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chinadaily.com.cn 2018-12-12 15:52

Migong: Ruyi Linlang Tuji offers an interactive experience through reading and online gaming. [Photo/Palace Museum]

>Museum launches puzzle book
The Palace Museum will present its first-ever interactive puzzle book in January 2019. The book aims to immerse readers in traditional Chinese culture and knowledge of the Forbidden City. The book is thread-bound, with traditional accessories such as a brush pen, a paper-cut, a copper coin and a map dating back to the reign of Emperor Qianlong in the 18th century. Readers will need to download a mobile phone app, through which they can explore close to 30 puzzles in the book. Money for publishing the book was raised through crowdfunding. From Oct 24 to Nov 30, the funding reached 20.2 million yuan, breaking the record in China's publishing industry.(See photo)


Xu Jiayin (Hui Ka Yan), chairman of Evergrande Group, speaks during a press conference in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong province, Nov 9, 2017. [Photo/IC]

>Hui richest person in China
With personal wealth of $36.7 billion, Hui Ka Yan, chairman of real estate developer Guangzhou Evergrande Group, has become the richest man in China. Hui's fortune puts him ahead of Alibaba chairman Jack Ma ($35.4 billion) and Tencent founder Pony Ma Huateng ($35.3 billion), according to the Forbes Real-Time Billionaires List. China's three richest men currently rank respectively 20th, 21st and 22nd in global rankings. This is attributed to changes in share price, China Securities Journal reported. Shares of Evergrande continued to rise over the past month. Based on strong performance, Southwest Securities predicted the compound annual growth rate of the net profit attributable to parent company will be 48.1% in 2018-2020. On the other hand, shares of Alibaba and Tencent tumbled, dragged down by global tech stocks. As nearly half of the wealth in the Billionaires List comes from technology companies, the tumble of tech shares could reshuffle the rankings.


Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May returns to Downing Street in London, Britain, Dec 10, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

>UK delays Brexit vote
British Prime Minister Theresa May has called off and deferred Tuesday's crucial vote on her Brexit deal in the face of what was likely to be a significant defeat by Conservative party rebels. The prime minister told Members of Parliament (MPs) about the delay in a statement in Parliament on Monday afternoon. The pound fell sharply in response, shedding 0.5% versus the US dollar to stand at $1.26, an 18-month low after May's remarks. May said MPs backed much of the deal she has struck with the EU but there was concern over the Northern Irish backstop. She told MPs she would be speaking to EU leaders ahead of a summit later this week, about the "clear concerns" expressed by MPs. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the prime minister had "lost control of events" and the government was in "complete chaos" - and urged her to stand down. Meanwhile, EU's top court ruled that the UK can revoke Brexit without permission from the 27 other EU member states.


A pedestrian walks past a signboard of Gucci in Shanghai, October 3, 2017. [Photo/IC]

>China fashion market to grow
China will overtake the US as the world's largest fashion market in 2019, according to a report by McKinsey & Company and media outlet The Business of Fashion. The wealth of China's nearly 1.4 billion people is rapidly multiplying, creating legions of new consumers with disposable income to spend on things such as sports, entertainment, and, of course, clothes and shoes. Many luxury labels already depend heavily on Chinese customers, who have for some time been the world's biggest buyers of luxury goods. Luxury is only part of the consumption picture in China, of course. Sports brands such as Nike and Adidas are investing heavily in their Chinese businesses, as the growing middle class has more leisure time and money to devote to exercise and fitness. And then there's the giant, booming market for inexpensive clothes. Kevin Sneader, McKinsey's global managing partner, pointed out that, under a moderate scenario of growth, China will add a number of consumers and spending power roughly equivalent to Germany's current economy by 2025.

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