New Direct Flight
A flight connecting the Chinese cities of Tianjin and Xi’an to London was launched on May 7.
The flight stops in Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province and home of the Terracotta Army, en route between Tianjin and London.
As the first non-stop service between Shaanxi and Britain, it is expected to strengthen exchanges between the two places.
A 260-seat Airbus A330 will operate the service. A one-way flight takes 13 to 14 hours, not including the two-hour stopover in Xi’an. businesses in the province, organizers announced on March 13.
The competition will focus on artificial intelligence, smart manufacturing and industrial big data, which are of vital importance to the province’s industrial transformation and upgrading.
“Different from other innovation competitions, we will offer continued support for participants after the contest in addition to awarding the winners,” said Feng Xiguo, deputy director of the province’s overseas Chinese affairs office.
The winners will be awarded prize money ranging from 50,000 yuan ($7,922) to 600,000 yuan ($95,069).
The competition is scheduled for June in Wuhan, capital of Hubei. Registration opened on March 13.
China’s economy has entered a period of medium-high rather than fast growth, featuring an upgraded economic structure and innovation. These changes in the world’s second largest economy are driving the demand for skilled workers and entrepreneurs.
An innovation competition will be also held in the southern city of Shenzhen in April to draw highcaliber foreign talent to help the city’s scientific projects and encourage industrial innovation.