>Disease expert tipped for honor
Zhong Nanshan, a prominent infectious disease expert, has been nominated for a highly prestigious honor for his outstanding contribution to fighting the COVID-19 epidemic in China, according to a notice released on Monday by a working committee on Party and State medals and honorary titles. The committee recommended Zhong to receive the Medal of the Republic this year. Zhong is a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and director of the National Clinical Research Center for Respiratory Disease.
In addition to Zhong, three others were also shortlisted for national honorary titles for their contributions in fighting COVID-19, the notice said. They are Zhang Boli, also a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and president of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine; Zhang Dingyu, deputy director of Hubei Provincial Health Commission and president of Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital; and Chen Wei, a researcher at the Academy of Military Medical Sciences.
>Left-behind girl chases dream
The decision of a left-behind girl in Leiyang, Hunan province to study archeology, one of the "less popular majors" in Peking University was mocked by netizens.
Born into a poor family, 18-year-old Zhong Fangrong has been taken care of mostly by her grandparents and separated from her parents since she was a toddler, as they have to work far from home to make a living.
The country girl came in fourth out of the 194,000 students who sat this year's national college entrance exams in Hunan, and decided to study archeology at Peking University.
Zhong's decision was soon called into question by some netizens, who noted choosing such an unpopular major may make her already poverty-stricken life even harder, adding the girl is "wasting her only chance to drastically change her future."
The girl said she has great interest in history and cultural relics and it is her dream to become an archeologist.
Zhong's story soon went viral online, with about 10 renowned Chinese museums and archeological institutes sending gifts and best wishes to the girl, encouraging her to pursue her dream.
>Greece opens underwater museum
Greece has opened its very first underwater museum, where visitors will be able to explore an ancient shipwreck.
The unusual attraction sits off the coast of the island of Alonissos.
The Peristera shipwreck actually takes its name from a nearby uninhabited island and was first discovered in the early 1990s.
The ship is believed to date to the 5th century, and is filled with archaeological gems for divers to discover, including the thousands of amphoras of wine when it crashed, hundreds of which can be found on the seabed.
The Underwater Museum of Peristera opened on Aug 1, but it currently isn't planned as a permanent exhibition, with divers invited to explore until early October.
For those who aren't divers or who prefer to stay on land, the museum has an information center offering virtual tours of the underwater site, complete with exhibitions around the history of the shipwreck and area.
>Tourist sites slash prices
More than 500 tourist sites in Shandong, Shanxi, Henan, Shaanxi, Guizhou and Gansu provinces have issued plans to cut ticket prices to attract more tourists and revive an industry that has been marred by the COVID-19 epidemic.
As of Saturday, 81 tourist attractions in Shandong, including Taishan Mountain, have begun reducing ticket prices from 20 to 50 percent in a campaign that will last until the end of this year, according to a notice issued by the province's culture and tourism department.
To revive the tourism sector in Guizhou, the provincial government offered free tickets at all 420 A-level tourist attractions in the province from April to July.
Wang Xingbin, a tourism industry expert from Beijing International Studies University, said the tourism industry has experienced strong momentum in recovery since the resumption of cross-provincial travel.
Apart from lowering ticket prices, tourist sites have also resorted to other means to attract tourists, including increasing operating hours and launching livestreaming travel, he said.
The loss in ticket prices can be made up by spending on accommodations and food as more tourists visit, he said.
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