Tomorrow is China’s 70th birthday. Food is always an indispensible part of any birthday celebration, and in China, as traditional would have it, the signature birthday dish is not a cake, but a bowl of noodles. The noodles are known as changshoumian, which literally means “long-life noodles”. Chinese people believe that the longer the noodle, the better the wishes for a long and healthy life.
Citizens told to focus on promoting traditional Chinese culture amid broader clampdown on churches. Chinese authorities are cracking down on Christmas. Several cities, schools, and government institutions have ordered citizens not to celebrate the holiday and to instead focus on promoting traditional Chinese culture.
Shanghai Disney Resort has announced that more than 10 million people have visited the park after 11 months of operations, outshining its Hong Kong counterpart which had posted losses for two consecutive years. The joint-venture US$5.5 billion theme park between Walt Disney and the Shanghai government saw its visitor number beat that of Hong Kong Disneyland, whose park attendance hit 6.1 million in the fiscal year ended October 1, 2016.