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22 photos that show China as you've never seen it before

22 photos that show China as you've never seen it before | Epic pics | Scoop.it
Some of Reuters best pictures of China - captured from above.
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Xi Jinping named China president

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Xi Jinping (R) replaces Hu Jintao, who retires after 10 years at the top

 

The National People's Congress in Beijing confirms Xi Jinping as China's president, completing the nation's once-in-a-decade transition of power.

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Un hôtel de 30 étages construit en 15 jours

Un hôtel de 30 étages construit en 15 jours | Epic pics | Scoop.it
Un hôtel de 30 étages a été érigé en 360 heures chrono près du lac Dongting, dans la province du Hunan. Sa structure est capable de résister à un séisme de magnitude 9 sur l échelle de Richter.
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Life expectancy in parts of China exceeds the US. How does your country compare?

Life expectancy in parts of China exceeds the US. How does your country compare? | Epic pics | Scoop.it

One of the less discussed aspects of China’s rapid economic development is the boom it has brought for health and longevity. A new study from medical journal The Lancet provides one of the most detailed pictures yet of the state of Chinese health.

Behind the headline figure of a jump in life expectancy of 68 in 1990 to 76 in 2013 lies some fascinating details.

  • In Shanghai, life expectancy is now 83 — on a par with that of Switzerland.
  • There are now six provinces — Shanghai, Tianjin, Zhejiang, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Macao — that have higher life expectancies than the US or South Korea.
  • Tibet has shown huge improvement with a life expectancy of 70 in 2013 against 56 in 1990.

To highlight the progress made, The Economist has taken the data and created a map showing the life expectancy of each province and matched it to that of another nation. Viewed through this prism, much of China’s eastern seaboard looks like Northern Europe.

 

Author: Donald Armbrecht is a freelance writer and social media producer.

Image: A couple takes pictures with their baby on the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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Launch of Chinese Chang'e 3 Lunar Exploration Rover on Long March 3B

Publiée le 1 déc. 2013

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched from the Xichang launch site in China carrying the countries first Rover destined for the Moon - Chang'e 3. Liftoff occurred December 1st 2013 at 17:30 UTC. Chang'e 3 contains a lander from which the Rover will deploy from after landing on the Moon surface on December 14th 2013. The Rover will be the first spacecraft in 37 years to make a soft landing on the Moon after Russia's Luna 24 mission in 1976.

The Rover weighs 120kg and is 1.5 meters tall, it's onboard systems allow it to transmit live video and also dig - performing soil analysis.

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Le "Lapin de jade" gambadera bientôt sur la lune. Cette nuit, la sonde lunaire "Chang'e-3" a décollé de Chine et atteint l'orbite prévue autour de la Terre. "Ce lancement est un succès", a commenté le responsable de la base des satellites de Xichang, Zhang Zhenzhong, moins d'une heure après la mise à feu.

De nombreux chinois sont restés éveillés pour admirer le décollage en direct à la télévision de cette nouvelle mission spatiale, objet de fierté nationale. A son bord, un véhicule d'exploration téléguidé surnommé "Yutu" (Lapin de jade), en référence au lapin de la déesse de la Lune. Un engin tout-terrain à six roues, pesant 120 kilos, et truffé d'électronique. Si l’alunissage prévu mi-décembre est réussi, la Chine deviendrait la troisième nation à réussir ce défi après les USA et l'ex-URSS.

Rêve spatial

L'enjeu est de taille pour Pékin : "Montrer qu'elle rattrape progressivement les premières puissances spatiales et s'assurer ainsi une place de partenaire de premier plan dans les coopérations internationales futures", explique à l'AFP Isabelle Sourbès-Verger, spécialiste du programme spatial chinois au Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). Une fois sur la Lune, le Lapin, qui sera opérationnel trois mois, arpentera sa surface pour prendre des images en trois dimensions et effectuer des analyses scientifiques, notamment géologiques.

La Chine consacre des milliards de dollars à la conquête de l'espace, une ambition qui s'inscrit dans le "rêve chinois", le slogan fondateur de la politique du président Xi Jinping. A terme, elle veut devenir le premier pays asiatique à envoyer un homme sur la Lune. Le rêve est désormais en marche.

 

Maud Vallereau avec AFP

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Dramatic video: Giant sinkhole swallows house in China

Two buildings in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou vanished into a sinkhole on Monday, but authorities filled in the hole in less than 24 hours, China's state broadcaster CCTV reported. No one was hurt in the collapse because the people who lived in the buildings had moved out. The sinkhole appeared on Monday, causing a three-storey building to collapse. More subsidence occurred later that evening, leading to the collapse of another three-storey building.

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