On a business trip or traveling in Guangzhou for a few days, and wonder what the best options are for your brief stay? Don’t worry, Peng Qing will show you how to choose the best hotel services for your stay in the city.

Who is Peng Qing? Peng is a professor of the School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University and also a leading expert in hotel industry in China. According to Peng, the hotel industry in Guangzhou is pretty mature now after decades of development.

Not only can you stay in a luxury hotel or a business hotel, you can also choose a boutique hotel or a bed and breakfast.

Luxury Hotel

◎ White Swan Hotel

Majestically overlooking the scenic Pearl River from its location on the historic Shamian Island, the White Swan Hotel is an oasis of tranquility amid the hustle and bustle of the city. First opened in 1983, the White Swan Guangzhou is one of the most recognized five star luxury hotels in China and a member of the ‘World Luxury Collection’ by Worldhotels. Over the years, the hotel has received many heads of states, including Queen Elizabeth II, and is renowned for extending exceptional service to every guest.

◎ LN Garden Hotel, Guangzhou

LN Garden Hotel, Guangzhou is the first landmark 5-star luxury hotel and one of the three platinum five-star hotels in China. It showcases a perfect blend of Cantonese heritage and contemporary sophistication. It offers welcoming ambience, memorable experience and classic culinary tour. It boasts 828 guest rooms suites, 151 apartments, 8 multi-function rooms, 1 Grand Ballroom and 9 dining venues. It is one of the perfect choices for your stay in Guangzhou!

Business Hotel

◎ Lavande Hotel

Lavande is a brand of mid-range chain-hotel and enjoys its member growth from more than 80 million upon its establishment to over 100 million today. It perfectly combines lavender element, fragrance culture and hospitality, and promotes the living philosophy of “More than comfort”, aiming to create a relaxing and comfortable living atmosphere and provide new friendly service and living experience that is more intimate for customers on journey.

Boutique Hotel

◎ LN Hotel Five

Presiding over the River Pearl, LN Hotel Five is Guangzhou’s answer to contemporary luxury. A sleek exterior gives way to beautifully crafted, boutique spaces. Relax in the private library or reinvigorate in the rooftop fitness studio. Then watch the sun set over the city from the elegant lounge bar. Traditional touches are brought up to date with dramatic black accents. Designed to balance the senses and soothe the soul, LN Hotel Five is the pitch-perfect retreat.

Bed and Breakfast

◎ Dongshan Courtyard

Located in the genteel Dongshankou area which is home to the largest collection of Western-style architecture in Guangzhou, Dongshan Courtyard offers comfy guestrooms decorated with traditional Chinese decor in an elegant Western-style mansion. Each of these historic buildings including Dongshan Courtyard has its unique story of honorable families or well-to-do politicians.

Budget Hotel

◎ 7 Days, Hanting Hotel, Home Inn, Jinjiang Inn …

These hotels are affordable, clean, safe, and conveniently located around the city.

Hotel Apartment

◎ Ascott the Residence

Whether on a business or leisure trip, Ascott The Residence will take care of your every need. You can just enjoy the relaxation you have earned in its exclusive residential spaces. Admire the modern surroundings of your new home and enjoy the quality service from the residence.

Reported by Monica Liu

Edited by Wing Zhang

The ongoing 38th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) held “China Night” on Wednesday, with China as its guest of honor.

As one of the most important events of the Chinese-Egyptian Culture Year which marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Egypt, the “China Night” is a great platform for China-Egypt cultural exchanges, said Liu Yongfeng, charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Cairo.

“‘China Night’ of CIFF not only shows the longstanding friendship and mutual trust between the two countries, but also enhances genuine understanding and friendship between the two peoples,” Liu said.

There is a strong presence of Chinese movies and directors this year.According to CIFF President Magda Wassef, over 20 Chinese movies, focusing on contemporary Chinese cinema with various kinds of narrative styles and film schools, will be showcased during the festival, including “Mountains May Depart” directed by Jia Zhangke, “Black Coal, Thin Ice” by Diao Yinan and “Buddha Mountain” by Li Yu.

