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showed that 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May
Day holiday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.
Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annua
lly, began to issue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese
nationals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.
Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sr
i Lanka have started to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.
“When more countries that are mainstream travel destinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.
ad conditions. Test results under different road conditions are supposed to reflec
t the adaptability and technical mobility of the autonomous driving technology.
Expected to be one of the most important autonomous vehicle mark
ets by accounting group KPMG early this year, China has conducted road tests in a raft of its m
unicipalities and provinces, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Guangdong.
As China’s center of scientific and technological innovation, Beijing has been a pioneer in developing self-driving technology.
The country’s first self-driving road test report notes that the capital is scheduled to scale up tests. It cites a plan that aims to have te
st areas of 500 square kilometers and 2,000 km of open roads for testing intelligent-connected vehicles by 2022.
Data show that since February 2018, Beijing has opened 44 roads, totaling 123 km for road tests.
As of the end of 2018, the capital had 54 registered autonom
ous-driving vehicles, accounting for more than 50 percent of the total nationwide.
tner of Qiming Venture Partners, Xu Xin, founding partner of Capital Today, and Tong Sh
ihao, managing partner of GGV Capital. They ranked fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
The list was ranked by investors’ portfolio companies that have gone public or been acquired for at least $200 million over
the past five years, or that have raised additional funding at a valuation of $400 million or more.
“A record number of international investors, pa
rticularly from China, and women investors are gradually changing the image of the Sil
icon Valley venture capitalist,” said Alex Konrad, associate editor at Forbes, in an editor’s pick.
He noted that after years of Midas dominance, the reign of Facebook and Twitt
er is over, as those deals and their well-known investors make way for a new generation.
“The increasing presence of Chinese investors in the Midas List is a solid reflection of the scal
e and vigor of the Chinese economy,” said Zhou Xuan, director of and a professor with the priva
te investment funds institute of the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.
Taking a step requires just one second for a typical person. But not for Gao Ziren, whose paral
yzed left leg requires him to first move a crutch forward before his leg, and then balance himself.
For 42 years, Gao, a teacher at Lixin village primary school in a mountainous area of East China’s Jiangxi province, has walked th
is way between his home, the school and his students’ homes. Over the course of his career, he has worn out more than 60 crutches.
Gao, 60, was born in a mountainous area of Meiling township, Wanli district of Nancha
ng. After coming down with polio at the age of 1, his left leg suffered muscular atrophy, which left him unable to walk normally.
He did not give up, relying instead on his mental strength to finish his studies from primary school through high school.
He started his career in 1977 when a village official visited him about being a teacher in the village, as one of the two teachers the
re had left. Gao agreed to take the position, as he knew the importance of a teacher to students, especially those like him.
rible sight” emerged, Taylor said.
”Dead bodies had floated up (and the) current of the flood water had washed the bodies up against the road,” said Tay
lor. “The road had subsided about 10 inches (25.5 centimeters). So these bodies had been washed up against the main highway.”
Taylor said the smell of bodies and livestock was palpable.Hundreds of others were also attempting to make the congested seven-ho
ur walk from the village of Lamego — about 90 kilometers (56 miles) inland from Beira — to Nhamatanda, on higher ground. In places whe
re the current of the flood waters was strong, about 50 people joined hands to make a human chain, said Taylor.
”I’m 6 foot 2 inches (187 centimeters), but the force of water at knee level w
as powerful,” Taylor said. “You had to pay attention and concentrate where you put your feet.”
Taylor said he saw an elderly woman carry her husband on her back.
On the road out of Beira, he said “the entire area, as far as I could see, was one lake of flood
water,” adding that groups of up to 10 people had climbed eucalyptus, cashew and mango trees waiting to be rescued.