Xi’an’s famous dishes to be given protection
As Xi’an cuisine gains in popularity, the ancient city’s industrial standards authority has said it plans to regulate the recipes for its mostfamous dishes.
Xi’an Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau said on Nov 24 that it is soliciting public opinion, especially from those in the food industry, to create standards for five foods, including roujiamo, also known as the Chinese hamburger, and yangroupaomo, pita bread in mutton soup.
Yang Yihui, an official with the bureau, said the government wants to specify the basic requirements for making these foods to support the branding power of Xi’an cuisine.
A study of 150 cities across China has shown that southern coastal cities are more age-friendly than those in the north.
Biaozhun Ranking, a research institute based in Beijing, has released its latest Top 50 Age-friendly Chinese Cities list, with the popular tourist resort of Xiamen in Fujian province ranking first. Among the top 50, 39 cities are located in the southern part of China. Zhejiang province has eight cities on the list, Guangdong has six, and Jiangsu has five.
All of the top 10 cities are on China’s south coast.
China will increase imports, make it easier for overseas shoppers to receive tax refunds and allow foreigners to visit more of the country for 72 hours without visas, the central government said on Nov 23. Outlining a number of measures aimed at encouraging consumption and stabilizing the economy, the State Council said the country will start to import more advanced equipment and daily consumer goods.
China will accelerate reforms to remove internal barriers to both foreign and domestic trade, the State Council said on Nov 23. It said on its website that it is seeking to “eliminate all kinds of conspicuous and hidden administrative monopolies” and “strengthen anti-monopoly laws” in an attempt to remove protectionist policies between provinces.
Exchanges between Chinese and British media will promote healthy and stable relations, Jing Junhai, vice-minister of the Communist Party of China Central Committee’s Publicity Department, said in London on Nov 23.
Jing was speaking at the opening ceremony of the first China-UK Media Roundtable. He called on media organizations from both countries to seize the opportunity and bring about a “golden age of cooperation”.
Hua Jiao, a 2-year-old female panda, was set free at Liziping National Nature Reserve in Shimian county, Sichuan province.
“It was the fifth time a captive panda has been released into the wild with the intention of enlarging the wild panda population,” said Zhang Guiquan, a panda expert with the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, Sichuan.