Jia received the festival’s Excellence Award at Tuesday night’s opening ceremony, while Li was selected as a member of the festival’s jury.

The 38th CIFF opened on Tuesday at the Cairo Opera House and will last till Nov. 24.

Since 1976, the CIFF has been the most prestigious among similar events in Africa and the Middle East. It was only canceled for security reasons in 2011 and 2013, as it coincided with the ouster of two heads of state in the most populous Arab country.

The 2019 Guangzhou Annual Investment Conference (GAIC) was held from April 3rd to 4th. Since it was launched in 2015, the conference has become a major platform for oversea investors to keep up with the changes in the city’s business environment and seek partnership with local companies.

This year, the conference focused on the construction of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area, and included 22 sub-forums held by different districts in Guangzhou to demonstrate their strengths and opportunities. The conference attracted more than 3000 guests from domestic and oversea companies, among whom were representatives from over 100 Fortune 500 companies.


Being the CBD of Guangzhou, Tianhe clusters the largest number of high-tech companies and incubators in the city. In 2018, Tianhe saw 73 thousand newly-registered enterprises, 1350 foreign-funded projects and 10 projects from Fortune 500 companies. The district offers a series of supporting policies and services targeting different problems that a company might meet in the process of registration, team building, roadshow and financing.

Thus far, Tianhe has developed 4 major industries including finance, information technology, commercial services and modern trading, which account for 61.8 percent of the district’s GDP. It’s also introducing enterprises and projects in fields of 5G technology, smart city, IIOT, integrated circuit and ICV (intelligent and connected vehicle).


15 projects were signed on the sub-forum of Yuexiu, a district which has long been a commercial center in Guangzhou. These projects cover a wide range of fields such as finance, education, smart technology, tourism and information service. With a rather long history of development, Yuexiu has clustered five major industries including modern trading, finance, culture creativity, healthcare and education. To offer better administrative services, Yunxiu has pushed forward a series of policies targeting the demands from companies, talent and industrial park development.


Reported by Jasmine Yin

Edited by Wing Zhang

The General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee has issued a circular on strengthening and improving Party building in urban communities.

Stressing the importance and urgency of the work, the document calls for stronger and more powerful community-level Party organizations.

Community-level Party committees should improve their ability to coordinate various aspects and focus on fulfilling the main duties and responsibilities of Party building, social governance and providing services, it says.

In municipalities directly under the central government, deputy provincial-level cities, provincial capital cities and cities with higher levels of economic and social development, communities should not be responsible for attracting investment and assisting in tax collection.

When specific communities are involved during the drafting and implementation of an urban plan, opinions of relevant community-level Party committees should be sought, according to the circular.

The document also expects support for communities to be beefed up to ensure that community-level Party organizations have the resources and ability to serve the people.

China will expand effective coverage of Party building in emerging areas through innovations in the way Party organizations are set up and operated and establish building-based, business area and market-based Party organizations, the circular says.

Vikramaditya is a modified Kiev class aircraft carrier set to enter service with the Indian Navy in 2013. The ship has been renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, a legendary 1st century BC emperor of Ujjain, India, famed for his wisdom, valour and magnanimity.It is projected to replace India’s only currently serving aircraft carrier, INS Viraat.(Source: huanqiu.com)

Chinese military experts on Sunday said that India’s military culture cannot keep up with its ambitious weapon and equipment development, which might be the reason behind its aircraft carrier’s fatal fire on Friday.

A fire broke out at the engine room of India’s aircraft carrier Vikramaditya while it was entering harbor in Karnataka’s Karwar on Friday. The fire killed a naval officer who led the firefighting efforts in the affected compartment, according to a Saturday report by the Times of India.

The cause of the fire is yet to be announced by Indian authorities.

