and chairs. “The first time I chose elms, but in the end I failed.” He began to use peach trees in 2007, knitting four peach branches t ogether and putting iron molds on them. Depending on the growth of the br anches, the trees were shaped each year until they grew into the shapes of a table and chair. “It took almost 10 years to grow into finished products. Now there are about 800 tables and chairs,” Zhang said, add ing that once the products are grown, they are then cut, peeled, dried, and polished to be ready for sale. Zhang took his first set of four peach tree chairs and a round table toRead More →

first modern aquarium in China. But construction was unfinished when the Qing monarc hy fell, leaving abandoned stone architecture and iron frames, which can be seen by visitors today. Cultural relic warehouses were added in the courtyard after 1925, when the Forbidden City became a public museum. In-depth studies will follow the donation to uncover mysteries, because no original blueprint of the aquarium has been found. According to Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum, the Yanxi Go ng area will be turned into an exhibition space displaying foreign cultural relics among for mal royal collections, because the place reflects Sino-foreign cultural exchanges. It isRead More →

  at vetoes since 1972, when Richard Nixon faced a Democratic-led Congress, most of the vetoes have come when at least one chamber was not aligned with the President.   Veto overrides, of course, are much more rare than vetoes. There have been only 111 in the history of the country, and they have impact.   One of the country’s few impeachments, Andrew Johnson’s, was precipitated by a veto override.   In more recent history, the Clean Water Act in 1972 and an expansion of the Freedom of In formation Act in 1974 both passed despite presidential vetoes. The last time an appropriations bill was ove rridden was duringRead More →

United States President Donald Trump and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea top leader K im Jongun did not sign any deal at their second summit in Hanoi on Thursday. So what will US-DPRK r elations be like in the future? Two experts share their views with China Daily’s Pan Yixuan. Excerpts follow: Both sides should show patience to continue talks That no agreements were signed between the US and the DPRK in Hanoi came as a surprise since ex pectations were high that the second Trump-Kim summit would yield at least a US-DPRK peace trea ty, if not a pact on verifying the DPRK’s dismantledRead More →

  As tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan simmer, some people — mostly youths — ar e trying to build bridges and dialogue between the two neighboring countries.   The #SayNoToWar campaign on Twitter comes shortly before Pak istan announced that the captured Indian pilot, who was shot down over Kashmir, w ould be released Friday in an attempt to defuse the gravest crisis in the disputed border region in years.   It is unclear who launched the hashtag on Twitter, but Kashmiri journalist Sagrika Kissu was one of the first to promote it on Tuesday, a check by CNN shows.   ”Let’s trend the hashtag #SayNoToWar. We don’tRead More →