More than 500 Chinese cities have started or are expected to start their “smart-city” transformations during 2017, according to the Economic Information Daily. Currently, a total of 290 cities have initiated smart-city pilot projects, and more than 300 cities have signed smart-city construction agreements with IT companies. By March, more than 500 cities, including 95 percent of provincial capitals and 83 percent of prefecture-level cities, had proposed transitioning into smart cities. As construction of smart cities accelerates, the scale of related markets is expected to hit 100 billion yuan ($14.5 billion). This figure shoots up to 1 trillion when upstream and downstream industries are included.
is known as the Asian Champs Elysees. On Tuesday, it celebrated its 27 th anniversary.
The boulevard, connecting the Oriental Pearl Tower to Century Park, witnessed the dramatic changes and the development of the Pudong New Area as it became a shining namecard for China.
The old photo (above) shows the avenue during construction in May 1999.
In an aerial photo taken in April (right), the avenue flaunts its beautiful skyline and expansive views, with Pudong’s well-known skyscrapers on it.
Arend F. van Peer, 39, and his wife, Khingeeva Tatyana, came to China from the Netherlands in October 2013. A professor of life sciences, Van Peer also was a fan of Chinese martial arts. As students of kung fu master Lin Zaipei, Van Peer and his wife learned the Dishuquan, which is also known as the Dog Kung Fu, one of the most popular martial arts styles in Fujian province and a national level intangible cultural heritage. In May, the couple will finish their work in China and return home: They plan to introduce the Dog Kung Fu to the people in their country.