Month: April 2019
lish class, which is taught by a Jiangsu teacher who is humorous and friendly. Memorizin
g vocabulary can be a dull task, so the teacher brings snacks, desserts or small gifts as incentives.
To spice up the classes, the teacher finds ancient Chinese poems that
have been translated into English and lets the students work out the original versions.
“My teachers in primary school didn’t use lots of multimedia. They were all too serious, so
the students rarely interacted or joked with them. But the Jiangsu teachers know how to use multimedia, and
always tell us things outside of our textbooks. The class is always great fun,” Tashi Lhamo said.
Chemi Drolma, an 18-year-old senior, plans to apply for a “normal” university－one that te
aches a range of subjects－after taking the gaokao, the national college entrance exam, in June.
Her favorite subject is geography, because it is the most ac
tive class. The school has a special geography classroom, and the teacher often uses a proje
ctor to display maps and images of different terrains to help the children better understand the lesson.
Jiangsu teacher with at least one local educator. The outsiders acted as mentors, providing guidance and support.
Qian, the Chinese teacher, has mentored five teachers. He attended their classes once a week, offering advice afterwards. He also set assignments,
such as reading magazines or two to three books each year, as well as writing a paper on teaching practice every semester.
“I think many local teachers need to constantly explore education theory and the art of teaching. They also
need to read more and strengthen their research abilities, because teaching without researching is lost labor,” he said.
Namgal, a Tibetan math teacher who came to the school after she graduated t
wo years ago, said she has learned valuable lessons from her two Jiangsu mentors.
When she started teaching, her class had the third-lowest average mat
h score in the school’s seventh grade. Her first mentor, Pan Lichao, attended her classes regul
arly, taking notes and suggesting methods she could adopt. Pan also met with her several times to help prepare lessons.
Qingming Festival, which falls on April 5 this year, is known as Tomb-Sweeping Day. Chine
se people value it very much because it is the grandest festival for ancestor worship in China.
The festival always appears about the beginning of April when spring has come. Not only is i
t a period for commemorating the dead, it is also a time for people to go out and enjoy nature.
Roman poet Virgil once wrote: Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree wit
h leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its colorful attire. In such a beau
tiful season, Chinese have a three-day vacation during the festival to go out to enjoy nature after a cold winter.
Where is the best place to go during the festival? Here are 10 popular tourist attractions.Located in Southwest China’s Sichuan
province, the Jiuzhaigou Valley is renowned for its scenic and aesthetic majesty. Its fairyland landscape of num
erous lakes, waterfalls, and limestone terraces with their attractive, clear, mineral-rich waters are set in spe
ctacular alpine mountains with a highly diverse forest ecosystem, demonstrating remarkable natural beauty.
Xiang Zuofu, a professor of wildlife conservation at Central South University of Forestr
y and Technology in Hunan province and one of the leading authors of the study, said the phenomenon called allom
aternal nursing is not unusual among mammals including humans, but it’s the first evidence in an Old World monkey.
“Without the nanny, the golden snub-nosed monkeys might have become extinct,” Xia
ng said in an interview on Friday. “Golden monkeys are conceived every two years and they bear only one bab
y a time. If there is no allomaternal nursing, the survival rate of their infants would only be 20 to 30 percent.”
However, the rate may soar to over 50 percent under natural conditions when offspring also are nursed by other female monkeys, he said.
Golden snub-nosed monkeys live in high-elevation temperate forests in Hubei, Sichuan, Shaanxi an
d Gansu provinces. The cold, five-month-long winters, with nighttime temperatures easily dropping belo
w freezing, pose great challenges for them in raising infants, as do strong seasonal changes in the availability of food.
om countries involved in the BRI have visited Hainan annually to study agricultural technology, including Nanf
an’s breeding program, which is “playing the role of Silicon Valley for the country’s seed industry”, Wang said.
Hainan’s climate and biological resources have made Nanfan an important nati
onal center of seed propagation. Every winter, more than 7,000 domestic agricultural scientists and
workers are busy at the Nanfan centers. More than 70 percent of the country’s 7,000 crop varieties have been cul
tivated in the tropical island province, which is building a global resources center, National Business Daily reported.
“With good stress resistance and higher yields, hybrid rice seeds developed by Nanfan’s cen
ters are being welcomed in Southeast Asian countries,” said Xie Zhenyu, an assistant research fellow at the R
esearch Institute of Tropical Crop Germ Plasm under the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences.
“We have sent farming experts to hybrid rice growing areas overseas, and we give local farmers guidance, training and planni
ng for future development,” said Xie, who has worked as an expert in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Gambia.
of subforums, such as the ASEAN-China Governors/Mayors Dialogue, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Island Economy subforum, the South China Sea subfo
rum, the Roundtable Discussion for Overseas Chinese Business Leaders and Chinese think tanks, Wang said. “These diplo
matic platforms serve as new bridges to promote practical industrial cooperation between BRI countries.”
Activities at the Boao forum this year will highlight land and sea interconnectivity between BRI count
ries. Invitations will be sent to overseas participants to share in building a pilot free trade zone in Hainan.
Hong Kong youth groups will be invited to Hainan to see space satellite launch facilities, deep-sea science
and technology, seed breeding and other fields. Invitations will be extended to young people from ASEAN countries, Lan
cang-Mekong river nations and BRI countries to promote people-to-people understanding, Wang said.
“Hainan will ensure that the Boao Forum for Asia continues to promote greater coope
ration in healthcare, tourism, education, technology, tropical agriculture and the seed industry,” Wang said.