The national landmark has received thousands of visitors

from China and overseas since it opened in 1968. Leaders from more than 70 countries and over 600 delegations from 150 nations have visited it.

During the three days it reopened to the public before taking road traffic in December, the bridge had more than 200,000 visitors.

The 4,589-meter-long structure reopened after 27 months of repairs. As China’s first home-designed road and rail truss bridge, it has been p

raised and loved by many. A truss bridge is one whose load-bearing superstructure is composed of connected elements forming triangular units.

Liu Yong, 63, a retired teacher from Nanjing, said he was in elementary school when the bridge first op

ened. Without telling his parents and teachers, he and his classmates walked more than 10 kilometers to see it.

“It was the most magnificent structure I had ever seen. When our relatives visited Nanjing, we

took them to see the bridge instead of visiting other well-known places of interest,” Liu said.

Zhou Lei, who lives in a residential community near the bridge, said that when he was an elementary school student in Ya

ncheng, Jiangsu, his father promised him that he would take him to see the bridge if he had high scores in his final exam.

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It was such a huge temptation that I studied like cra

 to get such scores. I got extremely high marks in the end, but my father failed to keep his pro

mise because the family could not afford the tickets to go to Nanjing,” Zhou said.

“Visiting the bridge had been my dream for many years. Now, my two sisters and I have all m

oved to Nanjing, the provincial capital. It’s a happy coincidence that my family lives near the bridge.”

Lu Andong, a professor with Nanjing University’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, said the bridge repres

ents the collective memory of several generations and has special meaning for Chinese.

“It employed the country’s most advanced technologies and talented workers when

it was built. It was unique in stimulating cohesion and pride in the whole country,” Lu said.

In 1960, the bridge featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest with dual road and rail functions.

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Turtle species nears extinction as last known female dies

The female turtle died after an artificial insemination procedure at the

Suzhou Zoo in Jiangsu province on Saturday. Though Chinese and foreign experts confir

med that it was healthy before the surgery, the animal went into a coma and never woke up.

The operation went well, according to the zoo. The f

emale turtle was more than 90 years old and had gone through four such procedures.

The experts harvested the turtle’s ovarian tissue and stored it in liquid nitr

ogen for future research. They are working on the carcass to determine the cause of death.

The turtle came from Changsha Zoo in Hunan province in 2008 to meet

the only male specimen in China, which continues to live at the Suzhou Zoo.

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Slower rise in Chinese studying overseas pose for phot

The number of Chinese studying abroad grew at a slower rate in 2018 compared with 2017, as more students have come to realize

that overseas study does not necessarily guarantee a well-paid job on foreign shores, or back home, education experts said.

In 2018, 662,100 Chinese went abroad to study, up 8.83 percent from a year earlier, w

hile the growth rate was 11.7 percent in 2017, according to the Ministry of Education.

Ran Wei, vice-president of New Channel International Education

Group, said that while one should not read too much into the lower growth rate last year because of the la

rge base in 2017, the major motivation for Chinese students going abroad seems to be evolving.

The main driver now for enrolling in offshore schools is to make re

sumes more attractive for job searches back in China rather than seeking a new life abroad.

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The number of Chinese students abroad returning ho

 home soon after graduation totaled 519,400 in 2018, up 8 percent from the previous year, the ministry said.

A total of 5.86 million Chinese studied abroad from 1978 to the end of 2018. More than 4.32 million co

mpleted their studies, and more than 3.65 million returned to China soon after completing their studies, it said.

The return rate soon after graduation was around 80 percent last

year. In 1987, the return rate was about 5 percent, and in 2007 it stood at 30.6 percent.

Ran said more people are returning to China because they are finding it difficult to land job

s overseas, while at the same time the domestic employment market is becoming more appealing.

Chu Zhaohui, a researcher at the National Institute of Education Sciences, said finding a job in Chi

na has not been easy in recent years because of the rising number of students graduating from domestic universities.

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Meitu released its first smartphone on 2013 and then

developed three series including M, V and T, with the smartphone

business revenue once accounting for 80 percent of its total revenue.

