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Olympic Qualifier Series Shanghai attracts spectators, boosts sales of souvenirs

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Olympic Qualifier Series Shanghai attracts spectators, boosts sales of souvenirs

2024-05-17 16:12 Last Updated At:17:57

The ongoing Olympic Qualifier Series (OQS) Shanghai stop has attracted throngs of spectators while boosting the sales of Olympic-themed souvenirs and local delicacies.

The OQS for BMX freestyle, skateboarding, breaking and sport climbing are being held in an urban park at the Huangpu Riverside from Thursday to Sunday, with hundreds of athletes from around the globe battling out for a place in the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics.

The official merchandise store is bustling with visitors, as the stylishly designed Olympic-themed souvenirs are popular among the younger crowds.

Limited edition items, such as badges, hats, and skateboards, attract buyers by blending Olympic themes and urban street sports elements.

"The design is very trendy and quite different from other Olympic [merchandise] designs, so I found it particularly interesting. I love collecting these souvenirs," said a young visitor.

At the refreshment area of the venue, visitors can enjoy not only fast food, but local delicacies. Many traditional Chinese food brands, including the renowned Yuyuan Nanxiang Steamed Bun from Shanghai, are offering their signature Xiaolongbao and crab dumplings.

Stamp collectors also have a chance to buy special edition of stamp albums and first day covers of the OQS at the themed post office at the venue. Visitors can even make tailored postcards to cherish the moment.

The Paris 2024 Summer Olympics will be held from July 26 to August 11.

Olympic Qualifier Series Shanghai attracts spectators, boosts sales of souvenirs

Olympic Qualifier Series Shanghai attracts spectators, boosts sales of souvenirs

Olympic Qualifier Series Shanghai attracts spectators, boosts sales of souvenirs

Olympic Qualifier Series Shanghai attracts spectators, boosts sales of souvenirs

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Rescue, relief operations underway as seasonal floods hit parts of China

2024-06-20 23:19 Last Updated At:06-21 00:17

Rescue and relief operations are underway to mitigate the impact of seasonal flooding across China.

South China's Guangdong Province has mobilized emergency forces to the hardest-hit areas, such as Pingyuan County and Jiaoling County in the province's Meizhou City, where clearance and repair works on flood-damaged roads are underway.

The provincial emergency aviation rescue center also dispatched helicopters to rescue trapped or injured people and deliver generators, food, drinking water and other supplies to flooded villages.

Wuping County, another hard-hit area in east China's Fujian Province, also dispatched emergency management and transportation teams, who rushed to the scene in speedboats and rubber boats carrying life jackets and other rescue equipment and supplies.

The county also mobilized nearly 300 excavators, forklifts and other machinery to assist in the evacuation of more than 68,000 people.

Water levels in some sections of three of the four major rivers in central China's Hunan Province, the Xiangjiang, Zijiang and Yuanjiang Rivers, have risen by three to 7.5 meters due to continuous rainfall, causing floods in surrounding areas.

Faced with flooding, neighboring areas have taken strict preventive measures, and more than 23,000 residents have been evacuated.

Rainfall also lashed east China's Anhui Province, with torrential rain hitting the province's Huangshan City, causing floods and trapping many rural residents.

Nearly 900 emergency rescue teams in the city are currently carrying out rescue and disaster relief operations while transferring affected people to safe locations.

Many rivers in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region also saw rivers exceeding flood alert levels, causing flooding in the region's Guilin City. Emergency responders have evacuated stranded people, and helped get traffic flowing again in urban area as the floods recede.

East China's Jiangxi Province is also closely monitoring key zones such as mountainous areas, reservoirs, and rivers to provide real-time disaster warnings, stepping up efforts to identify risks and hidden dangers.

China's State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters on Thursday initiated a Level-IV emergency response in Anhui and Hubei and Chongqong Municipality.

China has a four-tier flood-control emergency-response system, with Level I being the most severe response.

The Ministry of Emergency Management also urgently allocated 30,000 pieces of central disaster relief supplies to Guangxi in coordination with relevant departments.

The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Water Resources said on Wednesday that it had allocated central fiscal water conservancy disaster relief funds of 916 million yuan (126.16 million U.S. dollars).

Guangdong, Fujian and Guangxi will get 499 million yuan from the total to support flood disaster relief and flood prevention works, with a focus on providing subsidies for the repair of damaged water infrastructure.

Rescue, relief operations underway as seasonal floods hit parts of China

Rescue, relief operations underway as seasonal floods hit parts of China

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