Sunday, February 25, 2007

Actress Starring Lin Daiyu Becomes Nun

  Though Chen Xiaoyu only performed in two TV soup operas, she was widely feted for her portrayal of Lin Daiyu, the tragic famale figure in the Dream of the Red Chamber, a classic of ancient Chinese literature. [File]

  A billionaire years later. Chen Xiaoxu as a businesswoman in the advertising circle. [File Photo:]
  Former Chinese actress and business celebrity Chen Xiaoxu has taken the tonsure at a Buddhist temple in Changchun, capital of Jilin province in northeast China, her husband told a newspaper Sunday.
  Chen Xiaoxu became a household name in China in the 1980s after being cast the lead role as Lin Daiyu in the TV soap opera "Dream of the Red Mansion", an adaptation of the Chinese Qing Dynasty literary classic of the same name.
  Following this popular role, however, Chen Xiaoxu did not pursue an acting career. She disappeared from public view for several years until re-catching people's attention, this time, as a successful businesswoman and billionaire in advertising.
  The news of her tonsure was first disclosed by some "well-informed" fans online and was confirmed by her husband, Hao Tong, who, he has himself said, will soon follow his wife??s suit to become a monk in another monastery. Hao said such decision, which however sounds much striking to the public, is their ideal.
  Chen Xiaoxu was reported to still be at Baiguoxinglong Temple, the Buddhist monastery where she received the tonsure ceremony. Chen will no longer take part in business from now on as she concentrates on Buddhist studies at the monastery, according to staff from her company.
  An unconfirmed source adds that Chen Xiaoxu has been following the Buddhist life credo for seven years.

250,000 Chinese commit suicide every year

Chinanews, Beijing, Feb. 26 – A recent study shows that in China, about 250,000 people commit suicide every year, and suicide has become the prime cause for the death of young people. In addition, 1.5 million people suffer from emotional trauma brought by the death of their friends or relatives, the China Youth Daily reported.

Chinese society is in a transitional period when economy is developing fast and social disparity is becoming wider. The rapid changes in society make many people suffer from various kinds of mental illness.

An investigation shows that in China, the incidence of psychological diseases has surpassed that of cardiovascular diseases to become the most common disease. Another study shows that in China, some 30 million young people suffer from various kinds of mental illness, with 21.6%-32% of them being primary or middle school students and 16%-25.4% being college students. The number of students suffering from mental diseases is still on the rise.

Bullfight for Olympic Games in Guiyang

People watch as two bulls fight during a contest that aims to promote the awareness of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at an ethnic minority region in Guiyang, Southwest China's Guizhou Province, February 25, 2007.

Spring tea ready for harvest

Chinese workers pluck tea at a pollution-free tea garden in Zhaoping County, Southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, February 25, 2007. Due to the abundant rain and warm weather, workers began to pluck the Spring tea ten days earlier than last year.

Shaolin kungfu

Lin,The most beautiful Chinese model

A huge boa , 7 meters , 50 kg

A huge boa, 7 meters length, 50 kg weight, was carried into the zoo in Chongqing city ,China on Feburay 23 by air.

A populer face used in photoshop creations online in China

The original picture

Chinese girl in cheongsam,so sexy !

Friday, February 23, 2007

Leave home for livelihood

A travellers looks out from a train window as she leaves the railway station of Hefei, East China's Anhui Province, after the Chinese Lunar New Year holidays February 22, 2007. A number of migrant workers who was back home for Lunar New Year have left home again and began to return to their working posts for livelihood in the new year.

Water environment boost before 2008

  Beijing is stepping up efforts to improve its water environment for the aquatic sports venues of the 2008 Olympic Games, the capital's water authority has announced.

  Water input channels and routes are being designed for the aquatic sports stadiums and parks, along with the related clean-up of rivers.

  "All the key moves to tackle the water environment pollution in this city will start this year, to build on work that has already been carried out in previous years," said Yu Yaping, an official with Beijing Water Authority.

  Comprehensive pollution reduction and control measures will be stepped up in the first half of this year in Chaobai River, Qinghe River and Yangshan Channel, where aquatic sports venues and parks are located.

  Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park in northeastern Beijing will use the water supply from Chaobai River, and water used by the Olympic Park is to be piped from Qinghe River and Yangshan Channel.

  The improvement measures will concentrate on the drainage service and waste water disposal system, as well as water supplies and will also benefit the city after the Olympics.

  Inadequate water supplies could be solved by water-saving technology and policies, from repaired reservoirs and assistance from other places, Yu told China Daily.

  He added drainage management and control was a major problem to be tackled.

  "What we aim to build is an ecological water system to provide a pleasant environment to people not just simple clean-up work for only a section of a river," he said.

  All the rivers suffering with pollution problems within the Sixth Ring Road are expected to flow with clean water by 2008 because of the measures.

  Last year, the new Xiaohongmen Waste Water Treatment Plant sent Beijing's daily disposal capacity to 2.5 million tons of waste water in urban areas, providing 260 million cubic metres of recycled water.

  Another urban water plant, Beixiaohe Plant, will open later this year along with six others in suburban areas.

  By 2007, the capital is expected to be home to 14 major waste water treatment plants to satisfy agricultural and industrial needs.

  Last year, Beijing consumed 3 billion cubic metres of water, covering residential, construction, farming and industrial uses.

  The supply came mainly from underground water, Miyun and Guanting reservoirs and recycled water.

  Beijing water supply allocated from neighbouring Hebei and Shanxi Provinces in North China totalled no more than 100 million tons.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Zhang Yimou -- An Internationally Acclaimed Filmmaker

After graduation, these first post-Cultural Revolution students (who came to be known as the "fifth generation" Chinese cinema directors) were posted to regional films studios. Zhang Yimou was assigned to the Guangxi studio, which had been founded in 1974, towards the end of the Cultural Revolution. Lacking any clear production policy, the studio was open to suggestions from its new recruits who, in 1983, advocated the establishment of a Youth Production Unit.

This recommendation was readily accepted, and a young production crew, including Zhang Junzhao as director and Zhang Yimou as photographer, embarked on their first picture, One and The Eight, based on a narrative poem set during the war against the Japanese. The film ran into considerable trouble with the authorities and had to be amended in terms of plot and characterization before securing a release. The look of the film, however, remained intact, and it was the striking photographic quality achieved by Zhang Yimou that attracted most acclaim. Zhang has explained that they consciously reacted against the uniform lighting of most contemporary Chinese films and sought a harsh, monochromatic appearance appropriate to the story of prisoners offered a "Dirty Dozen Style" opportunity to redeem themselves.

Following One and The Eight, Zhang Yimou acted as director of photography on the first two films of his contemporary at the Beijing Film Academy, Chen Kaige. The first of these, Yellow Earth (1984), effectively launched the fifth generation outside China and was much commended for its innovative camerawork, in which small figures were photographed against vast expanses of sky. Chen Kaige's second film, The Big Parade, underwent extensive censorship and revision but again Zhang Yimou's camerawork, capturing the agonies of "square-bashing" in the grueling sun -- this time in widescreen -- was much admired.

Zhang Yimou had long wanted to direct himself and was able to do so by transferring in 1985 from Guangxi studio to the Xi'an studio, then run by the imaginative and entrepreneurial Wu Tianming. Wu initially invited Zhang to join him in Xi'an (where he had been born) to photograph his own upcoming production Old Well. Zhang agreed on the understanding that he could then direct his own first film. In the end, Zhang Yimou not only photographed Old Well, but played the leading role himself, winning Best Actor Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival. (Though acting is only a subsidiary pursuit for Zhang Yimou, he also played the lead in the 1990 Hong Kong costume drama A Terra Cotta Warrior, opposite Gong Li).

Zhang Yimou's first film as director, Red Sorghum, won the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 1988 and launched his international career. A rural drama of the war years, with the Japanese as the enemy, it also marked the acting debut of the young actress Gong Li, whom Zhang had discovered while she was a student. She has since appeared in all his films, winning the award as Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival in 1992 for The Story of Qiu Ju.

