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Euro 2024 leads to football-themed night consumption trend in Wuhan




Euro 2024 leads to football-themed night consumption trend in Wuhan

2024-06-16 17:55 Last Updated At:06-17 00:37

As the UEFA Euro 2024 tournament kicks off, football fans in China have been flocking to local bars and restaurants to catch the action live, feeling the passion of this top-level event in the sports world.

At 3:00 on Saturday, when the opening game between Germany and Scotland kicked off, a bar in Wuhan City of central China's Hubei Province was packed to the brim, with every seat occupied by eager spectators.

Multiple large screens broadcast the live Euro 2024 matches, and the air was thick with fans' cheers and roars, their voices rising in unison with each pivotal moment on the pitch.

Restaurant staff deftly prepared orders and ensured a steady flow of refreshments to quench the thirst of the impassioned crowd.

"Watching a game in a bar is a totally different experience than watching a game at home.  The first thing about the bar is the atmosphere, and then there's the fact that the TV here is much larger than the one in my house," said Guan, a football fan. 

A short distance away, another bar and restaurant venue was also bustling with fans, many of whom had ordered beers, barbecue, and sandwiches to enjoy alongside the on-field action.

"For example, when I just watched the football game, every time the ball was passed or kicked over, those friends behind were very, very excited -- like "wah~"--and began to shout.  I just don't have that kind of vibe at home," said Fu Qinxuan, another fan.

Given that Euro 2024 matches typically kick off in the early morning hours in China, many businesses have adjusted their operating hours to accommodate football fans' viewing habits.

Some have even introduced special food and drink combos and added more cooks and deliverymen to capitalize on the surge in demand during the tournament.

"We are open from 23:10 to 1:45 in the wee hours. The average daily delivery is about 240 orders per store, and the order volume may increase by 15 percent to 20 percent over the same period," said Peng Wei, head of a catering company's brand operation department. 

Euro 2024 leads to football-themed night consumption trend in Wuhan

Euro 2024 leads to football-themed night consumption trend in Wuhan

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China makes marked progresses in people-centered reform

2024-07-15 23:18 Last Updated At:23:37

Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the CPC Central Committee has led the nation to make marked progresses in comprehensively deepening reforms while adhering to the people-centered approach.

In 2012, China began to advance towards building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. Faced with the people's new expectations for a better life, Xi Jinping, who had just been elected General Secretary of the CPC, made a solemn promise to the people.

"Our people have an ardent love for life. They wish to have better education, more stable jobs, more income, greater social security, better medical and health care, improved housing conditions and a better environment. They want their children to have sound growth, have good jobs and lead a more enjoyable life. To meet their desire for a happy life is our mission," Xi said while leading the Party's new central leadership to meet the press in 2012.

The Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee proposed 60 specific tasks and 336 reform measures for comprehensively deepening reform.

For years, Xi has persevered in going deep into the grassroots to observe people's livelihood, learn about people's true living standards, and personally ask what worries and troubles they have in their life and what expectations they have for the future.

"In China's modernization, people's livelihood is the most important thing. What the Communist Party of China wants to do is to make the people live a happier life," Xi said during his inspection tour in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality in April 2024.

The Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core has adhered to promoting reform with the people at the center, and taken improving people's well-being and promoting the all-round development of people as the starting point of reform and development. It has planned and promoted reform based on the overall, fundamental and long-term interests of the people.

"Comprehensively deepening reform is faced with tough tasks. The arduous situation and tasks, the complex contradictions and problems, and the stern risks and challenges are all unprecedented. Reforms should focus on what the people care about and expect. As long as it is conducive to increasing the people's sense of gain, happiness, and security, we will resolutely make breakthroughs and reform, and persistently work hard and do things well in the spirit of 'leaving a mark in the iron tools we clutch and footprints on the stones we tread,'" said Wang Yuqiang, a researcher at the Central Party History and Literature Research Institute.

Faced with the unprecedented battle to get rid of absolute poverty in human history, a series of reform measures have constituted a complete poverty alleviation system with Chinese characteristics. The CPC Central Committee has established a responsibility system and improved the assessment and evaluation system around the basic strategy of targeted poverty alleviation.

On Nov 23, 2020, Guizhou Province announced that Ziyun and eight other counties had been removed from the list of poverty-stricken counties. From then on, all 98.99 million rural poor people in 832 poverty-stricken counties across China had been lifted out of poverty.

Today, the national poverty population registration information system has been upgraded to an information system for preventing poverty relapse, monitoring and promoting rural revitalization, and relevant reforms continue to gain momentum.

"The central government has identified 160 key counties for national rural revitalization, most of which were formerly national-level poverty-stricken counties. It has refined and consolidated preferential support policies in 14 areas, continued to increase support, and tightened work responsibilities at all levels to effectively enhance and expand the results of poverty alleviation and promote comprehensive rural revitalization," said Liu Junyong, deputy head of the Assistance Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, many institutional and mechanism drawbacks that hinder the social mobility of labor and talents have been eliminated, and the employment priority strategy and active employment policies have been continuously improved. Basic pension insurance now covers 1.07 billion people, and the coverage of basic medical insurance has stabilized at above 95 percent. High-quality medical resources are expanding to the central and western regions. More than 64 million sets of various types of affordable housing and housing for shantytown reconstruction resettlement have been built. The education at all levels has been up to or higher than the average level of middle- and high-income countries. A large number of old communities have been renovated, and people's life in communities is becoming more colorful.

"If I'm not feeling well, there's the community hospital. If I'm hungry, there's the canteen. I just want to live here. I'm very happy," said Chen Dairong, a resident of Minzhu Village Community in Chongqing.

China makes marked progresses in people-centered reform

China makes marked progresses in people-centered reform

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