweststakeis1.2metershigh,andthehighest2.9meters.Forshort-termtrainees,oneweektoonemonthisenough,"saidSongZijie,aLiondancingtrainer.LiondancinginTengCountywasaddedtoChina'snationalintangibleculturalheritagelistin2011.Inrecentyears,ithasbeenperformedinSingapore,Brunei,VietnamandotherASEANcountries.Liondancinghasadvancedfromfolkperformancetoabridgeofinternationalculturalexchange,whichhashelpedinheritanceofthelocalliondancing.Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Visitorslookatitemsondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)

  Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Visitorslookatitemsondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,appliesdyetotheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)PanMingshengdisplaysshadowpuppetmadebyhimselfatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ChangBingzhangplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhouZhibing,theapprenticeofPanMingsheng,carvestheshadowpuppetatXinzhaiTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March13,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinpreparesfortheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)ZhangGuobinplaystheshadowpuppetperformanceatLuyuanTownshipofWeiyuanCountyinDingxiCity,northwestChina'sGansuprovince,March12,2019.ManylocalfolkartistsconcentrateoninheritingandpassingdownthefolkartofshadowpuppetperformingandmakinginGansu.Theydevotethemselvestothestudyoftheartandalsoorganizevariouseventstopopularizetheart.(Xinhua/LiXiao)

  (ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)FirstplacedChina'sSuiWenjing(L)andHanCongduringavictoryceremonyforthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(C)andHanCongreactafterwinningfirstplaceinthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)FirstplacedChina'sSuiWenjing(L)andHanCongduringavictoryceremonyforthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(C)andHanCongreactafterwinningfirstplaceinthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)

  HyattHotelsCorpandBeijing-basedBTGHotels(Group)CoLtdannouncedTuesdaythataffiliatesofHyatt,andHomeinnsHotelGroupofBTGHotels,hadenteredastrategicpartnershiptosetupajointventureandcreateanewhospitalitybrand.Thejointventurehasatotalinvestmentof500millionyuan(US.8million)andaregisteredcapitalof180millionyuan,withHomeinnsandHyattholding51percentand49percentstakesrespectively.Thebrand,tobenamedlater,aimstomeetthedemandofagrowingnumberofyoungtravelersintheupper-andmid-scalesegmentinChina,accordingtoHyatt."ThecombinationofHyatt'sexpertiseinpremiumhospitalitywithourlocalinsightandvastnetworkwillensureourcollaborationwillcreateopportunitiesandbenefitsforChinesetravelersaswellastheoverallhospitalityindustry,"saidDavidSun,chiefexecutiveofficerofHomeinnsHotelGroup."ThiscollaborationisexpectedtoprovideHyattwithdeepChinainsights,buildbrandawarenessandgrowloyaltywithanewsetoftravelers,"saidStephenHo,presidentforChina,GlobalOperationswithHyatt.ThejointventureisexpectedtounveilhotelsunderthenewbrandacrosscitiessuchasShanghai,Beijing,GuangzhouandShenzheninthenextfiveyears.Thebrandwillbemanagedindependently.BTGHomeinnsHotelsGroupoperatesoneofChina'slargestandfastestgrowingeconomyhotelchains,withabout3,900hotelsinmorethan400cities.Ithasabout600mid-scalehotelsacrossChina.(ECNS)-TheInternationalHorticulturalExhibitionwillopeninamonthtoincludethelatestinfloricultureandfruitandvegetablefarmingata500hectaresiteatthefootoftheGreatWallinnorthwestBeijing'sYanqingDistrict.FromApril29toOctober7,the162-dayexpowilldemonstratethetheme"livegreen,livebetter,"accordingtotheorganizer.Todate,86countriesand24internationalorganizationshaveconfirmedtheywillparticipateintheexpo,thehighestattendanceintheglobalevent'shistory.Amongthem,80countriesandinternationalorganizationswillparticipateinoutdoorexhibitionsacross41venues.Morethan16millionpeopleareexpectedtovisittheexpo,whichwillbecomposedofover100gardenscreatedindifferentstylesandwithdiversifiedplantspecies.ItisthesecondtimeforChinatoholdthehigh-levelhorticultureeventafterthesouthwesternChinesecityofKunminghostedtheexpoin1999.Theexpowillalsogiveafulldisplayofflowers,fruittrees,vegetables,Chineseherbalmedicines,tea,coffeeandotherflora,coveringthefullchainfromproductiontodistributionandconsumption.Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Visitorslookatitemsondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)