Zhang Yimou followed up Red Sorghum with a more conventional action picture, Operation Cougar, depicting the hijacking of an airliner, but returned to form with Ju Dou and Raise The Red Lantern, both intense and beautifully shot period pieces that were nominated for Oscars as Best Foreign Language Film in 1990 and 1991. Raise the Red Lantern won for Best Foreign Film in 1991 at the New York Film Critics Circle. Also in 1991, the movie won for Best Cinematography at the LA Film Critics Association.

The Story of Qiu Ju marked a conscious change of direction for Zhang Yimou -- away from the ornate style of his previous two films towards a more realistic and even humorous manner. In particular, he made use in this film of hidden cameras to capture the gestures and reactions of real Chinese peasants photographed unawares. It was rewarded with the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, while Gong Li's performance was also recognized at the closing awards ceremony.

Zhang Ziyi: An Uprising Star

Little Zhang Ziyi

The famous movie star Zhang Ziyi has been hit by a run of fortune. Soon after being selected as a member of the Oscar Awards review committee, Zhang has now become part of the Golden Globe Awards review panel, as news was released from Hollywood during the annual feast which was sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to raise fund for the world film industry. Zhang attended the feast on behalf of the International Film Association.

Zhang Ziyi, the young and vibrant Chinese actress, has seized the hearts of thousands of film fans with her charming smile, and from the day of her very first film, she has been placed at the core of international film circles…

Little Biography

Zhang Ziyi was born in 1979 to an ordinary but studious family in Beijing . Her father is an economist, and mother is a kindergarten teacher. As a child, Zhang was very thin and small. One of her mother's colleagues, upon seeing the delicate girl, suggested that Zhang learn gymnastics. Hence her mother took her to the sports school in Xuanwu district. Unfortunately, no gymnastics class was open that year, so a teacher recommended that Zhangher learn dance. From then on, the eight-year-old girl began to study dance in the Youth Palace of Xuanwu District, and her enlightenment teacher was Tao Jin, a famous dancer.

Three years later, eleven-year-old Zhang Ziyi was admitted to the Affiliated Middle School of Beijing Dance Academy, starting her six-year-long professional study of dance. In 1994, she received the award for folk dance performance during the fourth All-China Youth "Peach and Plum Award" Dance Contest.

Though receiving a national award at such a young age, Zhang never felt complacent. Instead, over time, she strongly felt that for a dancer, the space for development was quite limited. She was not content with being just a dance performer or a dance partner of others. In search for a new footing with greater development space, she hit upon opera and film. Therefore, upon graduating from middle school (equivalent to high school) in 1996, she entered the Acting Department of the Central Academy of Drama.

In the Central Academy of Drama, Zhang's class was hailed as a "stars' class," as all the eight girls in the class were very talented and tended to cut quite a figure on campus performances. Mei Ting (leading actress in A Time to Remember) and Yuan Quan (leading actress in Rhapsody Of Spring) are from the class.

Though the smallest in the class, Zhang was a typical smart girl, and her performing potential was highly appreciated by her teachers. Besides, she was also a diligent student who never minded hardships. She never cared about whether the role she was going to play was beautiful or not, as she was always willing to play whatever kind of roles came to her, be it a grandma or a countryside woman. Moreover, even at that time she could always act any role in a natural and genuine way, which also shows that her later rise to prominence was not a coincidence.

Zhang Ziyi's Star Road: From a Country Girl to Golden Statue Film Empress

All the roles played by Zhang Ziyi -- from Zhao Di in the 1998 film The Road Home (literally My Father and My Mother) to Bai Ling in the 2004 film 2046 --, regardless of their appeal to the audience, have one thing in common: the determination and tenacity unique to Zhang. Perhaps it is fitting that because of such a character,

Zhang has evolved from the countryside girl in The Road Home to a Golden Statue film empress in 2046.

