Feb 02
Chengdu to fly new member of Wing Loong UAS family in 2018
The Wing Loong ID is developed by Chengdu Aircraft Design & Research Institute (CADI), a subsidiary of the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) in southwest China's Sichuan Province. It will conduct its maiden flight and enter the market in 2018.
"The Wing Loong ID is the first generation of improved reconnaissance-strike UAS in China," said Li Yidong, chief designer of the Wing Loong series and vice chief designer of CADI.
It is a high-performance, medium-altitude and long-endurance reconnaissance-strike UAS, completely made of composites and newly designed to meet the requirements of market.
The machine can play an important role in security, such as intelligence acquisition, surveillance, reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, border patrol, the fight against drug trafficking, and smuggling.
Moreover, it is capable in the civilian domain, such as territorial resources surveys, pipeline inspections, as well as disaster monitoring and evaluation.
(source: Xinhuanet, January 25, 2018)
Jan 31
Ancient Afghan treasures exhibited in SW China’s Chengdu
A gold and turquoise crown is the highlight among all the treasures on display. The crown was decorated with dozens of slim gold flakes as an extra layer, and glistens when moved.
In addition, other jewelries including heart-shaped decorations, gold animal bracelets, and rose-like pendants will also amaze the guests with their chic designs and exquisite craftsmanship.
The exhibited pieces were unearthed at four archeological sites, namely, Tepe Fullol, Ai-Khanum, Tilla Tepe, and Begram. It will be the first time that visitors from China can experience ancient Afghanistan between 300-100 BC without going abroad.
(source: en.people.cn, January 24, 2018)
Jan 30
Visit to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
At the very beginning, there were only six sick and starved giant pandas inside the base: three males and three females. By the end of October 2017, the panda population had expanded to 184.
Ninety-seven of them live inside the base, 13 are in the wild zoo, 42 live in zoos across the country, and 20 live overseas, including four in the U.S., eight in Japan, two in Canada, four in Spain, and two in France.
The base is home to many scientific research teams, which have made remarkable achievements in panda breeding, disease prevention and control as well as genetic management.
Besides being a world-famous base for captive panda protection and research, the place also takes the lead in the country in the cultivation of public awareness about panda protection.
(source: en.people.cn, January 23, 2018)
Jan 26
Music Industry Booms in City
In 2016, total revenue from the music industry in the city exceeded 20 billion yuan for the first time.
More than 10 universities and colleges in the city, such as the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and Sichuan University, have music programs.
In September 2017, Chengdu set up a special fund of 5 billion yuan for music and related cultural industries. It is mainly used to support music projects, industrial parks, towns and independent musicians.
Commenting on how to develop the music industry in Chengdu, Bill Ivey, a folklore specialist from the United States, said that a good musical atmosphere, favorable government policies, ethnic culture resources and assembling an end-to-end music value chain are crucial.
The 2017 China Music Industry Development Index Report, released by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, said Chengdu topped all Chinese cities in terms of the number of music companies and institutional support from the government.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, January 23, 2018)
Jan 25
Creative culture sector in Chengdu soars with new vigour
The project was unveiled at the 2017 China Science Fiction Conference in Chengdu in November 2017. The Sichuan Science and Technology Association will carry out the project and help investors to launch their businesses in the new town.
The initial layout of the science fiction town has been decided according to an agreement between the Sichuan Science and Technology Association and Tianfu International Airport New Town, which involves building the Sichuan Museum of Nature and the China Science Fiction Culture Museum.
More industrial incubators for science fiction-related companies, science fiction film production bases and themed parks are in the pipeline.
Through a group of cultural projects, Chengdu aims to commercialize the local cultural resources and to develop the icons and brands of Tianfu culture.
In December, 2017, the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone signed an agreement with Internet company Tencent, which announced it will invest more in Chengdu to support its intelligent industries, creative culture and online games.
Since Tencent opened its first branch in the hi-tech zone, it has invested more than 2 billion yuan in its Chengdu base, making it the company's largest business unit after its headquarters in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province.
The highly popular mobile game King of Glory was developed by Tencent in Chengdu. In the two years since its launch, it has attracted more than 200 million users, playing a vital role in Tencent's total online games revenue, which totaled $7.4 billion (£5.5 billion) in the first half of last year.
Tencent's new agreement with Chengdu aims at harnessing more business opportunities by hosting online games competitions, and building an online games center and a Tencent music base. The company plans to gather the resources of its social media, finance, entertainment, culture and information divisions to develop an industrial cluster in the hi-tech zone.
