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Largest cargo plane taking off

At 8 o’clock in the morning on 29th, Nov, the largest cargo plane in the world called AN-225 arrived at Shijiazhuang in China, ready to load streetcars and ship them to Turkey.

As China daily reported:

“The world’s largest cargo plane will carry two green-energy tram cars from Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, to Istanbul, making it the first air transport of high-quality, domestically built equipment of this scale to fly to Europe.

The AN-225, measuring 84 meters long with an 88.74-meter wingspan, arrived at the airport and waited on the parking apron for the loading of the two streetcars, each weighing about 20 metric tons, on Friday.

Compared to commercial planes, which have two engines, the AN-225 has six engines, allowing it to carry heavy loads, and can fly more than 15,000 km in a single flight.

Transporting the streetcars from China to Turkey by air is much more time-efficient compared with traditional means on the sea or by rail, but loading the massive cars was a laborious task.

Twenty-one employees from the AN-225’s owner and Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov installed two giant tracks to guide the 40-meter-long tram cars into the plane and worked from 8 am to about 6 pm on Friday to complete the loading process.

Inside the aircraft, the parallel tracks were fixed to the floor, and various other tethers were attached to keep the streetcars in place during the flight.

The occasion marks the seventh time the enormous cargo plane has landed at Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport since 2006. The airport is the only one in the country approved to land the AN-225 by the Civil Aviation Administration of China.”

 

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How much is a letter worth of? 6.5 million!

In 2013 China Guardian fall auction, a letter written by Lu Xun, a very famous Chinese writer,  was bid at the price of 6.55 million Chinese Yuan, which is close to 1 million USD.

What is even more surprising is that this letter only contains around 200 Chinese characters, meaning that each character is worth of more than 30,000 Chinese Yuan, which is about 5000 USD.

Let us take a look what the letter is like:

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Chinese third plenary-both challenges and opportunities in future.

The third plenary has always been one of the most important national conferences in China. During this conference, all the highest government leader gather together and discuss the future trend of China and publicize the results.

This conference always attracts the attention from all over the world especially big countries like USA.

During this year, what issues have been discussed? Or in which direction is China going to?

Please click China daily to link to a comprehensive report.

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How much does it cost to marry someone?

China daily has reported a very interesting Chinese domestic news about an engagement. Let’s take a look.

“A man from Yiwu city brings more than 888,8888 yuan($1.5 million) in cash as part of his betrothal gifts for his bride’s family to their home in Pujiang, East China’s Zhengjiang province, Nov 12. The money weighs 102 kilograms, and his gifts also included wine, according to local tradition”

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11.11-A big day in China business world.

During recent 2-3 years, 11th, November, which is greatly known in China as 11.11, has been shaped as a very big day. It is like Chinese “black friday”.

It is now the biggest online shopping day in the world and it is in China, not in the US.

11.11 is also known as “single day”. Before several years ago, it was mostly used to joke about those people who were single and then companies saw the business opportunity of this day and started to promote discounted goods for single people. Since it has become so profitable, all kinds of companies started to heavily promote on this day to various types of consumers no matter they are single or not.

The biggest platform that companies use to sell their products online is Alibaba, which is founded by Ma Yun, a living legend in China who has built up his empire from doing e-commerce and who has forecast the great e-commerce future in China.

This year, the “11.11 sale” started at 0 o’clock in 11.11, according to Alibaba’s real time data, after 55 seconds, the sales number has overpassed 100 million Chinese Yuan;  after 6 min and 7 seconds, the number has reached to 1 billion Chinese Yuan; 13 min 22 seconds, the number has reached to 2 billion Chinese Yuan. According to Ma Yun’s estimation, this year, the final 11.11 sales would reach to 30 billion Chinese Yuan in ONE day. It is amazing, isn’t it?

 

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An ancient tomb was found during reconstruction in China

In Fuzhou, China, a lot of ancient bricks that were used to build tomb were found during reconstruction of an old neighborhood. After an archeology team’s excavation, a tomb that was built more than 1000 years ago was found. Along with the excavation, a lot of properties that used to belong to the owner were also taken out.

Here are some pictures:

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