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China marks National Day for Helping the Disabled with further improvements in accessibility

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China marks National Day for Helping the Disabled with further improvements in accessibility

2024-05-20 02:45 Last Updated At:14:37

The China Disabled Persons' Federation marked China's 34th National Day for Helping the Disabled on Sunday by signing an agreement with the Palace Museum in Beijing to improve accessibility at the tourist attraction, provide braille service for the visually impaired, and design sightseeing routes and open online reservation channels accessible to the disabled.

This is just one of countless nationwide initiatives to improve accessibility to cultural, economic and social venues for the disabled.

Cinemas in east China's Zhejiang Province have set up special screening halls for moviegoers in wheelchairs.

"After I enter the shopping mall, I take the elevator to the fifth floor. I can see signs of the cinema as soon as I get out of the elevator. There are staff members guiding us. The whole route is on flat ground," said Cai Lu, a resident in Hangzhou City of Zhejiang who uses a wheelchair.

Some buses in Harbin City of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province have installed intelligent assistance systems for visually impaired passengers, enabling them to listen to voice prompts by shaking their cell phones to let them know where they are on the route.

In Qingdao City in east China's Shandong Province, high-tech devices designed to improve accessibility for disabled people are being promoted at an exhibition, while in Chengdu City in southwest China's Sichuan Province, a special foundation for the development of high-tech products to assist disabled people has been set up.

The center for assistance devices for the disabled in Liuzhou City in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has launched a cooperation project with the Guangxi University of Science and Technology to develop new devices and promote the use of technology to improve the lives of disabled people.

China's National Day for Helping the Disabled falls on the third Sunday of May every year.

China marks National Day for Helping the Disabled with further improvements in accessibility

China marks National Day for Helping the Disabled with further improvements in accessibility

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Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

2024-07-20 07:14 Last Updated At:08:27

China's border ports have been implementing a range of cargo facilitation policies, leading to a surge in cargo throughput, with a nearly 57 percent year-on-year increase in the inspection of transportation vehicles in the first half of 2024.

According to the data recently released by the National Immigration Administration, China's ports inspected about 15.42 million vehicle, vessel, and train trips in the first six months of this year, a 56.9 percent jump from the same period last year.

The border ports have rolled out a series of measures to streamline customs clearance for cargo. At major land ports, fast lanes have been set up for the rapid release of critical supplies. At major seaports, online declaration has been enabled for border inspection boarding. In international shipping, arriving vessels can have much faster departures thanks to the efficient inspections.

The combined sea-rail transport model, utilizing maritime routes and the China-Europe freight train service, has made the port of Lianyungang in east China's Jiangsu Province one of the most convenient and economical gateways to the sea. It handles more than 80 percent of Kazakhstan's transit cargo to China.

At the port, containers carrying with auto parts, home appliances, and other products are offloaded, hoisted onto trucks, and then loaded onto China-Europe freight trains bound for destinations like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

"From unloading to boarding the freight train, the entire process can now be completed in as little as eight minutes. These containers are expected to reach the border ports within six days, greatly reducing transportation time and cost," said a logistics company employee.

The Youyi Pass in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, also known as Friendship Pass, on the China-Vietnam border is an important cross-national trade channel. To enhance the clearance efficiency of imported fruits, the port has established "durian-only" channels and green channels for agricultural products, as well as an intelligent inspection assistance system. A Chinese cargo truck can now clear customs in just 15 seconds.

As the country's largest land port for fruit imports and exports, the Youyi Pass saw fruit imports worth 23.92 billion yuan (about 3.3 billion U.S. dollars) in 2023, a 262.9-percent surge year on year.

Pattama Narmwong, chairman of the Thai Mangosteen Association, noted that the greatly improved clearance efficiency has considerably cut down on transportation time and costs, supporting the burgeoning development of fruit trade between China and Southeast Asian nations.

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

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