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than 10 million visitors each year. Architect Ieoh Ming Pei

World-renowned architect Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I.M. Pei,

has died at the age of 102 at his home in Manhattan, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

Praised as “one of the most revered architects in the world” by The New York Times, Pei has le

ft the world many of its most well-known architectural designs, among many other intangible heritages.

Pei’s modern designs and high-profile projects led him to be considered one of the most high-prof

ile architects of the 20th century, with the renovation of Paris’ Louvre Museum perhaps the most famo

us project he embarked on. He was also involved in the building of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

What Pei valued most in architecture, as he put it, was that it must “stand th

e test of time”. He also valued simplicity: “The simpler the solution, the more powerful it is,” he once said.

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So far, more than 47,000 people have received skating and

skiing training and the number will continue to rise, with expectations of 70,000 enrolled by the end of this year, he added.

He also said Yanqing has built more ski runs over the last two years, based on seasonal features and site conditions.

Some important events and testing activities are expected to be he

ld in Yanqing – for example, the 14th National Winter Games Alpine skiing speed events in 2020.

Zheng, the deputy commissioner, said schools in Yanqing also created some outdoor ice rinks when winter weather cond

itions allowed, while in summer, manmade ice would be a good choice for campuses to open up skating practice.

Yanqing will put more effort into increasing the number of qua

lified winter sports instructors, improving school curriculum and hastening constr

uction of winter sports venues to add more flavor to the upcoming Winter Olympics in China, he said.

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Some companies find niche markets in the industry by

producing specialized bicycles for health, sports and slow urban lifestyles.

Century-old bike-maker Shanghai Phoenix Enterprise (Group) Co Ltd and Tianjin Flying Pigeon Cycle Development Co are

transforming to produce sports and leisure bicycles based on the fast growth for these types of products.

The output of such bicycles priced above 1,000 yuan saw an 18.5 percent year-on-year increase to 8.43 millio

last year, up 10.5 percentage points over the previous year and accounting for about 11.5 percent of the total.

Other companies including Bike8, Onelap and Incolor continue to manufact

ure innovative bicycles by improving the intelligent and network connecting levels of their products

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Uber has also weathered controversies including revelati

ions of a culture of sexism and bullying at Uber and US Department of Justice investigations. After a series of embarrassments, Kalanick was forced to res

ign in 2017 by a group of investors. Uber then hired Khosrowshahi to lead the company.

Uber has said it has the potential to grow not just in the cab hailing business, but also as a “sup

erapp” to provide logistic services, such as grocery and food delivery, organizing freight tra

nsportation, and even financial services, much like Grab, its Southeast Asian counterpart.

But market experts have struggled to find value in a company that has consistently posted los

ses, and warned that it may never be profitable. “The business is unprofitable, new entrants can enter the ma

rket, there is potential regulatory risk, and it is very price sensitive. What is there to like about this opportunity?” Ro

bert Johnson, professor of finance at Heider College of Business, Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska said.

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Faster checks for inbound pets in placegs, cats to got

No need for dogs, cats to go through quarantine if they meet set conditions

Pets owners no longer need to be separated from their beloved dogs or cats when they ar

rive in China from overseas if they meet certain conditions, under a regulation that took effect on May 1.

Dogs or cats with valid electronic chips arriving from 19 designated c

ountries or regions no longer have to undergo weeklong quarantines if they pass on-site inspe

ctions at ports of entry, according to the regulation released by the General Administration of Customs earlier this year.

The designated countries and regions are New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii and Guam of the Unite

d States, Jamaica, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, J

apan and Singapore, as well as China’s Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.

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Guests share thoughts on president’s speech

What impressed me most is that President Xi highlighted the importance of sustainable d

evelopment. The hosting of the Horticultural Expo is the best chance to raise people’s attention to the conce

pt of sustainability, both in China and around the world.President Xi outlined his commitment to open and gre

en development as well as underlined China’s dedication to conserving the ecosystem now and for generations to come.

Xi’s call for countries to work together for the common goal o

f improving the global ecosystem aligns well with the Paris Agreement. This is an excellent foll

ow-on from the commitment outlined in the communique from the Belt and Road Forum.

In this communique, to which the UAE is a signatory, countries ag

reed that cooperation will be open and clean, with green development promoted.

