Weekly News N109 – Parking for women – China sea islands – Investment in infrastructures – Fight against obesity

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  • LEVEL 1: Wider parking spaces for women in Hangzhou

    Few weeks ago, a local service station opened eight parking spaces reserved for female drivers only. The manager said that the spaces are really convenient for people who cannot properly drive a car in reverse gear. They all are 1.5 times larger than normal parking spots, were drawn with pink lines and display a woman logo in the middle. What do you think about it?

  • LEVEL 2: China plans to turn famous South China Sea islands into a new tourist hotspot

    The mayor of the biggest town in the Paracel Islands said that China plans to create new islands or transform some of the archipelago’s existing islands into a Maldives-like tourism site. The first step will be build new reefs in order to attract marine life. Tourism ships have already been travelling from Hainan to the islands since 2013, and according to Reuters there should be more coming soon.

  • LEVEL 3: China plans to invest 4.7 trillion RMB into transport infrastructure

    China has outlined a massive spending plan worth 4.7 trillion yuan ($725 billion) to provide more reliable transport to some of the country’s most isolated areas. According to People’s Daily, more than 300 new projects have been proposed, including a significant number to connect China’s poorest cities with regional transport hubs using road and rail. Zheng Jian, a member of the National Development and Reform Commission, said that this investment is part of a larger plan to bring the entire population above the poverty line by 2020.

  • LEVEL 4: Fight against obesity: China tells its citizens to eat less

    Chinese government issued earlier this month a new set of dietary guidelines encouraging people to reduce their consumption of meat and eggs. This move could not only improve public health in China but also improve the environment. The announcement, issued by the National Health and Family Planning Commission, is part of a campaign to combat diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. As rising incomes lead to an increase in the consumption of meat and dairy products, the incidence of these eventually lethal diseases is expected to skyrocket in the coming years in China.