hinese internet search giant Baidu Inc inked an in-depth partnership with China’s largest online travel agency Ctrip, in its latest efforts to drive the development of intelligent tourism in China.
Under the agreement, Baidu will deploy its cloud services and artificial intelligence capabilities to provide Ctrip with solutions tailor
ed to tourism scenarios and businesses. Baidu Cloud, the cloud unit of Baidu will help Ctrip impr
ove operational efficiency and customer experience and reduce costs in marketing and sales, customer acquisition and online traffic conversion.
The two companies will also continue to explore a variety of smart services in more scenarios
based on Baidu’s AI capabilities, such as speech technology and autonomous driving.
“The tourism industry is growing rapidly and Ctrip is the industry leader. Baidu looks forward to working wi
th Ctrip to upgrade tourism services with ‘cloud plus AI’, enhance customer experience, and ex
plore a viable path to intelligent tourism for the entire industry,” said Zhang Dongchen, vice-president of Baidu.
“With the vigorous development of tourism, consumer needs are more and more diversified. To better serve our customers, Ctrip
needs to be enabled by advanced cloud computing and AI technologies,” said Xiong Xing, executive vi
ce-president of Ctrip and CEO of air ticketing business unit and international business unit of the company.
Xiong said they hoped to collaborate with Baidu to create smarter customer service and more value for users.
This partnership is not limited to IT infrastructure. With Baidu Cloud’s capabilities, big data
analytics can be conducted on users’ interests, habits and preferences. Different tourism products can
be packaged by Baidu’s AI and machine learning technologies to offer every user customized solutions.
Over the past three years, Baidu Cloud has collaborated with more than 2,000 partners in
over 30 industries, such as finance, security, transportation and education, and created over 100 solutions.
Over 180,000 people were attracted to the grand fair, which has been listed as a National Intan
gible Cultural Heritage, and watched the square parade, the fair’s most anticipated activity.
The parade featured over 20 troupe performances included lion dances, a waist drum presentation, stilt walking and
other local folk art shows. The folk parade stretched 2.5 kilometers around Meili town, Wuxi’s Xinwu district.
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, parade
s float went along the route expressing the people’s gratitude to the country and great expectations for the future.
During the opening ceremony, the first cultural tourism brand of Wuxi Xinwu district, “Tai Bo You Li“, was launched, and product
ions of the district’s history, Wu culture, local intangible cultural heritage and travel routes were staged.
The eight-day event will last until Lantern Festival, and will feature traditional trading fairs,
demonstrations of intangible cultural heritages and folk art, and public cultural activities.
The Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, the first South American symphony to t
our China, will hold a concert at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on the night of Valentine’s Day.
The event also marked the first time the symphony’s female conductor Marin Alsop is involved in a performance in China.
Alsop, who is one of the most prominent students of the late US musician Leonard Bernstein, introduced the symphony’s m
usic style as “accessible with folk elements” and highly rhythmic, which is “a hallmark of the Brazilian music”.
concert program, she added, is perfect for Valentine’s Day as it “begins with lots of fire and ends with lots of romance”.
The concert opened with Bernstein’s Candide Overture, followed by works from Brazilian composer Heit
or Villa-Lobos and Argentine Alberto Ginastera. The second part featured Sheherazade by Russian artist Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Following its China premiere in Shanghai, Alsop and the Sao Pa
ulo symphony will go on to play in Jinan of Shandong province, Beijing and Hong Ko
ng, where the company will feature as the opening performance for the Hong Kong Arts Festival on Feb 21.
ion by the Beijing Film Academy, Peking University needs to take the initiative to launch its own inqu
iry. On its official website, the university clearly states the procedures for enrolling a postdoctoral res
earcher, which include at least four review stages after an applicant submits materials.
When enrolling Zhai as a postdoctoral researcher, they should check many more materials besides his
doctor’s degree. If Zhai is found to have academic problems, Peking University is partly responsible, too.
As it is widely considered to be the top university in China, Peking University has very precious r
esearch opportunities, which makes it a focus for the public’s attention in this incident. It is time both B
FA and Peking University examined if they bear any blame, instead of just trying to pass the buck to each other.
The list ranks the country’s cities on three major indicators: economy, social advancement and environment.
Jointly launched by the National Development and Reform Commission’s development planning department and th
e Cloud River Urban Research Institute, an international think tank, the index sets “digital benchmarks and ref
erence systems” for China’s urbanization drive and urban development.