>China announces massive greening plan
China plans to plant 33.3 million hectares of forests and grasslands in the next five years - 6.6 million hectares per year - to help achieve its carbon emission reduction goals, according to the country's forestry authorities. The task includes planting 3.6 million hectares of trees and 3 million hectares of grass each year, said Zhang Wei, head of the ecological protection and restoration department of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.
China aims to increase its forest coverage rate to 24.1 percent and its grassland vegetation coverage to 57 percent by 2025, as outlined in the country's 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) on the protection and development of forests and grasslands.
The country has created the world's largest planted forests, raising its forest cover from 12 percent in the early 1980s to 23.04 percent in 2020, with its forest stock volume hitting 17.56 billion cubic meters.
>Universal Beijing Resort to conduct trial run
The long-awaited Universal Beijing Resort will start trial operation on Sept 1, the resort announced on Tuesday.
It will be open to invited guests only during the trial operation, including selected resort partners and a limited number of winners in official marketing activities.
Located in the capital's eastern district of Tongzhou, the venue comprises the Universal Studios theme park, Universal CityWalk Beijing and two hotels, along with 37 recreational facilities, themed attractions and dozens of food and beverage outlets.
Identity information of the invited guests will be pre-registered and invited guests must complete ticket and ID verification, and the related pandemic control process at the park entrance before entering the park.
Universal Studios Beijing Trial Operations Tickets will not be sold to the general public and cannot be transferred.
The general public should be alerted to the risks of fraudulent trial operations tickets to avoid any personal losses.
>Nighttime consumption up
A new report released by a major food delivery platform（ele. me） in China, said nighttime orders from camping sites, resort hotels and gyms jumped 30 percent or higher this summer compared to orders in spring, and more than doubled compared to summer last year.
Particularly, late-night food orders made from recreational vehicles parked at camping sites surged nearly three times over those in spring.
Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Changsha are listed as the cities with the most dynamic nightlife, with consumers spending a lot at night.
Nighttime consumption of iced drinks surged five times while crawfish sales doubled over the same time period in spring, the report found.
Also, late-night orders for fruits and salads increased more than 50 percent year-on-year this summer, as young people have become more health-conscious and many orders came from gyms, sports venues and KTV lounges.
>Biden reiterates Aug 31 Afghanistan withdrawal
US President Joe Biden on Tuesday told Group of Seven leaders the US aimed at completing Afghan evacuation by Aug 31, while asking for contingency plans to adjust the timeline if necessary.
Biden attended a virtual G7 summit over Afghanistan earlier in the day, which "he confirmed we are currently on pace to finish by Aug 31," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. "He also made clear that with each day of operations on the ground, we have added risk to our troops with increasing threats from ISIS-K," she said, referring to the local affiliate of the Islamic State. "And that completion of the mission by Aug 31 depends on continued coordination with the Taliban, including continued access for evacuees to the airport."
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