and chairs. “The first time I chose elms, but in the end I failed.”
He began to use peach trees in 2007, knitting four peach branches t
ogether and putting iron molds on them. Depending on the growth of the br
anches, the trees were shaped each year until they grew into the shapes of a table and chair.
“It took almost 10 years to grow into finished products. Now there are about 800 tables and chairs,” Zhang said, add
ing that once the products are grown, they are then cut, peeled, dried, and polished to be ready for sale.
Zhang took his first set of four peach tree chairs and a round table to the China Impo
rt and Export Fair (Canton Fair) in 2016, catching the attention of several merchants who offered to buy the set.
Zhang was not willing to sell just yet as the set were just sam
ples. The fair strengthened his confidence however, which has continued to pay off.
hina is forecast to spend 900 billion yuan ($134 billion) to 1.5 trillion yuan on 5G network construction fro
m 2020 to 2025, as the nation strives to commercialize the superfast fifth-generation wireless tech
nology, a think tank affiliated with the country’s top industry regulator said on Monday.
At the same time, China’s telecom carriers ar2019/03/05/wwwash001cn-2/to generate 1.9 trillion yuan in
revenue from 5G-related business, according to an article released by the China Academy of Information an
d Communications Technology, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
At the initial stage of building 5G networks, telecom carriers will first cover the mo
st populated regions and the 5G network construction can coordinate well with existing 4G networks, the article added.
In comparison, Chinese telecom operators spent 720 billion
yuan on 4G network construction from 2014 to 2018, said Zhang Chunfei, one of the three au
thors of the article, adding that the cost of building 5G base stations is higher than that of 4G.
On Jan 24, an album, titled China Music House-Kung Hei Fat Choi, was released online as the result of the project.
Six classic Chinese folk music pieces, including Bai Niao Chao Feng (Birds Paying Homage t
o the Phoenix), which features the traditional Chinese musical instrument, the suona, have been ada
pted and performed by Chinese musicians, including suona player Chen Baoli and erhu player Guo Gan.
Meanwhile, Lu Zhongqiang, the founder of 13 Month Cu
ltural Communication, says that besides Chinese musicians, more than 30 mus
icians from about 10 countries, including Poland, France and Cuba, have worked on the album.
In the past 10 days, the album has been listened to nearly 10 million times.
According to Fan Guobin, the general manager of China Record Grou
p, the project will expand into outdoor music festivals and concerts in 2019.
What did I know about Chinese culture or festivals
before moving to Beijing? Growing up in the United States, it was m
ostly stereotypical nonsense seen in reruns of old Charlie Chan movies on TV.
As an adult, I have really enjoyed watching Jackie Chan kick the living daylights out of the bad guys i
n the world, but there hasn’t been much exposure to genuine Chinese experiences, especially in my adopted hometown of Birmin
gham, Alabama. There, in the heart of the South, Chinese are few compared with the majority white and Af
rican-American population. The total Asian population was 2,152 last year, according to the US Census Bureau.
So when I heard that Birmingham was holding a Spring Festival party this year with Beijing’s Cha
oyang district, its sister city, I was beyond thrilled. Until now, I didn’t know that the “sisters” would kick off
the holiday in Alabama’s largest city with the annual Birmingham Chinese New Year Gala.
in the US where she lived before moving to Birmingham 13 years ago. When she arrived, different groups of Asians were celebrating
the holiday on their own, and she thought it would be great to share New Year’s traditions with the wider community.
“We wanted to share with Americans,” Schwab said. “I feel our heritage is something we need to tell others about.”
At the first gala in 2006, “we Chinese came together” and organized it wi
th help from a primary corporate sponsor, Alabama Power Co, along with the Bir
mingham mayor’s office, the public library and other city departments, which pitched in and have been involved eve
r since, Schwab said. Her employer, Alabama Power, appointed Schwab as its community liaison to the gala.
Other corporate sponsors, such as Honda and Regions Bank (major business playe
rs in Alabama), and many small businesses and individuals have added their support over the years.