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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-01-07 14:58


>World's most pricy shoes
The world's most expensive pair of shoes has been unveiled - with a $15.1 million price tag. The footwear was created by UK designer Debbie Wingham, whose previous creations have included the world's most expensive dress. The incredibly fancy footwear was commissioned as a birthday gift by an unnamed family and is decked in some of the world's rarest stones. The shoes feature extremely rare large pink and blue diamonds, which alone cost more than $13 million. On top of that, there are four flawless three-carat white diamonds and 1,000 pointer diamonds framing some of the iced cake-like detailing. The handmade stilettos, which took hundreds of man hours to put together, are made from leather painted with 24 carat gold paint and sewed together with 18 carat gold thread.



>Garlic coffee invented
A Japanese man has invented "garlic coffee" that looks and tastes like coffee but is entirely made from locally grown garlic. Yokitomo Shimotai, a coffee shop owner in Aomori Prefecture, started selling his garlic coffee in 2017. "It contains no caffeine so it's good for those who would like to drink coffee at night or pregnant women," he said. According to Shimotai, the drink was an accidental outcome of a cooking blunder about 30 years ago. He said he burned a steak and garlic while waiting tables at the same time at his shop. Then he mashed the scorched garlic with a spoon and mixed it with hot water and to his surprise it had "coffee-like taste". After repeated trial and error, he created a "coffee" about five years ago by using an electric furnace to roast the garlic. In 2015, Shimotai patented the method and opened a workshop in neighboring Iwate Prefecture.


The ElectroShoe prototype[Photo/siddharthmandala.com]

>Shoes help to protect women
Sexual assault against women is a really big problem in India, as hardly a day goes by without a case being reported in the media. Until authorities decide to take it seriously and adopt a proactive approach, an 18-year-old boy is trying to help women fight back against aggressors by literally giving them the shock of their life. Siddharth Mandala spent years working on the "ElectroShoe", a type of anti-sexual assault footwear that electrocutes attackers by inflicting 0.1 ampere of electricity while also alerting police and family members that the wearer is in danger. All the wearer has to do is kick the perpetrator. The ElectroShoe is still in its developmental stage and is not available to purchase. But Mandala has filed a patent and plans to market the ElectroShoe soon.


A longer Fuxing bullet train makes its debut on the Beijing-Shanghai line on Saturday. [Photo/VCG]

>Rail length to top 30,000 km
China plans to build 3,200 km of new high-speed railways in 2019, with the total length expected to exceed 30,000 km. The 3,000-plus km of high-speed railways are part of the planned development of 6,800 km of new railways for the new year as the country will keep fixed-asset investment on railways on a large scale, said Lu Dongfu, general manager of the China Railway Corp. China's railways are expected to transport 3.54 billion passengers and 3.37 billion tons of goods this year, Lu said. By the end of this year, China will see 850 Fuxing high-speed trains put into service, while the research and development of Fuxing high-speed trains running at 350 km, 250 km, 200 km and 160 km will be strengthened. China will continue to promote the application of digital tickets and explore more flexible pricing mechanisms for high-speed trains, Lu said.

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