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Tourism in China E-mail
City Life - Report
Written by Yvy Cheng
With a long history, China boasts vast territory, rich historic sites, unique landscape, numerous nationalities and diversified culture. At present, the quantity of sites in China that have been listed in the Directory of World Cultural and Natural Heritage ranks the 3rd place all over the world, and China becomes the 4th inbound tourism country and the largest domestic tourism market all over the world and the largest outbound tourism market in Asia.

Chinese have a passion for traveling, and then rich and varied tourist programs are developed. The rapid development of economy and gradual improvement of living standard provide the foundation for tourism; the continuous improvement of traffic and tourist facilities, the better and better protection and remedy of cultural relics and the promotion of more new attractions and tourist programs provide tourist space for people.

Gateway to the West E-mail
City Life - Report
Written by G. Miller
At a time when Beijing was only a remote trading outpost and Shanghai a tiny fishing village, Xi’an was the world’s first city to have a population of more than one million. It was also the first international commercial center in China, serving as a starting point for the Silk Road, and renowned cultural and political seat of power for 13 Chinese dynasties and 73 emperors.

Though long removed from its past glory, today’s Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi Province and the largest city in northwestern China. Modern Xi’an is home to 41 universities and colleges, 3,300 research development and technological institutions, and more than 50 state-level laboratories and testing centers. Xi’an is recognized as perhaps the most important birthplace of classical Chinese civilization and culture, which in more modern times drives a booming tourism industry, welcoming more than 70 million domestic and an additional 1 million plus international visitors each year.

Green Spring Festival E-mail
City Life - Report
Written by Mary Deniers
China’s Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, is the most important festival for the Chinese population. It begins on the first day of the first Chinese lunar month (which usually falls between January and February of the Calendar of the Occident).

Traditionally, the Spring Festival is marked by sumptuous banquets, exorbitant gift exchange and celebrations. However, finally a more environmentally conscious educational campaign sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund has launched an initiative called ”Green Spring Festival” persuading the public towards a more energy conscious celebration. Spring Festival Tradition and Customs According to tradition and customs, the Spring Festival lasts 15 days with celebrations that are marked by exorbitant waste and energy use. Fireworks have been the mainstay of Spring Festivals.

Road traffic behaviour E-mail
City Life - Report
Written by Tracy 瑾瑾
Did you know that since this year a new regulation is in effect that can impose a fine on those pedestrians who disrespect red traffic lights? Well, incredible 10 RMB is the amount.

I watched a TV report a short while ago where reporters stood on street crossings in Xi'an to give out free prizes for all those pedestrians who actually halted on red traffic lights.

Well, needless to say that noone ever got close to win it, because crossing streets while the light is still on red and a complete disregard of traffic signs and rules is as common as a glass of water unfortunately. And those shiny new light indicators on the traffic lights all around the city doesn't help either to awaken a kind of correct traffic behaviour in people's consciouness.

Recycling - Chinese Style E-mail
City Life - Report
Written by Mary Higgins
I was having a major tidy-up of the apartment over the weekend. Given the smallness of the apartment and the rather large accumulation of junk over the years, I had made the decision that a whole bunch of stuff just “had to go”. Books already read, DVDs already watched, kitchen utensils unneeded, small items of furniture taking up space, all this stuff was surplus to my needs.

But - in such a needy world - I honestly felt bad just “throwing out” this stuff! A lot of it was perfectly good stuff, and if I was back home I probably would’ve donated it to a charity store or something, but what to do here in Xi'an/China? Then of course, I realised: the right thing to do IS just to chuck it out, because in China, nothing is ever really “thrown out”. In fact, China operates a comprehensive, if informal, recycling hierarchy.

Late Night Taxi Ride E-mail
City Life - Report
Written by Peter
During these last couple month I have frequently journeyed this rollercoaster ride, known as the “Late Night Taxi Ride”. This experience is somewhat daunting at first, due to my lack of knowledge of the vastness of Xi’an, and my lack of skills in the Chinese language department. Also, that in some other countries around the world, that late night taxi ride can end up being the last thing you do for a long time.

However, one comes to learn the many paths that a taxi can take from Zhong Lou to Gaoxin. The purpose for this article, has been spurned on by the many noticeable events I have seen through the double-vision of my drunken eyes, as the taxi driver delivers me home.
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