  (ECNS)--AfantasticliondancinghasbeenstagedinTengCounty,GuangxiZhuangAutonomousRegionrecently.LiondancingisatraditionalfolkperformanceinAsia.China,MalaysiaandSingaporesharethiscustom.TheliondancinginChinadatesbacktotheHandynasty(206BC-220AD).InTengCounty,ithasmorethan1,500yearsofhistory,featuringhighstakes."Theloweststakeis1.2metershigh,andthehighest2.9meters.Forshort-termtrainees,oneweektoonemonthisenough,"saidSongZijie,aLiondancingtrainer.LiondancinginTengCountywasaddedtoChina'snationalintangibleculturalheritagelistin2011.Inrecentyears,ithasbeenperformedinSingapore,Brunei,VietnamandotherASEANcountries.Liondancinghasadvancedfromfolkperformancetoabridgeofinternationalculturalexchange,whichhashelpedinheritanceofthelocalliondancing.Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.HyattHotelsCorpandBeijing-basedBTGHotels(Group)CoLtdannouncedTuesdaythataffiliatesofHyatt,andHomeinnsHotelGroupofBTGHotels,hadenteredastrategicpartnershiptosetupajointventureandcreateanewhospitalitybrand.Thejointventurehasatotalinvestmentof500millionyuan(US.8million)andaregisteredcapitalof180millionyuan,withHomeinnsandHyattholding51percentand49percentstakesrespectively.Thebrand,tobenamedlater,aimstomeetthedemandofagrowingnumberofyoungtravelersintheupper-andmid-scalesegmentinChina,accordingtoHyatt."ThecombinationofHyatt'sexpertiseinpremiumhospitalitywithourlocalinsightandvastnetworkwillensureourcollaborationwillcreateopportunitiesandbenefitsforChinesetravelersaswellastheoverallhospitalityindustry,"saidDavidSun,chiefexecutiveofficerofHomeinnsHotelGroup."ThiscollaborationisexpectedtoprovideHyattwithdeepChinainsights,buildbrandawarenessandgrowloyaltywithanewsetoftravelers,"saidStephenHo,presidentforChina,GlobalOperationswithHyatt.ThejointventureisexpectedtounveilhotelsunderthenewbrandacrosscitiessuchasShanghai,Beijing,GuangzhouandShenzheninthenextfiveyears.Thebrandwillbemanagedindependently.BTGHomeinnsHotelsGroupoperatesoneofChina'slargestandfastestgrowingeconomyhotelchains,withabout3,900hotelsinmorethan400cities.Ithasabout600mid-scalehotelsacrossChina.

  Areindeerboltsoutofthestartingboxwiththejockey(R)atthereadyatthestartofthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Anitemondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)Visitorslookatitemsondisplayaheadofthe53thChinaGuardianQuarterlyAuctionsinBeijing,March20,2019.ChinaGuardiansaidmorethan4,000items,includingChinesepaintingsandcalligraphy,rarebooks,lettersandmanuscripts,piecesofporcelainandjade,andotherworksofart,willbeputupforauctionfromMarch23to25.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/YangKejia)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(R)andHanCongperformatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)FirstplacedChina'sSuiWenjing(L)andHanCongduringavictoryceremonyforthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)China'sSuiWenjing(C)andHanCongreactafterwinningfirstplaceinthePairsFreeSkatingatthe2019ISUFigureSkatingWorldChampionshipsinSaitama,JapanMarch21,2019.(Photo/Agencies)

  Areindeerboltsoutofthestartingboxwiththejockey(R)atthereadyatthestartofthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)Reindeersandtheirjockeysareseenastheyapproachthefinishlineonthe1kmicetrackofthefinalintheBRPPorocupreindeerraceonalakeinInari,northernFinland,March31,2019.Thecompetitionisasix-stagechampionshipruninthenorthofFinlandduringthewintermonthssince1950.Competitorsraceonskispulledbyareindeerona1000meteru-shapedtrackonthesnow.(Photo/Agencies)HyattHotelsCorpandBeijing-basedBTGHotels(Group)CoLtdannouncedTuesdaythataffiliatesofHyatt,andHomeinnsHotelGroupofBTGHotels,hadenteredastrategicpartnershiptosetupajointventureandcreateanewhospitalitybrand.Thejointventurehasatotalinvestmentof500millionyuan(US.8million)andaregisteredcapitalof180millionyuan,withHomeinnsandHyattholding51percentand49percentstakesrespectively.Thebrand,tobenamedlater,aimstomeetthedemandofagrowingnumberofyoungtravelersintheupper-andmid-scalesegmentinChina,accordingtoHyatt."ThecombinationofHyatt'sexpertiseinpremiumhospitalitywithourlocalinsightandvastnetworkwillensureourcollaborationwillcreateopportunitiesandbenefitsforChinesetravelersaswellastheoverallhospitalityindustry,"saidDavidSun,chiefexecutiveofficerofHomeinnsHotelGroup."ThiscollaborationisexpectedtoprovideHyattwithdeepChinainsights,buildbrandawarenessandgrowloyaltywithanewsetoftravelers,"saidStephenHo,presidentforChina,GlobalOperationswithHyatt.ThejointventureisexpectedtounveilhotelsunderthenewbrandacrosscitiessuchasShanghai,Beijing,GuangzhouandShenzheninthenextfiveyears.Thebrandwillbemanagedindependently.BTGHomeinnsHotelsGroupoperatesoneofChina'slargestandfastestgrowingeconomyhotelchains,withabout3,900hotelsinmorethan400cities.Ithasabout600mid-scalehotelsacrossChina.Chinawitnessedasurgeinthenumberofapplicationsforexit-entrypermitsonMonday,thefirstdayanewregulationtostreamlinerelatedapplicationprocedurestookeffect.About77,000exit-entrypermitapplicationsfromcitizenswithhouseholdregistrationfromelsewherewerehandledonMonday,including22,000forpassports,figuresfromtheNationalImmigrationAdministrationshow.Therewerealso24,000applicationsfortravelpassesforHongKongandMacaospecialadministrativeregionsaswellasTaiwanand31,000forgrouptourendorsementsforthethreeregions.Accordingtothenewregulation,Chinesecitizensonthemainland,regardlessofwheretheywerebornorlive,areabletoapplyfortheaforementionedtraveldocumentsatanyimmigrationadministrationsacrossthecountry.Citizensarenolongerrequiredtoreturntotheirhouseholdregistrationplacetoapplyforexit-entrypermits.

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