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China snorts at pigs aping donkey burgers
Fake donkey meat sold in China: Authorities
Fake donkey meat sold in China, mainly Beijing: China authorities
Xi orders China's 'toilet revolution' to march on
Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham(1/8)
2018-03-13 10:30:25 Tease, a Whippet, stands with owner Yvette Short after winning the best in show during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain, March 11, 2018. (Photo/Agencies)   Read More ...
Stolen painting by Impressionist painter Degas found in bus
2018-02-24 06:30:11 A lost painting by French Impressionist master Edgar Degas was found in a bus during a random check, the French Culture Ministry said Friday in a statement. According to the statement, French customs agents found a work of art with the signature "Degas" inside a suitcase in the bus' luggage compartment. Experts confirmed it was "Les Choristes" ("The Chorus Singers"), a pastel painting which depicts singers' performance on stage and measures 32 cm by 27 cm   Read More ...
142nd Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York(1/6)
2018-02-13 07:00:40 A cavalier King Charles spaniel is groomed in the benching area at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 12, 2018. More than 2,880 dogs from all 50 states are taking part in the 142nd annual competition. (Photo/Agencies)   Read More ...
Alibaba to invest $865m in China home improvement chain
2018-02-11 18:09:01 Hong Kong: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd plans to buy a 15 per cent stake in a chain of Chinese home improvement and furniture stores as part of its pushing into “new retail,” the company said Sunday. The e-commerce giant will invest about 5.45 billion yuan (Dh3.18 billion, $865 million) in Beijing Easyhome Furnishing Chain Store Group Co, and support the digital transformation of its 223 stores by applying Alibaba’s expertise in cloud and logistics platforms, it said in an emailed statement   Read More ...
Pet care business sees a rise as Spring Festival approaches
2018-02-08 09:30:06 Pet shops in Chinese cities are seeing more business as people go home for the Lunar New Year, or travel during the holiday. As a result, the price for pet care services is up 20 percent, Beijing Morning Post reported. Many pet owners choose to have their animals stay in pet shops for the Spring Festival holiday, because the procedures to take pets home is quite complicated in China   Read More ...
Man stuck in toilet trying to retrieve iPhone 8
2018-02-06 08:00:37 A man who tried his hand at fishing out his phone from a toilet while drunk had to be freed by firefighters after his arm got stuck. The man surnamed Tan had been drinking with friends at a hotel in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Saturday when during a trip to the bathroom his new iPhone 8 plunked into a squat toilet   Read More ...
Chinese O2O home improvement firm SSLJ.com debuts on Nasdaq
2018-02-06 03:01:38 Chinese vertically integrated online-to-offline (O2O) home improvement service and product providers SSLJ.com Limited on Monday rang the Nasdaq Stock Market opening bell in celebration of its Initial Public Offerings (IPO), notching the first Nasdaq IPO of a Chinese company this year. SSLJ.com, trading under the ticker symbol of "SSLJ," priced its initial public offering of 4 million Class A ordinary shares at a public offering price of 5   Read More ...
Dog party: Happy time for pet owners
2018-02-05 10:01:14 (ECNS) --Dog owners got together with their pets to show off their skills at a square in Chongqing on Feb 3.   Read More ...
China snorts at pigs aping donkey burgers
2018-01-09 14:23:12 SHANGHAI: the next time you bite into your favourite donkey burger beware – it might actually be horse, pig or even mule meat. That is the warning from authorities in China after a media investigation revealed that some butchers in a city famed for its donkey burgers had engaged in a nefarious plot to substitute donkey with cheaper meats. Restaurants all over China, but mainly in Beijing, bought the fake donkey meat, the state Xinhua news agency and other Chinese media said   Read More ...
Fake donkey meat sold in China: Authorities
2018-01-09 12:01:29 SHANGHAI: The next time you bite into your favourite donkey burger beware - it might actually be horse, pig or even mule meat. That is the warning from authorities in China after a media investigation revealed that some butchers in a city famed for its donkey burgers had engaged in a nefarious plot to substitute donkey with cheaper meats. Restaurants all over China, but mainly in Beijing, bought the fake donkey meat, the state Xinhua news agency and other Chinese media said   Read More ...
Fake donkey meat sold in China, mainly Beijing: China authorities
2018-01-09 10:46:51 SHANGHAI (AFP) - The next time you bite into your favourite donkey burger beware - it might actually be horse, pig or even mule meat. That is the warning from authorities in China after a media investigation revealed that some butchers in a city famed for its donkey burgers had engaged in a nefarious plot to substitute donkey with cheaper meats   Read More ...
