Members of the post-95 generation are increasingly interested in working in tier-two or tier-three cities and they are more willing to work out of interests and hobbies, according to a report released by Tencent and 58 Group, Beijing Morning Post reported Wednesday.

The report focused on job seekers’ behavioral characteristics at middle or basic level from 2017 to 2018, revealing the temptation of tier-one cities is dropping. The percentage of post-95s that want to work in tier-two or tier-three cities has increased to 41.3 percent.

Post-95s think highly of “emotional release, self-expression and spiritual freedom” when seeking employment compared to material benefits including salary and welfare.

According to the report, 16 percent of post-95s are willing to leave their own provinces to work. The top five provinces in terms of labor force export are Anhui, Sichuan, Henan, Jiangxi and Hunan, with Jiangxi province contributing the most.

300 post-95 generation women apply for Hainan Airlines’ cabin crew in Taiyuan, North China’s Shanxi province, on Feb 27, 2017. [Photo/Chinanews.com]

In the first three seasons of 2017, post-95 job hunters occupied 32 percent of the overall crowd, making them the core group in the job-hunting market. Post-95s prefer working in service industries such as Taobao, sales promotion, shop assistance and beauty salon, while other applicants tend to work in sectors such as driver and transportation services, logistics and storehouses, homemaking and security.

According to a white paper of post-95 and post-00 college students’ interests released by Yidianzixun and Wuhan University, interests and hobbies have become a main factor in the job hunt.

Fifty-two percent of post-95s want to choose jobs matching with their interests and hobbies, and 18 percent of them regard interests and hobbies as the most important factor.

Referring to consumption behavior, 72 percent of post-95s are willing to pay for their interests and hobbies, while 60 percent of them have already spent a large amount of money on their interests and hobbies.

Lin Lie (left) and Lei Ling, two heroes from Marvel’s Chinese superhero comics. PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Marvel’s first two Chinese superhero comic series, launched in cooperation with leading internet company NetEase last week on its official comics site, are getting positive feedback from Chinese netizens.

So far, Warriors of Three Sovereigns has attracted 7.27 million hits on the NetEase platform, while Aero has had 6.64 million.

While some netizens expressed reservations about the style, many left compliments about the stories. Net-Ease user “1383” comments on the former series: “Very captivating plot. It includes Chinese cultural elements.” Another user, “Mudan”, wrote of Aero: “It is the comic series of my dreams. I think it’s amazing.”

According to a statement from NetEase, the comics are based on Marvel concepts and incorporate modern Chinese elements in creating the comic media giant’s first Chinese superheroes with contemporary characteristics.

Warriors of Three Sovereigns begins with a dream of protagonist Lin Lie, an 18-year-old university student who finds himself holding a sword against an evil monster Chiyou, based on the god of war in Chinese mythology. Waking up from the nightmare, Lin Lie embarks on a quest to find his missing father and brother, with only the sword his father left him.

Meanwhile Aero, aka Lei Ling, is a superhero able to manipulate air currents. She is the guardian of a modern metropolis named S, one of whose landmarks bears some resemblance to Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Radio TV tower. She is also a renowned architect, whose buildings are turned into monsters by some unknown power. Though coming from China, these superheroes will not only serve Chinese Marvel fans but fight side-by-side with other Marvel superheroes.

The creation of the two comics features cooperation between Marvel and NetEase, as the worldview, characters and storylines are discussed by both parties, NetEase said.

Chinese illustrators and writers are responsible for the initial production process, and their drafts are sent to Marvel for editing and review. The two series were to be released first on NetEase Comics and published in volumes in the US.

The creators of the two series include mainly illustrators Gunji and Keng, along with writers Shuizhu and Zhou Liefen. Gunji is the creator of Instant Noodles Superman, a popular comic series featuring China’s first comic superhero.

C.B. Cebulski, editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, said during an earlier visit to the Philippines: “We have been making great strides, especially in Asia. We try to hire more Asian creators, writers and artists to bring a piece of their culture to Marvel comics.”

According to Cebulski, the comics employ the Japanese comic style of manga, which is popular in the Asian market.

The first three strips of Warriors of Three Sovereigns were published in the past week, along with two strips of Aero. The two comics are being serialized weekly.

The project was first announced by NetEase Comics and Marvel in July 2017 at the 13th China International Cartoon Game Expo, where Marvel also authorized 12 popular comic series to Net-Ease, including The Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. This marks the first launch of Marvel comics on any Chinese comics platform.

Apart from those, NetEase Comics says that it will continue its marketing cooperation with Marvel in intellectual property, gaming, TV shows, films, literature and merchandise.

