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​To many people in China and Laos, the China-Laos Railway, which was officially put into operation on December 3rd, 2021, opens up an exciting new route for business and travel. To 26-year-old technician Yuan Zhixiang, the international railway
​The China-Laos Railway, stretching for more than 1,000 kilometers, connects the city of Kunming in Southwest China's Yunnan Province with the capital of Laos, Vientiane. To 28-year-old Zhou Jiawu, the railway project marks a milestone in his c
At the age of 69, Xia Boyu became the first person in China to have climbed Mount Qomolangma and scaled the summit with amputated legs in 2018. Injured by frostbite on Qomolangma more than 40 years ago, Xia had never given up his dream of reach
​Geoffrey Alan Rhodes is a Shanghai-based artist and filmmaker working to connect the real and virtual world through his virtual reality and augmented reality works. Originally from the United States, Rhodes became a tenured professor at Shangh
​Nyima Wangdu, a blind educator living in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, has guided dozens of blind students from illiteracy to enlightenment. At the age of thirty-three, he has traveled to 10 countries, hosted a talk show, finished a half-ma
A teacher, a headhunter, and now a talk show host, Oscar Fuchs, an expat in his 40s living in Shanghai, always wants to try new things and learn more about the outside world. Since 1999, his curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit has connected th
​On October 16th, 2021, three Chinese astronauts—Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu entered China’s space station, beginning their six-month mission in-orbit. All three astronauts started from humble backgrounds. The dream of flying has b
The Great Wall of China, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a symbol of the Chinese nation. Like many other World Heritage Sites, some sections of it faces the threat of disappearing due to manmade damage or natural erosion. For Dong Yaohui, who
​Norbu Dramdul, a native of Lhasa in his 40s, has studied in and travelled to Shanghai, Tianjin, Beijing, and Xi’an in search of the meaning of life and a dream job. Now an educator based in his hometown, he is devoting his life to the educatio
​In 1985, Dong Yaohui with two of his friends completed the world’s first expedition over the entire length of the Great Wall on foot. Since then, Dong has made tireless efforts to study and preserve this ancient creation. For all his endeavors
​Actor and director Lan Tianye is a household name in China. Born in 1927, his illustrious career has seen him star in and direct scores of popular and influential stage dramas and TV series. Even in his twilight years, this award-winning perfo
​Lin Cunzhen, a Beijing-based designer, is well-known for having created the Chinese character-inspired emblem for the 2022 Winter Olympics. With decades of experience in both teaching and artistic design, Lin is committed to enhancing cultural
Zeng Zhengchao is in his 20s and was the first Chinese representative to ever win a gold medal in welding at the WorldSkills Competition, dubbed the “Olympics in vocational skills”. Li Wanjun, who is in his 50s, ensures safety on the world’s la
On June 17th, 2021, three Chinese astronauts—Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo—entered the Tianhe core module of China’s space station. This landmark achievement was the first time that astronauts from China, also known as taikonauts, h
​Xu Yuanchong, who died in June 2021 at the age of 100, was one of the most famous and acclaimed translators in China. Adored by many as a legend in the field of translation, he devoted his life to translating ancient Chinese classics into Engl
Li Li, a Beijing-based painter and conservationist, has overcome one difficulty after another in his more than two decades of conservation work in the wild. His efforts have contributed to the recovery of the number of black storks, a rare spec
Katalin Sogor, a Hungarian living in Shanghai, co-founded a “plogging” group called Trash Running in 2018. Since its inception, the idea and activities have drawn a growing number of followers as trash running is considered by many as positive
​The world-renowned agricultural scientist Yuan Longping passed away in hospital in the central Chinese city of Changsha on May 22nd. He was 91. Known as the “Father of Hybrid Rice”, Yuan devoted his life to developing high-yield rice varieties
​Zou Bin is a young man in his 20s but already a master bricklayer. In 2015, he became the first Chinese bricklayer to win a medal in a major international competition of vocational skills. Three years later, at age 22, he became one of the you
Zhang Guimei is a veteran educator working at a middle school for girls in Yunnan Province in the southwest of China. She rises up before dawn every day to prepare her middle school students for a day of Spartan-style living and studying. Some
Birds of prey or raptors, such as eagles, are loved by many people for their flying abilities, vigorousness and ferocity. Being on top of the food chain, raptors play a crucial role in maintaining ecological balance. But they are facing grave t
The Yangtze finless porpoise is an extremely endangered species under the highest level of state protection in China. To save the species from the threat of extinction, an increasing number of conservationists have been making diligent and some
​Education paves the way for children in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region to have more possibilities in their life. China Plus reporters spoke with two Tibetan teachers who not only achieved their own dreams through education, but also help many
In recent years, China has made remarkable progress in a wide range of scientific fields – especially in 5G and quantum communications technologies. According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China has built 718-thouand 5
Professor Shing-Tung Yau is the first person of Chinese descent who has been awarded the Fields Medal, the top prize in mathematics. In 2009, he returned to China from the United States and founded the Yau Mathematical Sciences Center at Tsingh
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