China to get extreme toilet makeover to boost tourism
2017-12-04 04:07:13 You may be relieved, in more than one way, to hear that the country's leader is on your side. President Xi Jinping, now a bathroom aficionado after frequent visits to inspect the facilities in rural homes, has announced he's doubling down on a campaign for a Chinese "toilet revolution" that he launched in 2015. Voicing the concerns of many a wary traveler, the communist leader said clean toilets were the cornerstone of a civilized society and would help boost travel to China as well as improving the hygiene of the masses   Read More ...
On Gardening: Chinese pistache superb for color and longevity
2017-11-30 20:16:15 The flaming fall foliage of the Chinese pistache trees in Savannah are a visual testaments that they are indeed champions of color. The fiery oranges, reds, and yellows scream as if to say look at me. Believe me, you will, and if you are packing a camera, you will take a photo. They are not to be ignored. Here at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, we have several   Read More ...
'Toilet revolution': China has its sight set on reforming its bathrooms
2017-11-28 12:13:42 Amid sweeping new regulations that have targeted everything from financial market liberalization to tightening internet controls, China has its sight set on reforming one additional domain: its toilets. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday brought attention to a national drive to upgrade toilets in the country by calling for sustained efforts in building clean restrooms in both urban and rural areas, state news agency Xinhua reported   Read More ...
China cleans up its toilets to boost tourism
2017-11-28 10:01:42 BEIJING: China's President has ordered the country to march on in its "revolution" to clean up notoriously dirty and foul-smelling public bathrooms in a bid to improve quality of life and boost tourism. The so-dubbed "toilet revolution" was launched in 2015 to make restrooms, often squat toilets with no paper, more tourist-friendly. President Xi Jinping said the toilet problem "is not a small thing" and cleaning up is necessary to create a "civilised" environment, state news agency Xinhua reported yesterday   Read More ...
S. Korean household goods maker Aekyung sets up unit in China
2017-11-28 04:05:58 SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Yonhap) -- Aekyung Industry Co., a major South Korean household and personal care products maker, said Tuesday it has established an affiliate in China as it attempts to tap deeper into the world's No. 2 economy. Aekyung said it set up the new company, wholly owned by the South Korean firm, four years after it first entered the neighboring market with a liaison office in Guangzhou in 2013   Read More ...
Xi orders China's 'toilet revolution' to march on
2017-11-27 20:31:22 BEIJING (AFP) - China's president has ordered the country to march on in its "revolution" to clean up notoriously dirty and foul-smelling public bathrooms in a bid to improve quality of life and boost tourism. The so-dubbed "toilet revolution" was launched in 2015 as part of efforts to make restrooms -- often squat toilets with no paper -- more tourist-friendly. President Xi Jinping said the toilet problem "is not a small thing" and cleaning up is necessary to create a "civilised" urban and rural environment, China's state news agency Xinhua reported Monday   Read More ...
No stopping China's 'toilet revolution' | IOL News
2017-11-27 13:11:07 Beijing - China's president has ordered the country to march on in its "revolution" to clean up notoriously dirty and foul-smelling public bathrooms in a bid to improve quality of life and boost tourism. The so-dubbed "toilet revolution" was launched in 2015 as part of efforts to make restrooms -- often squat toilets with no paper -- more tourist-friendly. President Xi Jinping said the toilet problem "is not a small thing" and cleaning up is necessary to create a "civilised" urban and rural environment, China's state news agency Xinhua reported Monday   Read More ...
Xi orders China's 'toilet revolution' to march on
2017-11-27 11:45:15 BEIJING (AFP) - China's president has ordered the country to march on in its "revolution" to clean up notoriously dirty and foul-smelling public bathrooms in a bid to improve quality of life and boost tourism. The so-dubbed "toilet revolution" was launched in 2015 as part of efforts to make restrooms - often squat toilets with no paper - more tourist-friendly. President Xi Jinping said the toilet problem "is not a small thing" and cleaning up is necessary to create a "civilised" urban and rural environment, China's state news agency Xinhua reported on Monday (Nov 27)   Read More ...
Nasty reputation flushed away in luxury toilets
2017-11-16 03:01:30 Imagine a room with Wifi access, a refrigerator full of beverages and a microwave oven for heating up food. Now imagine all this in a toilet. Toilets in the Chinese countryside, and sometimes also in cities, have earned a nasty reputation for poor hygiene and unpleasant smells, but "luxury toilets" popping up in China are helping to change that. In northeast China's Liaoning Province, a "luxury toilet" debuted recently, instantly attracting public attention   Read More ...