The Road Home : Talent Revealing

In 1998, Zhang Ziyi made her on-screen debut as the mother in The Road Home, a film by prominent "Fifth Generation" Chinese director Zhang Yimou about a love story between two young people in the 1950s. It is said the director chose her mainly because of her pure and naive face and the pair of big eyes, which, in his opinion, are indispensable to the love affair in an age of innocence. Therefore, Zhang Ziyi, dressed in a flowery wadded jacket and a pair of fat trousers and with a strong local flavor, blended herself into Zhang Yimou's beautiful love story.

It was not an easy thing to be an actor in the hands of Zhang Yimou. On the one hand, he required every act of Zhang Ziyi to fit into the role of a countryside girl of that particular age, and on the other, there were few lines for the mother Zhang Ziyi played. Therefore, the mother's image was mostly molded by such simple and similar acts as "running, waiting, and walking." However, Zhang Ziyi's acting was "unexpectedly good." By depending on her body language, Zhang perfectly portrayed the passionate and delicate emotions required for the film.

The film later won the "Silver Bear Award" at the 50th Berlin Film Festival, receiving high marks from the 12 judges of the review committee, who said, "The Road Home is very moving, and it can't be too much for any award."

Since her maiden film was in cooperation with Zhang Yimou, Zhang Ziyi was placed in the spotlight from the very beginning, a higher starting point than others. She has since embarked on a road filled with flowers and thorns, but she truly finds great pleasure in it.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon : A Significant Turning Point

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon , Zhang Ziyi's second film, shot in 1999, is about two legendary women with different family backgrounds during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911): One is a daughter of a rich family whose ambition turns her into a bandit, and the other, a conspicuous woman bodyguard who is a captive of love. Destiny pulls them together. The film features a strong lineup, with Zhou Yun-fat (also Chow Yun Fat), a heavyweight Hong Kong star in Hollywood, as the leading actor and Michelle Yoeh as one of the leading actresses.

In the star-ridden film, Zhang Ziyi also acted one of the leading roles - that of Yu Jiaolong, the daughter of a noble family who is smart, rebellious, and highly skilled in martial arts but who never shows off. Of the three main characters, Zhang's role is the most eye-catching and heavily depicted, hence making it a strenuous task for Zhang to play it well. However, she succeeded, and her performance in the film deeply impressed the audience, who thought her performance even surpassed that of the other two famous Asian stars.

Xu Ke, a famous director of martial arts films in Hong Kong, once commented on Ann Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, "The most conspicuous thing about this traditional martial arts film lies in its achievements in successfully portraying the vivid and perfect image of a woman."

When the film was screened in America in 2001, Zhang Ziyi became the focus of a promotion campaign carried out by the American Columbia Pictures Corporation. In the same year, Zhang Ziyi received the "Award for Future Star" conferred by Hong-Kong Asia Screenings.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon received four big awards, including the "2001 Golden Globe Award" and the 73rd Oscar Award for the Best Foreign Language Film, and Zhang Ziyi has since been a rising star in the international film circles.

Rush Hour 2 : Heading for the International

The great success of Crouching Tiger Hiddern Dragon provided a good opportunity for the inexperienced actress to enter international film circles. The director of Rush Hour 2 , with an eye on the freshness Zhang Ziyi brought to the English world, invited her to join in the shooting. So after her appearance at the 2001 Spring Festival Evening Party (a television program celebrating the Chinese New Year in China), Zhang flew to America to shoot her first Hollywood film -- Rush Hour 2 as the leading actress, in cooperation with Jackie Chan, a Hong Kong and Hollywood star known for his Kungfu films.

In the film, Zhang portrayed a merciless and taciturn female killer and Kungfu master named Kelly Hu. Dressed in black clothes and wearing long straight hair, Zhang vividly portrayed the cruelty and evilness of the killer while showing graceful demeanor in Kungfu fighting. Though Zhang spoke Chinese throughout the film, this does not lessen her attraction to the foreigners, with her performance being acclaimed as the most outstanding in the film. Hence almost overnight, Zhang became one the most popular actresses in the West.

