A highlight of happenings in China: Fewer footprints, great games and lots of bees


Wind turbines in Rong’an county, Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, are examples of China’s progress in generating cleaner energy. By Tan Kaixing for China Daily

Addressing environmental concerns

IN the interest of protecting and preserving the environment for future generations, China, the world’s largest emerging market, is striving to achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.

A report by the State Council Information Office says the country’s energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product has fallen rapidly and the proportion of non-fossil energy in its energy consumption mix had been increased to 15.9% last year, up 8.5 percentage points from 2005.

Learn more about China’s endeavour to reach its carbon goals in this month’s China Watch, an eight-page pullout prepared by China Daily that brings you news and features from the realms of business, culture, economics, entertainment and much more.

Putting on a good game

Teams battle on the ice during a Winter Olympics test event at Wukesong Arena in downtown Beijing. – XinhuaTeams battle on the ice during a Winter Olympics test event at Wukesong Arena in downtown Beijing. – Xinhua

A more imminent challenge facing China is to put on a spectacular Winter Olympics. With fewer than 100 days to go before the opening in Beijing, optimism for a successful and memorable event is high.

Thirteen years after the curtain was lowered on the 2008 Summer Games, the Olympic flame returned to Beijing, where the games will open on Feb 4, 2022.

Preparations are said to be going smoothly like clockwork, with the organisers giving top priority and emphasis on safety amid the pandemic.

Test events and training camps have taken place in the three main competition zones of downtown Beijing, the Yanqing district of the city and Zhangjiakou in Hebei province and will continue to the end of the year.

An expert shows villagers how to choose suitable areas for beekeeping in Xinzhu village, Lijiang, Yunnan province – Photo provided to China DailyAn expert shows villagers how to choose suitable areas for beekeeping in Xinzhu village, Lijiang, Yunnan province – Photo provided to China Daily

Preserving the bees

Meanwhile, as Beijing Games organisers prepare for an event that will dazzle the world, others are quietly working to preserve one of the Earth’s most vital species – bees. What makes bees so important is that they account for many pollinators. However, they face many complex threats.

In China, the indigenous species – the Eastern honey bee (Apis cerana) – is one of the most-threatened families.

We travel to the southwestern province of Yunnan, where mountainous forests are the last habitat for native bee species and look at the work being done to protect the Eastern honey bee.

A boy learns to make replica painted pottery at the Yangshao Village National Archaeological Ruins Park in Sanmenxia on Oct 17. – Wang Kaihao, China DailyA boy learns to make replica painted pottery at the Yangshao Village National Archaeological Ruins Park in Sanmenxia on Oct 17. – Wang Kaihao, China Daily

Origins of Chinese archaeology unearthed

Finally, we visit Yangshao village in Henan province, which has been celebrating after many leading archaeologists gathered there recently to mark the opening of the Yangshao Village National Archaeological Ruins Park.

The site, more than 5,000 years old, was discovered a century ago, heralding the beginnings of modern Chinese archaeology.

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