Xi’an’s fa­mous dishes to be given pro­tec­tion

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest - Southern cities more friendly to el­derly Consumption will be given an­other boost In­ter­nal trade bar­ri­ers to fall Me­dia groups could start ‘golden age’ Fifth panda re­leased into the wild

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.

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