In pics: dog show in Kathmandu, Nepal (1/3)
2017-11-12 07:30:13 Dogs participate in a dog show in Kathmandu, Nepal, Nov. 11, 2017. More than 50 species of dogs participated in the show. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma)   Read More ...
Vanlian pan-China expansion on cards as decoration market shines
2017-10-23 05:30:21 Interior decoration startup Vanlian, the two-year-old online-to-offline or O2O platform, continued its domestic expansion by opening a new store in Tianjin last month. Founded jointly by realty players China Vanke and Homelink Real Estate Agency, Vanlian will expand more around Beijing, particularly in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, its executives said. Liu Xiao, chairman and senior vice-president of China Vanke, said Vanlian expects to expand nationwide after increasing market share via its Beijing operations   Read More ...
Flowers, mainly roses, serve as tokens of love
2017-08-29 05:00:47 Flower shop sales assistants organize bouquets in Kunming, Yunnan province, on Friday, hoping for a boom in sales for the Qixi Festival.(Long Yudan for China Daily) Sales of flowers, especially red roses, increase rapidly near Qixi Festival as couples celebrate what's otherwise known as Chinese Valentine's Day. Zhang Li, general manager of Kunming International Flora Auction Trading Center, said that more than 70 million fresh flowers were sold during the 15 days before the festival   Read More ...
Flowers, mainly roses, serve as tokens of love
2017-08-29 04:02:28 Flower shop sales assistants organize bouquets in Kunming, Yunnan province, on Friday, hoping for a boom in sales for the Qixi Festival.[Long Yudan for China Daily] Sales of flowers, especially red roses, increase rapidly near Qixi Festival as couples celebrate what's otherwise known as Chinese Valentine's Day. Zhang Li, general manager of Kunming International Flora Auction Trading Center, said that more than 70 million fresh flowers were sold during the 15 days before the festival   Read More ...
Pet owners turn to acupuncture for cats and dogs(1/12)
2017-08-22 10:00:10 A dog receives treatment at a Shanghai TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) animal health center, which specialises in acupuncture and moxibustion treatment for animals, in Shanghai, China, on August 10, 2017. A specialist of the center said they have treated more than 2,000 cats and dogs since the clinic opened four years ago. Traditional Chinese practitioners believe acupuncture, which involves inserting long, fine needles at specific places, known as meridians, of the body, can stimulate blood circulation to promote healing and relieve some aches and pains   Read More ...
Dog owner donates dialysis equipment to clinic after pet dies
2017-08-09 06:01:36 A pet owner in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning province, paid 350,000 yuan ($52,199) to buy a set of dialysis equipment from Italy in order to save the life of her dog, suffering from renal failure. According to Dalian-based New Business, the lucky dog was a 10-year-old Labrador named Dingding, who passed away after complications set in. The owner donated the equipment to the local clinic, where Dingding was hospitalized and treated, which has become the first dialysis equipment available to pets in Northeast China   Read More ...
Australia blows the whistle on moving house by rail
2017-07-12 16:02:38 MOVING house? Don't let the train take the strain -- that's the message from Australian rail chiefs after publishing footage of passengers lugging furniture and fridges on busy commuter services. The slapstick images taken in Brisbane show a man labouring to trolley a refrigerator into a lift and down to a platform. He manages to wheel the large item onto a train, before the footage shows him backing it out again as security officers intervene and issue a fine   Read More ...
Qingdao sets one dog per household limit, violators may see pets confiscated
2017-06-08 03:31:46 Households in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province will be limited from Thursday on to only having one pet dog each, with rule violators facing a 2,000 yuan ($294) fine. Moreover, pooch owners are only allowed to let their dogs outside if the canines are wearing their dog tags, according to a local regulation jointly issued by the Qingdao public security bureau and the local livestock department, the Legal Daily reported Tuesday   Read More ...
Tibet's Potala Palace embraces modern toilets
2017-06-02 10:01:05 Four brand-new washrooms have recently replaced old squat toilets in the Potala Palace, a World Heritage site in Lhasa, Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, according to news portal chinanews.com. The new white and scarlet toilets, which stand in a traditional wooden structure, mimic the external color scheme of the Potala Palace and visitors to the bathrooms are greeted by the smell of Tibetan incense   Read More ...
8 ancient rock paintings of horses found in China
2017-05-26 05:02:31 Archaeologists announced they had found eight ancient horse paintings carved into rocks in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Zhou Xinghua, former curator of the regional museum, found the horse paintings in the remote area of Xiangshan Mountains near Zhongwei city, while surveying existing rock paintings nearby. One painting is 53 cm long and 20 cm tall, and among the largest of all such ancient rock paintings ever discovered, according to Zhou   Read More ...
