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> China's first domestic cruise ship starts maiden commercial voyage

The Adora Magic City departs from Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Port on Jan 1, 2024. [Photo/Xinhua]


China's first domestically made large cruise ship, Adora Magic City, marks a major milestone for the country's shipbuilding industry.


The ship embarked on its inaugural commercial voyage on Jan 1, 2024.


The 135,500-gross-ton jumbo ship can accommodate a maximum of 5,246 passengers in its 2,125 guest rooms, who will be served by 1,292 crew members from around the world.


It is also equipped with a 16-story, 40,000-square-meter living and entertainment public area, known as a “modern city on the sea”.


The ship consists of 107 systems, 55,000 sets of equipment, 25 million components and parts, 4,750 kilometers of cables, 365 km of pipelines and 120 km of air pipes.


The ship was built by China State Shipbuilding Corp's Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co.


> How to prevent and treat a hangover



You had a little too much to drink last night, and now you’re nursing that dreaded morning aftermath — a hangover.


What seemed like fun at the time is now causing your hands to shake, your head to pound and your heart to race, not to mention other unpleasant symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity and excruciating thirst.


Why are you suffering?


Because the liquor that smoothly passed your lips is now wreaking havoc on your body, causing dehydration, stomach distress and inflammation.


These ailments peak about the time all the alcohol leaves your body.


There is no scientifically proven way to cure a hangover, but experts say you can prevent one — or at least keep that morning-after misery to a minimum. Here’s how.


Forget a late-night meal after a night of drinking — that’s much too late, experts say.


Instead, eat before your first drink and keep noshing as the night goes on.


"Food in the stomach slows gastric emptying and can reduce hangover symptoms,” said Dr. Robert Swift, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island.


The same principle applies to water and other nonalcoholic beverages, Swift said. “If alcohol is mixed with fluid, it’s diluted, so when it goes into your intestines, it’s not as irritating. You’re less likely to have inflamed intestines or an inflamed stomach lining.”


The alcohol we drink, called ethyl alcohol or ethanol, is the byproduct of fermenting carbohydrates and starches, usually some sort of grain, grape or berry.


Chemicals like congeners are added for flavor and taste. While they are added in small, nontoxic amounts, some people are overly sensitive to their effects.


Overall, dark-colored beer and spirits tend to contain more congeners and thus may be more likely to cause hangovers, experts say.


Limiting your drinking to light beers and white wine might help keep hangovers at bay.


In the end, however, experts say there is only one true preventive — or cure — for a hangover: Don’t drink.


"There’s no simple cure because there are so many complex factors that are producing the multiple symptoms of a hangover,” Swift said. “And that’s why the only real cure for a hangover is to not drink alcohol or drink such a low amount of alcohol that it won’t trigger a hangover.”


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