Information compiled by the NGO from government docum

ents show that at least 162 sources of drinking water across the country have been aba

ndoned or were slated for suspension over the past decade, mostly in the south.

It said many areas in the south must receive water diverted from far

away because of local pollution. For some areas in the north, diversion is chosen beca

use of water shortages. Many places in Jiangsu province have turned to the Yangtze for water.

Previously, cities in southern Jiangsu relied on Taihu Lake, China’s third-largest fresh

water lake, and other local water bodies for their drinking water. This changed, however, after a major outbr

eak of blue-green algae in 2007. The incident forced Wuxi to temporarily suspend water supplies. After the inci

dent, major cities in the Taihu basin turned to the Yangtze for drinking water, the report said.

In Taizhou, located on the north shore of the Yangtze, Xinghua is the o

nly one of six areas administrated by the city that has yet to tap the Yangtze for its drinking wat

er. But a diversion project from the river was listed on the Xinghua government’s agenda last year.

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The association on Wednesday made a report on th

pute, saying netizens supported the female customer in defending her rights and called for Mercedes-Benz to compensate her.

The report also questioned the legality of the financial s

ervice fee and called for stronger market supervision in the automobile industry.

It also urged auto-dealers to respect and protect consumers’ rights, sayin

g that dealers should deliver qualified products and issue invoices, receipts and other cert

ificates, strengthen employee training, and cooperate with investigations in the event of quality problems.

The woman on Tuesday night arrived at an agreement with the dealer, w

hich included a replacement car and full refund of the financial service fee.

The company also invited the customer to visit Mercedes-Benz’s factory and assem

bly line in Germany, offered her ten years of one-on-one, VIP service, and held a belated birthday party for her.

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The national landmark has received thousands of visitors

from China and overseas since it opened in 1968. Leaders from more than 70 countries and over 600 delegations from 150 nations have visited it.

During the three days it reopened to the public before taking road traffic in December, the bridge had more than 200,000 visitors.

The 4,589-meter-long structure reopened after 27 months of repairs. As China’s first home-designed road and rail truss bridge, it has been p

raised and loved by many. A truss bridge is one whose load-bearing superstructure is composed of connected elements forming triangular units.

Liu Yong, 63, a retired teacher from Nanjing, said he was in elementary school when the bridge first op

ened. Without telling his parents and teachers, he and his classmates walked more than 10 kilometers to see it.

“It was the most magnificent structure I had ever seen. When our relatives visited Nanjing, we

took them to see the bridge instead of visiting other well-known places of interest,” Liu said.

Zhou Lei, who lives in a residential community near the bridge, said that when he was an elementary school student in Ya

ncheng, Jiangsu, his father promised him that he would take him to see the bridge if he had high scores in his final exam.

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Poverty alleviation high on agenda during president’s

President Xi Jinping is paying great attention to poverty reductio

n work during his inspection tour of the mountainous Chongqing municipality.

Immediately after Xi got off his plane on Monday he boarded a train and then traveled by road,

heading to a primary school and a village in the Shizhu Tujia autonomous county, in a remote part of Southwest China.

To build a moderately prosperous society, it is crucial to raise rur

al living standards, Xi said while visiting the home of Ma Pei­qing, an 85-year-old farmer

in the village of Huaxi, Zhongyi township, who joined the Communist Party of China 45 years ago.

“Seeing that the people are guaranteed the basic necessities of food and clothing, as well as bet

ter and better access to education, medical care and safe housing, I feel relieved,” Xi told the villagers.

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Lion King’ director talks Chinese animation

I’d like to see more films made in China reaching out to the world,” said American dir

ector Rob Minkoff, jury president at the main competition of the 2019 Beijing International Film Festival.

Best known for the celebrated Disney classic The Lion King, Minkoff has also directed a num

ber of animated films including Stuart LittleThe Haunted Mansion and Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

In a press conference held last Thursday, Minkoff said Beijing is the heart

of the Chinese film industry. The BIFF attracts film productions from around the world, boo

sting development of filmmaking. With a global jury panel, the festival has become an international affair.

In light of the remarkable progress made by online subscription services like Netflix

and Amazon, Minkoff thinks these platforms offer a promising alternative to big-budget Hollywood blockbusters.

Having closely worked with Netflix on an original animated series based on Anna Dewdney’s picture book franchise Llama Lla

ma, he thinks its business model guarantees more liberty for the creator, thereby leading to more eclectic content.

