Travel: 160 ice and snow events to en­hance win­ter fun in Shenyang

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

A win­ter sport and en­ter­tain­ment ex­trav­a­ganza is await­ing tourists in Shenyang, Liaon­ing prov­ince. The city’s In­ter­na­tional Tourism Fes­ti­val, which opens later this month and runs un­til March, will fea­ture more than 160 ice and snow events. Of­fi­cials say con­tin­u­ous snow­falls since the be­gin­ning of the sea­son will help run this year’s ice and snow tours smoothly.

Item­fromDec20,1991on Chi­naDaily:MoreChi­nese peo­ple­havee­quippedtheir home­swith­elec­tri­calap­pli­ances­thisyear—es­pe­cially air­con­di­tion­er­sand­wa­ter heaters,re­tail­sales­fig­ures in­di­cate....

Rapid tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments have brought dra­matic changes to our way of liv­ing.

Last month, the 13th China In­ter­na­tional De­sign Expo in Wuxi, Jiangsu prov­ince, show­cased the lat­est prod­ucts from a num­ber of in­dus­tries. The theme of the show was “Bet­ter De­sign, Bet­ter Fu­ture,” and it in­deed high­lighted how new tech­nolo­gies are be­ing ap­plied to in­dus­trial de­sign­ing.

From ro­botic cleaning to au­to­mated cook­ing, many Chi­nese fam­i­lies are al­ready en­joy­ing the new smart home ex­pe­ri­ence.

In some com­mu­ni­ties, res­i­dents have also in­stalled smart door con­trol sys­tems, which can be op­er­ated with QR codes via mo­bile apps.

China be­gan build­ing smart com­mu­ni­ties a year ago, fol­low­ing a pro­posal by the Min­istry of Hous­ing and Ur­ban-Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment that more than 50 per­cent of all res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties should be con­structed in a smart way by 2020.

It defined a smart com­mu­nity as lever­ag­ing in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy to in­te­grate re­sources to bet­ter serve the res­i­dents and en­able en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

Since then, China’s grow­ing ur­ban pop­u­la­tion has been mo­ti­vat­ing com­pa­nies to fo­cus on new prod­ucts, putting the smart home pro­gram on a fast track.

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