So far, the pianist has performed all of the 32 Beethoven sonatas more than 50 times.
During the China tour, Buchbinder will also be the conductor besides his role as a soloist.
Founded by Prince Elector Moritz von Sachsen in 1548, the Staat
skapelle Dresden is one of the oldest orchestras in the world and steeped in tradition.
In 2018, Staatskapelle Dresden, which celebrated its 470th anniver
sary, toured China, and it was the seventh cooperation betw
een the orchestra and Wu Promotion, China’s leading music tour promoter, since 2011.
Presenting pieces of German composer, Robert Schumann, the tour attracted nearly 7,000 music fans.
“China has great audiences who are passionate about classical music. There ar
e also many great symphony orchestras in the country, some of which are over 100 years old,” says Buchbinder.
After a disappointing performance in 2018, China’s economy appears to be stabiliz
ing. In the first quarter of 2019, GDP growth, at 6.4 percent year-on-year, matched that of the previous quarter. But grow
th in industrial production exceeded expectations, expanding by 6.5 percent year-on-year (and by 8.5 percent in Mar
ch). Even exports growth was positive, albeit weak, despite the ongoing trade frictions with the United States.
Moreover, fixed-asset investment (FAI) grew by 6.3 percent－0.2 percentage points higher than in the previous quar
ter. Investment in real estate grew the fastest (11.8 percent), followed by manufacturing (4.6 percent) and in
frastructure (4.4 percent). The growth of investment both in real estate and infrastru
cture was stronger not only sequentially, but also year-on-year. As usual, consumption growth was stable.
No need for dogs, cats to go through quarantine if they meet set conditions
Pets owners no longer need to be separated from their beloved dogs or cats when they ar
rive in China from overseas if they meet certain conditions, under a regulation that took effect on May 1.
Dogs or cats with valid electronic chips arriving from 19 designated c
ountries or regions no longer have to undergo weeklong quarantines if they pass on-site inspe
ctions at ports of entry, according to the regulation released by the General Administration of Customs earlier this year.
The designated countries and regions are New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii and Guam of the Unite
d States, Jamaica, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, J
apan and Singapore, as well as China’s Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.
The volunteer team－led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En
glish－has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal management style, in addition to the city go
vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.
Larry Goodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife
in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.
Having worked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si
zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con
venience, traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents.
“The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.
rcrowding and rampant construction plaguing cities, and the development of cities will also offer unique ways to bring about rural revitalization,” Chen said.
“As restrictions on hukou will gradually be removed, cities need to be well-prepared to offer
accommodation and employment opportunities, and allow children of migrant workers to have equal access to education,” Chen added.
China has made steady progress in urbanization, as the ranks of permanent urban r
esidents stood at 831 million at the end of 2018, up 17.9 million from the previous year, said the National Bureau of Statistics.
Last month, the National Development and Reform Commission said it
plans to increase the urbanization rate by at least 1 percentage point by the end of this year.
Shen Chi, vice-director of the China Center for Urban Development, said the government’s new
plan will help foster high-quality and sustainable economic development across the nation.
“Relaxing the hukou policy will be a key step in promoting the free flow of labor across
the nation,” Shen said. “A systematic consideration and arrangement of the integratio