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decorated a unique cement pipe room in 45 days, and made short videos to record the whole process and put them online, attracting many followers.
The man surnamed Long, 28, used to serve in the army and now runs a home “agritainmen
t” inn in Shaoshan, Central China’s Hunan province, the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald reported Wednesday.
Long said he has been a fan of Japanese animation and manga since childhood — especially
Doraemon, in which a pile of cement pipes is a place for Nobita Nobi to play with his friends and a shelter from bullies.
Inspired by the scene, Long has always dreamed of actually living in a concrete tube.
In January, Long started his ambitious construction plan. He used planks to form the tube frame fast
ened by steel bars, and filled it with cement. After the tube was done, he set out on interior design and decoration.
end of 2017, accounting for about 16 percent of the population, ac
cording to the National Bureau of Statistics. Marriage registrations have fallen every year
since 2014, while the divorce rate has risen for 16 consecutive years, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Dining, traveling and pursuing activities individually have also become increasingly popular with singles in China.
Tang Chuan, a researcher with Sinolink Securities, said that without family burdens, singles
seem to be less inclined to save money, and their willingness to spend offers great potential for boosting the economy.
Sinolink Securities conducted research on singles born from 1985 to 1995 and found that about 40 percent of those in first- an
d second-tier cities live from paycheck to paycheck, while in lower-tier cities, the proportion is as high as 76 percent.
“I was about to be 30 and wanted to celebrate this special birthday in Europe, but I couldn’t find any companion to go with
me,” he said. “So, I visited Europe on my own and found doing so could be pleasant, as it enabled me to change my rou
te and meet interesting travelers. I even met a backpacker who guided me to the Alps.”
Xu Xiaolei, a spokesman for China Youth Travel Service, said the number of people traveling alone has grown steadily in rec
ent years. Last year, 10 percent of the company’s revenue came from single travelers, mostly ages 18 to 30.
“For the younger generation, experiencing unique cultu
res and relaxing their minds and bodies are the main reasons for traveling, rather than con
necting with others or sightseeing. So they won‘t stop travelling because they lack a companion,” Xu said.
In tour groups, guides will usually pay more attention to solo travelers, making them feel less lonely or embarrassed, he said.
f the accident as soon as possible and inform China of the investigation development in a timely manner, and appropriately handle the follow-up matters,” Lu said.
The ministry and Chinese embassy in Ethiopia will continue to follow relevant develop
ment and make all-out effort to proactively assist the families with follow-up issues, he added.
One Chinese national, who said many Chinese prefer the flight due to its convenience to business
travelers, said she was saddened and relieved at the same time. Cao Ran, who has been operating an insurance brokerage bus
iness in Nairobi for the last 10 months said she had changed her mind at the last minute and instead took a flight back on Frid
ay. “Just a coincidence,” said the owner of Jiang Tai Insurance Brokers, adding that it was a business trip.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tweeted his condolences immediately. “The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Govern
ment and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that hav
e lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”