The expo attracted widespread global participation, and I think everybody will recog

nize China’s vision in green development and its resolve to build a green future.

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Zhang Huoding, one of the most popular Peking Opera

 stars in today’s China, will take the opera makeover to the stage of the Chang

‘an Grand Theater on May 25, as the closing show of this year’s Meet in Beijing inte

rnational arts festival. Celebrated Peking Opera artist Gao Mukun will star as Xiang Yu.

For 48-year-old Zhang, it’s a dream come true.

“It’s always been my dream to play concubine Yu since I was learni

ng Peking Opera in Tianjin in the 1980s, but I didn’t get the chance,” Zhang said at a news conf

erence in Beijing on Tuesday. “I look forward to it very much and I hope the audience will like it.”Zhang is an inh

eritor of the “Cheng School” of Peking Opera, a performing style founded by Cheng Yanqiu (1904-58), one of the great Pe

king Opera masters of the 20th century. While Mei Lanfang’s “Mei School” is fam

ous for his smooth, moderate and poised style in playing elegant female roles, Cheng style is kn

own for interpreting tragic women with frequent changes in sounds and rhythm.

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We will rebuild this cathedral all together and it is un

tedly part of the French destiny and the project we will have for the coming years … a national subscription will be launched, and well beyon

d our borders we will appeal to the greatest talent, and there are many who will come to contribute and rebuild,” Macron said.

We will rebuild Notre Dame, because that’s what French people e

xpect, because it’s what our history deserves and because it’s our deep destiny,” he added.

Already, two of France’s wealthiest men have pledged large donations. Billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of the Ke

ring group, which owns fashion brands including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, pledged 100 m

illion euros ($113 million) toward rebuilding Notre Dame, Agence France-Presse reported.

Bernard Arnault, chief executive of the LVMH group, which owns fa

shion labels including Louis Vuitton and Bulgari, said he would donate 200 million euros.

Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Notre Dame, which has rece

ived about 13 million visitors each year-more than the Eiffel Tower-is regard

ed as one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and sits at the heart of the nation’s history.

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Online travel agency Lvmama, in Shanghai, said in a

 report released on Sunday that attractions highlighting cultural experiences or tea-picking activities were among the hottest destinations.

Reservations for cultural attractions such as museums, temples and viewing cultural relics r

ose by 20 percent year-on-year during the break, and museum bookings rose by 17.8 percent.

Li Qiuyan, Lvmama’s branding development director, said the

Tomb Sweeping holiday is a good time for spring outings and leisure activities.

“Travelers are snubbing the attractions that offer only sightseein

g activities, while pursuing cultural experiences with medium and high-end accommodations,” she said.

Opportunities to view blossoming flowers also attracted travelers. Yuanto

uzhu, a peninsula in Wuxi’s Taihu Lake-one of the nation’s largest freshwater lakes, in Jiangsu

province-was among the top 10 hottest attractions because of its cherry blossoms, the report said.

Other popular attractions during the festival included Shanghai Disn

ey Resort, Mount Huangshan in Anhui province, and Happy Valley theme park in Beijing.

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The timing is bad. There’s no question about it that making

  move like this that would even give the appearance of support to the incumbent pri

me minister is — it will be viewed by some as problematic,” said Jonathan Schanzer, an expert at the Fo

undation for Defense of Democracies who has previously called for the US to recognize the Golan Heights.

  But Schanzer pointed out that past US presidents have also sought to sway Israeli electi

ons. President Bill Clinton, for example, invited Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres to the White Ho

use to sign an anti-terror pact at the White House just under a month before Peres faced reelection.

  Trump, though — who enjoys sky-high popularity in Israel — will welcome Netanyahu to the White House for meetings

and a dinner over two days just two weeks before Israeli elections. And he is handing Netanyahu an achievement sought by successive Israeli adm

inistrations.Trump has sought to leave his imprint on the politics of another close US ally, the United Kingdom.

  After openly advocating for the United Kingdom to vote to leave the European Union as a presidential candidate, Trump as president has done little

to disguise his views of UK’s May and her handling of the matter, which has drawn scorn from all sides in the United Kingdom.

  Hours before he met May at her Chequers estate outside London in July, the Sun newspaper published an interview with Trump in which he underc

ut his counterpart and suggested one of her political rivals, former London mayor Boris Johnson, might perform the job better.

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