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News Article | April 30, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

China's President Xi Jinping is expected to visit for the July 1 anniversary (AFP Photo/Anthony WALLACE) A multi-million dollar programme of events in Hong Kong will mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by colonial ruler Britain, but critics say the show is out of step with political tensions. The large-scale celebrations come despite increased concerns over Beijing meddling in the semi-autonomous city and deep political divisions between Hong Kong's pro-democracy and pro-China camps. China's President Xi Jinping is expected to visit for the July 1 anniversary, with security exercises under way in preparation. Hundreds of events, from art exhibitions to sports tournaments, will take place between now and the end of the year as part of the festivities, with the government proposing to spend HK$640 million ($82 million). Coloured lights and rainbow posters already adorn local neighbourhoods under the slogan "Together, Progress, Opportunity". An official video of Canto pop stars performing a new song "Hong Kong, our home" is frequently broadcast on television networks. The city's unpopular outgoing leader Leung Chun-ying said the celebrations reflected the city's "vision of tomorrow", and aimed to engage all residents. "The handover to me is historically significant and worth commemorating because Hong Kong is originally a part of China," a 51-year-old resident who gave his name as Michael said. "The (anniversary) is important for Hong Kong because we are all Chinese," he said. But others were sceptical. "Are we celebrating the fact that we don't have freedom and have no democracy?" 67-year-old Ales Li asked. "Why don't they use all these resources to mend divisions?" The agreement made between Britain and China in 1997 was designed to secure Hong Kong's semi-autonomous status, protecting its freedoms and way of life for 50 years. But Beijing stands accused of undermining the deal, triggering protests and a fledgling independence movement. Some young residents told AFP they felt the celebrations were simply a stunt. "It isn't really helpful towards anyone," said university student Miranda Yeung, 20. "It's a great publicity campaign and it looks very exciting for a tourist, but it doesn't really mean that much." Others said the amount of money being spent was a waste in a city with a yawning wealth gap. Frustration over a lack of political reform despite mass pro-democracy protests in 2014 has led to the emergence of groups demanding self-determination for Hong Kong or even a full split from China. That has sparked a backlash from Beijing, with Chinese authorities intervening to effectively bar two democratically elected pro-independence lawmakers from taking up their parliamentary seats in Hong Kong last year. The pair are now facing criminal charges over their behaviour in parliament. There are also concerns Beijing is interfering in other areas, from media to education. Those fears were heightened by the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers known for publishing salacious titles about Chinese leaders in 2015. All five resurfaced on the mainland. Some believe a visit to the city by President Xi -- his first to Hong Kong since coming to power in 2012 -- could be incendiary in the current climate. "The angry people will become more angry," said student Yeung. Former Chinese leader Hu Jintao came to mark the 15th handover anniversary in 2012 and swore in city leader Leung, triggering hundreds of thousands to take to the streets in protest. Hong Kong's new pro-China leader Carrie Lam -- hated by the city's pro-democracy activists -- will be sworn in on July 1. She has vowed to heal divisions but critics say the extensive handover festivities are unlikely to help. Art works from the Louvre, Egyptian mummies from the British Museum and an exhibition from Beijing's Palace Museum will be on show as part of the celebrations. Other events include jiansi tournament -- a game where participants kick a shuttlecock about -- and a performance by renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang. Authorities said government ministers would visit communities to "show care" to the vulnerable and elderly, including giving out gifts and care packages as part of the anniversary programme. But political analyst Willy Lam said the festivities were a display for Beijing. Both Leung and Lam would want to give the impression that the public was "ecstatic about China's support for Hong Kong" to counteract the recent political turbulence, he said. Lam predicted a Xi visit would be a red rag to some activists. "I expect there will be ugly scenes," he said. "The police will be under heavy pressure to ensure that Xi Jinping will be out of earshot."


