Cul­ture: Han Meilin’s works to fea­ture on Year of the Rooster stamps

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

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Chi­nese have low­ered their ex­pec­ta­tions on life af­ter re­tire­ment for the first time since 2013, ac­cord­ing to the 2016 Chi­nese Re­tire­ment Readi­ness In­dex. The in­dex dropped from last year’s 6.51 to 6. Apart from the slow­down in global eco­nomic growth, fac­tors at home have also dented con­fi­dence. Those aged be­tween 25 to 44 years, though sup­posed to be sav­ing for their re­tire­ment, are un­der extreme bur­den to pro­vide for their chil­dren and par­ents.

Item­fromDec27,1995,in Chi­naDaily:Start­ingJan1,a Bei­jing­bus­ridewil­l­cost5 jiao(6cents)an­da­sub­way ride,2yuan.The­new­fares arein­tend­ed­toeasethe heavy­fi­nan­cial­bur­de­nofthe mu­nic­i­pal­go­v­ern­ment....

The last fare ad­just­ment at the Bei­jing tran­sit sys­tem was in De­cem­ber 2014, when both sub­way and bus fares went up.

The sub­way fare had re­mained 2 yuan per trip since 2007 re­gard­less of dis­tance.

A sin­gle sub­way trip now costs a min­i­mum of 3 yuan, and is capped at a max­i­mum of 9 yuan. The start­ing price for a bus ticket is 2 yuan, with a 9 yuan max­i­mum.

A pas­sen­ger will get dis­counts based on how much he or she spends monthly on the sub­way. Bus pas­sen­gers who use a pre­paid card gets a 50 per­cent dis­count.

Un­der the cur­rent price struc­ture, sub­way travel ac­counts for 5.4 per­cent of the av­er­age per capita dis­pos­able monthly in­come of Bei­jing res­i­dents, up from 2.6 per­cent in the past.

In 2013, more than half of Bei­jing sub­way pas­sen­gers trav­eled be­tween 4 and 17 kilo­me­ters for their av­er­age daily com­mute.

Bei­jing op­er­ates 18 sub­way lines, spread over 554 kilo­me­ters of track. It is the sec­ond-long­est sub­way sys­tem in the world af­ter the Shang­hai Metro.

Chi­nese artist Han Meilin, known for his ver­sa­til­ity, is to have two of his works fea­tured on postage stamps which will be is­sued for the up­com­ing Chi­nese Year of Rooster. One of the paint­ings fea­tures a rooster while the other has a hen car­ing for two chicks. The stamps will be re­leased on Jan 5 by China Post. Mean­while, other rooster paint­ings by Han can be seen at his on­go­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, ti­tled World

at the Na­tional Mu­seum of China in Bei­jing through Feb 12.

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