National Icon Assumes Global Role
Zhang Haidi, Chairwoman of China Disabled Persons' Federation, is appointed as the new chair of Rehabilitation International, a worldwide network of people with disabilities
Missing Vice Mayor Detained
Guo Yipin, formerly missing Vice Mayor of Luoyang, central China's Henan Province, is detained by police in a rented apartment in Changsha, central China's Hunan Province

"Investor confidence will be affected if the illegal gatherings continue."

Wang Jun, an economist with the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, criticizing the "Occupy Central" protests that have taken place in some of Hong Kong's busiest commercial areas since September 28, on October 3

"China is maintaining high growth, and its rebalancing is likely to imply slightly lower growth, but this must be seen as a healthy development."

Olivier Blanchard, Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund, at an October 7 press conference in Washington, D.C.

"The risks of a dramatic housing market correction and an economic hard landing have been significantly lowered."

Liu Bo, an analyst with China's top investment bank, the China International Capital Corp., discussing a recent resolution by the banking authorities that ensures a mortgage on a second home will be treated the same as that on the first if the buyer has no other outstanding mortgages, on October 7

"We are confident we can build the Qinghai-Tibet Expressway."

Wang Shuangjie, an executive with China Communication Construction Co.'s First Highway Consultants Co. Ltd., speaking on October 7 in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, while acknowledging that extreme conditions on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau pose challenges

Transporting Cars by Train

Yangcheng Evening News

September 30

Beijing launched the country's first car-transporting train for tourists to Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, on September 28. Travelers who shipped their cars that day left for Hangzhou two days later from Beijing South Railway Station and picked up their cars on October 1 at their destination. They were charged between 3,000 and 4,000 yuan ($489-652).

This service was intended to meet the needs of tourists who wanted to drive their own cars at their destination. The move saved customers the exhaustion from driving a long distance and prevented them from being caught in heavy traffic congestion on expressways during the week-long National Day holiday.

Growing Film Investment Fervor

Caixin Century Weekly

September 29

Financial institutions and Internet companies investing in films have upset some traditional film makers, who worry that the film industry is going to be changed.

China's movie making is still a relatively small business. The Chinese film industry raked in 20 billion yuan ($3.26 billion) in box office in 2013, just under a third of the $10 billion that of the United States reaped the same year.

Red Moon Combined photo taken on October 8 shows the process of a total lunar eclipse in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province (LI XIANG)
Glorious Corps Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong urges the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps to act as a stabilizer in the country’s northwestern autonomous region (MA ZHANCHENG)
Most Polluted Province
Hebei, north China's worst-polluted province, set a string of ecological restoration goals for rivers, lakes, mines, forests and groundwater
Better Urban Living
The Central Government hopes to offer more quality jobs to migrant workers to help ease them into urban living
Military Info Security
China's central military authority has issued guidelines to enhance management of military information and crack down on illegal online activities involving military affairs
Diversionary Tactics Pictured is the Baoding section of the central line of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project on October 5. The first stage of the central line has been completed and will be put into use after the flood season this year (ZHU XUDONG)
An Illuminating Experience An Afghan businessman chooses lanterns at the China Small-Commodities City in Yiwu, east China’s Zhejiang Province (TAN JIN)
Altered Forecast
The World Bank has cut the growth target forecasts for China to 7.4 percent in 2014 and 7.2 percent in 2015
Loosening Credit
Second home buyers in China will face lower down payments due to relaxed restrictions
Unified Trading
Investors on the Chinese mainland can now trade securities through a single account at different brokerages and stock exchanges
A Widening Tourism Deficit
Source: Securities Times

During the week-long National Day holiday (October 1-7), nearly 480 million tourist trips were made by Chinese people, a year-on-year increase of more than 10 percent, according to the latest survey from the China Tourist Academy.

With more people traveling within the country's borders, the number of Chinese citizens who opt to travel overseas is increasing even faster. In sharp contrast, China has become a much less attractive travel destination to foreigners than before.

    Soldiers from Japan's Self-Defense Force search for missing climbers on the ash-covered summit of Mount Ontake on October 7, as the death toll from the volcano's unexpected eruption on September 27 rose to 55 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta reviews honor guards before addressing a special legislative session in Nairobi on October 6. Kenyatta said that day that he would go to the International Criminal Court, where he faces charges of crimes against humanity, becoming the first sitting president to appear (XINHUA/AFP)
    A car in Grabels near Montpellier among the aftermath of overnight flash floods caused by heavy rainfall on October 7 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Muslims gather on Mount Arafat near Mecca as they perform one of the rituals of the annual pilgrimage, known as Hajj, late on October 3 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Young women pose with their photos during the press presentation for the Bavarian and Austrian Farm Girls' Calendar 2015 at the Hofbraeuhaus beer hall in Munich on October 7 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Hwang Pyong So (left), Vice Chairman of North Korea's National Defense Commission and Director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army, alongside Choe Ryong Hae (center) and Kim Yang Gon, secretaries of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, wave to participating athletes during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on October 4 (XINHUA/AFP)
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