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also learned to do acupuncture and cupping therapy. He said that he likes to study the philosophy contained in Chin
ese medicine, the balance of yin and yang and the
five elements, which is also helpful for practicing tai chi. Haase has been to many cities in China, including Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Harbi
n. He found that every city in China has its ow n characteristics. Haase’s hometown Victoria and Changsha have a longstanding friendship. He has made m
any local friends in Changsha, where also met hi
s tai chi teachers, Chinese medicine teachers and his wife. Haase thinks the most attractive aspect of Chinese culture is Chinese philosophy and Taoism. He has adapted the slow-pace
tyle described in the Tao Te Ching, a book written by Lao Zi, the founder of Taoism. “The pace of life for mod ern people is too fast. I think everyone should learn from the
Tao Te Ching,” he said.
nd for decades and witnessed local farmers’ continuous battles against sandstorms.
“It didn’t just feel like a black storm, it was as if
the whole desert was approachi ng,” recalls Liu Conghui, a writer who was born, and still lives, near the farm Wang once worked.
As the menacing sandstorms made the area inc
reasingly inhospitable, Liu’s whole community planned to up sticks. To restore the local ecosystem, the Chinese government launched
a 10.7 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) project in 2001. A
set of measures were adopted such as sav ing water, converting farmland into grassland, providing treatment for dry riverways
and building dams. In addition to t hose measures, industrial and agricultural use of water in cities and counties along the river was limited.
Over the past two decades, Xinjiang has infused 7.7 billion cubic meters of water into
the dry trunk stream of the lower reaches of the Tarim River in 19 rounds of water diversion.
The volunteer team－led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En
glish－has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal managem
ent style, in addition to the city go vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.
oodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.
rked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con
traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents. “The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.
its urbanization process. Lastly, it plans to have development of urban and rural areas fully integrated by the middle of the century.
Under the plan, China will relax restrictio
ns on new migrants to urban areas, excluding some mega cities. hen Liuqin, founder and director-general of Beijing-based Qin Dian Think Tank, said the stimulus policy d
emonstrates the government’s commit
ment to pursue a balanced and integrated development of rural and urban areas. “The integration of rural and urban areas is not meant to eliminate differences between them, but r
ather to optimize allocation of resources and boos
t common development,” Chen added. “We sho uld abandon the fixed mindset and consider both rural and urban areas as a unified ecosystem.”
According to Chen, with the high-quality development strategy and more integ
ration, there is huge market potential in many cities. Specifically, the government will increase spending on rural infrastructure, including roads, ferries and public tran
sport. And it will encourage public-private partnerships in rural infrastructure such as water supply, waste
management and sewage treatment, farmers markets, power supply, telecommunications and logistics.
Irwin and his family were living in Costa Rica, and Berry was running a heavy equipment busin
ess in Tennessee, but the opportunity present
ed by Asian carp drew them both to Kentucky. They ran into some difficulties at first, stan place, they then steered the boat in a circle, banging the hull wi
th a wooden stick. Immediately, carp started to
jump out of the water before splashing back in. A few lucky ones managed to jump outside the net, while others dived deep to escape.
When the flurry subsided, Brting out with the
wrong-sized net and faili ng to catch a single fish. “We traded a car for a new net, and the rest is history,” Berry said.
Their average daily catch weighs from 1,360 to 3,175 kilograms. Last month, they deli
vered almost 45,360 kg. “We usually work 10 to 12 hours a day, seven days a week. If we can fish, we fish,” Berry said