>Lucky phone number sold
A cellphone number that ends with five "eights" was offered for 2.25 million yuan ($325,000) at a court-organized online auction on Sunday.
The phone number, which begins with "1890" and ends with five "eights", was issued by China Telecom. It was put up for auction on the Taobao e-commerce platform with a starting price of 2,000 yuan.
A total of 589 people participated in the auction, which was organized by Chaoyang District People's Court in Beijing. 5,051 bids were made, attracting the attention of nearly 70,000 netizens.
Starting 10 am Saturday, the auction was estimated to end 24 hours later.
But as people continued to make bids, the deal was not sealed until 11:23 am Sunday, when the lucky phone number fetched a staggering 2.25 million yuan.
The figure "8", whose pronunciation resembles "fa" in Mandarin which means fortune, is a lucky number in Chinese culture.
>Carriers relaunch in-flight meals
More Chinese carriers have introduced better complimentary in-flight meals in their economy classes, part of their latest approaches to attract more passengers after being negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the outbreak of the contagion earlier this year, most domestic airlines suspended their in-flight hot food services.
Now, as the epidemic gets under control in China, airlines are working on resuming and expanding their food offerings onboard.
Hainan Airlines fully resumed offering hot food in the air since mid-July.
This month, the carrier further upgraded its in-flight meals and introduced new dishes for both business class and economy class passengers.
Air China resumed hot food service at the beginning of this month for its flights that connect major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Wuhan and Hangzhou.
Meanwhile, the carrier has improved its set meals in taste, ingredients and designs for economy class after collecting feedback.
>Disney relaxes ticketing regulations
Shanghai Disney Resort announced on Monday a string of measures to relax ticketing regulations as visitor capacities at tourist sites were raised due to an improved COVID-19 situation in China.
Effective Monday, Shanghai Disneyland annual pass holders and general admission ticket holders will be able to visit the park on any eligible day based on the condition of their pass or ticket.
Annual pass holders will no longer be required to secure a visitation spot prior to the visit, a requirement that was introduced when the park initially re-opened with limited capacity on May 11.
But guests will still need to log their visitation date and personal information for filing purposes.
Customers also can purchase tickets through several online channels.
On-site purchases at ticketing booths are still not available.
China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism recently issued a notice about enhancing business resumption for tourism-related enterprises. The notice stipulated that the visitor cap for tourism sites will be raised from 30 percent to 50 percent of maximum capacity.
>Trial run for digital yuan
The People's Bank of China, the central bank, is testing its digital currency in Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou, Xiong'an and some areas where the 2022 Winter Olympics will be held, a source familiar with the matter told China Daily on Monday.
Currently, the tests include salary payments to civil servants, payment for public transport services, and energy and supply chain trading.
E-payment services in China are dominated by internet giants such as Alipay and WeChat Pay, which allow the transfer of money by a simple scan of the quick response code.
The sovereign digital currency may need to find ways to make the payment options more convenient and the costs will have to be competitive with other third-party payment services.
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