Landscape lighting illuminates Beijing to greet Belt and Road Forum(1/9)
2017-05-12 09:30:37 Photo taken on May 10, 2017 shows the night view of the Tian'anmen Rostrum in downtown Beijing, capital of China, May 10, 2017. Landscape lighting will illuminate Beijing in the evening from May 12 to 17 as in major festivals to greet the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on May 14-15. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)   Read More ...
Seven new Australian police puppies to be named by sick kids
2017-05-03 16:09:27 SYDNEY -- The Dog Unit of Australia's New South Wales (NSW) Police Force on Wednesday announced that seven new police puppies will be named by sick children before joining the fight on crime. The puppies, all sable German Shepherds, were born in New South Wales (NSW) in March, with six of them set to serve in Australia, while the seventh will be sent to the New Zealand Police Force as part of a puppy exchange program   Read More ...
Chinese company donates household items to Kenyan slum dwellers
2017-03-22 18:28:55 Catherine Ndunge (left), a beneficiary of the GGT donation, Dr Lali Mwamaka (centre), the ambassador, Sino-Africa Firefly Charity and Kunhu Yang, the GGP marketing Director, during the donation of foodstuffs to Kibera slum residents in Nairobi, Kenya on March 21. [Edith Mutethya/China Daily] Global Good Trust, a Chinese consumer goods company, has donated maize floor, diapers and sanitary pads worth Ksh126, 000 ($1,222) to residents of Kibera, Kenya's largest slum in the outskirts of Nairobi   Read More ...
Years-long toilet roll spree goes down the bog
2017-03-21 20:39:52 A YEARS-long crime spree by toilet paper thieves may have reached the end of its roll after park officials in Beijing installed facial recognition technology to flush out bathroom bandits. Park managers at the Temple of Heaven, an expanse of imperial landmarks in the capital, spent three years testing ways to foil the toilet looters, including fingerprinting and laser sensors, before they settled on the new technology, which was introduced over the weekend   Read More ...
Geranium the star at city flower show
2017-03-21 08:59:31 Shanghai International Flower Show will open at Shanghai Botanical Garden in Xuhui District on Friday, featuring rare orchids, a horticulture salon, flower courtyards presented by overseas botanical gardens, and a Han costume cultural show. There will be 38 scenic spots in the key exhibition area, and gardening agencies or horticulture experts from Europe, the United States and Asia are participating in the display of flowers   Read More ...
Beijing park uses face scanners to thwart toilet paper pilferers
2017-03-20 10:08:21 A landmark park in Beijing is using face recognition software to wipe out toilet paper theft from its bathrooms once and for all. Tiantan Park, home to the iconic Temple of Heaven, is now home to six high-tech dispensers that mete out toilet paper only after conducting a facial scan, The Beijing News reported Sunday. The pilot program kicked off recently after authorities faced an increasing number of local residents raiding the park's restrooms for toilet paper   Read More ...
Beijing folk stealing public toilet paper ... or is it 'collective ownership'?
2017-03-02 13:24:08 BEIJING: Photographs of people stealing toilet paper from public bathrooms at one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Chinese capital have gone viral online, with some offenders seen making multiple trips a day to stock up on the commodity, according to a newspaper report. The Beijing Evening News, which published the photographs on Wednesday, reported that some people deliberately visit all seven toilets in Beijing's Temple of Heaven   Read More ...
Plant ID assistance
2017-02-28 17:26:58 Here I am again with another unidentified yellow flowering plant! This one has an interesting leaf texture that somewhat resembles webs or webbing of sorts and is extremely soft to the touch, especially when they first sprouted. The flowers for this have not bloomed yet, however the buds have visible yellow color visible currently. I initially thought that they were chinese forget-me-nots, as I had grown some in the same   Read More ...
China program to spur ahead smart toilet development
2017-02-24 03:15:00 A government-backed program to explore the technology behind smart toilets was launched Thursday in east China's Zhejiang Province. Zhi Shuping, head of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said the program was commenced in Taizhou City, Zhejiang, where 45 percent of China-made smart toilets are produced. Smart toilets, along with air purifiers and rice cookers, were included by the State Council in April 2016 in a guideline   Read More ...
China program to spur ahead smart toilet development
2017-02-23 16:24:08 HANGZHOU -- A government-backed program to explore the technology behind smart toilets was launched Thursday in east China's Zhejiang province. Zhi Shuping, head of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said the program was commenced in Taizhou City, Zhejiang, where 45 percent of China-made smart toilets are produced. Smart toilets, along with air purifiers and rice cookers, were included by the State Council in April 2016 in   Read More ...