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Online travel agency Lvmama, in Shanghai, said in a

 report released on Sunday that attractions highlighting cultural experiences or tea-picking activities were among the hottest destinations.

Reservations for cultural attractions such as museums, temples and viewing cultural relics r

ose by 20 percent year-on-year during the break, and museum bookings rose by 17.8 percent.

Li Qiuyan, Lvmama’s branding development director, said the

Tomb Sweeping holiday is a good time for spring outings and leisure activities.

“Travelers are snubbing the attractions that offer only sightseein

g activities, while pursuing cultural experiences with medium and high-end accommodations,” she said.

Opportunities to view blossoming flowers also attracted travelers. Yuanto

uzhu, a peninsula in Wuxi’s Taihu Lake-one of the nation’s largest freshwater lakes, in Jiangsu

province-was among the top 10 hottest attractions because of its cherry blossoms, the report said.

Other popular attractions during the festival included Shanghai Disn

ey Resort, Mount Huangshan in Anhui province, and Happy Valley theme park in Beijing.

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Factors contributing to the rise of one-person hous

s include new views on marriage, high levels of divorce, increased education that leads to more employment and b

etter-paying career opportunities, and increased longevity and improved health at older ages.

The growth of one-person households could have numerous consequences for society, ran

ging from housing and health care to the fertility rate and consumption patterns, say experts.

In the US, one major reason for staying single is that marriage isn’t view

ed as it once was, and the age at which one gets married is also rising, the Census report shows.

More than half of the participants in a nationally representative sample (55 percent) sai

d that getting married was not an important criterion for becoming an adult, according to the Census report. The sa

me percentage also said that having a child was not an important milestone of adulthood.

“Decades ago, people often waited (or tried to wait) until marrying before having kids, h

aving sex, or buying a home,” Bella DePaulo, a social scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, t

old China Daily in an email. “Now those possibilities are readily available outside of marriage.”

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My party refuses to compromise, I regret therefore

 I can no longer sit for the party,” an emotional Conservative MP Nick Boles said in the par

liament chamber shortly after the announcement of the vote results to quit the party.

“I accept that I have failed,” he added.

British cabinet ministers were once again reportedly instructed to

boycott the votes as MPs make a second attempt to coalesce around an alternative deal.

May had suggested she would “engage constructively” with the indicative votes process.

May’s plan that she negotiated with the EU has been rejected twice by historic margins in Parliament.

The withdrawal agreement section of her deal was voted down again by MPs on Friday.

Mrs May now has until 12 April to either seek a longer exten

sion from the EU to take a different course or decide to leave the EU without a deal.

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Senior Colonel Zhou Bo, director of the Center for Secur

Cooperation at the ministry’s Office for International Military Cooperation, said that comp

ared with other branches of the military, the PLA Navy plays a relatively larger role in protecting China’s overseas inter

ests and maintaining security in key sea lanes such as the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia.

“The PLA Navy is at the forefront of proving that the Chinese milita

ry is an open, cooperative and competent force for peace,” he said, adding that the PLA Navy has f

requently participated in humanitarian rescue missions, naval escorts, joint exercises and exchanges in past years.

“Through these non-war military operations, the Chinese Navy has also improved its capability and operability in dis

tant waters,” Zhou said. “Many security issues around the world require global efforts, and as its capability impr

oves, the PLA Navy can play a bigger part and contribute more to global maritime security.”

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Five Chinese women are ranked in the world’s top 50, spear

headed by No 18 Wang Qiang, who this week reached the Miami Open quarterfinals to

become the first Chinese to go that far at the premier mandatory event since Li’s run to the final in 2014.

Li is delighted to see her compatriots mixing it with the world’s best, but said she expects more.

“It’s good to have a group of girls in the top 50, but the resources they enjoy today make me believe they could do better,” she said.

With more advanced coaching and training methods, WTA

CEO Steve Simon reckons China will unearth the next Li sooner rather than later.

“The chances of finding the next Li Na are very bright; it’s just a matter of time,” he said earlier this month in Shenzhen.

The return of The Road to Wimbledon, a tailor-made tournament for under-14 players, f

or its fourth year in China is part of the latest effort to deepen the domestic talent pool.

It began on Monday with a weeklong trial camp overseen by Dan Blox

ham, head coach of the All England Club. The best performers will be picked to compete at a nat

ional tournament in Nanjing in May, which will decide China’s representatives at the global final at Wimbledon from Aug 11-17.

