Shao Yunxiang, 76, who has been living in Shanghai’s Caojiadu neighborhood for more than 14
years, said life in a modern city as a senior citizen doesn’t necessarily have to be lonely.
People who live in a neighborhood and don’t know their neighbors
is a terrible phenomenon, but it happens a lot in modern cities,” Shao said. “We hope to b
uild our neighborhood into a big, warm family with an excellent environment, culture and spirit.”
Shao attends a newspaper reading activity in the community center every Tuesday, the day when the neighborhood com
mittee prepares lunch for people over 75 years old. On Wednesday, he joins a group to learn singing.
At other times, he becomes a volunteer helping people become familiar with the city’s newly launched garbage sorting.
Shao said he spends one-third of his time on community activities, which contri
butes to making the neighborhood “a harmonious place where people know, help and support each other”.
Sciences, a vaccine producer in Changchun, Jilin province, faked production records and used expired material for the production of rabies vaccines over the past four years.
The company was ordered to suspend production, and senior executives
were detained and face criminal charges. The company was ordered to pay fines of 9.1 bi
llion yuan ($1.3 billion) for violations, one of the heaviest fines imposed on a pharmaceutical company over the past few years.
Following the revelations, top officials vowed harsh penalties and reform of the vaccine super
vision system to eliminate loopholes. A new law on the management of vaccines was drafted for review.
Fang Laiying, former head of the Beijing Municipal Health Commission, said he has faith in the overall safety of drugs in Chi
na, but individual cases involving violations of the law can tarnish the image of the whole pharmaceutical sector.
“The government is intensifying its efforts in cases involving violations of drug safety laws, including severely puni
shing criminals and setting up strict accountability systems to improve supervision of the sector,” he said.
Gao, the CDC head, said major infectious diseases such as dengue fever and AIDS will continue to be the priority in disease prevention and control this year.
unty usually set up black tents at the foot of Mount Qomolangma, providing tourists accomodation as a means of earning money.
Though ordinary visitors can’t go beyond the monastery, it won’t affect them from appreciating the mountain.
“The new tent camp for ordinary tourists can still allow them to clearly see the 8,800-meter-plus mountain,” Kelsang said.
Travelers who have a climbing permit can go to the base camp at an altitude of 5,200 meters. Kelsan
g said the mountaineering activities have been approved by the regional forestry department.
Decades after the epic climb to the world’s peak, Tibetans at the f
oot of Mount Qomolangma have conquered poverty by receiving professional and am
ateur mountaineers and tourists, who have also posed an environmental challenge to the mountain.
To conserve the environment surrounding Mount Qomolangma, China c
arried out three major clean-ups at an altitude of 5,200 meters and above last spr
ing, collecting more than eight tonnes of household waste, human feces and mountaineering trash.