Commission said that more than 231,000 college students graduated from universities in
Beijing last year, but 37.5 percent of employed graduates chose to work outside the capital.
A female college student surnamed Zhang said that she chose to w
ork in Wuhan, Hubei province, after graduating from Tsinghua University in June, 2018.
“The biggest reason driving me away from Beijing was the living cost,” she said. “Tho
ugh I can earn 8,000 ($1,160) or even 10,000 yuan a month in Beijing, the rent may cost me 3,000 yuan or more ea
ch month, let alone other expenses such as meals, transportation and getting together with friends.”
In contrast, some so-called new first-tier cities like Chengdu, Sichua
n province; Hangzhou, Zhejiang province; and Wuhan have sprung up as new at
tractions to college graduates for their cheaper living costs and preferential policies to newcomers.
enced the renminbi’s performance, said Wang Shengzu, co-head of Investment Strategy Group Asia Goldman Sachs.
But the currency is unlikely to slip out of a reasonable range, assuming there is no big shock from the trade talks, Wang said.
As a sound base for a stable renminbi, “the Chinese economy has shown sig
ns of bouncing up, shown by the faster-than-expected growth of industrial output, ret
ail sales, and credit in the first quarter, and this means that economic activity is improving with supportive pol
icies”, said Wang.Liu Shiyu, China’s former top securities regulator, was under investigation for alleged violations of
the law, according to a statement Sunday from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
ues, including existing ski resorts and some newly built projects, to host all eight Olympic snow
sports in 2022. The three clusters will be connected by a new high-speed railway, which will be com
pleted by the end of this year. It looks beyond the Games to boost future winter sports tourism.
According to the organizing committee, all 26 venues for 2022 will be ready by June next year with the first t
est event, a World Cup skiing series, scheduled to be held in Yanqing’s National Alpine Skiing Center in February.
About 90 percent of the earth moving work for the mountain center is now complete, and a 53-hec
tare forest reserve has been built nearby for transplantation of all the trees affected by the construction.
“The preparations are ready to step up to the next stage, from planning to the readiness
phase. Beijing is ahead in the race against time,” said Liu Yumin, director of the planning, construction and
sustainable development department of the 2022 Olympic Organizing Committee.
she buys cosmetics, handbags and clothing from top brands through cross-border e-commer
ce platforms every month. Sometimes, she drives for one to two hours to neighboring bigger cities, such a
s Wuxi in Jiangsu, and Shanghai for shopping. She also plans two or three overseas trips every year.
“I don’t have any housing or car loans, and don’t have to worry about daily costs, as I live with my parents. I usually spend all my sa
lary on daily consumption and entertainment, which is quite common for people such as myself,” she said.
Jason Yu, managing director of Kantar Worldpanel, said small-to
wn youths look to the internet for the latest information, products and lifest
yles. The gap between young people in lower-tier cities and those in metropolises has narrowed greatly.
“Small-town youths now have broader horizons, are well informed, and some have even started to lead ‘avant-garde’ lifestyles,” he said.
and even a refrigerator sticker can be delicately made and worthy of being added to your personal collection,” said Zhou.
The success of creative products released by the Palace Museum in Beij
ing and Shanghai Disney Resort has set a good standard for local souvenirs, experts said.
Since 2015, users of the Palace Museum’s official app have received photos and info
rmation of one collection every day, bringing the collections and their fans closer.
As many as 480 styles of phone cases are created by the design tea
m of the Forbidden City. “We designed headphones with beads, and our foll
owers said this design let them feel like the emperor when making calls,” Shan Jixiang, former curator of the P
alace Museum who retired earlier in April, was quoted as saying by the Xinhua News Agency.
By the end of 2017, the Palace Museum released more than 10,000 products. It gen
erated 1.5 billion yuan ($223.8 million) in revenue from its creative products in 2017 alone.
Zhang Tianhang, a pet photographer based in Beijing, has taken photos of over 10,000 stray animals over the past eight ye
ars. Working with animal shelters, he is determined to raise people’s awareness of these abandoned pets and find them a new home.
“You won’t believe these are photos of the same dog,” Zhang said, pointing at two picture
s showing a dog before and after a complete makeover. “The animals feel so much happier if someone cares for them.”
This lucky dog got adopted by Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan, whic
h made Zhang believe in his cause even more. “Every dog is adorable. We want people to
see that and give them a home,” he said. “You just need to connect with the animals, let them trust you.”
Many of Zhang’s “models” have been adopted by local people, and
some even start a new life overseas. Zhang hopes more people will consider adoption ins
tead of buying a pet at the store. “It’s a very big responsibility, usually over 10 years,” he said.