Hero: A Satisfactory Answering Paper

At the same time that Rush Hour 2 was being screened in China, Zhang Ziyi was on the casting team of Zhang Yimou's Hero, marking the actress and director's second cooperation. Li Lianjie, Liao Chaowei, and Zhang Manyu (all famous Hong Kong stars) were also among the cast. Hero was hailed as the first real blockbuster among domestic films and the most ambitious work in the history of Chinese film.

In the film, Zhang acted as the maiden Ru Yue, who carries the sword for her masters, a man and a woman who are highly adept in martial arts.

Regarding the role, she said, "I didn't find a single line of the role until I had turned a dozen pages of the script; it was really a very small role."

But she decided to join the shooting team the moment she finished reading the script, as participation is what she sought. Therefore, although her role was just 15 minutes long, Zhang Ziyi stayed on the team for over half a year, participating in the whole shooting process.

Despite the very small role, Zhang Ziyi's performing skills improved a lot, which was very significant for her. As she said, she found one day, to her surprise, she had learned how to control a role.

Concerning her second cooperation with Zhang Yimou, Zhang Ziyi said by way of an analogy that The Road Home was like a qualification test and Hero an answering paper. Fortunately, the director was satisfied with the paper.

House of Flying Daggers : Fulfilling A Dream

Zhang Ziyi had always dreamed of starring in the role of a blind girl, and her dream came true when Zhang Yimou invited her to play the leading role in his new film House of Flying Daggers (2004).

In the film, Zhang starred as the blind Xiao Mei, the daughter of the chief of a gang, named "Flying Dagger." Hoping to take revenge on those who killed her entire family, Xiao Mei becomes a dancer performer in a dance house and in the process gets involved in a love triangle with the other leading characters.

Though not well received in China, the film was highly praised abroad. On October 9, 2004, Zhang Yimou and Zhang Ziyi, bringing with them the new film, stepped onto the red carpet of the " 42nd New York Film Festival."

The next day, a New York Times film critic said in his film review, "It is an amazing and thrilling film! Zhang Ziyi's performance in the bamboo forest will become a classic shot in terms of the actress' performance, the action arrangement, and acoustic design."

With the screening of Hero and House of Flying Daggers , Zhang Ziyi once again became the favorite of North American audience and film reviewers.

The film was nominated for the "Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film" in December 2004. It not only became a legend in Chinese film history, but also solidified Zhang Ziyi's status in the film circles.

2046: A New Breakthrough

In Wong Kai-Wai's film 2046, Zhang Zifi had her first dance hostess role, that of Bai Ling, who lives in the room 2046. Bai Ling arrives in Hong Kong all by herself, with no one to turn to. In the room next to 2046 lives Zhou Muyun (starring Liang Chaowei), and the story rolls on between the two. In the very beginning, Bai Ling is not serious about her relationship with Zhou, but gradually, she finds herself in love with the man. However, to her heartbreak, Zhou does not want to love any woman.

In order to play the role well, Zhang Ziyi studied in great detail how to be a dancer hostess in the 1960s. She went to ballrooms, trying to figure out the dance hostesses' manner, and practiced dancing in high-heel shoes. Though it turned out she didn't have to dance in the film, she learned from the experience what it feels like to be a dance hostess.

The character Bai Ling is imbued with kind of tragic obstinacy, and what she is confronted with is not moral, systematic, or of society. Zhang Ziyi, while retaining Bai Ling's individuality, well expresses the character's interior conflicts and her inability to change. Zhang's performance in 2046 was hailed as her most wonderful to date, even better than that in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon .

In March 2005, Zhang was given the Golden Statue Award for Best Actress for her performance in 2046 , winning all-round affirmation from the mainstream Chinese film circles with her excellent acting.

Memoirs of a Geisha : A New Challenge

"Challenge = Success" might be the most proper illustration of Zhang Ziyi's acting experience. She is always ready to learn and to play a role of a style different from that of her previous roles. What is worth mentioning is her spirit of always seeking improvement.

In August 2004, the American Columbia Broadcasting Corporation announced Zhang Ziyi would play the leading role of Sayuri in the film Memoirs of a Geisha , which was to be supervised by Spielberg Steven and directed by Rob Marshall. Adapted from a novel of the same name, the film portrays the life experience of a Japanese geisha (a hostess trained to entertain men with song and dance), including her struggles and pains.