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In one clip, Carlson joked about wanting to invade Canad

  while Iraq, on the other hand, “is a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys — that’s why it wasn’t worth invading.”

  In another clip from the same year, 2006, he said he had “zero sympathy for them or th

eir culture” in Iraq, calling it “a culture where people just don’t use toilet paper or forks.”

  In a third clip, Carlson — evidently joking — used a pejorative term for homosexua

ls to express his respect for the radio show’s host that he loved him “in a completely f****t way.”

  Carusone told Hayes on MSNBC that Carlson seemed casual and comfortable in these radio chats.

  ”It sounds like you’re actually getting to see the real Tucker Carlson” in these clips, he said.

  Carlson responded earlier in the day to the first batch of audio clips by urging people to tune into his show.

  He opened on Monday night by describing what it’s like to be caught in “the great American outrage machine.”

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Alibaba’s smart logistics network Cainiao Network has a

tracted over 3,000 logistics companies worldwide and formed strategic cooperati

on with postal, air transport and maritime dedicated line networks with major countries in the world.

Express deliveries in China have increased at a rapid rate in the past decade, with 50 billion deliveries in 2018 accoun

ting for over 40 percent of the world’s total. China’s logistics infrastructure has transformed to tech

nology-intensive from labor-intensive within the same period.Electric carmaker Tesla Inc said on Sunday it will rais

e vehicle prices by about 3 percent on average worldwide as it plans to keep more retail stores open.

Tesla said the current prices are valid until March 18 and the pr

ice hikes will only apply to the more expensive variants of Model 3, Model S and Model X.

There will be no price increase to the $35,000 Model 3, the company added.

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Mitch McConnell can’t protect Trump from vetoes anymo

  President Donald Trump has a perfect veto-free record so far, the result of support fr

om Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and, until they lost their majority, Republicans in the US House.

  But that could change now that the Democrats in charge of the House have rebuke

d the President over his declaration of a national emergency at the US border.

  McConnell won’t be able to make the bill go away by tabling it or ra

llying a filibuster and it’s possible that enough Senate Republicans will vote with Dem

ocrats to send the measure of disapproval for the national emergency to the President’s desk.

  So the President might be faced with finally issuing a veto in order to continue his effort to ge

t around lawmakers of both parties to gather more money for his wall on the southern border.

  It’s been almost 140 years since a US president didn’t veto anything during his time in the White House. And that Pr

esident, James Garfield, was assassinated before he could serve a full year in office in 1881.

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When the morality police personnel were issuing a wa

  rning to two ladies with improper hijab, people in the area surrounded them and prevented them from driving the two ladies a

way,” the police source told IRNA. “After the two ladies got off the police van, the crowd dispersed and that was the end of the incident.”

  Threatened with acid, rape, abuseotesting Iranmpulsory hijab law

  Threatened with ‘acid, rape, abuse’: Protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab law

  Video of the incident showed people honking their car horns in apparent protest. A man is

heard shouting “Let her go!” as a group of people surround the van. The sound of gunshots is then heard.

  The headscarf, or the hijab, has been a mandatory part of women’s dress in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution led to clerical rule of the country.

  But in recent years, some women have mounted opposition to headscarf rules by stagi

ng sporadic street demonstrations, some of which have gone viral on social media.

  Many women have also observed the dress rules more loosely in recent years. While signs instructing women to wear hijab ad

orn the walls of nearly every shop and restaurant, many wear short scarves which only slightly cover their heads.

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One of the goals of Pompeo’s visit is to rebuild the political

relationship between the US and Central and Eastern Europe. The US will also launch a Future Leaders Ex

change Program, providing one-year academic scholarships for Hungarian high school students to study in the US.

There are many aspects to US strategic return to Central and Eastern Europe. First, the US can

enhance energy cooperation with the region. The regional countries would prefer not to become overly dependent on Russia.

The US has already voiced strong opposition to the energy cooperation between Germany and Russia via the Nord Stream 2 project.

Given that the US is set to become a net energy exporting country in 2020, it could become a major source of energy for Central and Eastern European countries.

Second, the US will strengthen political cooperation with Central and Eastern European countries.

The region has undertaken multifaceted diplomacy, hoping to win more policy initiatives in tod

ay’s volatile geopolitical dynamic. As they receive less political and economic promises from the EU, they are turning to e

xternal powers such as China and Russia. The US wants to get back in as quickly as possible to make up for its absence.

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