The unique sewing skills and designs of the Huayao people are helping mountain villages in Hunan overcome poverty while breathing new life into their culture, Li Yingxue and Feng Zhiwei report. Almost every Huayao woman can do tiaohua, or cross-stitching, and each piece embodies its maker's own understanding of, and reflections on, life. The Huayao people are an ancient branch of the Yao ethnic group. Huxingshan Yao town is home to around 7,000 Huayao people, but it was also one of the most impoverished and remote towns in Longhui county, Shaoyang, Hunan province. For the best part of a decade, a team from Hunan University has been helping Baishuidong village in the town to overcome poverty and inherit the cross-stitching skill by promoting its cultural and creative products and boosting local tourism, trying to put the small village on the map. Yang Min, the head of the town, says, "The goal has changed from poverty alleviation to overcoming poverty, which inspires our ... » Learn More about Stitching together a better life
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China is spending billions of dollars to improve infrastructure in Tibet and other parts of its border with India. Claude Arpi explains why New Delhi can't afford to ignore Beijing's plans. I ndia dreams to catch up with China in infrastructure. (the end of the 13th Five-Year Plan) . S o, why should India be worried? The Global Times recently published a report 'Sky rail to run from Lhasa to south Tibet; further railway expansion to connect Nepal, Bhutan, India by 2020'. (poetically called by China as the 'closest stretch of railway to the sky') will be opened to traffic in August. The People's Daily that 'it will accelerate transportation of the mineral products, which could only be transmitted through highways that often risk being cut off during rainy seasons or see vehicle turnovers.' That is certainly one of the train's objectives I t is obvious that China is not investing billions of dollars for the Tibetans to 'see the outside world.' (15 million will visit ... » Learn More about Why do the Chinese want a train to Sikkim?
Video Player Close YINCHUAN, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- During this year's Spring Festival, Ma Rui made a meme by collaging her portrait and images of firecrackers and golden coins. Ma sent it to relatives and friends on social media as her new year's greeting. "Traditional text greetings are tedious. A meme sticker of myself is more creative and personal," said Ma, a 38-year-old woman working in Yinchuan, the capital city of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. As a regular meme maker, Ma also made her cat and dog the main characters of her creations. With her ever-increasing meme collection, she can deal with most online communications by sending memes without sending a text message. On China's most popular social networking apps WeChat and QQ, many users have developed the habit of collecting memes in their accounts, including those featuring celebrities, animals, and cartoon characters. In November 2020, WeChat unveiled six new emojis. They became an instant hit ... » Learn More about Across China: Memes go viral on Chinese social networking
Xiong Yulan, 34, still harbors childhood memories of the thundering explosions that once served as signal pistols to summon villagers for rallies. Firing gunpowder was the most efficient way to send messages in Xiong's hometown, Dulongjiang (Derung River) township in Gongshan, in the early 1990s as no phones were available in the area near the Derung River in Yunnan province. But in 2019, local residents like Xiong started discovering how 5G can change their lives, with China Mobile, the nation's largest mobile telecom operator, setting up a 5G station in the distant township. Wearing virtual reality glasses with the support of the 5G network, Xiong was immersed in real-time sceneries of Kunming, Yunnan's provincial capital, about 900 kilometers away. "It's wonderful. I feel like I'm there," she said. "I want to reach out and touch the buildings and moving cars next to me." Xiong's township and adjacent areas are a major habitat for people of the ethnic Derung group. The ... » Learn More about Remote Derung embraces 5G for inclusive benefits
Images from Europa and Champions League matches played on Wednesday. IMAGE: Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale celebrates with Dele Alli after scoring their third goal against Wolfsberger AC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Hannah Mckay/Reuters Dele Alli and Gareth Bale staked their claims for places in Tottenham Hotspur's first team with superbly-taken goals in a 4-0 victory over Austrian club Wolfsberg in the Europa League last 32 second leg on Wednesday. Alli has fallen down the pecking order under manager Jose Mourinho, not starting a Premier League game since the opening day of the season, but was clearly in the mood to impress. The midfielder produced a sensational overhead kick in the 10th minute to give his side the lead on the night, after they won the first leg 4-1 in Budapest. Alli then provided a pinpoint cross for Carlos Vinicius to make it 2-0 five minutes after halftime and was again the provider as Bale, on as a ... » Learn More about Football PIX: Spurs rout Wolfsberg; Real escape with win
