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nds because all my saved money has been spent on building a new home for the yo
上海千花坊ung couple and buying new necessities for them, such as household appliances,” Shan said.
Luckily, Shan had reason to celebrate because he was saved by a new rule.
Right before the wedding, a specific standard was established banning high-priced betrothal gifts, or caili in上海千花坊
Chinese. Other extravagant customs, including holding grand wedding ceremonies or funeral rites as well as inviting an e
xorbitant number of guests and using lots of cars to pick up the bride and her relatives, were also prohibited.上海千花坊
The government of Feixiang district – which covers 265 villages, including Shan’s, with a population of 410,000 – found the competitio
上海千花坊n to see who could give the best betrothal gifts and hold the grandest wedding ceremonies had become a big headache for villagers.
Families of young women envied those who gave lots of money to a bride’s family and held ex
pensive ceremonies with many guests, said Cai Fuhai, Party chief of Nanduqi village.上海千花坊女神会所
They would ask parents of their soon-to-be sons-in-law for similar treatment, Cai said.
According to the standard, no more than six cars can be used for picking up the bride and her rela
tives. Previously, up to 40 cars would be used as part of a grand and impressive wedding ceremony.上海千花坊
Furthermore, guests are served a simple meal – a vegetable and meat stew, or daguocai in Chinese – rather than a meal wit
上海千花坊女神会所h dozens of courses. Finally, group wedding ceremonies are encouraged and betrothal gifts are discouraged.
Families who obey the standard may enjoy benefits such as free physical examinations for parents and
newborns at local hospitals. Pregnant women may also receive discounts for examinations during pregnancy, Cai said.
Families who do not obey the rules are required to make a self-critical s
peech during a meeting attended by villagers and local government officials. Those wh上海千花坊女神会所
o refuse to make the speech and admit their wrongdoings are exposed on local television and other media platforms.
Villagers fall in line
According to the Feixiang district government, more than 1,000 families of young wom
en have refrained from demanding betrothal gifts from their bridegrooms’ families since 2017. About 1
00,000 households in the district have signed commitment letters promising to obey the standard.
Government statistics show that the cost of a wedding has been cut to less than 30,000 yuan, down b
y about 80 percent, and the current cost for a funeral is less than 5,000 yuan, just a sixth of the previous cost.
nt her summers visiting many grassland.There are no hotels out on the plains, so Xin would often call at herdsme
n’s tents to ask for a meal. The herdsmen always welcomed her and offered her a place to sleep.上海419论坛
In 1998, Xin was recruited by Li Bo, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, to joi
上海419论坛n his grassland ecology remote sensing team to help build an observation and research station in Hulunbuir.
Xin was keen to start the work, but Li suddenly died six months into the project. After taking three months to ove
rcome her sorrow, Xin decided to finish Li’s vision to build the observation and research station at Hulunbuir.上海419论坛
Each year, when the grass began to grow in Ma
y, Xin would go to Hulunbuir, and only return when the grass had dried up in November.
上海419论坛女神会所She was named executive deputy head of the station in 2005, the first fe
male out of all the executives staffing the 53 wild scientific stations across China.
After years of observation and experiments on the Hulunbuir grasslands, Xin mapped out the key dir
ection for research there, filling in the gaps in analysis into meadow steppe ecosystems through observation and research.上海419论坛女神会所
She studied ecosystem modeling for her doctoral degree. By combining all the data he
r team had collected, Xin realized it could be used to guide herdsmen to better grazing pastures.
“As a 21-year-old I visited the Gannan grasslands. At 22, I went to the Qinghai-Tibet Platea上海419论坛女神会所
u. Aged 25 to 27 I visited the Songnen Plain, and at 28 I traveled to the grasslands in the mountain regions of sou
thern China. At the age of 29, I was in Hulunbuir,” Xin says. “Each grassland has its own personality.”上海419论坛女神会所
Field work on the grasslands involved a lot of driving, and Xin spent hours chatting with the driver and watching the road.
he region’s prepar上海千花坊女神会所ations against cross-border diseases. This week, the East African
Community, encompassing Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan, la
unched a cross-border disease preparedness exercise in the Kenya-Tanzania border.
At just 17-ye上海419女神会所ars-old, Dutch teenager Noa Pothoven had alr
eady written an award-winning memoir detailing her struggle with post-tra
matic stress disorder, depression and anorexia in the wake of sexual assault and rape.
In her autobiography, Pothoven wrote that she had nothing left to live for.
At 16, she app
roached the Levenseinde, or “end-of-life,” clinic in The Hague to inquire about euthanasia, but, according to an
interview last year with local newspaper the Gelderlander, her request was rejected.
week, after years of battling mental illness, Pothoven announced on Instagram that she had begun refusing all food
“After years of fighting, the fighting has finished. I have now stopped eating and dri
nking for a while, and after many conversations and reviews it has been decided that I will be released because
my suffering is unbearable,” Pothoven wrote in a post, which has since been removed.
hina’s innovative and high-quality development,” Sui Zhenjiang, vice-mayor of Beijing, said on Wedne
sday during a 5G industrial development and investment summit held in Yizhuang, in southeastern Beijing.
“Beijing is actively transforming itself as a national scientific and tech
nological innovation center. With advantages in complete telecom infrastructure, abunda
nt talent and strong research and development capabilities, we have the resolve to accelerate the push for making brea
kthroughs in 5G technologies and build an independent and innovative 5G industrial system,” Sui said.
As of May 24, the three major telecom operators－China Mobile, Chin
a Telecom and China Unicom－have established 4,700 5G base stations in Beijing, acc
ording to Wang Gang, head of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information Technology.