A constant temperature of 27 degrees, a water bowl that never freezes, a comfy mat, and no dogs allowed.
Those are the amenities for felines in a neighborhood in Beijing’s Sh
unyi district, where stray cats can loll around contentedly all winter, nibbling food and sipp
ing water, safe from the weather and provided with love through an artificial intelligence platform. It is purrfection.
Wan Xi, an engineer at Baidu Brain－the open AI platform of Baidu－had the idea of build
ing a smart shelter for strays when he found a kitten huddled on his car tire in the winter of 2017.
Winter is rough for stray animals, as they require extra calories to stay warm. Only around 40 perc
ent of stray cats find enough food and shelter to make it through the harsh temperatures.
Although volunteers offer water, food and even heating pads to stray animals, Beijing’s freezin
g winters can turn a bowl of water into ice before a cat can drink. Many stray cats don’t live more than two ye
ars. Those that are not neutered or spayed face more health problems and spawn more homeless cats.
dual responsibility of offering suggestions and building consensus, and shoulder its political responsibilities of impleme
nting the CPC Central Committee’s decisions and plans, of meeting its requirements for CPPCC wo、
rk, and of pooling the wisdom and strength of all Chinese people, at home and overseas, for national rejuvenation, it says.
ang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and cha
irman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), presides over the closing meet
ing of the second session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 13, 2019.
Basketball legend Yao Ming has always voiced his support for physical education during the two sessions.
This year is no exception. Utilizing his position as a member of the Chinese People’s Polit
ical Consultative Conference’s National Committee, Yao called for more cross-departmental coope
ration and better coaching to further expand a school basketball program launched last year.
The program is meant not just to deepen the sport’s talent p
ool but, more importantly, to teach students life lessons that classroom study cannot.
ie Yifeng, president of the Realty Association of Asia-Pacific Cities, said the sliding sales
in January were due to seasonal factors and should not be regarded as a market trend.
“The Spring Festival was the main reason,” he said. “Property developers were not passionate about selling new proj
ects during the holiday, and it was not very realistic for banks to release housing loans before or during the holiday.”
“A significant index was the registered sold property on the government’s website, but government employees were on
a break too and the statistics of sold property registered on the government’s website were not getting a timely upd
ate,” he said. “The real statistics from last December to January will gradually start to be updated in March.”
In fact, Xie predicted the market in 2019 would be better than last year, as he said the real market indicators were the rising land prices and the amount of land sold.
“The decisive factor is the government’s decision on the shantytown redevelopment policy,” he added, pointing
out that this was expected during this year’s session of the National People’s Congress in March.
Zhang Bo, chief analyst at the 58 Anjuke Institute, said apart from buyers being skeptical tow
ard the price, the weakening intention for speculation was another factor contributing to the slow sales in lower-tier cities.