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ing in China. For one, pet cats are good stress-busters. And in these hectic, stressful times in urban areas, they could prove very useful, experts said.
Agreed Huang Xinyi, 28, a Beijing-based film producer. “Every time my cat purrs at me
, head-butts my face, and rubs against my leg, I want to hug him and kiss him all over.”
Many of her generation, aged 25 to 35, are busy pursuing busy careers in cities, far from their
hometowns. “I get lonely sometimes, but my cat has always been good company,” Huang said.
“Moreover, cats are more independent. I don’t have to walk my cat every day, but I play with him whenever I find some spare time.”
That is important for most young people struggling to find work-life balance in urban areas due to hectic lifestyles.
According to a report from Frost & Sullivan China, keeping cats for pets costs a little less than maintaining dogs.
on average, while the corresponding number for a dog is 4,723 yuan, said the report.
Much of a pet’s expenses are on food. For a cat, it is about 1,340 yuan, with medical care requiring 742 yuan on average.
“About 41 percent of the 99.8 million pet-keeping Chinese households now have cats,
and the number is still growing,” said Neil Wang, president of Frost & Sullivan China.
In addition to 67 million pet cats, there are more, adopted or given by friends and families, the company’s report said.
This has spawned a cat culture of sorts, spanning a variety of business activities.
For instance, specialist apps offer a service called “cloud petting” for those who
do not own a pet cat. The latter can follow “cat celebrities” on social media platforms.
our exhibitions,” he said.
The CCTV cameras also are used to safeguard the museum’s precious relics. More than 1.86 milli
on of them are housed at the museum, which logged 17.5 million visits from the public in 2018, topping all museums worldwide.
“How can we make sure no single visitor who might have evil ideas threatens these treasures?” Shan sa
id. “After adopting the internet of things, we can instantly detect any motion involving the artifacts to prevent such threats.”
Such a networked system also will be used to facilitate management of inventory and closely supervise transportation and exhibition of cultural relics.
New technologies can assist the museum staff in other ways, too, said Wang Tao, a member of Huawei’s board of directors.
The company will use algorithms to more efficiently draft tailored plans for restorin
g cultural relics after information on similar pieces and files on each collection are included in a database.
“We can thus combine old craftsmen’s experience and artificial intelligence,” Wang said.
The 5G network also will be used to improve remote consultation through webcams, which will facilitate conver
sations with overseas scholars to jointly find the best answers for restoration and preservation issues, he said.
XI’AN – Xi’an, a historical city in Shaanxi Province, will place traffic restrictions on the use of vehicle on weekdays.
The popular tourist city said the restriction would be imposed on weekdays from
7 am to 8 pm starting March 18. Vehicles are restricted in one out of five weekdays based upon the last nu
mbers of their license plates in certain areas in the city, where the number of motor vehicles hit 3 million as of May 2018.
Three bureaux of municipal ecology and environment, public security and transport
said in a circular that the move was taken to ease traffic congestion and reduce air pollution.
Mass transit buses, new energy vehicles, vehicles for people with disabilities, and vehicles for special purp
oses such as fire engines and ambulances, however, will be exempted from the restriction, according to the circular.
BEIJING – China’s first Great Wall restoration center will be established in Beijing, combining academic research, restoration and protection of the ancient wall.
The center will have archaeologists, designers and craftspersons w
orking together to make targeted plans for the restoration of the Jiankou section of the Gr
eat Wall, which is located in the northern Huairou District of Beijing, according to Beijing Daily.
“The new method will effectively tackle unpredictability in excavation and protection
of the Great Wall,” Zhang Tong, an official at the cultural relics administration of Huairou, was quoted as saying.
The center will also regularly check the conditions of the Great Wall for preventive c
onservation. It will keep records of the restoration for future use, the newspaper said.
With a total length of 7,952 meters, the Jiankou Great Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was once neglected and became damaged over time.