Falling death rate, space tourism, skating secrets: China Quick Take

Here are some of the stories you may have missed from China over the past week. For more details, click on the titles.


Beijing’s maternal mortality rate hits historic low

In 2021, the city’s maternal mortality rate fell to 2.72 per 100,000 mothers. That’s 75% lower than in 2012. Meanwhile, its infant mortality rate has fallen to 1.44 per 1,000, half of what it was 10 years ago, according to the regulator. city ​​health.

Other major cities in China have also made efforts to promote the safe and high-quality development of maternal and child health care. According to statistics from Shanghai in February, its maternal mortality rate per 100,000 people in 2021 was 1.6 and infant mortality rate was 2.3 per 1,000.

Earthenware unearthed at the Bicun site in Xingxian County of Lyuliang, Shanxi Province, China. /CGTN

Earthenware unearthed at the Bicun site in Xingxian County of Lyuliang, Shanxi Province, China. /CGTN

The ancient Chinese archaeological discovery

Chinese archaeologists from the National Cultural Heritage Administration have announced four key archaeological finds from the Xia Dynasty and the Shang Dynasty, believed to be thousands of years old.

One of the sites where the discoveries were made in Houchengzui. Located along the Hunhe River in Hohhot, it is around 4,000 years old and is the largest Late Neolithic stone city site ever discovered in the south-central region of Inner Mongolia.


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Archaeologists have found two underground passages there that could provide new clues for the study of prehistoric urban defense systems in China, while several other archaeological sites across China have also revealed a series of amazing ancient finds. This includes gilded grave goods, beautifully intricate earthenware and ancient bones.

China aims to offer space travel in 2025 – from $287,000

China is expected to send its first group of commercial passengers into suborbital space in 2025, with each flight costing between $287,200 and $430,800, according to a Chinese rocket scientist.

Currently, there are three modes of space travel, according to Yang Yiqiang: first, going to a space station, which sets strict requirements on the physical and psychological conditions of tourists; second, tourists can travel to space on a cargo plane used to take other spacecraft to high altitudes.

The third mode, according to Yang, and the one China will focus on, is suborbital space travel, which will be more suitable for most passengers.

“The key to the development of China’s commercial space sector is application rather than rockets or satellites,” Wang said. “We need to make sure ordinary people have access to the sector.”

Olympic gold medalist Ren Ziwei shares his secrets to success. /APC

Olympic gold medalist Ren Ziwei shares his secrets to success. /APC

Olympic gold medalist Ren Ziwei shares the secrets of his success

Here, Ren Ziwei, winner of two gold medals in short track speed skating for Team China at the Winter Olympics in China last February, shares his secrets to success.

Having just completed training camp for the Chinese national team, Ren said he discovered new training methods he had never tried before and felt like completed a ton of workouts.

“I lost a lot of weight,” Ren said. “My goal in training camp was to finish my training and make a little bit of progress each day.”

It became both Ren’s belief and his secret to success. “I have never lacked effort in training for even a single day in the past four years,” he added. “I tried to stay in shape and continued to progress little by little until the Winter Olympics in 2022. Every day of these four years has meant growth for me.”

Chinese scientists discover new possible cause of dinosaur extinction

According to a new Chinese theory on the cause of dinosaur extinction, scientists believe there was a long-term decline in dinosaur diversity before a large asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago. years, annihilating them.

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences assessed 1,000 fossilized dinosaur eggs and eggshells from the Shanyang Basin in central China and identified a decline in dinosaur diversity based on the data.

This low diversity of dinosaur species was maintained in central China for the last 2 million years before the mass extinction, according to the study. The results, together with data from North America, suggest that dinosaurs were likely in global decline before their extinction, according to the study.

The remains of Chinese soldiers killed in the Korean War arrive in China

A plane carrying the remains of 88 Chinese soldiers killed in the Korean War between 1950 and 1953 arrived in the northeast Chinese city of Shenyang on Friday after South Korea returned the bodies of some sixty- ten years later.

Veterans alongside others attended a repatriation ceremony at Shenyang Taoxian International Airport, where they awaited the plane’s arrival and paid their respects to the deceased.

This was the ninth repatriation of the remains of Chinese People’s Volunteers fighters killed in the war. Between 2014 and 2021, the remains of 825 soldiers were returned to China from the Republic of Korea.

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