President Xi Jinping visited the production zone of river snail rice noodles during his inspection tour of Liuzhou city in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region on Saturday. The noodles, which date back to the 1970s, are the secret behind Liuzhou's success story. Xinhua reports that the annual sales of river snail rice noodles in more than 20 countries and regions exceeded 10 billion yuan ($1.54 billion) in 2020, while providing over 250,000 jobs across the industrial chain. On Sina Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, river snail rice noodles are often among the top 10 trending topics. Chinese cuisine is popular the world over. Hundreds of rice noodles and thousands of local snacks are famous across the country. So how exactly did this hitherto lesser-known snack from Liuzhou become so famous? The turning point came in 2014, when some local shops began packing the noodles in plastic bags, enabling its online sale and turning it from a local to a national brand, which is popular … [Read more...] about How Liuzhou made its snack famous
Video Player Close by Tamara Treichel and Li Jun BEIJING, May 6 (Xinhua) -- The scene where wealthy socialite Rose clings to a floating door after her beloved Jack dies in the freezing waters of the Atlantic is one of the most memorable scenes in the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic." But what was previously unknown is that this scene was inspired by the true-life story of one of the six Chinese who survived the 1912 disaster. It is this tidbit and other surprises that characterize the documentary "The Six," a movie about the six Chinese men who survived the sinking of the purportedly unsinkable ocean liner. The documentary, which is currently playing in movie theaters around China, was the brainchild of an American in Beijing called Steven Schwankert, who is the chief researcher and co-creator of the documentary. He has also authored a book about that subject with the same name. "Originally the idea for the story was mine," Schwankert told Xinhua in a recent exclusive interview. … [Read more...] about Feature: New movie “The Six” pays tribute to, dispels myths surrounding mysterious Chinese Titanic survivors
Getty Images Dave Gettleman has been a General Manager for eight drafts across two teams, the Panthers and Giants. In that time, he’s famously — or notoriously — never traded back. When that got brought up during his Thursday pre-draft press conference, Gettleman noted it’s not because he’s never wanted to. “ I’ve tried! I’ve tried to trade back,” Gettleman said, via ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, also calling the notion he won’t trade back an urban myth. “But it’s got to be value. I’m not getting fleeced.” Gettleman went on to say that some deals have been in place, but players other teams wanted to select came off the board right before Gettleman’s team came on the clock. A report from NFL Media indicated the Giants were “ internally considering ” trading out of the 11th overall pick. But that will also depend on a team wanting to come up and take a player who has made it to that selection. If it happens, it will also be the first time the Giants have traded back with a … [Read more...] about Dave Gettleman says he’s tried to trade back but refuses to get fleeced
The subculture of Selena Quintanilla Pérez super-fandom, or Selenidad , was born out of grief. After the Queen of Tejano music was murdered on March 31st, 1995 — shot once in the back by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar — her Mexican American fans mourned her. For some it was like a close relative had been assassinated and an untouchable, living religious diva was extinguished before she could perform her miracles. When Dreaming of You , her first English-language album, was released posthumously that summer, it sold over 175,000 copies in a single day and eventually over 3 million copies. In her home state of Texas, they painted large murals of her, erected a statue, named a park in her honor and made her Corpus Christi music studio into a museum. All these decades later, fans still put her photos up on their Día De Muertos ofrendas and dress up in her most famous outfits on the anniversary of her death. Related Stories What to Watch in May: … [Read more...] about Who Owns Selena’s Legacy?
Christmas is full of surprises, and not just of the gifting type; the holiday has also coincided with some highly newsworthy moments. On Christmas Day 1962, To Kill a Mockingbird was released; In 1990, the internet got its first test drive on Christmas; and on Christmas Day in 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the USSR. But perhaps one of the most memorable events of American Christmases past was the flight of Apollo 8. Astronauts Jim Lovell, William Anders and Frank Borman spent the night before Christmas of 1968 orbiting the moon—the first humans to do so. It was a mission originally intended to test out the lunar module, but when delays with the module threatened to slow the Apollo program and former President John F. Kennedy's ambitious goal to land on the moon by the end of the decade, NASA abruptly changed the mission to a lunar voyage. Apollo 8 launched on December 21, 1968, circled the moon 10 times on Christmas Eve, and begun its return to Earth that … [Read more...] about Rewind: On Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8 Orbited the Moon