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German student explores Chinese culture, lifestyle on exchange tour

2024-06-26 01:59 Last Updated At:06:47

A German exchange student has embarked on an enriching journey to explore Chinese culture and modern-day lifestyles in China.

Fusai, an exchange student from Germany studying at Tongji University in Shanghai, has visited several cities in China. Among them, Beijing stands out as his favorite so far. He was particularly impressed by the city's prestigious universities and the majestic Great Wall.

"I had the opportunity to visit many amazing cities in China such as Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou or Hangzhou. Out of all the cities I've been to so far, my favorite city is definitely Beijing. I've visited many special places, such as many universities like Tsinghua University or Peking University. And my favorite thing was that we played basketball with different locals at the different universities, so we really experienced some contact with local students. And furthermore, we just climbed up to the Mutianyu (section of the Great Wall) wall. It was super hot, but it was definitely a great thing that it wasn't that crowded and touristic. During my travels, I had the opportunity to also try many different local foods in different parts of China," he said.

He shared his firsthand experiences of local cuisine in the cities he has visited and using mobile payments. He also praised the well-maintained tourist facilities in China.

"Moreover, the public transportation system in China, especially in bigger cities like Shanghai or Beijing, is really good. I think that the subway is very clean and very convenient because it's very easy to get from A to B. Everything in the subway is also told in English. Mobile payments are very convenient in China. You just need your mobile with you, and you can even rent power banks if your mobile goes out of charge," he said.

Thanks to China's 15-day visa-free tourist visit policy for German nationals, Fusai's family and friends are also having a great time visiting him in Shanghai. Acting as a tour guide and showing them where he studies and lives, Fusai says that the policy will definitely help boost the tourist industry in China.

German student explores Chinese culture, lifestyle on exchange tour

German student explores Chinese culture, lifestyle on exchange tour

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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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