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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-07-10 16:06


>Century-old lotus seed grows

A lotus blossomed on Sunday for the first time in Yuanmingyuan, or the Old Summer Palace, from a seed unearthed in 2017 that had been underground for a hundred years. In 2017, 11 100-year-old lotus seeds were discovered at Jingxiangchi inside Yuanmingyuan when staffers were doing archaeological work.

It was the first time that ancient lotus seeds had been found since archaeological excavations were carried out at Yuanmingyuan.

In 2018, the Institute of Botany at the Chinese Academy of Sciences conducted a cultivation experiment on eight of the lotus seeds.

Six sprouted, grew leaves, took root and spent the winter in a greenhouse. One flower blossomed on Sunday after it was transplanted at the lotus base in Yuanmingyuan in April.


A tourist takes a photograph of the historic Radcliffe Camera library building in Oxford, England, on June 22, 2019.[Photo/IC]

>Top jobs in hands of elite

Members of Britain's elite, who hold the top jobs in politics, the judiciary, media and business, are five times more likely to have been to private school than the general population, according to a research.

The study by the Sutton Trust and the Social Mobility Commission found that a tiny elite of privately educated people, many of whom went to Oxbridge, continue to dominate high-ranking jobs, where 39% had an independent education, compared with 7% of the general population.

Eight top schools in the UK get as many pupils into the universities of Oxford and Cambridge as three-quarters of all schools and colleges together.

Critics described the figures as "scandalous" and called for urgent change.

Luke Heselwood from the Reform thinktank said: "Serious reform to the education system is needed. The most advantaged now are nearly 10 times more likely to attend elite universities than the most disadvantaged."


The heroine engages in battle in a scene from the teaser trailer of Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan. [Photo/Mtime]

>First trailer of 'Mulan'

Disney dropped the first trailer for its action-packed live remake of 1998 animated classic "Mulan" on Sunday.

The original "Mulan" grossed more than $300 million worldwide. And the new film looks every bit as exciting - and beautiful - as the original cartoon.

Set in ancient China, it follows a young woman, Mulan, played by Crystal Liu, who disguises herself as a warrior to spare her aged father from going into the military.

The new version is directed by Niki Caro and the cast includes Jet Li as the Emperor of China and New Zealand actor Yoson An as Chen Honghui, Mulan's ally and love interest.

Shot on location in New Zealand and China, Mulan will hit theaters on March 27, 2020.


A girl slides from a giant slide into the water in the outdoor pool on Brauweg.[Photo/IC]

>Longest water slide to open

The longest water slide in the world is set to open in August this year at a theme park in Malaysia.

Coming in at 1,140 m, it will beat the current Guinness World record by almost 609 m.

Guests will take a whopping four minutes to get from the top to the bottom.

They will slide down the ride from 70 m in the air, through the trees and the forest, before landing in a large swimming pool at the end.

Escape Theme Park chief executive officer Sim Choo Kheng said he "didn't intend" to break the world record, but was proud of it anyway.
这家公园的首席执行官Sim Choo Kheng表示自己并没想要打破世界纪录,不过还是对此感到自豪。


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