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For example, Netflix is investing in really diverse c

He also underlined the significance of a strong audience base in the fu

ture. “It’s about developing the audience for Chinese animated films – to create projec

ts that are more popular with broader appeal,” he said. “The most important thing is to tell a good story with i

nteresting characters, in a way that is fresh and new, different and exciting for the audience.”

Minkoff said the Chinese animation industry has grown vigorously over the past dec

ade. “I’ve seen improvements made in the quality of the animation, the production and the filmmaking.”

With the coming of the 5G era and virtual reality, he thinks it opens up new space for creativity and accessibility. “The changes in techno

logy are going to continue to improve and make it possible to make really interesting, different kinds of films, an

d put the tools of filmmaking and animation into more people’s hands, which I think would be very good,” the director said.

Besides the animated adaptation of Wolf Totem, Minkoff revealed to

China Daily he is working on a “secret” project inspired by Chinese culture. “The movie is bas

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The male turtle, thought to be more than 100 years

old, has poor sperm motility and its genitals were damaged. Since it could not naturally impr

egnate the female, experts had undertaken four insemination procedures since 2015.

“It’s a disastrous loss for the protection of the species,” said Liu Nonglin, chief engineer of the Chinese Association of Zoolog

ical Gardens. “The experts had researched former insemination surgeries, consulted colleagues and made the best

surgery and rescue plan. The team even experimented on three male and two female large-sized Asian turtles usi

ng the same surgical procedures. But the tragedy happened even though the surgery was well planned.”

More than 1 meter in length and weighing more than 100 kilograms, Yangtze giant softshell turtles are the world’s largest freshw

ater turtles. Besides the one male left in China, two other animals, whose sex is unknown, have been observed in the wild in Vietnam.

“Artificial insemination surgery for the turtle requires procedures

such as anesthesia, blood sampling and sperm extraction,” Wen Cheng, a turtle expert with

International Union for Conservation of Nature, was quoted by Lifeweek.com.cn as saying.

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The turtles’ circadian rhythm is slower than a mamm

mal’s, which means that the signs of trouble during the procedure will not be as obvious as

with mammals. It is easier to cause irreversible damage if an unexpected situation is encountered.”

“It’s obvious that their near-extinction was caused by huma

ns,” he said. “We haven’t done the basic work of researching the turtles’ biological inf

ormation, behaviors and genetics. The knowledge we have is too limited to save the species.”

Save your look of judgment for anyone blocking your path as you try to walk past them on an

escalator in Shanghai. The new safety notices posted in every metro station in the city tell you to stand still.

The notice also warns people against playing, leaning and faci

ng the wrong way, as well as carrying heavy goods or trolleys on escalators.

While standing on the right and walking on the left has been the norm, the city has changed t

his etiquette to “no walking” for the safety of commuters and the proper functioning of escalators.

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Slower rise in Chinese studying overseas pose for phot

The number of Chinese studying abroad grew at a slower rate in 2018 compared with 2017, as more students have come to realize

that overseas study does not necessarily guarantee a well-paid job on foreign shores, or back home, education experts said.

In 2018, 662,100 Chinese went abroad to study, up 8.83 percent from a year earlier, w

hile the growth rate was 11.7 percent in 2017, according to the Ministry of Education.

Ran Wei, vice-president of New Channel International Education

Group, said that while one should not read too much into the lower growth rate last year because of the la

rge base in 2017, the major motivation for Chinese students going abroad seems to be evolving.

The main driver now for enrolling in offshore schools is to make re

sumes more attractive for job searches back in China rather than seeking a new life abroad.

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A report released in August by the Center for China and

 Globalization said about a third of graduate returnees to China with four-year degre

es currently earn less than 6,000 yuan ($893) a month, while 25 percent make between 6,000 and 8,000 yuan.

For students graduating with four-year degrees from China’s top 100 schools, monthly

salaries range between 6,000 and 9,000 yuan, according to a Guangming Daily report.

The salaries awaiting returnees to China are paltry compared with the high cost of overseas stu

dy, which has risen to an average 300,000 yuan per year for tuition, room and board, the CCG report said.

According to the 2018 Report on Chinese Students’ Overseas Study released by New Oriental Vision Overseas Consulting Co an

d Kantar Millward Brown, about 78 percent of Chinese students abroad planned to work in China either right af

ter graduation or after working overseas for a while, compared with 58 percent in 2016.

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