The rail link between Tianjin and Nanjing’s Pukou district－the Tientsin-Pukow Railw
ay－was completed in 1912. But the two lines could not be connected because there was no bridge across the river.
According to the Academy of Sociology, which was founded by scholars from Nanjing Univers
ity, at least two structures－the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge and the Chongqing Baishatuo Yangtze
River Bridge－were built before the Nanjing structure. But neither was considered a landmark by the public.
In 1913, Zhan Tianyou, who was known as “the father of China’s railways”, traveled to Nan
jing to inspect the Yangtze riverbed to build a bridge. However, he dropped his plan because the river had an ave
rage width of 1,500 meters, was more than 70 meters at its deepest and the water flow was 3 meters per second.
Zhan reportedly stayed for a few days, left without saying a word, and then decided to inspe
ct the river in Wuhan, Hubei province, before completing the first design for the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge.
ite remote sensing technologies, in protecting its cultural heritage
, according to an official with the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA).
Chen Peijun, director of the NCHA’s supervision and inspection
department, said in an interview with Xinhua that the administration has been using remote sens
ing to monitor some of the country’s key cultural heritage sites and stretches of the Great Wall and their nearby areas.
Chen said the administration will also explore the use of other technological means such as the internet, cloud computi
ng, big data and drones in the administrative and law enforcement work for cultural heritage protection.
He said new technologies help improve the efficiency of supervision and
ensure that violations are detected and handled in an early and timely manner.ter on each
other to celebrate Water Splashing Festival in Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Yunnan prov
ince, on April 14, 2019. In China, Water Splashing Festival is celebrated by ethnic minority groups such as Dai, De’ang
form for people from the two nations to enjoy excellent cinematic works of b
oth countries, but also a starting point for more and deeper cultural exchanges,” sai
d Hou Sheng, secretary-general of Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture.
Last year, a cross-border marathon was organized by the prefecture. Abo
ut 10,000 runners participated in the marathon, which started from Ruili and inclu
ded 7 kilometers in Muse, Myanmar, before re-crossing the border back to the Chinese city.
The first two films screened were Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, a 2011 3D m
artial arts film featuring Jet Li and Zhou Xun, and Am
zing China, a 2018 documentary reviewing the country’s achievements in science, technology and economy.
With his exaggerated expressions and inborn sense of humor, Lao Ma, a student from Angola, has
become an internet sensation. He has 2.8 million fans on Tik Tok, a video sharing application similar to Musical.ly.
Plus, he speaks fluent Chinese and has a strong interest in Chinese culture. Although not Chinese, he has a Chinese heart.
This 23-year-old African student Clarck Gable (Chinese name Lao Ma) is from Huambo province, Angola.
He is currently studying at the School of International Co-education of Nantong Vocational
University in Jiangsu province, majoring in computer application technology.
In the second half of last year, Clarck and his friends signed up on Tik Tok, and began to create self-directed
short videos. Most of their works are based on the experience of Lao Ma in China. The videos are loved by fans.