The cooperation is seen as one of Marvel’s approaches to expanding its Asian market. Others include its search for talent in the Philippines and its Marvel Stores in South Korea, according to Cebulski.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with its latest film Avengers: Infinity War. On April 19, Shanghai Disney Resort held a red-carpet celebration introducing some of Marvel’s most popular stars, including Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo.

The promotion was a huge success. According to Maoyan.com, Avengers: Infinity War grossed more than 1.1 billion yuan ($173 million) at China’s box office in just four days after its premiere on May 11.

Two more miners were found dead on Thursday morning after a rock burst accident took place at a coal mine in East China’s Shandong province on Saturday night, taking the death toll to five, according to local authorities. At present, 16 workers are still trapped in the mine.

The two miners were found at the underground tunnel by rescuers who have been working around the clock to rescue them.

A rock burst occurred around 11 pm on Saturday, destroying part of a water drainage tunnel in a coal mine operated by Shandong Longyun Coal Industry Co in Yuncheng county, Shandong province. A total of 22 workers were trapped following the rock burst.

One miner was rescued on Sunday afternoon.

Rescue work is continuing and the accident is under investigation.

Rock bursts are often caused by fractures in rocks due to wear and tear from mining.

Researchers from the research vessel Kexue participated in a basketball shooting contest during the ocean expedition. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Ocean expedition tasks could be time-consuming and arduous, but that was not the case for researchers on the vessel Kexue, whose name means science in Chinese, which had just accomplished a scientific research mission and returned to Qingdao, Shandong province, on Monday.

The team has just completed a monthlong ocean expedition in the Western Pacific. Apart from the tiring and tedious work, the researchers also had some memorable leisure time.

“On the playing court, I am not usually worried about going out of bounds,” said Wang Zheng, the chief scientist from the Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. “But it is the most awkward situation when we play on the ship. Wind and waves are the biggest threats that block our way to score. If the ball got snatched, it meant we had lost it forever. So swatting is strictly forbidden here. Anyway, we took quite a few basketballs with us before the vessel departed.”

Wang just won the championship in a shooting contest during the cruise. “Technically speaking, I’m the best shooter in the western Pacific right now,” he said with a wide grin, “Because there is no habitation for hundreds of kilometers around here.”

The research vessel Kexue returned to its home port after a 31-day expedition, which had covered more than 5,600 nautical miles.

Wang said it was a successful and fruitful research cruise. A total of 70 stations that measured oceanographic features were conducted, and two sub-moorings were refurbished.

“This successful joint mission combined physical oceanography, marine biology, marine geology, marine ecology and meteorology. Everybody contributed their best knowledge and skills during the research,” Wang added.

Zhou Chunyu. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Zhou Chunyu, former vice-governor of Anhui province, stood trial in Shandong province on charges of bribery, abusing power, concealing foreign deposits and insider trading, according to the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court on Thursday.

Zhou, 50, pleaded guilty during the hearing and showed remorse for his illegal practices. The court verdict will be released later.

According to the indictment by prosecutors, he took advantage of his position to gain benefits for others in enterprise acquisition and bidding for projects, then accepted bribes valued at 13.6 million yuan ($1.96 million) either paid in cash or property from 1996 to 2017.

During those two decades, he mainly served as deputy director of the Anhui provincial finance department; mayor of Maanshan; mayor and Party chief of Bengbu; and vice-governor of Anhui.

Prosecutors said that when he was serving as mayor in Bengbu in Anhui, he violated the State land management rule and privately decided to return land-transfer fees to relevant enterprises, causing economic losses to the State of 665 million yuan ($95.5 million).

When he served as Party chief in Bengbu, he violated the rules and transferred a total of $4.12 million in illicit assets to his foreign accounts and didn’t report those to the Party, the prosecutors said.

Moreover, as an insider with confidential information about stock trades, he purchased 270 million yuan in stocks and illegally earned 350 million yuan.

In April 2017, the anti-graft watchdog launched an investigation of Zhou for “serious violations of Party discipline”. In July last year, he was expelled from the Party and removed from public office.

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People who failed to comply with court rulings had been prevented from taking 14.63 million flights and 5.22 million rail journeys as of September, a report by China’s top court said.

The report, detailing how Chinese courts implement verdicts and deal with defaulters, was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislature, on Wednesday.

In 2013, the Supreme People’s Court started disclosing information about defaulters online to urge them to quickly comply with court rulings. By September, details of 12.11 million violations of court orders had been posted online, the report said.

The top court has also cooperated with government authorities since 2016 to strengthen efforts to improve verdict implementation by imposing bans on defaulters, such as barring them from buying flight and railway tickets and preventing them from being executives of companies, it said.

Under such pressure, 3.22 million defaulters have complied with verdicts, it added.

