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Ningbo to implement a five-year plan for the fitness of all its citizens

On the morning of August 11, mayor Liuqi of Ningbo chaired the 106 conference of the standing committee of the municipal government to examine and pass the  "The Five-year Plan for the Fitness of All Ningbo Citizens", which specifies the target, tasks and measures for the development of fitness programs for all Ningbo people.

It is learned that the main tasks of the five-year plan are for the government to fully perform its function in providing public service in sports by developing a well established system to ensure the fitness of all people, so that the health level of citizens is remarkably raised, with the comprehensive fitness index reaching the provincial standard for a sports-strong city in Zhejiang. The plan includes such six projects as the construction of sports facilities, the development of fitness activities, the training in sports skills, the establishment of a network of sports societies, campus sports, sports demonstration programs, etc.

The specific indexes for the coming five years include: 40% of citizens often participate in sports activities; 90% of citizens reach the national standards of physical fitness; 95% of sports facilities of downtown schools and 85% of county(district) schools are open to the public; 80% and 90% of counties and towns are listed as provincial "sports-strong"; there are 4 sports directors per one thousand people; each county of district develops at least one mass sports game; per capita sports area is above 1.8 square meters; sports expense increases in proportion to the increase in financial revenue; sports welfare funds from sports lottery is strictly used for the program of "fitness for all".

It was agreed at the meeting that the implementation of the plan of fitness for all to improve the health of people and improve their quality of life is very significant in creating a harmonious society. All the related government departments should further strengthen their functions of public service, raise people's awareness of physical fitness, build and improve all kinds of sports facilities, establish a sound network of sports organizations, offer rich and varied activities, have proper plans and measures to push forward the sustainable development of the program of fitness for all to advocate a healthy, civilized and positive way of life among people.

The conference also dealt with other matters, such as the examination of "Regulations to Improve Pre-school Education", etc.

Not a Factory in Sight: 3 Must-see Ancient Towns in Ningbo

If you wander the streets of Ningbo for long enough, you’ll eventually stumble across a ‘gu zhen’ (古镇), an ancient town. This is the type of China you read about in coffee table books before ever setting foot here: the one with quaint streams and cobbled streets; wooden signs and shop fronts and shutters, old women sitting on stone steps outside scrubbing their clothes in dented metal tubs. There are plenty of old towns surrounding Ningbo... let’s go back in time!

Not a Factory in Sight: 3 Must-see Ancient Towns in Ningbo
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1) Qiantong Old Town前童古镇
Situated 14km southwest of the heart of Ninghai County, Qiantong Old Town is one of the best preserved in Zhejiang Province, and is a prime example of the ancient ‘Confucian Culture’. Qiantong was established in the Song Dynasty and came to prominence in the Ming Dynasty, and to this day has managed to preserve over 1,300 examples of ancient housing from that era. There are around 2,000 households living in Qiantong these days, and today the vast majority of residents (80%) all have the surname ‘Tong’, thus giving the place its name of Qiantong.

Nearly all of the residents have kept the original Ming and Qing dynastic style to their homes, including the long wooden signs that hang off the eaves. Close by to the old town is a district full of ancient artists’ work; the buildings here have also been preserved in their original appearance. Above the Liangfang Gate there are exquisite carvings hinting at the elaborate skill of yesteryear, featuring jumping salmon, horses’ heads and ornate flowers. There’s an ancient shrine alongside old buildings, and the Tong Family Name Ancestral Hall with Imperial attic, built in the early Ming Dynasty and designed by Fang Xiaoru, according to legend. Qiantong is not a hot spot on the tourist map, and for that reason it is still very peaceful and worth the visit!

Add: Qiantong Village, Qiantong Town, Ninghai County, Ningbo
Admission: Adults 40 RMB; children 20 RMB
Accommodation: There are a number of hotels and hostels in the town; alternatively you can opt to stay in a family residence for a few nights. Prices for all these range from 30-120 RMB.
Getting there: From Ningbo South Bus station take the 108 or 203 and change at Ninghai Main Terminal. From here there are buses to Qiantong old town every ten minutes (10 RMB).

