Updated: 2011-11-12 08:41
Report tracks travel trends
The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Tourism Research Center and the website Lotour.com recently released a report analyzing Chinese people's travel behaviors in the third season of 2011.
It finds Chinese prefer destinations offering sunshine, hot springs and skiing in autumn and winter.
Fujian province's Xiamen, Hainan province's Sanya and Heilongjiang province's capital Harbin are the most popular cities during the chilliest months.
The top international destinations are the United States, Thailand, Australia and Japan. Iran has emerged as a new destination for Chinese since Aug 15.
About 25 percent of long-distance trips are made by train, the report finds.
Chen Kun to be cast in wax
A wax figure of award-winning Chinese actor Chen Kun will be created by the Madame Tussauds museum's team in Beijing.
The team recently made hundreds of measurements and snapped a catalogue of photos of the actor to render his paraffin likeness, which will be unveiled in Shanghai in February 2012.
Chen will remain closely involved in the figure's creation to ensure authenticity.
The star of such blockbusters as Painted Skin is celebrated for his heartthrob roles. He says his eyes are the most important part to him.
Madame Tussauds opened its Shanghai branch on the 10th floor of the New World Department Store in May 2006. The wax museum portrays many contemporary Chinese figures, including the country's first cosmonaut Yang Liwei, Olympic champion Liu Xiang and such actors as Andy Lau, Ge You and Zhao Wei.
Classical writing encouraged
The Fenjiu Wine Classical Chinese Writing Contest awards ceremony was recently staged in Beijing.
There are 10 winners among the 5,694 articles submitted for the competition, which began on March 1.
The best works were selected from 145 finalists via about 2 million online and contest judges' votes. The winning authors range in age from 17 to 46. Most competitors were aged between 20 and 40.
Famous scholars, including Yu Dan and Wang Liqun, posted instructional videos online to teach netizens how to write in classical Chinese.
"Modern Chinese is merely logical and simplified classical Chinese," contest judge Shao Yonghai, a Peking University professor of Chinese language and literature, says.
"Only those who master writing in classical Chinese can be proficient in modern Chinese."
First free video news app
The country's first free video news app for smart phones, released in mid-October by China Central Television (CCTV), has since topped apps stores download lists.
The number of downloads exceeded 20,000 within six days.
Users can access videos about politics, social issues, economics, sports and entertainment. They can also watch live broadcasts of CCTV.
Journalists can instantly upload their interviews on their phones, so users can monitor the news in real time.
The app has won praise from users, especially for its advanced video coding and decoding technology.
(China Daily 11/12/2011 page11)