To increase the efficiency of ruling enforcement, the top court set up an online platform with more than 3,900 banks and financial institutions nationwide, “which can help us search for 16 kinds of defaulters’ property, including their savings, securities holdings and real estate,” Zhou Qiang, the court’s president, said.

When explaining the report to the legislature, he also noted the information-sharing platform needs to be upgraded, with courts across the country to further simplify the steps involved in searches.

Search and rescue efforts continue after a deadly collision between a bus and a private car on Oct 28. The bus careened off a bridge in Chongqing into the Yangtze River. [Photo by ZOU YI/FOR CHINA DAILY]

On Friday morning, the local police of Chongqing municipality announced the results of their investigation into the accident of a bus plunging into the Yangtze River on Sunday, which left 13 people dead and two missing. It was caused by a fight between an angry passenger and the bus driver.

The local press release explained in detail how the fight began. The passenger, surnamed Liu, failed to get off at the right bus stop and realized it minutes later. She asked the driver, surnamed Ran, to stop the bus and let her get off, but he refused.

A quarrel then ensued, with both sides using harsh words. Five minutes later, Liu attacked Ran on the head with her smartphone, and Ran fought back with his right hand, which left the steering wheel. Within two seconds, he returned his hand, but it was too late – he had lost control of the bus. It crossed the middle line of the road, hit a red car in its proper lane, and fell into the river.

The rest of the story is already known. Thus far, the local search team is still searching for the two missing people.

The local police said both the passenger and the driver are suspected of violating public security. However, considering the high likelihood that both were killed in the accident, the judicial process might never begin.

It seems some people do not care about either their own lives or other people’s lives. It is very basic common sense that the lives and security of the whole bus depend upon the driver, but Liu attacked the driver because of something that was her own fault.

Liu is not the only person committing such an irresponsible move. A simple search on micro blog, China’s equivalent to Twitter, shows at least a dozen cases in the past five years, in which a passenger attacked the bus driver or tried to take hold of the steering wheel by force. They did not cause accidents, but the suspects were either detained for criminal charges or found guilty by the court.

Besides, the driver Ran in the case is not so professional when being attacked. As the individual responsible for the whole bus, he should have stopped the bus by the roadside to ensure safety while under assault. It was extremely reckless to fight back. That’s why the local police said he was also suspected of a crime.

There might not be a judicial process against Liu and Ran, but a more detailed probe is needed so that people learn from their mistakes and avoid repeating them. The 13 innocent victims are random persons, and they could have been any one of us.

CHANGCHUN – The set of stone chimes excavated in Northeast China’s Jilin province has been confirmed to be at least 4,500 years old, an antiquities expert said.

Zhao Lingshi, former deputy head of the provincial museum and an authentication expert, confirmed the chimes found in the Changbai Mountains dated back 4,500 to 5,000 years to the Neolithic Period.

The ancient instrument consisting of five pieces of stone was excavated last July by the provincial cultural heritage institute at the ruins of Jinjianghekou in the Changbai Mountains, where the Nyuzhen nomadic group originated.

The instrument covers high, middle, and low tones, and is very precious, said Zhao.

He said the stone chimes may have been used in worship activities and the finding adds more information to the research of Nyuzhen worship activities.

People enjoy the dance performance at the night food market in Hotan city in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Oct 22, 2018. [Photo by Wang Jing/chinadaily.com.cn]

There is so much more than mouth-watering traditional Uygur food at the night food market in Hotan city in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, which is always packed with people every night. The hospitable Uygurs will invite visitors to join their dances and enjoy their culture.

East China’s Shandong province aims to develop 100 projects within the following three years by cooperating with Fortune 500 companies, a senior official of the province’s commerce bureau said Tuesday.

“The 100 projects are set to be in 10 sectors — information technology, high-end equipment manufacturing, new energy and new materials, the ocean economy, healthcare, high-end chemical manufacturing, modern agriculture, culture and creative endeavors, quality tourism and modern financial industries,” said Zhang Weike, deputy head of the Shandong commerce bureau.

“A wide range of entities including enterprises, industrial parks, universities and scientific research organizations are encouraged to build cooperation with Fortune 500 companies. Cooperation can touch aspects such as capital, human resources, management, brand and market channels,” he said.

Shandong has more than 3,000 kilometers of coastline, accounting for one-sixth of China’s total coastline. The province is known for its abundant natural, cultural and economic resources. It is the birthplace of Confucius and the place where Taishan Mountain is located.

Since Henkel Loctite set up its branch in Yantai in 1987, the Shandong government has approved 723 projects funded by 213 Fortune 500 companies.

The province also plans to build 200 projects with leading enterprises from a wide range of industries around the world.