Herborist was established in 1998 after years of research on Chinese herbal medicine and ancient beauty secret recipes. By leveraging the modern cutting-edge technology, Herborist has extracted the essences of herbs that are purer, fresher, safer and more stable than those used by ancient Chinese people and has applied them in its product development. Herborist has thus become the first brand that truly applies Chinese herbal formulas in skin care products, which in a way inherits and rejuvenates the herbal culture, opening a new chapter in the herbal skin care sector. With deep endorsement of the Chinese culture, Herborist not only explores the China market, but also has officially entered the European market after obtaining EU certification in 2008. On April 17, 2015, Herborist opened its first overseas flagship store in Paris in hopes that more western consumers will get to know and fall in love with herbal skin care, as well as the Chinese culture. A new chapter in applying traditional classics in the modern world: weave Beauty of Oriental Brocade Herborist has long been committed to disseminating and preserving the Chinese culture. For example, it collaborated with the inheritor of the filigree inlaying technique, a national intangible cultural heritage, to design an upgraded flower totem that is applied in the packaging of the third-generation product of Herborist. It has also launched a limited edition of Tai Chi Capsule packaging based on the twelve ancient beauties. The art design of the packing was supervised by the Palace Museum in Beijing. In the 2016 Herborist Festival, Herborist collaborated with "XIHAN Action" for the first time to provide support for the Beijing embroidery preservation project, an effort to protect intangible cultural heritage by applying the traditional classics in the modern world. In 2017, Herborist cooperated again with "XIHAN Action" to bring Nanjing brocade to the festival. Jiang Yiyan, a famous Chinese actress, was invited to unveil the limited edition of brocade gift box created for this year's Herborist Festival on April 17, offering an opportunity for everyone to get a touch of the beauty of brocade. Nanjing brocade is the most famous one among China's top four traditional brocades and it used to be royal tribute in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. It is made of mulberry silk, gold and silver lines and peacock feathers. Looking splendid, as pretty as the rosy clouds, brocade represents the highest standards for Chinese silk weaving technique. In 2009, Nanjing brocade was officially listed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. However, today's mechanized production leaves little room for development of this ancient weaving technique that relies on manpower. To recover this missing beauty, Herborist launched the limited edition of brocade gift box in cooperation with XIHAN Action's brocade protection program, to give Chinese culture a new life in the new era. Inspired by the traditional Nanjing brocade, the work presents an exquisite and elegant limited edition design by merging natural vegetation elements and balancing traditional and modern aesthetics. This year's April 17 Herborist Festival was the first one celebrated through omni-channels. Herborist worked with Tmall.com, the No. 1 shopping website in China, to engage with consumers through offline and online channels in China as well as in western countries. From the online side, Herborist worked with the "Tmall Super Brand Day", and leveraged Tmall's online resources, to conduct live stream of celebrities, providing diversified channels for consumers to interact with the brand. In addition to the online resources, multiple offline sales channels have carried out activities around the theme "Herborist Festival on April 17, Beauty of Oriental Brocade" too. Offline stores in China and western countries arranged themed displays, and different channels provided brocade gift boxes in different colors, specifications and with different products. For more information about activities and gift box of the festival, you can visit the Herborist store on Tmall.com, or Herborist offline stores in China or abroad, including the flagship store in Paris. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/a-new-chinese-culture-festival-chinese-skin-care-brand-herborist-celebrates-it-at-home-and-abroad-300447886.html


PARIS and SHANGHAI, April 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- High-end Chinese skin care brand cooperates with "XIHAN Action", a non-profit project dedicated to preserving and restoring cultural heritage, to bring Nanjing brocade to the Herborist Festival, unveiling the limited edition of brocade gift box created for this year's Herborist Festival on April 17. Consumers received the brocade gift box through China's popular online shopping platform "Tmall.com", or in offline stores of Herborist. Besides China, consumers in Paris went to Herborist's flagship store at No. 38 Avenue de l'Opera, to enjoy benefits of the Herborist Festival. The Herborist Festival on April 17 was set to commemorate the first Herborist overseas flagship in Paris launched on April 17, 2015. Herborist was established in 1998 after years of research on Chinese herbal medicine and ancient beauty secret recipes. By leveraging the modern cutting-edge technology, Herborist has extracted the essences of herbs that are purer, fresher, safer and more stable than those used by ancient Chinese people and has applied them in its product development. Herborist has thus become the first brand that truly applies Chinese herbal formulas in skin care products, which in a way inherits and rejuvenates the herbal culture, opening a new chapter in the herbal skin care sector. With deep endorsement of the Chinese culture, Herborist not only explores the China market, but also has officially entered the European market after obtaining EU certification in 2008. On April 17, 2015, Herborist opened its first overseas flagship store in Paris in hopes that more western consumers will get to know and fall in love with herbal skin care, as well as the Chinese culture. A new chapter in applying traditional classics in the modern world: weave Beauty of Oriental Brocade Herborist has long been committed to disseminating and preserving the Chinese culture. For example, it collaborated with the inheritor of the filigree inlaying technique, a national intangible cultural heritage, to design an upgraded flower totem that is applied in the packaging of the third-generation product of Herborist. It has also launched a limited edition of Tai Chi Capsule packaging based on the twelve ancient beauties. The art design of the packing was supervised by the Palace Museum in Beijing. In the 2016 Herborist Festival, Herborist collaborated with "XIHAN Action" for the first time to provide support for the Beijing embroidery preservation project, an effort to protect intangible cultural heritage by applying the traditional classics in the modern world. In 2017, Herborist cooperated again with "XIHAN Action" to bring Nanjing brocade to the festival. Jiang Yiyan, a famous Chinese actress, was invited to unveil the limited edition of brocade gift box created for this year's Herborist Festival on April 17, offering an opportunity for everyone to get a touch of the beauty of brocade. Nanjing brocade is the most famous one among China's top four traditional brocades and it used to be royal tribute in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. It is made of mulberry silk, gold and silver lines and peacock feathers. Looking splendid, as pretty as the rosy clouds, brocade represents the highest standards for Chinese silk weaving technique. In 2009, Nanjing brocade was officially listed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. However, today's mechanized production leaves little room for development of this ancient weaving technique that relies on manpower. To recover this missing beauty, Herborist launched the limited edition of brocade gift box in cooperation with XIHAN Action's brocade protection program, to give Chinese culture a new life in the new era. Inspired by the traditional Nanjing brocade, the work presents an exquisite and elegant limited edition design by merging natural vegetation elements and balancing traditional and modern aesthetics. This year's April 17 Herborist Festival was the first one celebrated through omni-channels. Herborist worked with Tmall.com, the No. 1 shopping website in China, to engage with consumers through offline and online channels in China as well as in western countries. From the online side, Herborist worked with the "Tmall Super Brand Day", and leveraged Tmall's online resources, to conduct live stream of celebrities, providing diversified channels for consumers to interact with the brand. In addition to the online resources, multiple offline sales channels have carried out activities around the theme "Herborist Festival on April 17, Beauty of Oriental Brocade" too. Offline stores in China and western countries arranged themed displays, and different channels provided brocade gift boxes in different colors, specifications and with different products. For more information about activities and gift box of the festival, you can visit the Herborist store on Tmall.com, or Herborist offline stores in China or abroad, including the flagship store in Paris. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/a-new-chinese-culture-festival-chinese-skin-care-brand-herborist-celebrates-it-at-home-and-abroad-300447886.html


