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The volunteer team－led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En
glish－has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal management style, in addition to the city go
vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.
Larry Goodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife
in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.
Having worked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si
zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con
venience, traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents.
“The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.
ndreds of security guards daily during peak seasons. In October, when it had a record number of travelers, the ad
ministrators decided to seek help from local universities for international volunteers, Liu said.
The lake, spanning a total of 60 square kilometers in the heart of Hangzhou, is ne
ar to one of China’s oldest Buddhist temples and is surrounded by lush green hills.
During the recent holiday, it was one of the most popular tourist spots amo
ng millions of domestic travelers, along with the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.
“It’s not only about giving tourists directions to the toilet or preventing people from smoking,” said Bela Nitesh Parm
ar from India, one of the students selected from among more than 50 candidates for the volunteer program.
“The more I help others, the more confidence and positive energ
y I earn for myself,” said the sophomore at Zhejiang University of Technology.
s become a driving force behind economic growth, and interne
t companies should concentrate on making breakthroughs in core technologies.
“The country is narrowing the gap with developed countries, especially in autonomo
us driving, cooperative vehicle-infrastructure systems and intelligent transportation. We started a little late, but o
ur pace is faster and our potential is bigger,” said Robin Li, chairman and CEO of leading Chinese search engine Baidu Inc.
He noted that AI will have an impact on the internet and China should firmly grasp the historic opportuni
ties of AI, and the country’s efforts in technological innovations will begin gradually changing the world.
Pony Ma, chairman and CEO of Tencent Holdings Ltd, said the e-government is becoming the driving force for cons
truction of a digital China and high-quality social and economic development, and internet firms should co
nsolidate basic research and focus on making breakthroughs in core technologies.
With Green Book won best picture at the 91st Academy Awards ceremo
ny, its co-producer Alibaba Pictures Group, the movie unit of the world’s largest e-com
merce company, claimed to be the first internet film company to co-produce an Oscars winning movie.
Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group, said a good movie does not necessarily have to cost
a lot, nor tell an earth-shattering story, according to the Paper, which also said Ma watchedGreen Bo
ok with some of his friends, including Chinese computer giant Lenovo Founder Liu Chuanzhi and Chinese studio Bona P
resident Yu Dong in a Beijing cinema on Monday, though the film will not be officially screened in China until March 1.
He said a good movie is the one which is made with passion and can brin
g positive things to the society. Ma said he has seen the film, a road trip drama based on a tru
e story in segregation era, three times, and in his view, a Chinese movie is actually not far from an Oscars award.