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A model of Peppa Pig was part of the video What Is Peppa?, a teaser for an upcoming movie. PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY

>Peppa Pig air-blower a hit
Unauthorized online sellers of air-blowers imitating the one in the movie trailer "What is Peppa?" may face legal action for copyright infringement. The trailer advertises the upcoming animated film "Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Year", which is set to hit the country's screens on Feb 5, the first day of the Chinese New Year and Chinese zodiac's Year of the Pig. The teaser has garnered huge attention on China's social media platforms. It revolves around the question "What is Peppa?" and tells a touching story that highlights Chinese families. Along with the success of the trailer, the blower, which represents the main character in the teaser, has also become popular. Some online sellers are manufacturing similar blowers and selling them at a price that is three times the normal cost or even higher. According to Promotional Partners Worldwide, an authorized agent in the Chinese market for Peppa Pig, the creation of the blower was made by the director of the trailer. Copying the creation and making profits may involve copyright infringement.


A boy has a bite at a Burger King restaurant in Shanghai. [Provided to China Daily]

>Smelling scents curbs cravings
Looking for a way to satisfy those high-calorie meal cravings? A new study finds sniffing a burger or a pizza for two minutes can stop cravings for junk food. The study says the scent of food itself can directly satisfy your cravings because the brain doesn't realize the difference in the source of sensory pleasure. "Ambient scent can be a powerful tool to resist cravings for indulgent foods," said Dipayan Biswas, a marketing professor at the University of South Florida College of Business. "In fact, subtle sensory stimuli like scents can be more effective in influencing children's and adult's food choices."


[Photo/Sara Weber's Twitter]

>Train-delay scarf sold
A scarf knitted by a German woman to document her frustrations with frequent train delays has sold for 7,550 euros on eBay, as the country's biggest railway company announces plans for a punctuality tsar. The "rail delay scarf" came to prominence when Sara Weber, a journalist, posted a photo of it on Twitter earlier this month. Her mother, a commuter in the Munich area, knitted two lines a day in 2018 to represent how long she was delayed, she explained. The scarf is color-coded: gray wool meant her delay had been less than five minutes, pink signified delays of between five and 30 minutes, while red meant she was delayed for more than 30 minutes or had been delayed both ways. The scarf, approximately 1.5 meters long, represented many Germans' frustrations with train delays, despite their country's reputation for efficiency and punctuality. After it went viral on social media, Weber and her mother decided to auction the scarf off for charity.


Passengers wait to board their trains at Beijing West Railway Station in Beijing on Jan 21, 2019. The 2019 Spring Festival travel rush starts on Jan 21. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

>China gears up for travel rush
China's transport authorities are busy getting ready for the Spring Festival travel rush starting Monday, with 3 billion trips expected to be made this year. From Jan 21 to March 1, the total number of trips is expected to rise 0.6% compared with the travel rush last year, with an 8.3% increase in railway trips and a 12% hike in air trips. To deal with the air traffic pressure, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has planned to expand domestic flights in 10 large airports including Shanghai Pudong, according to Dong Zhiyi, deputy head of the CAAC. At the same time, the aviation authority plans to schedule 532,000 flights during the travel rush, an increase of 10% year-on-year. To enhance railway transportation capability, a total of 4,787 and 4,860 two-way train services will be scheduled daily before and after the festival respectively, up 5.4% and 5.2% compared with the same period last year, according to Lian Weiliang, deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission.

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