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Home built for volunteers

After over one year's preparation, to serve 550,000 registered volunteers and over 1400 volunteer organizations, Ningbo Municipal Committee of Communist Youth League, Ningbo Volunteer Association and Ningbo Civilization Office launched the "We" volunteer service platform, integrating such services as professional registration, post issuing, supply-demand docking, service record, organizing and managing, educational training, and intelligent matching in both Chinese and English. The platform makes it possible for everyone interested to become a volunteer by breaking the information barrier. 
The platform has so far attracted over 1500 professional volunteers and launched about 100 volunteer posts in 16 categories, including community services, credit check, English translation, tutor service for college students, museum illustration, environmental protection and psychological consultancy. With the "online shopping" concept, the volunteers can log onto the We platform, then the post information will be ordered in line with the volunteers' specialty and intended service time, realizing the smart docking of volunteers and posts.

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Nationwide Reading Summit Forum held

The "Nationwide Reading" Summit Forum of Zhejiang Province was held at Ningbo Musuem on the afternoon of November 18. Related experts, like Gui Xiaofeng, former Deputy Director of the State Administration of Press and Publication, delivered speeches at the forum and discussed about the development, changes, achievements and future of the nationwide reading campaign over the past decade. Also present at the forum are the related personnel in charge from the Bureau of Culture, Broadcasting, Television, Press and Publication of all the cities and counties in Zhejiang Province.

According to Shan Lie, Deputy Director of Zhejiang Bureau of Press, Publication, Broadcasting, Film and Television, the "nationwide reading" campaign is an important measure for building the learning society, an important step for the construction of the public culture service system and an important sign of social progress and improvement of civilization. Over the past decade, Zhejiang Province has made outstanding achievements in the campaign. However, in this "internet plus" era, the activity also witnesses a lot of difficulties and problems, which requires further exploration and innovation.  

In 2015, Ningbo was entitled "Cultural Capital of East Asia". During the 13th Five-year Plan period, Ningbo aims to build "a city of boo

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Modern International Logistics Park joins construction of CEEC International Logistics College

On the afternoon of November 8, Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University signed a cooperative agreement with Ningbo Modern International Logistics Park, assigning the park as the co-building base for the CEEC International Logistics College.

The college is the first global multi-lateral logistics college based on China's "one belt, one road" initiative and the rapid development of Ningbo Port, and it is initiated by Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University and Bialystok University of Technology from Poland, and actively promoted by the related departments of Ningbo Municipal Government. The co-building agreement was signed in June 2015 during the China-CEEC Investment and Trade Expo.

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Christmas is already around the corner.The traditions

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Adventszeit und Weihnachten 

By: Evelyn Groemminger

Christmas, or Weihnachten, is considered by Germans to be the most important of the major holidays. Although secularized and commercialized compared to Christmas celebrations of years before, the German holiday season is a time for celebration and family and friends. Not only the holiday itself, but also the weeks leading up to the celebration of Christmas involve many traditions and customs of diverse origins.

Advent (Latin for "arrival, coming") is the four-week period leading up to Christmas. In German-speaking countries and most of Europe the first Advent weekend is the traditional beginning of the Christmas season when open-air Christmas markets (Christkindlmärkte) appear in many cities, the most famous ones being those in Nuremberg and  the Striezelmarkt in Dresden.

Advent officially begins on the first Sunday after Nov. 26. Four Advent Sundays lead up to Christmas.

Now it is the time for the  Advent wreath (Adventskranz) which  is adorned with four candles, one of which is lit on each of the four Sundays preceding Christmas.

The Christmas pyramid ( Weihnachtspyramide ),

originally from the Erzgebirge region of Germany, the wood or rope pyramid was the "poor man's Christmas tree." Today it is a popular Christmas decoration in many parts of Germany, often adorning window sills, usually made with candles and bells that ring as the heat from the candles turns a wooden rotor at the top.

During the four weeks before Christmas, Germans celebrate Advent, a romantic and delightful time of the year, which is strongly linked to traditional Christmas markets in wonderful settings. You'll find plenty of hand-crafted Christmas decorations, cute little incense burners, wooden-carved toys and nativity scenes to place at the heart of your Christmas display. Germany's first Christmas market was recorded in 1393, and today there are thousands of them all over the country.

The town squares, normally dark early in winter months, are lit up and buzzing with activity during this time. Townspeople gather together, listen to brass band music, drink beer or hot mulled wine (Glühwein) or apple cider, and enjoy the hearty traditional fare of the region. Vendors peddle baked goods, including gingerbread hearts, sugar-roasted almonds, crepes, cookies, stollen, cotton candy and other sweets. Christmas tree decorations, seasonal items, and handcrafted articles, such as wooden toys and hand-blown glass ornaments, are also sold.


Both gingerbread houses and the Nutcracker came from German stories. Before the Nutcracker became a Tchaikovsky ballet, he was the hero of an 1816 story by Berlin's Ernst Theodor Amadeus (E.T.A.) Hoffman. The gingerbread house first appeared in the Grimm brothers' tale of Hänsel and Gretel, then in Humperdinck's short opera which premiered on December 23, 1893. Gingerbread has quite a history on its own. It dates back to ancient Egypt. But it was in Nuremberg in 1643 that gingerbread bakers were first allowed to form their own trade guild. They developed export markets, and today, one Nuremberg exporter produces about three million pieces of gingerbread per day in the months before Christmas, for shipment around the world.

Another Christmas tradition is the Advent calendar, first printed in Germany in 1908. The Adventskalender with its 24 windows, helps children count down to Christmas Eve (Heiligabend), beginning on 1st of December.

Small treats are hidden behind little paper doors for the 24 days until Christmas.

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1st International Coastal Amusement Festival comes to an end

The 2016 Coastal Joy Running activity, the last major event of the 1st International Coastal Amusement Festival, which has been started since April this year, was held on November 6 at the newly completed Sports Park of the Hangzhou Bay New Zone of Ningbo. At nine in the morning, 3000 runners from 11 countries or regions including Canada, Brazil, France, Italy, South Korea and China attended the race on the colorful jogging path of the park. The theme of this event is "slow pace, sports, joy and love".

The Sports Park, the starting point of this race, is itself a major project for production-city integration and "colorful life scheme". The 3889-meter long colorful jogging path, with an investment of 13.04 million yuan, is also a major project of the construction of the international coastal town. The joy running route, integrating the Sports Park, the jogging path, the Guantang Lake, and such ecological elements as ginkgo and reed catkins, reflects the image of the town of health and ecology.

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