nagement include controlling the number of climbers, limiting the climbing sea
son, setting high requirements and maintaining the high-traffic climbing routes.
“Seasonally, since 2017, we have only allowed climbers on Moun
t Qomolangma in spring due to favorable weather conditions of the northern slope,” Trinley said.
“Controlling the number of climbers is another key measure to ensure both mountaineering safety and ecological protection,” he said.
In 2019, the north face routes had a total of 362 people, including 142 foreign climbers fr
om 33 countries, 12 domestic climbers and 208 Nepali Sherpa mountaineering guides, the association said.
Within the last few years, the overall number of climbers has averaged 290, the association said.
d overseas to see wildlife at least twice a year. Asia, Africa and Europe are the top three destinations.
About 60 percent of interviewees said they would refuse to take part in tours that migh
t interrupt the normal life of animals in the wild or be harmful to them, even if such a tour might be exclusive.
More than 70 percent of tourists said they are glad to choose tours wit
h higher prices and which take more time in order to be more in touch with the wildlife.
“Wildlife watching has attracted millions of tourists annually and many travelers are driven by the affection of animals. Ho
wever, some activities on such tours have had an adverse impact on the wildlife,” Zhao said.
He said hundreds of thousands of wild animals across the world are taken away from natural habitats, forced into cap
tivity and subjected to abuse, both mentally and physically, in the name of entertainment and profit.
t in culture and education, attractiveness for foreign investment and consumption scale are also indicators under consideration.
Shanghai has the highest infrastructure and cultural environment indexes, and the financi
al hub’s talent, technological innovation and financing indexes are in the top three of the country.
Although Beijing’s soft environment index ranked first among all Chinese cities, its hard environment index lagged behind
due to restriction of natural resources such as air quality, climate and forest coverage rate, the report said.
With the best hard environment, South China’s Shenzhen also leads on the country’s technological innovation index.
l become a platform for people to experience natural beauty and t
o better understand, and then materialize, Xi’s wonderful ecological ideas.
When the sustainable developme
ustin Irwin anad James Berry took turns to steer their boat o
n Barkley Lake in western Kentucky, looking for Asian carp.
It did not take them long to spot a school of fish. Stopping the boat, Berry started to feed a 180-m
eter-long net into the water as Irwin maneuvered the boat to form the net into a large circle.
With the net in place, they then steered the boat in a circle, banging the hull with a wooden st
ick. Immediately, carp started to jump out of the water before splashing back in.
nt goals are firmly established in people’s minds, the significance of hosting the exhibition will have been achieved.
The 2018 laureates for theory are Juan Ignacio Cirac, David Deutsch, Peter Shor and Peter Zoller,
for their seminal theoretical work on quantum algorithms and physical architectures of quantum com
puters and simulators, while the experimental category prizes went to Rainer Blatt and David Wineland for pio
neering experiments that demonstrated fundamental elements of quantum computing with trapped ions.
The 2019 prizes were awarded to Charles Bennett, Gilles Brassard, Artur Ekert and Stephen Wiesner in the theory category for th
eir work on quantum cryptography, and experimental prizes went to Pan Jianwei and Anton Zeilinger for their grou
ndbreaking experiments that enabled practically secure and large-scale quantum communications.
The awards ceremony will be held on Sept 20, Luo said.
USTC has been leading the world’s quantum information science and techno
ogy development in recent years, with Pan’s team attracting enormous attention from home and abroad.
nergy of all parties, Belt and Road cooperation will definitely become deep and concrete, steady and extensive,” the report said.
“The Belt and Road will become a road of peace, prosperity, opening up, green development, innovatio
n, connected civilizations, and clean government. It wi
ll make economic globalization become more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial to all.”
China will improve its oversight of human related scientific research and medic
al tests under draft laws and amendments submitted to China’s top legislature for review on Saturday.
Medical and scientific research related to human genes and embryos mi
ght present risks to health or violate ethics, and they must be strictly regulated therefore, said She
n Chunyao, senior legislator of the Constitution and Law Committee of the National People’s Congress.
A new item has been added to the country’s draft civil law, requiring that all
medical and scientific research related to human genes and embryos must f
ollow strict rules, laws and regulations, and should not pose a threat to people’s health or violate moral or ethical codes.
hina’s economic growth will remain stable in the first quarter, and is expected to land at 6.3 percent or even higher year-on-year when it is released this week, e
conomists said after some economic indicators for March surprised the market on the upside.
“Downside pressure began to ease in the first quarter, as signaled by the r
ather substantial recovery in various economic indicators in March,” said Yao Jingyuan, form
er chief economist at the National Bureau of Statistics and a researcher for the Counselors’ Office of the State Council.
Chinese banks’ lending in yuan, a leading indicator for the real economy
, surged in March by 1.69 trillion yuan ($252 billion), up 52 percent from a year earli
er, according to the People’s Bank of China, the central bank. The manufacturing purchasing managers inde
x for March, which was back into expansion territory, may be a sign of accelerating industrial activities.
Exports in March also picked up, rising 14.2 percent in US dollar ter
ms from a year ago, versus 0.1 percent for the January-February period, customs data showed.
Hainan is offering housing incentives to attract talent to the tropical isla
nd province, where the country’s 12th free trade zone－its largest－is being created.
A notice from the provincial government on Friday said the employ
ees of companies that move their headquarters to the island will enjoy the same housing polici
es and credit support as locals when buying a house, even though they don’t have household registration in Hainan.
The supplementary measure, which is intended to address problems of new em
ployees settling in the Hainan FTZ, will improve the business environment, attract investo
rs, promote opening-up and development of headquarters, and optimize the living environment, local officials said.
In April last year, after the central government said Hainan would become a pilot free trade zone, the island announ
ced it would attract 1 million skilled workers. To accomplish that, it has adopted measures to support free hou
sing for topnotch personnel, child education, spousal employment, medical insurance and car purchases.
From the camera lenses of tourists, the Hani rice terraces in Yunnan
province are an idyllic emblem of traditional Chinese agriculture: vast expanses of mountain
slopes carved into water-submerged paddies where rice, fish and ducks flourish in co-existence.
A closer look reveals its low-profile modernity: on the verge of some fields stands an ap
paratus the shape of a solar panel, which collects information on the ecosystem for online monitoring and diagnosis.
Lu Zhengxue, who owns one terraced field in Yuanyang county, Honghe Hani and Yi autonomo
us prefecture, is glad the millenniumold landscape is preserved thanks to the modern techn
ology that helps make the rice terraces not just a tourist demonstration but a lucrative business.
“The terraced fields are where my roots are. They are the golden ri
ce bowls passed down from our ancestors,” said Lu, 61. “We cannot afford to lose them.”
Island province ‘will ensure’ that Boao Forum continues to promote cooperation