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Rare bird re­ceives a grand wel­come in Bei­jing

The rare spot­ting of a Euro­pean robin — na­tive to the United King­dom and large parts of Europe — near Bei­jing Zoo has sur­prised Chi­nese or­nithol­o­gists. Crowned as the UK’s na­tional bird after a na­tion­wide bal­lot in 2015, the robin at­tracted a large group of pho­tog­ra­phers and on­look­ers, who braved the cold to wit­ness the ma­jes­tic bird. A Euro­pean robin was last sighted in the Chi­nese cap­i­tal in 2014.

‘Four gen­er­a­tions un­der one roof’ video goes vi­ral

A video show­ing four gen­er­a­tions of Chi­nese women has melted the hearts of mil­lions across the world. The video be­gins with a child en­ter­ing the frame and call­ing for her par­ent, who then ap­pears. From child to par­ent to grand­par­ent to great-grand­par­ent, the video fea­tures four gen­er­a­tions of the same fam­ily. It is part of a video meme chal­lenge, which started on the short-video plat­form Douyin. A Dec 19 post on Sina Weibo from Douyin said one of the four-gen­er­a­tion clips had gained 2 mil­lion likes.

A Swiss dic­tio­nary made in China

The first 13 vol­umes of a dic­tio­nary of Ro­mansh, a lan­guage spo­ken in Switzer­land, be­came avail­able on­line at the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber. The feat was made pos­si­ble by out­sourc­ing to China. The dic­tio­nary has ex­isted on paper since the 16th cen­tury.

The on­line ver­sion was typed in record time by six women in China, with the process tak­ing about six months. “The dig­i­tal­iza­tion had to be done in China. If we had had to do this in Switzer­land or Europe we wouldn’t have been able to af­ford it,” Ursin

Lutz, pro­ject direc­tor, said.

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