In his inaugural speech, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China, called for the realization of the "Chinese dream", which he described as "better education, more stable jobs, better income, more reliable social security, medical care of a higher standard, more comfortable living conditions, and a more beautiful environment". While Xi did not use the term "happiness" directly, his speech was praised for its fresh, grassroots appeal to increase the happiness of the people.
Big helpings are on offer catering to western tastes in China - but service is a problem.
"Where the Chinese and the world's dreams begin." That is boldly blazed on a banner outside the main building of the Beijing Film Academy, one of China's most prestigious colleges for the performing arts. That may sound like an overstatement to some, but others find a common note.
Dali's interesting ethnic culture, enticing food, ancient architecture - including a city wall and moat - and sub-tropical climate have placed it firmly at the top of many travelers destinations in China and earned it the moniker "backpacker heaven".
Chinese contemporary art seems to be entering its springtime. Overseas buyers - both individuals and institutions - have begun to take a keen interest in the genre in recent years, with work being snapped up and shipped abroad. And Chinese cities too appear to have embraced it, with areas such as Beijing's 789 Art District dedicated to providing a space for artists to be inspired and create.
China Pearl is a non-profit Chinese arts and culture organization. It was founded by Fenfen Huang, a Chinese dance artist and cultural educator. The organization delivers quality, authentic, innovative and accessible Chinese traditional and contemporary performances, workshops, classes, lectures, shows, festivals and a language service for all ages, abilities and needs.
Balancing prosperity and health will be a major challenge for policy makers in China, especially if the nation wants to capitalize on its economic gains, says a leading US expert on global health.
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