Li Jie, a Beijing-based naval expert, told the Global Times on Sunday that the fire was more likely to be out of human error rather than mechanical problems. The fire and the extinguishing process suggested that they are unprofessional and unprepared to address such an emergency, he said.

India has been actively developing its military in recent years, but “its military culture is lax and it has loose regulations,” which cannot effectively train soldiers to operate advanced military equipment, Li said.

India’s nuclear submarine, $2.9 billion worth Arihant was left out of commission after water rushed in as a hatch on the rear side was left open by mistake while it was at harbor in early 2017, the Hindu reported on January 2018.

Blasts of submarine Sindhurakshak that killed 18 personnel in 2013 was induced by mistakes made during the arming of the torpedoes. Extensive checks on weapon related safety systems and audit of Standard Operating Procedures on all operational naval units were made as corrective steps, the Economic Times quoted defense ministry official as saying in July 2018.

But Li noted that the Indian Navy’s lax regulations mean sailors may neglect or fail to obey the rules on handling advanced equipment.

“Meanwhile, the cutting-edge weapons and equipment have higher requirement for the soldiers, who need to learn the knowledge of operation and maintenance,” Li said.

The carrier’s fire also sparked heated discussions among Chinese netizens as the fire was “accurately predicted” by Zhang Zhaozhong, a retired Chinese rear admiral and prominent military commentator.

I had said “Not catching fire would be great” years ago when people asked me to comment on the Vikramaditya’s sea trial, Zhang posted on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo on Saturday morning, listing several other navel accidents as evidence that the Indian military “did not learn a lesson.”

The carrier Vikramaditya was built by the former Soviet Union as Baku and was commissioned in 1987. It continued to serve in the Russian Navy as Admiral Gorshkov and was decommissioned in 1996.

India made a deal with Russia on purchasing the retired warship and a $976 billion upgrade package in early 2004. The ship was commissioned in 2013, according to National Interest.

Purchases from other countries also increase the management challenge for the Indian military as weapons and equipment are made with different standards of different manufacturers, Li said.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday urged enterprises to carry forward the professional spirit and craftsman’s spirit and strive for excellence to produce more internationally well-known Chinese name brands.

Li made the remarks in a written instruction to the third China Brand Day event, which will last from May 10 to 12 in Shanghai.

Reinforcing brand building and promoting the development of the country’s advanced manufacturing industry as well as the modern service sector are important moves to unleash domestic consumption potential and promote high-quality growth, Li said.

In recent years, the awareness of brand construction has been continuously enhanced in the whole society, said the premier.

Li urged all local authorities and government departments to implement the innovation-driven development strategy, encourage mass entrepreneurship and innovation and guide enterprises to carry forward the professional spirit and craftsman’s spirit, so as to nurture more China brands and provide better Chinese products and services.

Activities marking the “China Brand Day” began in Shanghai Friday.

State Councilor Wang Yong attended the event, stressing the importance of stepping up the development of Chinese brands.

Wang Yang (C, front), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, attends the opening meeting of the seventh meeting of Standing Committee of the 13th CPPCC National Committee in Beijing, capital of China, June 17, 2019. The three-day meeting will see members of the CPPCC Standing Committee hold discussions and make suggestions on promoting the high-quality development of China’s manufacturing sector. (Photo: Xinhua)

Top political advisor Wang Yang on Monday attended the opening meeting of the seventh meeting of Standing Committee of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing.

Wang is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

The three-day meeting will see members of the CPPCC Standing Committee hold discussions and make suggestions on promoting the high-quality development of China’s manufacturing sector.

Main topics are about ways to improve industry structure, enhance technological innovation capabilities, reduce costs and burdens, boost talent vitality, expand opening-up and create a better environment for the manufacturing industry.

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, will listen to and deliberate reports submitted by the State Council on the condition and management of state assets from 2018 to 2022.

