Jan 17
Chengdu establishes scholarships for Belt and Road, ASEAN students
The scholarships aim to attract foreign students to Chengdu and promote educational exchanges and cooperation with countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
According to the announcement, applicants for Belt and Road scholarship must be citizens of friendly Belt and Road countries.
ASEAN scholarship, meanwhile, is open to all art majors, including applicants from Chengdu's global sister cities. The number of students obtaining the ASEAN scholarship should be no more than 25 percent of the total.
Doctoral candidates, postgraduates, graduates, college students and students engaging in advanced studies for more than six months in Chengdu, all can apply for the scholarship.
The amount will be 30,000 yuan ($4,660) for doctoral candidate per year, 25,000 yuan for postgraduates student, 20,000 yuan for graduates, 15,000 yuan for college students. Students engaging in advanced studies in Chengdu for less than one year will receive 1,000 yuan per month.
The scholarship will cover students' tuition, accommodation, living expenses and comprehensive medical insurance premiums.
The time for application will be September every year.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, January 16, 2018)
Pandas have fun in the snow
Pandas like snow and bamboo. The recent snow is not only a New Year gift for Chengdu, a city which rarely sees snow, but also good news for the fuzzy black-and-white snow fans.
Ten pandas live at the 1.3-square-kilometer research base. They enjoy the good air quality, high hills, and deep valleys located in the upper reach of the Yangtze River and each has its own "private garden" equipped with uneven beds, trees, and various toys like balls.
(source: en.people.cn, January 9, 2018)
Jan 12
Direct flights to link Chengdu, St. Petersburg
It will be the first non-stop service between the two cities, and the second linking Chengdu with Russia, following a Chengdu-Moscow air route.
It takes about 9 hours and 20 minutes for the twice-weekly flights from Chengdu to St. Petersburg, and 8 hours back.
As the second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg is the industrial center and transportation hub of the country, and its palaces and museums are attractions for international tourists.
(source: Xinhuanet, January 11, 2018)
Jan 11
Bronze exhibition unveils Sichuan's ancient culture
A total of 120 finely selected exhibits comprise a small proportion of cultural relics unearthed from April 2016. Apart from such weapons as bronze spears and swords, other highlights include agricultural tools and tableware.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, January 10, 2018)
Jan 09
China's largest solar-window factory in operation
Each sheet of the 1.6-meter by 1.2-meter glass, produced by CNBM (Chengdu) Optoelectronic Materials, can generate 260 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, said Jiang Meng, a technology inspector of the company.
The company's factory began operation in November 2017 and has an annual production capacity of glass veneers that can generate 80 megawatts of electricity.
Jiang said they coat ordinary construction glass with cadmium telluride. The optoelectronic film is as thin as one-hundredth of a hair.
He said the per-unit size of the company's electricity-generating glass sheet was the largest in the world so far, as those produced by foreign firms were only 0.72 square meters at the largest.
In the factory, a production line which is 560 meters long is fully automated, running at full speed to catch up with orders.
The company has received two big overseas orders for an amount of glass with a power generating capacity of 170 megawatts in total. One was ordered by Ford Motor to use it on the exterior walls and roofs of its 159 factories around the globe. The other is for a new-energy project for solar-roof houses in Scotland.
Domestically, solar-windows with a total capacity of generating 63 megawatts of electricity have been ordered for building a highway service station in Chengdu and an economic development zone in eastern China's Anhui Province.
(source: Xinhuanet, December 29, 2017)
Jan 05
Chengdu releases policy to help new economy drivers take flight
According to an official document released by the local government earlier December 2017, Chengdu will focus on developing new economy. The document, which also lists representative industries in each category, is the first of its kind in China.
Zhang Xinyu, director of Chengdu's new economy committee, said the document defines the new economy from Chengdu's perspective.
The city's goal is clear: By 2020, its new economy is expected to stand at the national forefront. It will have more than 100,000 new-economy-related companies, seven unicorn companies and over 60 potential unicorn companies.
Within that time frame, Chengdu will become a pioneer and an ideal city for the promotion of the new economy, which can explore many application possibilities, attract assets and professionals, and innovate its business environment, according to the plans.
Since new economy-related companies are often asset-light with both high growth potential and risk, the local government plans to welcome more venture capital and strengthen resources integration.
The document stipulates that the government will provide newly established or relocated domestic and overseas financial institutions allowances of up to 40 million yuan ($6.1 million), to enlarge the local financial scale.
