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中国日报网 2024-05-24 17:09


> Turning back to old practices

Acupuncture and moxibustion, treatments of traditional Chinese medicine, have won increasing recognition throughout the world since they were inscribed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010. [Photo by He Dongping/Zhu Jun/For China Daily]


A decade ago, when asked about popular pastimes, many people would say going to KTV or amusement parks. However, young people now spend their free time at health clubs, or getting tuina, or even a foot massage to experience traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practices, such as acupuncture and moxibustion.


A 2023 survey conducted by China Youth Daily, involving 1,000 respondents in China, revealed that 93.3 percent of them had tried various TCM diagnostic and treatment methods.


“Many young people in their 20s come to me for neck and back pains, as well as dry eye syndrome, all of which are usually associated with the elderly,” said Ma Huifang, a professor at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, who is also a TCM doctor. “I have witnessed such diseases becoming more common among a younger age group due to unhealthy lifestyles and increased pressure.”


When faced with the choice between Western medicine and TCM, young people often prefer TCM therapies “due to its efficacy” for these diseases, according to Ma. The impact of TCM on young people’s lives is noteworthy, with many not only incorporating TCM practices into their daily lives, but also learning TCM skills to treat themselves and others.


> To the Wonder has made Altay a new trendy tourism destination

China's new hit TV show To the Wonder has made Altay in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region a new trendy tourism destination among young people, who are attracted by the breathtaking views and the simple and heartwarming lives of the local residents.


Adapted from My Altay, a collection of prose by Li Juan, the drama tells the story of Li Wenxiu, a young woman who returned to her hometown of Altay to live with her mother after failing in her dream of becoming a writer and having setbacks at work. She then found the meaning of life and her love in Altay.


The travel portal Qunar said that from May 7 — the day the TV show began its commercial airing - flight ticket bookings to Altay rose 20 percent compared with the same period in the previous month, and hotel bookings doubled during the period on its platform.


"The best travel season to Altay is usually from August to October, but its peak season will arrive earlier this year, around June, thanks to the impact of this trendy show," said Huang Minghu, travel portal Tuniu's director for tour products in Xinjiang. He said that Altay enjoys great advantages in developing tourism, including its breathtaking grassland and lake views, and original and well-preserved villages. The place is also a popular skiing destination in winter.


> Word of the day丨 beds in integrated medical, elderly care institutions



By the end of 2023, China's more than 7,800 institutions capable of providing integrated medical and elderly care services had 2 million beds in these facilities, according to the National Health Commission on May 16.








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