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A tiny yellow vase made for the Qianlong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty. [Photo/VCG]

>Chinese vase sold for £1

A Chinese emperor's vase sold for just £1 in the UK was later found to be worth £80,000, triggering heated debate among Chinese netizens.

A man, whose name was not revealed, bought the vase at a charity shop for £1 and put it on sale at a low starting price on eBay, an online auction and shopping platform, before being flooded with offers.

Realizing it may be valuable, the buyer took the vase to an antiques auction house for authentication and valuation, and shockingly found it originally belonged to the 18th-century Chinese Emperor Qianlong.

The pear-shaped vase has yellow background, a color used solely for the royal family, with yangcai (foreign colors) enamel.

On its eight-inch-tall body, there is a poem written by Emperor Qianlong and two red seals, with one reading "Emperor Qianlong's own mark" and the other "elaborately made with undivided heart."

The Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers said it was court commissioned and probably displayed in one of the emperor's palaces, so it is rare and highly valued.

Listed at 80,000 pounds currently, it will be auctioned on Nov 8.


New students arrive at Zhejiang University on Aug 16, accompanied by their parents. [Photo/China Daily]

>Living costs spark debate

A recent online post about a female college student asking for 4,500 yuan for monthly living expenses has ignited public debate on how much a student really needs for college life, and most believed that demand is too much.

According to the post, the new college student said her school is in a new top-tier city and complained her mother gave her too little, 2,000 yuan.

"Is 2,000 yuan a month enough for a student's life in college?" soon became a hot topic on the list of top trending searches.

Some internet users shared their living expenses in colleges, and most ranged from 1,000 to 2,000 yuan a month. Some questioned whether the female student could even earn 4,500 yuan after graduation.

Data from Wacai, an app focusing on financial advice, showed that students in 15 cities spent over 1,500 yuan a month on average, topped by Beijing at 2,400 yuan, Shanghai at 2,300 yuan, and Hangzhou at 2,250 yuan.


People walk through the Helden Tor (Hero's Gate) near the Homburg Palace in Vienna, Austria on Tuesday. [Photo/AFP]

>World's most livable cities

It's long been known for its grandiose architecture, lashings of green spaces and traditional coffee shops - and now Vienna is building itself a reputation for something even more covetable.

The Austrian capital has been ranked the world's most livable city for the second year running, topping the table with almost perfect scores for stability, culture and environment, education and infrastructure, and health care.

It was followed by Melbourne - which Vienna toppled from pole position last year after seven years at the top.

Sydney, Osaka and Calgary make up the top five on the annual Global Liveability Index of 140 cities around the world, compiled by The Economist Intelligence Unit.


The 40-meter-high Rain Vortex, which is the world's tallest indoor waterfall, is seen from inside Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore, April 11, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

>Man arrested for overstaying

The Singapore Police Force has issued a warning to residents not to "misuse" their boarding passes after a man was arrested for buying a ticket to walk his wife to the gate.

The misuse of boarding passes is an offense in Singapore, where transit areas are considered "protected places."

If the idea that anyone would actively want to spend time in an airport sounds odd, you haven't flown through Singapore.

When Changi's new Jewel terminal opened in April, it made headlines around the globe for its 40-meter waterfall (the world's largest indoor one), a 14,000-square-meter Canopy Park, complete with a suspension bridge, topiary and mazes, and one of Asia's largest indoor gardens with 3,000 trees and 60,000 shrubs.

Overstaying your welcome in the terminal is a thing, here.

Anyone accessing the gate-side areas at Changi without intending to fly can be prosecuted under Singapore's Infrastructure Protection Act and fined up to S$20,000 or imprisoned for up to two years.

Thirty-three people have been arrested under the legislation in the first eight months of 2019.


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