Battery-powered "China Red" bus
A fully electric-powered bus started operating in Beijing to coincide with the 19th National Congress on Sunday. The bus is proudly named "China Red," and comes equipped with air purifiers to remove airborne particles known as PM 2.5, which the country has been fighting fiercely to reduce. The bus operator plans to have 90 of these eco-friendly buses running by the end of next month.
New stamp design raises questions
When Chinese people think about the 4 biggest cities in their country, it is usually Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. But Guangzhou was conspicuously absent from the commemorative postage stamp marking the 19th Communist Party National Congress, which went on sale Wednesday. Instead, the eastern city of Hangzhou made it onto the stamp, and now many online are wondering why. Hangzhou is the capital city of Zhejiang Province and hosted the G20 summit in 2016. Interestingly, President Xi Jinping used to be the party chief of the same province.
Clap for Xi Jinping!
A new online game lets you clap for President Xi Jinping's 3.5 hour speech during the 19th National Congress. The game starts off with a short recording of Xi's speech, and players compete on how many times they can clap in 19 seconds by tapping on the screen. This game is from Tencent, one of China's biggest internet companies and there were 1.1 billion claps by the evening of 19th October.
Learning from Xi's guiding principles
Delegates from across the country have held regional discussions. Possible candidates for the next generation of leaders also joined the meetings. Chongqing City Chief Chen Min'er said that it is necessary to learn from President Xi's guiding principles.
Gloomy Beijing sky
China's Communist Party Congress kicked off on a grey, rainy day. Beijing's skies usually turn blue when major political events happen.
NHK World NEWSROOM TOKYO’s anchor, Hideki Nakayama took a closer look of the opening of the National Congress inside the Great Hall of the People. Around 2,300 Delegate filled the floor and all eyes were on President Xi Jinping’s speech laying out the achievements of his first term as the leader of the most populous nation in the world. We'll have special live coverage from Beijing in NEWSROOM TOKYO. Don’t miss it.
Long line at the subway
At the subway in Beijing, security checks have been tightened before the Communist Party congress opens on Wednesday. A notice in a station says dangerous items are prohibited and most liquids should not be brought in. Body checks are being carried out much more carefully than usual. There was a long line during the morning rush hour.
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NHK World's special coverage of China's Communist Party Congress begins today. Keep up to date on the Chinese leadership's decisions throughout the weeks with our live coverage and analysis.