Top 10 Most Attractive Chinese Cities in 2019! Hangzhou Ranks...

Source: HangzhouTube, China Daily, Xinhua News

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According to a report on Jan 21 issued by Baidu Huiyan, a Baidu Map-based provider offering urban population and geography big data, Hangzhou ranks 9 as the most attractive city in China in 2019, where Shenzhen took the crown, followed by Guangzhou and Beijing.

The report relied on the massive travel data from Baidu Map as well as location data from its open platform. Some 100 major cities in China were selected to reflect the city's attractiveness in terms of population via big data, according to the report.

The top 10 most attractive cities in China last year: No 10 Foshan, No 9 Hangzhou, No 8 Chongqing, No 7 Suzhou, No 6 Chengdu, No 5 Shanghai, No 4 Dongguan, No 3 Beijing, No 2 Guangzhou, No 1 Shenzhen.

Measures taken to reduce cases from inbound flights

The Civil Aviation Administration of China will work with the departments of foreign affairs, customs, public security, health and immigration, as well as the Beijing municipal government to strengthen the management of international flights, Zhu Tao, chief of the CAAC's flight standard department, said on Thursday.

The CAAC requires carriers to take the temperature of each passenger and set up an emergency quarantine zone onboard. Wearing face masks is also a must, Zhu said.

Airlines should minimize cabin service and ramp up protection efforts for all crew members during high-risk flights. They should immediately take isolation, ventilation and sterilization measures when suspected cases are found on planes and inform the destination airport, he added.

In the face of challenges from imported cases, the Beijing Capital International Airport has designated Zone D of Terminal 3 as a special zone for inbound flights from countries with serious coronavirus situations. 

All passengers disembarking from such flights need to complete a monitoring process, including body temperature screening and information inspection within the area.

China resumes nearly 90% entry & exit service

Up to 2,836 entry and exit authorities at or above the county level in China have resumed service by March 12, accounting for 87 percent of the total 3,250 such authorities, according to the National Immigration Administration (NIA).

The entry and exit authorities had accepted 11,000 online applications of Chinese and foreign personnel by March 11, according to the NIA, and issued more than 5,100 prioritized entry and exit certificates to facilitate work resumption.

China also set up 62 special passes at land border ports to facilitate cross-border transportation of materials to curb the epidemic, import and export commodities, and fresh agricultural products.

Big data helps Zhejiang forecast tea harvesting time

Zhejiang has adopted big data to accurately forecast the proper time for harvesting tea leaves to mitigate the impact of labor shortage caused by the epidemic.

The best time for harvesting Xihu Longjing, or the West Lake Dragon Well tea, this year is March 15 to 17, and the Jiukeng tea from Qingyuan county is March 29 to April 1, said Wu Kaihua, leader of a digital agriculture research team from Hangzhou Dianzi University.

Wu said the forecast was based on the historical weather and temperature data, the actual tea harvesting time of previous years and surveys of tea farmers, adding the forecast accuracy is less than three days, which would help allocate tea-picking workers to tea farms across the province amid the epidemic.

China approves new bonded area in Wenzhou

The State Council, China's cabinet, has officially given the nod to the Wenzhou Comprehensive Bonded Area in the city of Wenzhouhome to numerous private businesses. The city plans to complete the first phase of construction within a year. The area is estimated to cover 1.44 square kilometers. Work has started to attract businesses to the area.

Yiwu provides full-chain services to foreign buyers

At the press conference on promoting market prosperity in Yiwu, Wu Dan, director of Yiwu Foreign Affairs Office, introduced the full-chain services to foreign buyers in Yiwu.

First, pick-up service. In recent days, Yiwu will arrange pick-up service at Yiwu Railway Station and etc.  

Second, procurement service. For buyers who are temporarily unable to enter the market, such as being under quarantine or medical observation at home, video sourcing, online trading, and foreign trade company procurement service will be arranged; buyers from low-risk countries and regions will be provided one-to-one accompanied purchase; buyers who have been in China for 14 days and has no health issues can conduct procurement in the market freely.

Third, subsidies and incentive measures. Overseas buyers who come to Yiwu before March 31 will be provided with air ticket reimbursement and free accommodation; overseas business chamber and associations will have certain rewards if organizing buyers to come to Yiwu.

Fourth, daily services. For those under quarantine or medical observation at home, Yiwu will provide necessary services such as agents doing grocery shopping for them. For more questions, there is a 24-hour service hotline 0579-85214963 for foreign friends.

Finally, Yiwu sincerely welcome friends from all over the world to come to Yiwu to pursue their business dreams so as to contribute to the trade cooperation between Yiwu and different countries in the world.

For Expats in Zhejiang