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Tian Hongming, 67, has been dubbed the “last blacksmith by the fire” by the people of Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin province.
Having picked up the skill of forging iron at the age of seven from his grandfather, Tian has made a living from the skill for more than half a century.
In the 1990s his business reached its peak, selling more than 80,000 iron products a year, Tian said.
With increaed industsrialization and the cheaper and more intricate iron products it brought however, Tian and his workshop went into decline.
Although fewer customers now choose handmade iron products, Tian sticks to the traditional craft and takes every order seriously.
In 2015 his skill was listed among the city’s intangible cultural heritages.
“Sometimes, the flow-line productions can’t meet the special needs of custo
mers, so the craft will never be replaced,” he said. “And I will continue my business as long as the market and customers need me.”
Despite China’s ongoing trade war with the United States, Guangdong province, an economic powerhouse, has found new ways to attain sustainable economic development.
In addition to the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, which helped the province maintain its strong growth momentum, inn
ovation in science and technology was the key to sustainable economic growth last year, Wang Ruijun, director-general of
the provincial Department of Science and Technology, told local media recently.
Wang said the provincial government spared no effort to promote innovation after President X
i Jinping urged Guangdong to further develop its innovative industries during last year’s tw
o sessions – the annual meetings of China’s top legislature and advisory body.
Wang said Guangdong has invested more than 4 billion yuan ($593 million) to help build seven provi
ncial-level laboratories and 72 other major scientific research projects to support economic development.
It has also actively integrated its scientific and technological development into the country’s de
velopment plan for major scientific and technological projects, while building the Guangdong-H
ong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Innovation Center of Science and Technology, he said.
Swiping phones for payment is shaping up to be the new norm for Chinese people shopping oversea
s, as the adoption of mobile payment becomes more evenly distributed by age and geographical location.
Customers in their 50s saw a 1.3-fold increase in Alipay usage as they traveled overseas during the Spring Festival
holiday that concluded on Sunday, according to the country’s largest mobile wallet operator.
The age group has recorded the highest growth rate among all demographics tracked by Al
ipay, as more older people embrace digital payment at home and extend such habits overseas.
Meanwhile, those born in the 1990s, who grew up in relative material abundance and are more “digitally native”, formed the ba
kbone of outbound travel this year, data from Tencent’s popular messaging app WeChat showed.
They accounted for 31 percent of users who embarked on overseas trips, the biggest pr
oportion, and paid with WeChat’s embedded wallet, according to data released on Sunday.
mainly popular in a dozen counties and cities in not just Hunan, but also in the adjacent Hubei province and the eastern Jiangxi province.
In its long development process, the opera has widely absorbed features of Yueyang folk tunes and artistic factors of other opera types to f
orm its own style. Traditionally, Huagu Opera had no full-time performing troupes, and was only pe
rformed by amateur artists, most of whom were local farmers, during slack farming seasons on temporary stages.
In 2007, Yueyang Huagu Opera was recognized by the State Council, China’s Cabinet, as a n
ational intangible cultural heritage for its cultural, historical and artistic significance.
In recent years, measures have been taken by the local government to promote the art form.
The One Yuan Theater, which aims to cultivate more audience, has been a successful att
empt, says Yi Wen, an expert of Huagu Opera, who works at a local cultural center in Yueyang.
“Traditional culture still means a lot to the local people. Even some younger residents have shown their interest in the opera,” Yi says.
In celebration of Chinese New Year, from 28th January to 24th February Hakkasan Hanway Place and Hakkasan Mayfair will reinvent the
classic fortune cookie, commissioning renowned author Will Self to pen the fortunes.
The fortunes will be written on a ribbon and placed around the Hakkasan m
acarons, to create the fortune macaron. Instead of housing a traditional fortune, each macaro
n will feature one of Will Self’s 88 witty, satirical and sometimes dark musings on the topics most relevant to m
odern day life in London. The fortune macarons will be available as part of the Chinese New Year set menu and also a la carte.
Will Self is an English novelist and journalist, was a food critic for The Observer, and h
as written for titles including The Guardian, Harper’s and The London Review. Self writes to as
tonish people with his fantastical style, and wrote ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Prawn Cracker’, a collection of no
n-traditional restaurant reviews for the New Statesmen. His 2002 novel ‘Dorian, an Imitation’ was long listed for th
e Booker Prize and his novel ‘Umbrella’ shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is known for his unique style and tone of voi
ce, which will be a defining feature of the Hakkasan fortune macarons. Speaking about the partnership he said。