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He told China Daily his company’s priority is to attract more peo
ple, especially non-locals, to visit and boost sales, as local consumption has limited potent
ial. The company is eyeing more business opportunities based on word-of-mouth among visitors, Long said.
This “one-stop industrial tourism”, as Long calls it, has contrib
uted more than 60 percent in total sales since his company started to feel out the market in 2005.
Long witnessed the company transform from a State-owned enterprise to a market-orient
ed limited company at the turn of century. By streamlining internal bodies and lifting the proportion of em
ployees involved in production while promoting its products via culture and tourism, costs can be cut, according to Long.
Now, he added, the annual production value of the company has reached 10 million yuan ($1.5 million).
e than 25 million thumbs-up, and the number of his fans is 2.92 million.
In order to make more interesting short videos, Lao Ma brainstorms w
ith his team every day and recreates “small encounters” he has in his daily life in China.
And through the scripts, roles, shooting, editing, soun
dtrack and subtitles, he shows his understanding and love of Chinese culture.
Since he has become popular, he also uses his leisure time to integra
te into local cultural and sporting activities; study traditional arts such as paper-cut
ting and calligraphy and learn to cook Chinese food items such as wontons and fried spring rolls.
Lao Ma says that he will not only add more elements of Chinese culture, but also bring in African songs and dances in his new videos.
In the future, he wants to be a professional actor and chase his “Chinese Dream”.
ve been nominated for a Tiantan Award-actor-director Chen Jianbin’s new comedy drama The Eleventh Chapter, and the sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth.
After drawing in box-office receipts totaling a whopping 4.6 billio
n yuan ($685 million)-or 24 percent of Chinese box-office takings during the first qua
rter-The Wandering Earth is now regarded as a game-changer for its role in reviving the fortunes of the Chinese sci-fi genre.
As the longest film among all the nominated movies, Turkish master
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s 188-minute The Wild Pear Tree will be screened for the first time in Chi
na. A Fortunate Man, the latest directorial epic by Danish auteur Bille August, is also a highly anticipated entry.
The other nominated films are Another World (Japan), Ben is Back (United States), Happ
ier Times, Grump (Finland), Here (Iran), Sunset (Hungary, France), Tehran: City of Love (Britain, Iran
and the Netherlands), The Keeper (Germany, Britain), The Unorthodox (Israel), Fear (India), and The Waiter (Greece).
yuan, 72.38 billion yuan and 902.19 billion yuan, respecti
vely, a year-on-year rise of 13.2 percent, 1.13 percent and 3.62 percent, respectively.
The three companies’ net profits attributable to shareholders were 4.43 billion yuan, 10.9 billion yuan, 36 billion yua
n, a year-on-year increase of 96.6 percent, 1.08 percent and 4.65 percent, respectively.
Last year, GAC sold 2.15 million vehicles, up 7.34 percent year-on-year, with the self-owned br
ands sales volume increasing 5.23 percent; the sales volume of the joint venture brands including GAC Ho
nda, GAC Toyota and GAC Mitsubishi rising 5.16 percent, 31.11 percent and 22.69 percent, respectively.
SAIC’s annual sales were 7.05 million vehicles with self-owned brands Roewe and MG sel
ing 730,000 vehicles and joint venture brand SAIC Volkswagen selling 2.06 million vehicles in 2018.
d visits to the city with his wife.
He said he decided to relocate 2,100 kilometers from the capital due to heavy smog, which ha
d caused him serious discomfort. But more important, he wanted to change his way of life.
The 45-year-old worked for a State-owned company in Beijing before moving. Since 2001, he had
been sent abroad by his company to work in countries such as Sudan, Ecuador, Iran, Syria and Iraq as chief manager for busi
ness development. However, he faced great pressure, both from work and security problems.
Mu said he had several narrow escapes from bomb attacks near his office in Iraq, where he worked for seven years.
When he returned to work at the company’s Beijing headquarters in 2015, he found he could n
ot adapt to life in the city. He had to travel for a total of three hours each day on the subway between home and work.
f their aircraft, Boeing said they have “full confidence” in the safety of the 737 MAX, in a statement tweeted from their official account on Tuesday.
Boeing said they “understand” the decisions made by customers, but reiterated that “safety” remains their “number one” priority.
”The United States Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this ti
me, and based on the information currently available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators,” the statement also
said.hile there is no evidence of a link between the incidents in Ethiopia and Indonesia, similarities between the tw
o have prompted some airlines to take extra safety precautions while both crash investigations are ongoing.
”Given in both air crashes, the aircrafts were newly deli
vered Boeing 737 MAX 8, and both accidents occurred during the take-off, they share certain simil
arities,” the Chinese aviation administration said in a statement Monday. It added that it would contact Boei
ng and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to confirm “flight safety” issues before allowing the planes to fly again.