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China Matters presents the story of Ms. Pan and her Mountaintop Guesthouse21.12.2020 15:36:58 CET | Pressemeddelelse

As Pan Qingqing sips on a traditional Chinese tea, she glances out the window of her mountaintop guesthouse. The view is splendid with billowing clouds and valleys, and this is swiftly followed by laughter and loud chatter in the guesthouse where she is right in the middle of a jovial conversation with her guests who have made the trip to Xiangjian village in the southern city of Hangzhou. The 44-year-old is one of many in Lin’an District to have built guesthouses to attract more visitors from home and abroad. For her, this is an opportunity to bring changes to her hometown. And her plans have been supported by the Hangzhou government. The key to this change has been to combine the local surroundings with the arts to create something fresh where you wouldn’t expect it. And the guesthouses like Ms. Pan’s brings the two together. Bigger than life-size installations of bamboo art now decorate the halls. When guests sit down for an afternoon tea and food, cups and cutlery sets made from lo

China Matters Documents Speed and Innovation of China’s Express Delivery21.12.2020 14:17:03 CET | Pressemeddelelse

In November of each year, China hosts the world’s biggest sales bonanza as the country’s Singles Day shopping festival sets off a frenzy of online shopping on 11th. And millions of parcel orders are delivered to Chinese consumers. But for China's express delivery companies, this is the ultimate test in the whole year. According to the Post Bureau of China statistics, from November 1 to 11th this year, domestic postal and express companies handled 3.965 billion parcels. Among them, 675 million were processed on November 11th, and that number increased by 26.16% year-on-year. And it doesn’t stop there. The speed of China’s express delivery services is pushing the limits. Consumers can now even receive their orders within a day. So, what makes it so fast? ZTO is one of China's largest express delivery companies and having around 90 regional sorting centers across the country means they have the manpower to make speedy deliveries. At its Hangzhou Sorting Centre, for example, it can handle

China Matters documents the Down-to-earth Smart Life in Tianjin3.12.2020 14:19:57 CET | Press release

From having sports to mobile payment to seeing a doctor online, we have been overwhelmed by a one-screen-and-one-click lifestyle. But what if they have turned smart altogether? In Tianjin Binhai New Area, a subordinate city in the town has been trying to make everything intelligent living here. Obtaining sports data from a smart runaway, charging mobile phones from a solar bench, or seeing a doctor through smart devices---they are not just too good to be true but more of a down-to-earth life experience. As a joint project of the two countries, China Singapore Tianjin Eco-City aims at bringing an environment-friendly and resource-saving life to its inhabitants. In this 8-minute video, British resident Josh showcases one day of his “smart life” in the Eco-City located 150 kilometers from Beijing. In the morning, he could run in a smart track that is equipped with facial recognition technology and multiple sensors. They can capture his heart pulse as well as his gender and age, and give h

China Matters documents the Ecological Turn of China’s Infertile Coast2.12.2020 12:23:00 CET | Press release

Along China’s northeastern coast of Bohai Sea stretched a strip of saline-alkali soil back in 1980s. It could barely afford any arable fields for plants and crops. In 1994, Binhai New Area of Tianjin was established by the coast as a greening and eco-restoration project just rolled out in the region. After over 20 years’ efforts, a 736-square-kilometerGreen Ecological Barrier has been built up between Binhai New Area and downtown Tianjin, which represents the ecological overhaul of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region. In this video, American host Jack takes a trip to the Binhai New Area of Tianjin, exploring the locale, talking with the greening workers and getting to know what changes the area went through. During the journey, Jack rode a bike from the congested downtown to the Beidagang Wetland Nature Preserve in suburban Tianjin. There, he worked withforest rangers and fed birds corn and fish. “Tianjin people's ability to turn a wasteland into a forest and to restore these damaged ecos

China Matters Documents the Collective Nucleic Acid Testing in Beijing27.10.2020 15:59:29 CET | Press release