Memoirs of a Geisha , slated for release this year, is the first Hollywood film where Zhang Ziyi plays the leading role, and she will have to speak English throughout the film. As she said, a new challenge has begun.

With her success in film acting, Zhang Ziyi's influence and renown is spreading internationally. In April 2005, an American magazine -- Times -- elected Zhang Ziyi as one of the most influential people in 2005, and she is the only Chinese performer to be listed.

While expressing her honor to be listed, Zhang says that as an actress, what she wants to do is try her best to improve her acting skills and provide more and more quality films.

Acrobatics show in Beijing

Acrobatics, dating back more than 2,000 years, is one of China's oldest art forms.

China to continue to get warmer in 21st century

Chinese meteorologists warned that in the 21st century China will become increasingly warmer, with increased precipitation in some parts of the country.

A recent report from the China Meteorological Administration said that in the past 50 years, China's surface temperature rose 0.22 degrees Celsius for every 10 years on average, higher than the increases in global and Northern Hemisphere temperatures.

Compared with the average temperature during the 30 years between 1961 and 1990, China's annual average temperature will possibly rise 1.3-2.1 degrees Celsius by 2020, 1.5-2.8 degrees by 2030, 2.3-3.3 degrees by 2050, and 3.9-6.0 degrees by 2100.

The report also said that the country's precipitation will alsobe on a rising trend. By 2020, the national average annual precipitation will increase two to three percent, by 2050, five to seven percent, and by 2100, 11-17 percent.

The sea level will continue to rise, by 2050 it will rise 12-50 centimeters. In the coming 100 years, extreme weather events will possibly increase; drought areas will expand and desertification will be more serious; glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the Tianshan Mountains will recede at accelerating speed and some small glaciers will disappear.

By 2050, the area of glaciers in China's northwest will shrink by 27 percent, the report warned.

In the coming four to five years, chances of extremely strong rainfall in east China will be four to six times that of the 1980s and 1990s, and there will be more frequent and stronger typhoons in coastal areas, the report said.

Qin Dahe, director of the China Meteorological Administration, said in a recent press conference that meteorological disasters caused direct economic losses of 200 to 300 billion yuan (25 to 37.5 billion U.S. dollars) in China annually, which was equivalent to two to five percent of China's gross domestic product.

Greenhouse gas emissions, and carbon dioxide discharges in particular, are widely considered to be the prime factor in global warming.The Chinese government has backed the UN-brokered Kyoto treaty, and committed itself to improving its energy efficiency bysetting the goal of cutting its energy consumption by 20 percent per unit of GDP in the period from 2006 to 2010, Qin noted.

China reduced emissions by some 800 million tons of coal equivalent from 1991 to 2005. The country's forests, grasslands and natural reserves have helped absorb another 3.06 billion tons, he said.

Chinese workers Return for work after the Spring Festival

Passageners ready to aboard walk through the Fuyang Railway Station square,south China's Anhui Province, Feb.21,2007.A number of migrant workers who was back home for Lunar New Year have left home again and began to return posts for livelihood in the new year.

Passageners with heavy baggage are ready to aboard at the Fuyang Railway Station,south China's Anhui Province, Feb.20,2007.A number of migrant workers who was back home for Lunar New Year have left home again and began to return posts for livelihood in the new year.

Passageners wait to aboard at the Fuyang Railway Station square,south China's Anhui Province, Feb.20,2007.A number of migrant workers who was back home for Lunar New Year have left home again and began to return posts for livelihood in the new year.

Fuyang Railway Station is crowded with passageners waiting to buy the return ticket,south China's Anhui Province, Feb.20,2007.A number of migrant workers who was back home for Lunar New Year have left home again and began to return posts for livelihood in the new year.

People queue up out the ticket office at Fuyang Railway Station,south China's Anhui Province, Feb.20,2007.A number of migrant workers who was back home for Lunar New Year have left home again and began to return posts for livelihood in the new year.