Chinese Celebrities Urge Boycotting Dog Meat Festival
   2014-06-11 22:01:14    Xinhua      Web Editor: Chu Yiming



Chinese Spend the Most on International Vacations

A report released by tourism shopping company Global Blue on Tuesday said Chinese tourists remain the biggest spenders on travels overseas.

The report says Chinese people's average spending on overseas travel in the first quarter grew 25 percent year-on-year to 850 euros ($1,150) per person, compared with the global average of 502 euros.

The report also showed that Chinese outbound tourism spending accounts for 27 percent of the total global consumption, followed by Russia, Indonesia, the United States and Japan.

According to marketing firm Global Blue, France is the favorite shopping destination for Chinese, followed by Singapore, Germany, the UK and Italy.

Eighty-two percent of Chinese tourists surveyed for the report said they believe shopping is a priority task while traveling.


Chinese Celebrities Urge Boycotting Dog Meat Festival

Chinese actress Sun Li has joined many other Chinese celebrities calling for the boycott of a festival that serves dog meat in a city in south China.

The annual dog meat festival in Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is expected to kick off on June 21 this year.

Sun Li wrote on her Weibo microblog account on Monday afternoon, "The dog is man's most intimate and loyal friend, and I love dogs, I even regard them as part of my family. My children have learned love from the adoption of stray dogs. I hope people in Yulin, Guangxi will not indulge in eating dog any more."

Yang Mi, another Chinese actress, wrote on her Weibo account, "Dogs' loyalty is beyond my imagination. I treat a dog as a friend. I do not eat dog meat, and I oppose eating dog meat. "
Yang's post has been re-posted by Guo Jingming, a popular young Chinese writer and publisher.


Drink Strong Coffee If You Want Clean Teeth

A study has found that coffee with high caffeine content destroys the bacteria which causes dental plaque.

But scientists say the coffee must be drunk without milk, cream or sugar as these will have a counterproductive effect.

Research by Rio de Janeiro's Federal University examined the impact of an extract of Coffea canephora ĘC known as robusta.

Robusta, a coffee bean grown in Brazil and Vietnam, has a higher caffeine level than the Arabica variety. Tests found it can break down a thin film of plaque-causing bacteria on teeth.

It is hoped that in future the chemical could be extracted and added to toothpastes or mouthwash to help reduce plaque, as drinking coffee still has harmful side effects on teeth such as staining.


Too Much Driving is Bad for You

A study of 40 thousand middle-aged Australians find driving too much is bad for your health

The University of Sydney's School of Public Health says two hours a day is too much. These drivers are much more likely to be fat and inactive than other people in their age group.

They are also more likely to smoke and be stressed and sleep-deprived.

Researchers say the link between driving time and health risks is independent of socioeconomic factors such as gender and education levels.


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