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chinadaily.com.cn 2023-12-04 12:20


> New railway set to bolster connectivity and development
丽江至香格里拉铁路开通运营 为滇西发展注入新活力

This aerial photo taken on Nov 25, 2023 shows a section of the Lijiang-Shangri-La railway in Lijiang city, Southwest China's Yunnan province. [Photo/Xinhua]


A railway linking the picturesque cities of Lijiang and Shangri-La in Southwest China's Yunnan province officially opened to traffic on Sunday, connecting the province's Dechen prefecture to the country's high-speed railway network.


The railway, which boasts a total length of 139.7 kilometers and is designed to facilitate a maximum speed of 140 km per hour, is expected to reduce travel time between the two well-known tourist cities to 1 hour and 18 minutes.


It is also expected to greatly enhance the economic integration between Lijiang and Dechen, and contribute to the high-quality development of the local economy.


The railway is expected to reduce the travel time between Kunming and Shangri-La to 4 hours and 30 minutes, and the time between Dali and Shangri-La to 3 hours and 58 minutes.


It will not only improve the stability and accessibility of transportation along the route, but also connect Shangri-La with other tourist destinations such as Lijiang Old Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Tiger Leaping Gorge.


Larong Dawa, 42, who runs a small workshop for brewing highland barley wine in Shangri-La, said the new railway has made traveling more convenient for residents as well as tourists. "In the past, it took us one day to reach Kunming. But now it takes less than five hours."


Tang Yan, 29, who works at the Shangri-La station, said the railway will likely bring more travelers to the city. "I will provide dedicated services to all passengers and help them experience the hospitality of Shangri-La."


Tang said she believes the railway will "attract more businesses and investors, and our unique agricultural products will be sold across the country and even around the world".


> Controversy over diving final sparks debate over fandom frenzy in sports

China's Chen Yuxi (left) and Quan Hongchan are both the closest of partners in daily life and fiercest of rivals on the 10m platform. Together, they are a dominant force in women's diving. REUTERS


The 2023 National Diving Championships last week were drawn into controversy after a fan accused the referees of being biased against Olympic champion Quan Hongchan in the final of the 10-meter platform diving event.


Last Wednesday, Chen Yuxi, China’s three-time world champion, clinched the gold medal with 436.80 points, edging out Quan Hongchan, who scored 427.60 points and received silver.


During the post-match interview, a fan’s voice was heard from the stands, alleging that “the referees were unfair and deliberately suppressed Quan’s score”.


The incident later triggered wider discussion on the impact of fandom culture in the sports field.


On Monday, the General Administration of Sports of China and the Chinese Olympic Committee reposted an article from China Sports Daily, noting that such behavior should be “firmly rejected” to create a fair and equitable environment for the sports industry. This is necessary, so that “the athletes can entirely focus on their events and be a true role model for their fans”.


As the fan economy continues to heat up, the trend of fan adoration is rapidly spreading to athletes.


In mid-October this year, a trending video showed Chinese table tennis star Wang Chuqin being closely followed by someone filming him at the airport. Wang took to social media to voice his concerns about the excessive behavior of fans, calling for them to resist paparazzi-like behavior and respect the privacy of athletes.


Yang Shuyu, a Chinese basketball star who also expressed her sense of dismay and anger over the invasion of her personal life in mid-October, posted on Weibo that she did not want her personal information and itinerary to be obtained through illegal means.


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