Yangtze bridge stands the test of timespecial meaning

Yangtze bridge stands the test of timespecial meaning

In the more than three months since it reopened to the public after repairs, more th

an 70,000 vehicles a day on average have crossed the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in Jiangsu province.

The number of vehicles traversing the bridge, which reopened in December, is just half that for each of the other three structures spanning t

he river in Nanjing, while Line 3 of the city’s subway system carries more than 800,000 people across the river every day.

But despite its relatively meeker traffic flows, people from across the country visit Nan

jing just to see the bridge, especially during holidays. For many, it represents far more than just a river crossing.

For years, it has been featured on a variety of posters and in school textbooks.

Many people have had their pictures taken at photo studios that use images of the bridge as backdrops.

Hotels, cinemas and daily necessities have been named after it. Parents have even named their chi

ldren after the bridge, with some of those born in the 1960s and 1970s being called “Yangtze”, “Bridge” or “Pier” in Chinese.

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The national landmark has received thousands of visitors

The national landmark has received thousands of visitors

from China and overseas since it opened in 1968. Leaders from more than 70 countries and over 600 delegations from 150 nations have visited it.

During the three days it reopened to the public before taking road traffic in December, the bridge had more than 200,000 visitors.

The 4,589-meter-long structure reopened after 27 months of repairs. As China’s first home-designed road and rail truss bridge, it has been p

raised and loved by many. A truss bridge is one whose load-bearing superstructure is composed of connected elements forming triangular units.

Liu Yong, 63, a retired teacher from Nanjing, said he was in elementary school when the bridge first op

ened. Without telling his parents and teachers, he and his classmates walked more than 10 kilometers to see it.

“It was the most magnificent structure I had ever seen. When our relatives visited Nanjing, we

took them to see the bridge instead of visiting other well-known places of interest,” Liu said.

Zhou Lei, who lives in a residential community near the bridge, said that when he was an elementary school student in Ya

ncheng, Jiangsu, his father promised him that he would take him to see the bridge if he had high scores in his final exam.

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Broken and missing cast iron sculptures have also be

Broken and missing cast iron sculptures have also be

repaired and replaced. Some 202 of them, including images of sunflowers, landscapes

, workers and soldiers, have been placed on the two sets of railings on the bridge to maintain its original appearance.

Guo Jian, deputy director of the Nanjing Center of Public Project Construction, said

the bridge could be used safely for another 100 years if properly maintained.

“The comprehensive examination before the bridge was closed showed that it was in its prime,” he

said. “The bridge has been reliable for years, even after several ships collided with the piers. The flow of traf

fic and the speed of vehicles have far exceeded the original design but have not affected its solidity.”

Yang, from the Nanjing Institute for Urban and Transportation Planning and Des

ign, said the bridge will continue to serve as a major road, rail and marine structure.

“It has been a witness to and participant in the country’s 40 years of fast development. It will g

reatly help the economic and traffic development of Nanjing, the province and the country,” Yang added.

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Intl professionals’ exchange conference wraps up in Shen

Intl professionals’ exchange conference wraps up in Shen

More than 3,000 cooperation intentions were reached between Chinese government dep

artments and professional organizations, training agencies and overseas talent at the 17th Conf

erence on International Exchange of Professionals, which wrapped up in Shenzhen on Monday.

Over 1,500 enterprises, including well-known companies like Tencent, Huawei, Pin

gan, Vanke and BYD, presented talent with nearly 40,000 job opportunities at the conference.

The employers received more than 180,000 res

umes from job-seekers. More than 30,000 people reached preliminary agreements on employment.

As a platform on which international professionals and talent gather to exchange

ideas and explore development opportunities, the conference also features international cooperation.

Several high-level entrepreneurial programs, including [email protected] China, and the Ch

ina (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition, were held during the event.

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We hope that the hall not only will become a platfor

We hope that the hall not only will become a platfor

form for people from the two nations to enjoy excellent cinematic works of b

oth countries, but also a starting point for more and deeper cultural exchanges,” sai

d Hou Sheng, secretary-general of Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture.

Last year, a cross-border marathon was organized by the prefecture. Abo

ut 10,000 runners participated in the marathon, which started from Ruili and inclu

ded 7 kilometers in Muse, Myanmar, before re-crossing the border back to the Chinese city.

The first two films screened were Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, a 2011 3D m

artial arts film featuring Jet Li and Zhou Xun, and Am

zing China, a 2018 documentary reviewing the country’s achievements in science, technology and economy.