Zhou Q.,Palace Museum | Yan W.-M.,Beijing University of Technology | Ji J.-B.,Beijing University of Technology
Civil Engineering and Urban Planning IV - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Civil Engineering and Urban Planning, CEUP 2015 | Year: 2016

To protect Chinese ancient timber buildings effectively, three types of Tou-kungs (bracket sets) in Tai-he Palace in the Forbidden City-intermediate set, column set, and corner set were taken as examples to study bearing performances of Chinese ancient Tou-kung of Qing Dynasty under vertical loads. Based on constituent characteristics of the Tou-kungs, the 1: 2 scaled models were built, on which experiments of vertical loading were carried out. By experiments, damage modes, internal forces, and deformation of the Tou-kungs were discussed. Then, calculation model of vertical stiffness of the Tou-kungs were deduced. Results show that under vertical loads, the Tou-kungs are easy to be damaged on the top two-layer parts. Compared to the underparts, the upper parts of the Tou-kungs bear more forces. For different Tou-kungs, intermediate set, corner set, and column set on ultimate bearing capacity; corner set, column set, and intermediate set on ductility. Under vertical loads, calculation model of vertical stiffness of the Tou-kungs can be simplied as three-part line segments. © 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, London.


Zhou Q.,Palace Museum | Yan W.-M.,Beijing University of Technology | Ji J.-B.,Beijing University of Technology
Civil Engineering and Urban Planning IV - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Civil Engineering and Urban Planning, CEUP 2015 | Year: 2016

To protect museum cultural relics against seismic damage, a level isolation device for cultural relics is developed. To study its isolation performances, shaking table tests are carried out. Model of showcase and replica of a ceramic cultural relics are made, the replica is set in the showcase by freestanding status. Two cases of the showcase are considered: the showcase is fixed on shaking table board; the showcase is fixed to top of the isolation device, and the free device is kept on shaking table board. Chichi earthquake waves of PGA (Peak Ground Acceleration) = 0.1 g, 0.3 g, and 0.5 g are made to act on the showcase in x and y directions. Parameters such as basic frequency, stiffness, displacement response, acceleration response, dynamic magnification coefficient, and so on, of the replica are obtained and the isolation performances of the device are verified. Results show that basic frequency of the isolation device is 0.775 Hz, with its level stiffness is 1.52 N/mm. For the replica, the isolation device makes oscillation motions which are similar to those in case of earthquakes, which overturns quickly due to overlarge amplitude. In comparison, the replica placed in the isolation device makes translation motion with much lower acceleration response, relative displacement, and magnification coefficient, which proves good performances of the isolation device. © 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, London.