Credit rating agencies are encouraged to provide credit ratings for new economy-related companies with allowance from the government, as part of efforts to improve their ability to attract investment.
Huo Weidong, president of Beijing Geely University, said enterprises and investors would have more faith in the city because of these policies and services.
According to the document, the number of innovation service institutes is expected to surpass 400 by 2022. Investment in research and development across the city is forecast to reach 4.3 percent of its GDP.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, December 29, 2017)
Jan 04
Logo sought for giant panda national park
China initiated a pilot plan last January to establish the national park, covering 27,100 square kilometers and spanning parts of Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi provinces.
Authorities of the three provinces have finished boundary demarcations for the park over the past year, and now they want a logo design for the park when it is formally established.
The logo should be themed based on the park's features and implicate state ownership, being shared by all people and inherited by future generations. It should embody the park's Chinese and English names, and should be original work and unpublished.
Any organization or individual can submit their work through both standard mail and e-mail before the deadline May 31.
The mail address is No. 15 of Renmin North Road in Jinniu District, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, Post code: 610081. The e-mail address is dxmgjgybszj@126.com.
Besides the top prize of 100,000 yuan for the designer whose work is adopted, there will also be excellence awards for 10 other works, each winning 5,000 yuan.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, January 3, 2018)
Jan 03
Intelligent sectors see major boom
The project is expected to take two years and the drone is expected to debut in 2022, said Guo Liang, chairman of Sichuan Tengoen Technology Co Ltd, a local company in charge of the project. He made the announcement at a recent UAV application and development forum.
Tengoen is an innovative high-tech enterprise set up by Chinese aviation experts and a state-owned investment company.
Chen Hong, executive vice-president of Tengoen, said it plans to build a whole UAV industrial chain in the city based on its strength in electronic information and software.
Chen added that during companies' development, especially those involved in the new economy, support from the local government is of great significance.
"It can help companies to hold a leading position in the market when competing with counterparts from other regions."
At the UAV forum, the Tianfu Intelligent Technology Research Institute, known as TIFO, announced it will settle in Jinniu District of Chengdu, with the participation of experts from 17 colleges and research institutions, including Harbin Engineering University and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Lu Zikai, operations leader of TIFO, said the team consists of top-level professionals in domestic intelligent industries, including artificial intelligence, robotics, electronic engineering and material mechanics.
TIFO aims to commercialize cutting-edge technologies, cultivate innovative startups and promote the application of intelligent technologies in industrial, commercial and military fields, Lu said.
It has signed an agreement with Jinniu District, which will offer supportive policies for all of its projects.
Industrial funds of up to 9 billion yuan will be invested into the development of intelligent technologies.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, December 29, 2017)
Jan 02
Tianfu Greenway construction set to expand ecological development
Construction projects have been pushed ahead to make the city's sky blue, water clear, and landscapes green.
As one of the biggest city greening projects, Chengdu will build the system of greenways that stretches nearly 20,000 kilometers. Of that, 1,920 km lies on the city's outskirts, more than 5,000 km is in urban areas and 1,000 km runs through communities.
Construction of the 240km Jinjiang Greenway, encircling Jinjiang River which flows through Chengdu, started on Dec 1. It will cover 10 counties and districts, said Liu Jian, director of the landscape department of Chengdu's urban and rural construction commission. Tianfu Greenway construction set to expand ecological development
Zhang Jing, chief architect and vice-president of the landscape school of China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute, said the Tianfu Greenway project will link parks, natural reserves, historical heritage sites and communities, creating one whole to provide space for residents to relax, exercise and socialize.
"It shows the city's philosophy of green development, boosting the coordinated development of industries, city and people," Zhang said.
Wang Xiaoqi, vice-president of Chengdu Institute of Planning and Design, said each greenway trail has great ecological value.
Seventy percent of the Panda Greenway has been completed, which contains a theme park and a modern trail stretching 102 km. It will function as a space for cultural exhibition, scientific education, slow transportation, ecological landscape sightseeing, entertainment and physical exercises.
Wang said the greenways will help the city to optimize its spatial structure and boost the economic development of towns, industrial parks and other nearby economic areas.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, December 29, 2017)
Jan 01
Cooking Contest Highlights Creative Culinary Art
Restaurants and catering enterprises across Sichuan presented a total of 172 exquisite dishes that caught sight of visitors to the event.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, December 25, 2017)