The image-editing app developer changed its strategy to social platform on 2018. By the e

nd of February, the monthly active users on Meitu platform reached 119.2 million.

According to Meitu’s financial report, its revenue from internet business increased 26.3 percent year-on-year to 947.7 million yuan ($141.31 million) in 2018, w

ith gross margin from the business surging 134.8 percent to 429.1 million yuan.

However, the firm’s revenue from smart hardware slumped 50

.7 percent year-on-year to 184.38 million yuan last year, and the

total revenue was 2.79 billion yuan, declining 37.8 percent from a year earlier.

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The Qiansimen Bridge, opened to traffic in 2015, cross

sses the Jialing River with a cable-stayed main span that is 312 meters, connecting the Jiangbei and the Yuzhon

g Districts. It’s the world’s longest single plane cable-stayed bridge by the length of main span with one tower.

Both are double deck structures carrying four lanes of traffic on their upper decks and two rail lines on their lower decks.

Tien-yow Jeme Civil Engineering Prize awards civil engineering projects that have made

great achievements on technological innovation and technological application.

The Twin River Bridges are sceneries by themselves while look

ing separately and complement each other nicely when looking together, according to its review on the o

fficial website of China Civil Engineering Society. “The bridges, blended with surrounding environment, are lan

dmark buildings combining transportation, landscape and technological innovation.”

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China is using high-tech measures, such as satell

ite remote sensing technologies, in protecting its cultural heritage

, according to an official with the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA).

Chen Peijun, director of the NCHA’s supervision and inspection

department, said in an interview with Xinhua that the administration has been using remote sens

ing to monitor some of the country’s key cultural heritage sites and stretches of the Great Wall and their nearby areas.

Chen said the administration will also explore the use of other technological means such as the internet, cloud computi

ng, big data and drones in the administrative and law enforcement work for cultural heritage protection.

He said new technologies help improve the efficiency of supervision and

ensure that violations are detected and handled in an early and timely manner.ter on each

other to celebrate Water Splashing Festival in Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Yunnan prov

ince, on April 14, 2019. In China, Water Splashing Festival is celebrated by ethnic minority groups such as Dai, De’ang

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New Zealand’s new gun law officially took effect on Friday less than a month after the terror attacks on Christchurch mosques which killed 50 people.

Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy signed the law on Thursday night, which was the final step before it becomes law.

The New Zealand parliament passed the bill after its third or the final reading on Wednesday night. In acorda

nce with the new gun law, possessing military-style semi-automatics (MSSAs) and assault rifles and associated parts will be illegal.

The new gun bill, namely the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and parts) Amendment

Bill, won overwhelming support in the parliament as it was passed by a vote of 119 to 1.

Possession of prohibited firearms could face a jail term up to five years, according to the bill.

The New Zealand government had vowed to ban MSSAs soon afte

r the Christchurch terrorist attacks on March 15, which also injured 50 others.

The New Zealand government has also announced that a legal framework for the gun buyback will be established.

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To prepare for a show is costly. I used up most of m

y budget to launch my collection at New York Fashion Week in February. Thank

fully, Lane Crawford and Labelhood provided me with support to showcase my coll

ection again at SFW. These two companies have been providing many opportunities for new designers to exh

ibit their works to the world,” says Hu, who graduated from Central Saint Martins and the Parsons School of Design.

“I never imagined that I would get so much attention for my first col

lection. Many top publications, such as Vogue and i-D magazine, professionals and buyers c

ame to view my collection. It surprised me that they aren’t ignoring new Chinese designers.”

Hu, who boasts experience working for major labels such as Tory Burch, DKNY and Alexander Wa

ng, adds that it is clear Chinese designers are now making a bigger impact in the global fashion scene than ever before.

“Some of my designer friends such as Angel Chen are active in diff

erent fashion weeks, receive support from intern

ational organizations and have even been nominated for many design awards,” she says.

Yang Guidong, who founded his Samuel Gui Yang label in 2015, shar

ed the same sentiment. It was the fifth time he was showcasing his creations at SFW.

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