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The ongoing International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 in Beijing is all about gar
dening, but it doesn’t shy away from high technology that improves visitors’ experience.
To provide visitors with information services, ticket purchasing, parking, travel routes, introductions to scenic sp
ots, medical services, performance arrangements and traveling tips, a mobile phone app called Expo 2019 was developed.
It’s like having a tour guide at hand, said Guo Ziliang, an official at the Beijing World Horticultural Expo Coordination Bureau, the expo’s organizer.
“The app shows people how to conveniently and efficiently make their way through the park,” he said. “It also helps improve the park’s reception capacity.”
The 162-day expo, from April 29 to Oct 7, is expected to receive a total of 16 million visitors.
The app, available in bilingual versions-English and Chinese-can be downloaded for free from online app stores.
them for the past 20-odd years,” she said.Currently, the zoo is busy preparing for the pandas’
travel back to China and trying its best to make them feel comfortable during the trip, Thomas added.
Many zoo visitors lined up to say goodbye to the pandas, and wrote down their best wishes on cards
and posted them on a friendship wall set up in front of the panda exhibition halls.
The farewell celebration will run through April 27.
The San Diego Zoo is globally recognized and a San Diego ic
on by hosting more than 4 million guests each year.
Late civil servant on ‘long march’ fighting poverty
Female civil servant Ma Xinjuan died, at the age of 39, only a
few months before Shangyan Village was lifted out of poverty in 2018.
“She was like the peach blossoms,” said Ma Caiqin, a villager of Shangyan. Peach blossoms are common during spring scene
ry at this once impoverished village in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region.
But when Ma Xinjuan, former Party secretary of Huangh
ua Township, first came to the village, she received antipathy from some villagers.
growth－and with good reason. China sustained an average annual growth rate of 10 percent from 1980 to 2011, unprece
dented for a large economy. Since 2012, however, the annual growth has slowed down with the Government Wor
k Report presented recently by Premier Li Keqiang setting a growth target of 6-6.5 percent for 2019.
For China doubters, this is a “gotcha” moment. After all, the premier’s grow
th target implies a 40 percent deceleration from the “miracle” trend. This seems to vin
dicate warnings of the dreaded “middle-income trap”－the tendency of fast-growing developing economies to re
vert to a much weaker growth trajectory just when they get their first whiff of prosperity.
The early work on this phenomenon was precise in terms of what to expect: as per capita inco
me moved into the $16,000-$17,000 range (in dollars at purchasing power parity in 2005), a sust
ained growth deceleration of around 2.5 percentage points can be expected. With China having hit that income thr
eshold in 2017, according to International Monetary Fund estimates, its post-2011 slowdown looks all the more ominous.