Each year from 2018 to 2021, while recording and reviewing a general report handed in by the State Council on basic conditions of all sorts of state assets, the NPC Standing Committee will listen to and review a report on a specific aspect of state assets, according to a plan released by the NPC Standing Committee.

The plan was made based on a document issued by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee in December 2017, which provided guidelines for establishing the reporting system.

A report on state-owned financial institutions was submitted to the NPC Standing Committee and deliberated in 2018, and reports on state-run non-commercial institutions, state-owned enterprises and state-owned natural resources will be submitted in 2019, 2020 and 2021, respectively.

In addition to submitting a written general report annually, the State Council is also required to send an official to explain contents to the lawmakers in 2022, the last year of the five-year tenure of the 13th NPC Standing Committee.

Over the past few years, the State Council reported to the NPC Standing Committee over state assets management, but those reports were limited to state-owned enterprises supervised by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council.

According to the plan, authorities will comb through all state assets of the country and the management mechanisms of state assets in five years and will establish and improve the reporting and supervision system for condition and management of state assets.

By 2022, a reporting system that covers state assets of various categories and a system in which state assets are supervised by people’s congresses will be in place.

While calling for enhanced oversight by people’s congresses on the management of state assets, the plan also pushes for a supervision assessment system that fits various categories of state assets.

The plan also calls for efforts to legalize the reporting system under which an executive government reports condition and management of state assets to the standing committee of the people’s congress at the same level, and to formulate laws to strengthen the oversight of people’s congresses over state assets.

A feasibility study should be carried out to draft a comprehensive law on the management of state assets, the plan reads.

“The move is of great significance for improving transparency and credibility of management of state assets, consolidating and developing the basic socialist economic system with Chinese characteristics and enabling lawmakers to better perform their duties,” said Shi Yaobin, director of the Commission for Budget Affairs with the NPC Standing Committee, in an interview with Xinhua.

A Modern Ark 60 aircraft operated by Chinese domestic carrier Joy Air arrives in Fuzhou, East China’s Fujian Province on February 13, 2015. Photo: IC
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy might acquire a type of domestically developed airliner and convert it into a maritime surveillance aircraft, as military analysts said on Thursday the move could rapidly boost China’s naval surveillance capability at a low cost.

The PLA Navy may have the new Modern Ark 60 (MA60) search and guidance aircraft in its arsenal of special-mission aircraft, Weihutang, a column on the military affiliated with China Central Television, reported on Wednesday.

Citing a Tuesday notice released on the Chinese military’s weapon and equipment procurement website weain.mil.cn, the report said the PLA Navy is procuring electro-optical detection units, communication relay units, navigation units and BeiDou transceivers for the MA60.

Developed by Xi’an Aircraft Industry (Group) Company Ltd under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China, the twin turboprop MA60 was designed to be a regional airliner that uses advanced but mature technologies, according to the company’s website.

Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the Global Times on Thursday that once customized with the likes of sea surface search radars and electro-optical detection equipment, the MA60 can cover a considerably large sea area and conduct surveillance missions on vessels.

Special-mission aircraft plays an important role in high sea surveillance and intelligence gathering, making them a focus of development by navies around the world, the Weihutang report said.

China uses special-mission variants of the Y-8 and Y-9 transport aircraft to conduct such missions, but their numbers are limited, the report noted.

Military observers said the possible commissioning of the MA60 could quickly fill the gap and help the PLA Navy cover China’s vast territorial waters, especially in the South China Sea and East China Sea.

The MA60 uses very mature technologies and has a high cost performance, Wei said, noting that its maintenance is likely less complicated than designated warplanes, making it more suitable on island bases.

Although its range, endurance and surveillance capability might not be as good as those of the Y-8-based special-mission aircraft, they can complement each other, Wei said.

Since 2005, more than 100 MA60 regional airliners have been sold to countries along the routes of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, including Laos, Cambodia, Nepal and Zimbabwe, according to State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council.