Collective testing served as a critical approach in China for emergency response in face of the coronavirus outbreak. In mid-October, a cluster of COVID-19 infections was found in Qingdao The local government immediately organized a collective nucleic acid testing for 10 million people within 5 days. Back in June, as the cluster of COVID-19 infections linked to Beijing’s Xinfadi Agricultural Produce Wholesale Market emerged, Beijing municipal government started to call on citizens to receive nucleic acid testing. Up to July 11, 11.88 million people have done the test, accounting for half of the permanent residents in Beijing. The number of testing institutions in Beijing rose to 194 by the end of June, with a daily testing volume of 458,000. It helped a lot to filtrate the infected cases. Out of the required demand for a trip outside Beijing, British journalist and host Josh from China Matters received nucleic acid testing right as the cluster of new infections was found in Beijing and

China Matters presents Documentary on 42,000 Portraits of COVID-19 Frontline Workers in Wuhan27.10.2020 15:56:55 CET | Press release

Taking photos for some 42,000 medical workers fighting COVID-19 in Wuhan is a phenomenal project that Li Ge never did before. With over 20 years’ experience, the photojournalistic went to Wuhan with a photographers’ team, capturing the portraits of medical workers within 40 days. “I got softer and fragile talking to these frontline workers,” Li said. “I cried almost every day as I witnessed what they had been doing.” Even to a veteran like Li who has experienced in various hear-striking scenes throughout his career, this project, the first ever of this kind in China, is an unprecedented one. During the outbreak of the pandemic, more than 40,000 medical workers from across China headed to the epicenter to assist with COVID-19 treatment. They did not only help ease the shortage of local medical workers, but brought plenty of protective gears in need. This short documentary was filmed in May, produced by China Matters. It tells stories of how photographer Li Ge and his team conducted the

China Matters and Tianjin Haihe Media Group released co-produced Documentary “A Man on a Rescue Mission against COVID-19”25.5.2020 12:48:28 CEST | Pressemeddelelse

At the age of 72, Zhang Boli, a medical professional from Tianjin, was saving lives at the forefront of COVID-19 response in Wuhan while being saved by others. Doctor Zhang was convinced that the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) could be helpful alongside the Western medicine for coronavirus treatment. He led a team assisting in COVID-19 treatment with TCM in a temporary hospital in Wuhan’s Jiangxia District. With the help of his team, all the patients in the hospital gained full recovery. However, after working for 25 consecutive days, he was worn out and his gall bladder began festering. He himself received an emergency operation on the frontline. A well-known academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Zhang Boli is also a TCM professional at Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He joined the fight against SARS in 2008 by using TCM treatment, which provided much practical experience for dealing with coronavirus. Zhang with his team formed a special medical force

China Matters and Tianjin Haihe Media Group released co-produced Documentary “Everyday Warriors in Tianjin’s Fight against COVID-19”25.5.2020 12:47:45 CEST | Pressemeddelelse

Among the unsung characters in the fight against COVID-19, Qu Lei is the only sign-language interpreter for Tianjin’s Press Conference on the pandemic prevention and control. From February 8, Qu was gesturing the latest information of the pandemic to the hearing-impaired audience, keeping the special group aware of the ongoing situation. Just like oral and literal translators, she was faced with a bunch of new terminologies every single day that were hardly translated before. Her story of combating the COVID-19 is echoed by many other everyday workers in different industries. Bian Zhen, Party secretary and president of Tianjin Textile Group, received an urgent task on January 27, requiring him to produce 300 sets of protective clothing within four days. Without further ado, Bian called up a group of retired workers who volunteered to join in the production. Aged 60 on average, the volunteer workers arrived at the factory during the New Year’s holiday and produced 140 sets of protective

China Matters and Tianjin Haihe Media Group released co-produced Documentary “A Port City’s Quick Response to COVID-19”25.5.2020 12:47:18 CEST | Pressemeddelelse

Tianjin’s public health emergency response level was lowered to level-2 on April 30, after almost four months of continuous efforts in COVID-19 prevention and control. As a port city, Tianjin faced drastic challenges during the pandemic. On January 25, Costa Serena, a cruise ship sailing from Tianjin to Fukuoka and Sasebo in Japan, returned with 3,706 passengers, including 148 from Hubei Province, China’s epicenter of coronavirus outbreak. During the suspended trip, 17 people showed fever symptom, which put the local government on high alert. Tianjin authorities immediately dispatched health workers to board the ship for inspection and testing. After they tested the 17 passengers with fever, a helicopter carried their testing samples to the local disease control authorities, the results of which were all negative. However, considering the potential high risks, the government of Binhai New Area of Tianjin put all the 17 passengers at a hotel with free medical assistance, food and accomm
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