Cometochengdu.com, the Chengdu government’s first English-language website to promote tourism, provides information on attractions and services in the city and nearby. Huang Yibing / for China Daily After a yearlong trial, the official English-language website for visitors to Chengdu — Cometochengdu.com — was officially launched on Oct. 15 in the United States’ Silicon Valley. The website, created by Chengdu Tourism Bureau and Chengdu Culture and Tourism Group, has an international vision and is aimed at catering to overseas tourists’ browsing habits and requirements. It provides information on attractions and services in Chengdu and surrounding areas. It is the Chengdu government’s first English-language website to promote tourism, marking major progress in the city’s online promotion of tourism overseas.
A girl poses at a sculpture featuring a yellow man ripping his chest open at The Art of the Brick exhibition in Rome. Jin Yu / Xinhua Some 80 sculptures, over 600,000 tiny plastic bricks, and recreations of some of the world’s most iconic masterpieces. The Art of the Brick exhibit of American Nathan Sawaya opened in Rome on Oct 28, giving Italians a taste of how artistic inspiration can mingle with playfulness, and pour out through a most “surprising” material. “The exhibition captures people’s curiosity and imagination, and is being shown for the first time in Italy. So far, Rome’s audience has surely met our expectations,” Italian curator Fabio La Gioia told Xinhua
Ming the panda gets behind the camera for photographer Bert Hardy in 1939 in London Zoo. In the chair is Hardy’s son Mike. Getty Image She was black, white and furry, far from home, and loved having her tummy tickled, especially by princesses.
Top: Audiences watch a screening of Go Away Mr Tumor in a theater in Jinan, Shandong province. The surprise choice of Go Away Mr Tumor instead of Wolf Totem as China’s official entry for this year’s Oscars has shocked local filmmakers, who say the Academy’s rules ‘aren’t clear.’ Xu Fan reports. Young Chinese director Han Yan was stunned to learn that his romantic comedy Go Away Mr Tumor is China’s official submission for the Oscars. The list of 81 movies, which are accepted for this year’s best foreign language film, was announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Oct 8. It was also a surprise for industry observers that China’s longtime favorite, Wolf Totem, was not chosen, as its core creative team had too many non-Chinese members. Go Away Mr Tumor, adapted from the biography of the late cartoonist, Xiong Dun, has been chosen instead of the Sino-French coproduction Wolf Totem.
Chinese pharmacologist Tu Youyou, pictured in 2011, jointly won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine along with Irish-born William Campbell and Japan’s Satoshi Omura, the Nobel Assembly at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute announced on Monday. Tu won part of the prize for discoveries related to a novel therapy against malaria. Xinhua / Jin Liwang The Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded this week focuses on three dreadful parasitic diseases – elephantiasis, river blindness and malaria – that still ravage mankind, “debilitating diseases that affect hundreds of millions people annually”, the Nobel Committee said in its citation. Parasitic diseases have plagued humankind for millennia and persist as major global health problems, especially for the world’s poorest populations, those who can least afford exotic cures. Chinese scientist Tu Youyou was awarded half the prize and the other half went to two scientists who also came up with “powerful new means to combat” these afflictions. Japanese microbiologist Satoshi Omura focused on a group of bacteria, streptomyces, that live in the soil and were known to produce a plethora of compounds with bacteria-fighting powers. Omura, who has two PhDs in pharmaceutical sciences and chemistry and is professor emeritus at Kitasato University in Japan, was said to carry a plastic bag with him, even when he played golf, to collect soil samples. He was able to isolate and mass-reproduce literally thousands of bacteria that showed promise fighting parasites, picking the 50 best.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is welcomed by Sun Jianguo (R), Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, upon his arrival at Beijing International April 7, 2014. Photo/ Agencies Call for increased trust and more cooperation A senior People’s Liberation Army officer has called for more practical military-to-military cooperation with the United States, while urging the US side to take action to avoid misunderstandings and misjudgment. Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of General Staff of the PLA, was quoted on Thursday on the Ministry of National Defense website as saying that China hopes the US will do more to increase trust and strengthen cooperation in order to work together to ensure peace, security and stability in the region. “(China) hopes the US side pays great attention to China’s concerns, earnestly respects China’s core interests, avoids words and actions that harm bilateral relations and reduces activities which cause misunderstandings or miscalculations,” Sun was quoted as telling Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Command. The two met on Wednesday on the sidelines of a conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, attended by senior Asia-Pacific defense officials. China has long expressed deep concerns over the frequent close-in surveillance by US military vessels and planes near China’s coast and as well as some words by US military officials that China believes have emboldened certain countries in the region to take a more confrontational attitude in maritime territorial disputes with China in the East and South China seas. Sun stressed that the Asia-Pacific region has been an important platform for military-to-military cooperation between China and the US