A bunch of congratulating messages sent by foreign government officials, ambassadors, news agencies, international organizations and so on.
China Daily Milestones
Over the past 30 years, China Daily has developed into a strong all-media group with 12 print publications, a national portal website with eight sub-websites, around-the-clock news and information services on three mobile platforms and 14 applications and products on wireless terminals.
In 1983, Cao Dewang decided to lease the Gaoshan Glass Factory from his village in Fuqing, Fujian province. His aim was simple: feed his family and the families of fellow village workers, and provide them with education.
During the last 30 years, the health service system in China has made several significant strides and improved the overall health condition of urban and rural Chinese citizens. Though much of the focus in those days was on public health and preventive treatment, it also had some shortcomings. An inherent flaw of the post-1980s period was that healthcare became more of a fee-for-service available mainly to those who could afford it. There was also a constant churn of medical personnel from the rural to the urban areas, contrary to what was envisaged by policymakers.
In July 1978, Hong Kong businessman Zhang Zimi approached the Dongguan government, in South China's Guangdong province, with a radical idea: to start making handbags for the Hong Kong market. Zhang's deal called for him to inject HK$2 million and provide the designs and raw materials.
Among China's first drivers were newspaper photographers, who took advantage of the faster form of transport to follow fire trucks and zoom to action hot spots. Veteran China Daily photographer Wu Zhiyi and former China Daily employee Chen Xiong can remember Beijing in the 1980s when driving a car in the capital was a sheer delight. There were sunny blue skies, very few cars and no traffic jams.
Board any of China's high-speed trains and you'll step into a clean and comfortable cabin worthy of airlines. More important, the trains will whisk you to your destination almost as quickly as propeller-driven aircraft. These trains cover the 1,069-km journey between Guangzhou and Wuhan in about three hours, while the 120-km trip between Beijing and Tianjin is done in half an hour.
Rong Jikai, a retired senior professor in Beijing, has been overseas to "dozens of places" such as Japan, Thailand and Nepal -- but always for work and never as a tourist. But since his retirement, Rong, in his 80s, and his wife Xiao Shuqin, in her 70s, are trying their best to make up for this.
Journalism educator Li Xiguang, who is in his early 50s, still regrets the fact that he was denied a chance to become a reporter nearly 30 years ago. The 1982 Nanjing University graduate's application to a national newspaper was turned down by the school authorities after they decided the student had been way too "liberal" and "slack in discipline".
At 2:28 pm on May 12, 2008, an 8.0-magnitude quake struck Sichuan province. Towns were leveled and villages were buried, as mountains crumbled into rivers and dammed them to further threaten residents.
"The biggest change that Hong Kong has experienced since the handover was to remain unchanged," says Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, 65, president of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong.
One of Bian Jiang's most vivid memories of Beijing in the 1980s was the long queues of people, waiting in the late autumn chilly wind, to buy large amounts of cabbages and sweet potatoes to take home.
At every event held by Green Earth Volunteers, Wang Yongchen, 57, founder of the environmental organization, asks her participants to describe how the rivers have changed in their hometowns. The younger participants, often in their 20s or 30s, always come up with answers that the rivers are no longer the way they were. Most of them are either dark, smelly, or in some cases completely dried up. "That's why I care so much about the rivers in China. I'm always worried about where we will get water from if such trends continue," says Wang, a journalist-turned-environmentalist.
It was the opportunity to trailblaze that lured American Brian Linden to China in 1984. That was why he jumped at the chance to come to the country as a Beijing Language Institute student, he says, as most restrictions on foreigners' movements in the country had just been lifted. "We truly were among the first foreigners who could break away from the major cities and explore China's hinterlands," the 48-year-old says. And, he says, he reveled in interactions with the local people.
The image of a long queue outside the small campus bookstore lingers in the memory of writer Zhao Lihong. He was a student at Shanghai-based East China Normal University from 1977 to 1981 and Chinese literature was his major. "Students and faculty would line up each morning for new books, even before the bookstore started business," Zhao, 60, recalls. "Books were always in short supply."
China's foreign affairs in the first half of 2011 were characterized by several multilateral summits in which the country has played a prominent role. Among them are the recently concluded trilateral leadership summit involving China, Japan and the Republic of Korea in May, and the third summit of the BRICS bloc and annual Boao Forum of Asia held in Hainan province in April.
Pan Yingjie, the president of Shanghai Ocean University, can never forget the summer of 1977 when an examination changed his life. It was not the easiest of times for the 27-year-old Pan then as life seemed bleak after the daily toil at a rural fertilizer plant in Anhui province that was not only sapping his energy, but proving a health issue for his pregnant wife.