In November, 2017, Europe's leading private education group Galileo Global Education announced it will set up a Sino-French creative design and innovation platform in the city.
"Chengdu is the best choice among so many cities in western China," said Didier Bouvet, vice-president of Galileo Global Education.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, January 23, 2018)
Jan 24
Ancient Chengdu on track to be a global metropolis
Chengdu's spirit of innovation goes back almost as far as the city's history itself.
During the Warring States Period (475-221 BC), Li Bing, a local governor, ordered to build the Dujiangyan Irrigation System.
The system enabled Chengdu's people to manage the irrigation of their land and helped the region develop steadily. It eventually became known as Tianfu, or the land of plenty.
In recent years, Chengdu has drawn heavily on its cultural heritage as a promotional tool. For example, cultural blocks and towns highlighting the characteristics of ancient Chengdu have been designed to attract tourists from around the world.
The city now plans to push on with projects such as Tianfu Jincheng, a themed town; Tianfu Museum of Nature; Tianfu Culture International Centre and Shaocheng International Cultural and Creative Silicon Valley.
Tianfu Jincheng aims to recover the ancient glamour of the city's cultural urban blocks and old towns, such as Chunxi Road and the Wide and Narrow Alleys.
Two music industry parks in the Shaocheng Silicon Valley opened in December, 2017. Chengdu is well placed to build an international metropolis for music, local officials said.
Chengdu is also endowed with resources that make it an international tourist destination, the most obvious of these being its iconic panda. Just as people worldwide have come to identify the panda as an emblem of China, many Chinese regard Chengdu as the animal's hometown. The panda is one of the key attractions for tourists who descend on the city, but local officials are intent on expanding its panda culture and creating better tourism services relating to the animal.
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In addition, Chengdu will support the development of independently organized tours and medical tours, as well as study tours relating to science and technology, and old industrial bases. As the city presses on with improving its comprehensive transport network that includes airports, highways and high-speed and intercity railways, more facilities to link tourist areas are being built.
The city has also set up a convenient shopping payment and tax rebate system for overseas tourists. Visitors can exchange foreign currencies at major tourism spots, hotels and shopping centers, and payment via smartphone is ubiquitous.
In recent years, Chengdu has hosted the World Snooker Championship, the International Universities Rowing Competition and the Chengdu Dubai International Cup in horse racing, and this has added to its expertise in hosting major international sports events.
Since ancient times Chengdu and its surrounding area have been regarded as a prosperous region. Today they have become a logical choice for anyone who is keen on excellent food and having many leisure options at their disposal.
The booming local food industry is a significant brand for the city. Chengdu has been awarded the title of City of Gastronomy by UNESCO, the first city in Asia to win the honour. Chengdu will use food as a calling card to attract more people to visit, taste and start their businesses in the city.
Relying on its attractive tourism, food, culture and infrastructure, Chengdu will ramp up the development of its conference industry and build itself into a model in China for event services.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, January 23, 2018)
Jan 23
Chengdu launches Belt and Road scholarship programs to promote cultural exchange
According to the local government's official website, the first program, which is called "Belt and Road Initiative Scholarship Scheme," will be open to international students who are pursuing bachelor, master, or doctoral degrees from one of the Belt and Road countries. Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) scholarship program, on the other hand, mainly targets at students from Southeastern Asian countries who major in humanities and fine arts.
In addition to students from the countries that are mentioned above, students from European countries and America can also apply for the scholarship, though their quotas are limited to less than 25 percent of the total.
The scholarship will be used to cover foreign students' cost of living, health insurance, and tuition fees in Chengdu, with a maximum amount of 42,000 RMB ($6,530) per person per year.
(source: en.people.cn, January 16, 2018)
Jan 18
Chengdu set to build unique panda-themed park
The French Deyrolle Co Ltd, the Guangdong Fangsuo Cultural Investment and Development Co Ltd and the Chengdu Culture & Tourism Development Group signed the agreement to build the 3.5 million-square-meter Sino-France Chengdu Giant Panda Ecological & Creative Industries Park neighboring the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
According to the plan, the first stage of the park will comprise eight centers, including an interactive museum for natural science and arts, an intellectual property research and development center for the giant panda, an agriculture center, and an educational center for sustainable development.
The park is set to be completed in 2021.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, January 17, 2018)
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)