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Sun Jinzhong, a professor at the China University of Geo

Sun Jinzhong, a professor at the China University of Geo

sciences, said the rift zones are widely scattered through the country. In addition to Beijing, many other cities sit on large rift belts.

“Even the capital experienced some great quakes in history; only under ce

rtain circumstances will a large earthquake happen,” he said, adding that when the intern

al energy of rift zones is stuck and cannot be released, a large quake will occur when those energies reach a certain limit.

The Shanghai Pudong International Talent Hub, which is aimed at showcasing the

city’s commitment to embracing talents from all over the world, was officially unveiled on April 11.

The new talent hub is located at the core area of Zhangjiang Science Pa

rk in Pudong, an important part of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone.

Also launched on the same day was a one-stop service platform for foreigners to apply for working visas in the Shanghai FTZ. Pr

ior to that, foreigners had to make at least two trips to related government departments to obtain a working visa.

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New Zealand’s new gun law takes effect Jacinda Ardern sp

New Zealand’s new gun law takes effect Jacinda Ardern sp

New Zealand’s new gun law officially took effect on Friday less than a month after the terror attacks on Christchurch mosques which killed 50 people.

Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy signed the law on Thursday night, which was the final step before it becomes law.

The New Zealand parliament passed the bill after its third or the final reading on Wednesday night. In acorda

nce with the new gun law, possessing military-style semi-automatics (MSSAs) and assault rifles and associated parts will be illegal.

The new gun bill, namely the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and parts) Amendment

Bill, won overwhelming support in the parliament as it was passed by a vote of 119 to 1.

Possession of prohibited firearms could face a jail term up to five years, according to the bill.

The New Zealand government had vowed to ban MSSAs soon afte

r the Christchurch terrorist attacks on March 15, which also injured 50 others.

The New Zealand government has also announced that a legal framework for the gun buyback will be established.

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First phase of polling begins in India’s general elections

First phase of polling begins in India’s general elections

 India — The first phase of polling in India’s general elections began on Thursday morn

ing, and votes are to be polled in as many as seven different phases over the next 39 days.

The first phase of polling began at 7:00 a.m. local time, and will continue till 18:00 p.m

. local time. However, in other areas the polling timing will vary and end as early as 15:00 p.m. local time.

More than 170,000 polling booths have been set up for the first phase of polling.

The first phase of polling is said to be the third biggest among all the seven phases in terms of number of parliam

entary constituencies witnessing polling.ling officer prepares dinner inside a classr

oom after setting up a polling booth ahead of the first phase of the general election in Majuli, a large river island on the Br

ahmaputra river, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, India April 10

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Li said the sturgeons sent back to the wild include

Li said the sturgeons sent back to the wild include

 both junior and adult fishes with relatively larger sizes to enrich the species’ population of different age groups.

Scientists will also study the data collected on the Chi

nese surgeon’s migration and reproduction activities in means of sonar and other advanced methods.

Chinese experts have started reintroduction events to increase

the population of sturgeons, a rare fish that dates back to the dinosaurs, since 1984.

Six employees of Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co. and its controlli

ng shareholder Nijiaxiang Group have been put under criminal coercive measures for their roles

in a chemical plant blast in East China’s Jiangsu province, local authorities said Saturday.

So far a total of nine people have been put under criminal coercive m

easures, which may include summons by force, bail, residential surveillance, detention or arrest.

The explosion happened at about 2:48 pm on March 21 followin

g a fire that broke out in a chemical industrial park in Xiangshui c

ounty. Seventy-eight people were killed in the blast, and 187 are still receiving treatment in hospitals.

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New international talent hub unveiled in Shanghai’s Pudong

New international talent hub unveiled in Shanghai’s Pudong

The Shanghai Pudong International Talent Hub, which is aimed at showcasing the

city’s commitment to embracing talents from all over the world, was officially unveiled on April 11.

The new talent hub is located at the core area of Zhangjiang Science

Park in Pudong, an important part of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone.

Also launched on the same day was a one-stop service platform for foreig

ners to apply for working visas in the Shanghai FTZ. Prior to that, foreigners had to make

at least two trips to related government departments to obtain a working visa.

With the new platform, foreign talents only need to make one trip and fill out a form at the plTo better serve foreign talents, a nu

mber of domestic and international human resources industry leaders have set up offices in the talent hub, i

ncluding Manpower, Shanghai Foreign Service Group, CDP Group and Liepin.com.atfor

m to apply for working visas. A professional team will also help their family members with the relevant procedures.

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