nsisting of 49 experts from institutes affiliated with the ministry and universities
, including Tsinghua University, to the site to help with the environmental aftermath from the explosion.
He also said the team has cut off the access of three rivers to Guanhe River, which empties into the sea, to prevent the pollution from spreading.
The three rivers inside the chemical industry park wer
e found contaminated soon after the blast. On Wednesday, an excessive amount of pollutants was still de
tected in two water bodies in the chemical park — the Xinfeng River and Xinnong River.
According to the Jiangsu environmental watchdog, the density of ammonia nitrogen in Xinfeng River reached 183 millig
rams per liter, 90.5 times higher than the national standard, at 10 am on Wednesday. The content of methylene chlor
ide in the river was about 15 times above the national standard with a density of 0.321 mg/L. The ch
emical oxygen demand in the water body stood at 343 mg/L, 7.6 times above the national standard, the watchdog said.
The watchdog also found an excessive amount of these pollutants in Xinnong River, though with much lower densities.
capabilities in organizing training and commanding their troops. The results will be taken into consideration
when it comes to promotion or commendation, the statement said. It added that the Ground Force wanted to use this exami
nation to strengthen the notion that commanding officers must take the lead in combat readiness training.
Lu Chuangang, assistant to the Ground Force’s chief of staff, said the examination
‘s content included theory, strategy and command skills. Participants were given different tasks in diffe
rent areas, and were told to analyze their respective situations, determine goals, make plans for troop deployment and d
evelop combat schedules, according to Zhou Bingyi, director of the operations bureau of the Ground Force’s staff department.
Zhou said participants had already taken part in tests on firearm usage and physical strength hosted by their own units before the examination.
“The capabilities of these commanding officers determine wheth
er their troops will be well trained,” Zhou said. “We hope such examinations will help impro
ve the competence of commanders and consequently boost the combat capabilities and preparedness of
hinese and Asian art collectors have become more knowledgeable, sophisticated and are branching out for m
ore Western works, said Francis Belin, president of Christie’s Asia, who is excited about the trend.
“Chinese clients have evolved from being very dedicated to Chinese arts to gaining increasing interest
in other categories and expanding the spectrum of the type of objects that they wish to collect,” Belin told
Xinhua in an interview in New York City during Christie’s Asian Art Week held on March 19-26.
Diversity of collecting is one of three “fundamental trends” the auction house has obse
rved among the Chinese and Asian buyers, Belin said, noting the increased appetite to collect across categories.
About 10 or 20 years ago, Asian collectors focused primarily on the art that relates to their own c
ulture, he said, “we’ve seen this evolved in the past years to be much more holistic in the collecting of our Asian buyers.”
logical environment, allowing the villagers to make a living from the mount
ains,” said Ruan, who introduced the medicinal herb to the forest after a thorough investigation.
Oaks in the village have rough, thick barks, rich in water
and nutrients, making it easier for the dendrobium to attach to the trees and absorb more nutrients.
Since 2013, the company has planted dendrobium on the tree trunks of more than 267 hectares of oak forest.
For a long time, however, transportation difficulties meant the landloc
ked village could not capitalize on its unique ecological advantage. Growing dend
robium officinale was something villagers, including 44-year-old Chen Jian, had never thought of.
“All the oaks are ‘cash cows’ now,” Chen said. “Natural forests cannot be cut, so we did nothing but protect them in the past. Eve
since the dendrobium were ‘planted’ on the tree trunks, the green hills that we have kept for decades have turned into gold.”
Located in Anlong county, in Guizhou’s Qiannan Buyei and Miao autonomous prefect
ure, Zhegui is rich in forestry resources and has a climate that is neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter.
dle-income earners with higher-education backgrounds. “They are not billionaires, bu
t they can afford to buy a house and live a decent life, even without a job, for three or five years,” Chu said.
“Most important, they came to Dali with the idea of living a slow, simple, idyllic lifestyle that is differen
t to that in the big cities. Some say their dreams have already come true, but others feel they made the wrong decision.”
With an increasing number of newcomers arriving, Dali’s tourism and real estate markets have prospered since 2015. According to the local government, 24 p
ercent of property in the city was bought by new arrivals in 2015. Two years later, the number had risen to 60 percent.
Housing prices have surged from 6,392 yuan ($952 at the current rate) per square meter in December 2015 to 11,788 yuan per sq m in the same month last year.
A source at Yunnan Shili Real Estate Development Group, who requested anonymity, sai
d more than 80 percent of the commercial property on its books in Dali had been bought by nonlocals.