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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Pei was born in Guangzhou and raised in Hong Kong and

anghai, before moving to the US in 1935. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard’s design s

chool, and spent the early years of his career designing buildings for a real estate developer in New York.

Pei is known for his affection towards precise geometry and design details. He also ha

d a strong reverence for light, as shown in the famous pyramid of the Louvre Museum.

His significant works include the Jacob K Javits Convention Center in Manhattan (1979 to 1986), the Morto

n H Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas (1982 to 1989), the Bank of China Tower in Hong K

ong (1982 to 1989), and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar (2003 to 2008).

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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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Manufacturing remains in expansion territoryoducts at

The growth of manufacturing activity in China eased in April but remained within expansion territory, adding to the confidence that the country’s economy is stabilizing.

The purchasing managers index for the country’s manufacturing sector came in at 50.1 in A

pril, slightly down from 50.5 in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.

A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while one below it reflects contraction.

Senior NBS official Zhao Qinghe said in a statement that factory activity continued a steady ex

pansion in April, with the subindexes for production and for new orders standing respectively at 52.1 and 51.4. T

he readings are slightly lower than those in March, but they are higher than the average performance of the first quarter.

“Market demand is driving a stable growth in production,” Zhao said, adding strong growth in e

merging industries, such as high-tech and equipment manufacturing, also contributed to the steady performance.

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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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More than 500 cases have been handled through the

WTO dispute settlement system. Although the rulings are not bindi

ng, most WTO members take them seriously and view the process as a normal part of their

participation in the multilateral trading system, regardless of whether they win or lose any particular case. In do

ing so, they show their respect for the WTO’s principles of consultation and consensus.

China had filed 17 cases with the WTO as of Ap

ril 2018, of which eight had been closed. At the same time, 27 cases had been filed a

gainst China with 23 closed. The United States has had more cases filed against it than any other member state

in the WTO, and it lost quite a number of these cases. In 2016, for example, the WTO ruled against the Unite

d States with regard to a complaint from China in 2013 that it had violated WTO rules by imposing anti-dumping duties

on a number of industries, including machinery, electronics, light industry, metals, and mining.

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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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great strain on the tourist sites and limited tourigreat str

ces, including the transport system, which reduces the quality of tourists’ experience to a large

extent. So a good solution would be more paid leave on the one hand and flexibility for people to avail themselves of the holidays on the other.

Jiang Yiyi, a professor at the School of Leisure Sports and Tourism, Beijing Sport University

Too much pressure on transportation

The four-day May Day holiday would put the transport system to a se

vere test. Confronted with rising pressure on transportation facilities nationwide, the transp

ort department should intensify supply-side reforms to ensure people can travel without hassles during holidays.

Several transport sector problems need immediate attention. First, due to a lack of proper

planning, many tourist and public areas don’t have enough parking lots nearby-as a result, drivers find it extre

mely difficult to park their vehicles. In fact, some cities in Southwest China cannot receive the tourists they have tried s

o hard to woo because of the lack of parking lots near tourist sites and the ensuing traffic jams.

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Factors contributing to the rise of one-person hous

s include new views on marriage, high levels of divorce, increased education that leads to more employment and b

etter-paying career opportunities, and increased longevity and improved health at older ages.

The growth of one-person households could have numerous consequences for society, ran

ging from housing and health care to the fertility rate and consumption patterns, say experts.

In the US, one major reason for staying single is that marriage isn’t view

ed as it once was, and the age at which one gets married is also rising, the Census report shows.

More than half of the participants in a nationally representative sample (55 percent) sai

d that getting married was not an important criterion for becoming an adult, according to the Census report. The sa

me percentage also said that having a child was not an important milestone of adulthood.

“Decades ago, people often waited (or tried to wait) until marrying before having kids, h

aving sex, or buying a home,” Bella DePaulo, a social scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, t

old China Daily in an email. “Now those possibilities are readily available outside of marriage.”

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Fan Jing, an official at the National Health Commissi

ion, said China will revise its regulation to improve oversight of organ donations and transplants to ensure safety and quality of services.

Speaking at a conference on organ donation and transplantation hel

d in February in Wuhan, Hubei province, she said the revised rules will specify the legal resp

onsibilities of various parties in the sector, including medical institutions, organ procurement organizations and med

ical staff. Violators of laws or regulations will more effectively be held accountable, she added.

Health, education authorities step up intervention on child myopia

China’s health and education authorities pledged to work together to control child myopia on April 3.

Health departments will help schools and parents to conduct targeted intervention, said Ma Xiao

wei, head of the National Health Commission, at a meeting between the commission and Ministry of Education.

Ma said priority would be given to young students, and health departments would assist schoo

ls in measures such as increasing outdoor activities, as well as reducing electronic device use and homework.

Health departments will also carry out a special monitoring program on the e

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