News Article | December 6, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

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Abu Dhabi is an intriguing land that seamlessly presents old-world souks and elegant modern shopping malls, rolling sand dunes and championship grass golf courses, remote Bedouin villages and an expansive array of utltra-luxe hotels. Abu Dhabi also hosts a number of great annual events such as the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi Food Festival, Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Abu Dhabi Art, and so much more. It’s a destination that offers a remarkably diverse array of experiences for all to enjoy. Central Holidays’ Discover Abu Dhabi with Dubai travel program, starting at $730 (land-only), features a six day stay in this distinctive destination with plenty of time to delve into the area’s treasures. Here, travelers will visit the Dubai Museum in the Al-Fahidi fortress, shop for exotic spices, and explore the imposing Grand Mosque. The program includes visits to the Heritage Village, Gold Souk and the Date Market. A visit to the Al Ain National Museum and Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, is a must, as is a trip to the camel race track. Travelers will explore a date palm grove with the ancient 'falaj' and head to Jebel Hafeet, the great mountain that enjoys an awe-inspiring location overlooking the beauty of Al Ain city. As well, the hot springs situated at the foot of the mountain welcome travelers to soak in their healing waters. The open air marketplaces of Souk Al Arsa and Blue Souk surge with excitement, featuring hundreds of local traders and souvenirs to consider taking home. Here visitors can enjoy traditional music & dancing, and exotic cuisine. With time at leisure, adventurers can see the incredible Jumeirah Mosque, the benchmark of modern Islamic architecture, and take-in the views of the Burj Al Arab – the recognizable sail-shaped building that is considered to be the only 7-star hotel in the world. 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Zhang R.,Palace Museum | Yue L.,Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology | Yang J.,Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology
Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology | Year: 2016

The samples of river snail shell pieces, unearthed from Laoniupo Shang dynasty site, were observed and characterized by SEM, Raman and IR to obtain the information about their chemical component and crystal structure. The uneven surface of the cuticle was covered with nanoparticles, which formed rough surface of the shells. The surface of pearl layer was combined with nano-sized flakes and kept smooth on the whole. The insection of shell was composed of three layers: the cuticle (100-120 μm in thickness), the prismatic layer (∼130-140 μm in thickness), and the thickest pearl layer (280-300 μm in thickness). All layers had the component of calcium carbonate with aragonite structure and they were different in nanostructures because of different biomineralization processes. Copyright © 2016 American Scientific Publishers. All rights reserved.


Zhou Q.,Palace Museum | Zhou Q.,Beijing University of Technology | Yan W.,Beijing University of Technology | Ji J.,Beijing University of Technology
Tumu Gongcheng Xuebao/China Civil Engineering Journal | Year: 2013

The Wenchuan earthquake in 2008 had caused serious damages of many modern buildings but relatively slight damages of Chinese ancient wooden buildings. To find out aseismic mechanism of these ancient structures, Taihe Palace in the Forbidden City was taken as example for analysis. Besides layout, its components such as basement, column, tenon-mortise joint, Tou-Kung (bracket sets), beam structure, roof, wall and so on were all considered to discuss their effects to aseismic performances of the whole structure. Results show that layout of Taihe Palace is reasonable, which can avoid torsion mode of itself; its column roots are set on stone bases by free-standing means, which can absorb part of earthquake energy by sliding motions of column roots; its tenon-mortise joints and Tou-Kungs can consume part of earthquake energy by frictions and compressions among their components; low ratio of height against width of its beam structure can avoid sliding as well as overturn under earthquakes; its thick roof may enhance stability of the whole structure; finally the wall components can reduce deformation of wooden frames under earthquakes.


Zhou Q.,Palace Museum
Applied Mechanics and Materials | Year: 2014

To protect Chinese ancient buildings, tou-kung (bracket sets) in the Forbidden City in Beijing were taken as example to study their aseismic constitution problems and strengthening methods by survey as well as analysis methods. According to constitution characters and mechanical performances of these tou-kungs, their typical aseismic constitution problems were summed up, causes for the problems were discussed, and strengthening advices were proposed. Results show that typical aseismic constitution problems of these tou-kungs include decay, crack, deflection, slack and disengage of parts and so on; main causes relate not only to constitution, construction and bearing performances of bracket sets, but also material properties of wood; besides, effectively strengthening methods for these tou-kungs include reassembling, gluing, iron components connection and so on. © (2014) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.


Zhou Q.,Palace Museum
Applied Mechanics and Materials | Year: 2014

Free-standing museum cultural relics are easy to fall off exhibition booth and get damaged under earthquakes. To find an effective method to mitigate damage of cultural relics due to fall off, influences of soft pad under relic was studied by ANSYS/LS-DYNA program. A bronze relic supported by a soft pad was selected for analysis. Based on material properties of both the relic and the pad, finite element model of the relic was built. By simulation, Von mises stress distributions, acceleration response curves as well as kinetic energy curves of the relic were obtained; effects of the soft pad to mitigate damage of the relic were discussed. Results show that collision between the falling museum cultural relic and ground can be mitigated by soft pad due to its buffer as well as energy absorption effects. It is suggested to use soft pad under relic to provide protection. Besides, by ANSYS/LS-DYNA program, falling off process of free-standing museum cultural relics can be effectively simulated. © (2014) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.

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