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Chinese ancient towns revive ancient way of celebrating Spring Festival

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 11:24 AM

Aerial shot of dragon dance in Bozhou City, Anhui Province, east China on January 28, 2019 | Reuters

Ancient towns in east China are immersed in a festive atmosphere as the Chinese Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is only a week to go.

In the centuries-old city of Bozhou in east China’s Anhui Province, 18 streets of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties (1644-1912) have completed their makeover to relive their former glory, with not only festive delicacies but also all kinds of non-tangible cultural heritage objects on display, such as paper-cuts and traditional Chinese food.

The five-animal exercises or Wuqinxi in Chinese, invented by Hua Tuo, one of the greatest doctors more than 1,800 years ago, is now popular among people in the city, just like square dances.

In the Ancient Town of Anchang in Zhejiang Province, which has a history dated back the Spring and Autumn period (771-476 BC), people are busy preparing preserved meat for the coming new year. All kinds of preserved meat and fish are now hung along the streets, creating a unique landscape.

The Chinese Lunar New Year falls on Feb. 5 this year. — Reuters

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Chinese bamboo weaving master makes bamboo QR code

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 09:29 AM


Bamboo weaving master Xie Shiyang weaving QR code in Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, east China | Reuters

For most Chinese, QR codes are symbol of modern technology achievement, but in the eye of a bamboo weaving master, it is just another item that can be made with bamboo strips.

In east China’s Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, 65-year-old bamboo weaving mater Xie Shiyang managed to blend the centuries-long traditional skill with modern technology. In his hands, a QR code is not generated by a software, but by his bamboo strips.

“Our county’s ancient village preservation and development office first brought up the idea of bamboo QR code. They wanted to develop creative cultural products with bamboos for a rural revitalization forum. They asked if we can make bamboo QR code. So we began to try in October 2018,” said Zhang Qingming, director of a localart craft factory.

The experiment was not smooth at first, though. QR codes usually have complicated patterns so it requires different sizes of bamboo strips to be weaved together to depict the lines, dots and cubes. After half a month’s effort, Xie made the first bamboo QR code.

Now Xie needs three hours on average to complete a bamboo QR code and had received orders from many companies.

“Although bamboo QR codes may not have high economic interests, it can let more people know about our traditional bamboo weaving skills and value our skills. Now many schools and kindergartens in our county have expressed their willingness to know more about bamboo weaving,” said Zhang. — Reuters

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Girl rescued after falling into panda enclosure in southwest China

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 11:27 AM

Pandas approaching girl as security guard trying to pull her out of Panda enclosure in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China on February 9, 2019 | CCTV via Reuters

A young girl was rescued after falling into a panda enclosure in southwest China, state media reported on Sunday (February 10).

State broadcaster CCTV showed video of a security guard first trying to rescue the girl in red with a stick, then leaning through a gap to hold the girl’s hand and pull her out as pandas were approaching with no apparent attempt to attack human.

The incident took place at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on Saturday (February 9), CCTV said.

The girl was not injured and the cause of the incident was still under investigation, it added. — Reuters

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U.S. charges China’s Huawei with bank fraud, stealing trade secrets

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 09:32 AM

Huawei logo on pillar in Shanghai, China | Reuters

The United States on Monday (January 28) charged China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, its chief financial officer, and two affiliates with bank and wire fraud to violate sanctions against Iran in a case that has added to tensions with Beijing.

In a 13-count indictment, the Justice Department said Huawei misled a global bank and U.S. authorities about its relationship with the subsidiaries, Skycom Tech and Huawei Device USA Inc, in order to conduct business in Iran.

In a separate case, the Justice Department also accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets, wire fraud and obstructing justice for allegedly stealing robotic technology from carrier T-Mobile US Inc to test smartphones’ durability.

T-Mobile had accused Huawei of stealing the technology, called “Tappy,” which mimicked human fingers and was used to test smartphones. Huawei has said that the two companies settled their disputes in 2017.

The charges add to pressure on Huawei, the world’s biggest telecommunications equipment maker, from the U.S. government, which is trying to prevent American companies from buying Huawei routers and switches and pressing allies to do the same. — Reuters

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