n, who came to the main venue of the festival on Thursday with four friends.
“We went to Thailand for a vacation last month. The beautiful sunshine and beaches there
are enchanting,” the 54-year-old Beijing native said. “Now, we have a second chance to experience its food.”
Yang Lin, 26, who described herself as a foodie, also went to t
he gala. “I love Korean food most, except for Chi
nese cuisine, and I’m happy that Beijing is holding such a big food exhibition.”
Xu Hejian, a Beijing official in charge of the event, said visitors can see how Asian food i
s made at the venue and sample various cuisines made by more than 200 food enterprises.
Wuyutai Tea is one of the companies.It’s a good opportunity for the younger generati
on to learn more about traditional Chinese delicacies and desserts,” said Chen Huaji, an employee. “Tea is
quite an important element of Chinese culture, and the exhibition offers a stage to show off the essence of Chinese food and Chinese culture.”
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.
ties brought by the BRI, which by some estimates could be worth 1.8 billion pounds ($2.33 billion) annually to the British economy.
As a financial hub for international infrastructure investmen
t, British firms and international companies based in the UK stand ready to provide many of the ser
vices required along the Belt and Road, especially as it becomes more of a shared venture, she said.
They can also provide private financing required by the project and support thro
ugh green finance, consultancy, rule of law and foreign exchange, McGuinness added.
Seventy years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, ties between China and UK h
ave gone from strength to strength, with bilateral trade now worth nearly 70 billion pounds, McGuinness said.
“I look forward to celebrating this long, fruitful relationship with our Chinese counterp
arts, and to marking the next chapter of our partnership in the Belt and Road,” she added.
Like Gray, more women and men in the US are single — more than 45 percent of all Americans age 18 or older, the US Census Bur
eau reported in 2017 — and the number of single households around the world also is increasing.
Singles make up about 14.6 percent — about 200 million — of Chi
na’s population, the largest singles population in the world, People’s Daily reported.
Sweden has the highest rate of people staying single, 51 percen
t of all households, according to 2017 data from the European Union’s Eurostat.
Sweden is followed by Denmark, Finland and Germany, which all have more than 40 percent one-person households.
The never-married population age 16 years and over in England a
nd Wales increased by 3.9 million from 2002 to 2017, while the number of married pe
ple increased only by 1.2 million during the same period, UK Census reported.