Not a Factory in Sight: 3 Must-see Ancient Towns in Ningbo

2) Shipu Old Town石浦古镇
You’ll find Shipu Old Town on the southern edge of ‘Elephant Mountain Peninsula’ (Xiangshan Bandao), and it’s one of Jiangsu Province’s famous historical ‘living fishing towns’ with over 600 years of history. Shipu was founded beside a mountain and next to the sea, thus the local ancient people said, “The city is on the dock; the mountain is in the city.” It sounds like crazy-speak, but it’s very, very old so what do you expect? One edge of the city is a bona fide fishing port, and the opposite side is buried deep within the mountain foothills, with the city walls being built around the fluctuations of the base rock. The city’s stone steps fluctuate like waves in a rock ocean, and after a day’s walking you’ll feel the benefit in your tight buns.

The oldest streets in Shipu are Wanxing Jie, Fujian Jie, Zhong Jie, Hou Jie and Yanchang Jie. Zhong Jie (‘Middle Street’) was built in the Ming Dynasty and is considered Shipu’s most famous and most bustling commercial street; most of the shops and houses on either side are made of wood, and around every 50m or so along the street you will find ‘Yuedongmen’ style protective walls – effectively barriers against wind and fire. Also in the town you’ll find the Chenghuang Temple, just on a hillside, recognizable by its wooden façade, and additionally, some great seafood restaurants!

Add: Xiangshan Bandao, Shipu Old Town, Ningbo
Admission: 60 RMB
Opening times: 07:30-19:00
Getting there: Take a coach from Ningbo’s south bus terminal all the way to Shipu East Station, then take the 1, 2 or 9 bus to the old town.

Not a Factory in Sight: 3 Must-see Ancient Towns in Ningbo

3) Cicheng Ancient Town慈城古县城
Wow! Another ancient town! This one is really old and really good though, so if you only have time to visit one, make it Cicheng, because it gets a 4-star rating from the tourist board, and it’s got over 1,000 years of history, apparently. Whether that is enough to prevent Starbucks and McDonalds taking over is yet to be seen though. Fortunately Cicheng has preserved many of its ancient buildings in the city’s 5km² radius, along with 33 protected cultural relic sites, including a Confucius Temple erected in 984 AD (Northern Song Dynasty) which is 318 years older than the Confucius Temple in Beijing and retains its original Ming dynasty appearance. The temple occupies over 7,000m² and features over 137 rooms for prayer and whatnot, so if you’re really into temples then here is where you want to be!

Being the stunning example of ancient Ming and Qing architecture, Cicheng also boasts some interesting ancient residential buildings, and if all the dusty brickwork is making you yawn, there’s also a natty art district where examples of ancient handmade art are on display. You’ll see examples of knitting, pottery, handmade jewellery and decorative painting.

Add: Cicheng Ancient Town, Ningbo
Admission: Confucius Temple 20 RMB; County Government 25RMB; Qing Housing 30 RMB
Opening times: Summer 08:00-17:00; winter 08:30-16:30
Getting there: You can jump on the 331, 335 or 337 bus from Ningbo town centre; they all go straight to Cicheng.

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Water melon carving

Water melon carving

A cook with a grand hotel was carving a water melon on August 4. Each year, he will carve artworks out of water melon skins, which attracted diners a lot.

Rapid decomposition of straw to lift the productivity of the land

After the harvest of early rice, the straw was smashed and evenly sprayed over the fields together with decomposing agents to raise the productivity of the land. The success of the experiment in Ningbo has brought an apparent increase in the organic matter in the earth, with production per mu increasing by 20 to 30 kilograms. Recently, related cultural departments on Ningbo held on-the-site conferences to spread the technology.

"Straw returning to the land is the re-use of waste resource, which reduces the emission of such greenhouse gasses as carbon dioxide and methane as well as adds to the nutrients of the earth," said Zhangshuo, a senior agricultural technician.

As for the farmers, the decomposing agents are easy to use and low in cost. "With this technology, there is less insect hazard and higher yield," said a farmer.

It is learned that as a comprehensive technology to raise the productivity of the land, the rapid decomposition of straw has been applied as a pilot experiment to over 20,000 mu of land in Ningbo.


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