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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-01-28 16:03

Young singles try to break the ice with each other in the "eight-minute talking activity" at Sheshan’s Moon Lake Sculpture Park. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

>'Dating leave' for singles
Two companies behind a Song dynasty-themed tourist attraction in eastern China are giving their thirty-something single women employees extra time off during the Lunar New Year to "go home and date". In a notice on Monday, Hangzhou Songcheng Performance and Hangzhou Songcheng Tourism Management said unmarried women over 30 in "non-frontline" roles would be granted an extra eight days of "dating leave" on top of the traditional seven-day break. The announcement comes after a high school in Hangzhou last week offered single and childless teachers an extra two half days of leave per month to find "love". There were more than 200 million single adults in China in 2015 and the marriage rate has fallen every year since 2013, according to data from the Ministry of Civil Affairs.


Row of Garbage Bins [Photo/IC]

>Smart bins sort out rubbish
A new "smart bin", which automatically sorts rubbish into recycling categories, is being trialed in Poland and is set to go on sale in the UK within a few years. The bin, designed by start-up company Bin.E, recognizes different types of waste via a system positioned inside the bin that uses sensors, image recognition and artificial intelligence. Once waste is placed inside, the camera and sensors identify its type and place it in one of the smaller bins. Then it compresses the waste so it occupies less space.


A student leans on a table in the cafeteria during first period at Roosevelt High School in Seattle in 2015. [Photo/AP]

>Less sleep linked to obesity
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have found that children who go to bed later and sleep less are more likely to be more overweight. Birmingham's research into the sleeping habits of 2,795 youngsters, aged 9 to 12, from the city of Guangzhou showed a link between sleep duration and the amount of body fat. "There are complex factors contributing to childhood obesity, but increasing observational research reports that shorter sleep duration may be an additional risk factor associated with higher body mass index among children," said Professor Chen Yajun, from the School of Public Health at Sun Yat-Sen University. Research also indicated that the Chinese children were sleeping less than youngsters in the US and Europe - differences which may be a result of a focus on studying and academic achievement in China.


A saleswoman introduces a property project in Wuhan, Hubei province. [Photo/VCG]

>Urban families' assets
The asset allocation of urban households in China is unbalanced, with nearly 80% of family wealth spent on housing, although these families' average total assets grew fairly quickly, a report said. The average total assets of urban households reached 1.5 million yuan per family in 2017, up by a compound annual growth rate of 7.6% from 970,000 yuan in 2011. The figure was expected to have increased to 1.62 million yuan in 2018, according to a report jointly issued by China Guangfa Bank Co and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. The report was based on a survey on nearly 10,000 urban households with an average annual family income exceeding 67,817 yuan in 23 cities across China. Housing assets took a large part, or 77.7%, of the total wealth of China's urban households in 2017, whereas financial assets only accounted for 11.8%, the report said.

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