YINCHUAN - During this year's Spring Festival, Ma Rui made a meme by collaging her portrait and images of firecrackers and golden coins. Ma sent it to relatives and friends on social media as her new year's greeting. "Traditional text greetings are tedious. A meme sticker of myself is more creative and personal," said Ma, a 38-year-old woman working in Yinchuan, the capital city of Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region. As a regular meme maker, Ma also made her cat and dog the main characters of her creations. With her ever-increasing meme collection, she can deal with most online communications by sending memes without sending a text message. On China's most popular social networking apps WeChat and QQ, many users have developed the habit of collecting memes in their accounts, including those featuring celebrities, animals, and cartoon characters. In November 2020, WeChat unveiled six new emojis. They became an instant hit as they conveyed more vivid emotions, ... » Learn More about Memes go viral on Chinese social networking
Pakistan has decided to register Himalayan pink salt as Geographical Indications (GI) to prevent its unauthorised use by other countries. A GI tag is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess origin-based qualities and reputation in the region. Watch | What are the benefits of GI tags and how are they awarded? The precious salt is extracted from the Salt Range in Punjab which extends along the south of the Potohar Plateau and the north of the Jhelum River. The decision was taken in a meeting with the Intellectual Property Organisation (IPO) Pakistan chaired by Commerce Adviser Razak Dawood. IPO Chairman Mujeeb Ahmed Khan also attended the meeting, the Dawn newspaper reported on Friday. An official announcement said that during the meeting, GI registration of products from various regions of Pakistan was discussed. The move aims to curb unauthorised use of Pakistan’s GI by other countries. Pink Himalayan salt is said to be loaded ... » Learn More about Pakistan to register Himalayan pink salt as Geographical Indications
'As the night wore on, we could hear insects, see fireflies and slowly, the stars took over the naked sky.' Rediff.com 's Divya Nair takes you on her ride from touristy Manali to less inhabited Jispa -- via Rohtang La (13,050 feet). PART 1: 12 days, 5 states, 1,800 km: A dream journey begins PART 2: Delhi to Manali: 17 hrs of driving, funny signs and a risky tunnel Day 3: Manali to Jispa: 138 km IMAGE: The view from the Citrus Resorts, Manali, where we stayed. Photograph: Kind courtesy Pawan Sharma I woke up leisurely by 7 am, dressed up and stepped out of the hotel room to soak in the morning view. The property was nestled in an abundance of nature -- colourful flowers, green valleys and a view of the Beas -- enough sights to liven up your morning. On the radio, it was announced that the media car would be positioned in the middle of the convoy (after Adventure 11), which meant that we'd be driving behind Adventure 9. It also meant that we could ... » Learn More about Manali-Jispa: The magic of Nature
'The road from Zhangmu via Nyalam to Tingri is everything a Himalayan drive should be. With tall peaks as the backdrop, switchbacks yielding to roads that stretched into eternity, passing by some of the most scenic views on the planet.' Saisuresh Sivaswamy/ Rediff.com who took a road trip to the 5,200-metre Everest Base Camp crosses into China... Day 1 A date with the eternal beauty: Everest Day 2 T he second day of our road trip saw the convoy wind its way to the border crossing nice and early, in order to avoid the trucks that were lined up in a long serpentine queue. The paperwork had already been initiated by the agent before our arrival, and the walkover into Friendship Bridge was smooth. As was the Chinese scrutiny of our papers. The contrast from the Nepali side, with its barely-there mountain highway, and the Friendship Highway on the Chinese side, with its smooth, well-maintained tracks, was stark. Photograph: Priyanka Koijam ... » Learn More about Here’s driving Into Tibet!
Manali: Bollywood heartthrob Kartik Aaryan got a haircut while in Manali, and shared a picture on Instagram of the experience. The actor is in the scenic hill town to shoot for his upcoming film, 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2'. In the image, Kartik gets a snip against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. "Manali mein katega," Kartik wrote as the caption. View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) The horror-comedy Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is all set to hit theatres on November 19. The film also stars Kiara Advani and Tabu. The Anees Bazmee directorial film follows the 2007 horror-comedy Bhool Bhulaiyaa, which starred Akshay Kumar, Shiney Ahuja, Vidya Balan and Ameesha Patel. Zee News App: Read latest news of India and world, bollywood news, business updates, cricket scores, etc. Download the Zee news app now to keep up with daily breaking news and live news event coverage . ... » Learn More about Kartik Aaryan gets haircut in Manali amid Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 schedule, shares photo