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cturers in key regions, and in 80 percent of the sector nationwide by the end of 2025, under a guideline pub
lished by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment on Sunday. The guideline was drafted by the ministry and four other central gove
rnment bodies, including the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s economic planner.
The guideline sets different limits for various procedures in steel produ
ction. The hourly density of particulate matter in emissions should be below 10 mill
igrams per cubic meter in all procedures. As for sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide discharges, the limit can dif
fer. The hourly concentration of sulfur dioxide, for example, should be below 35 mg/cu m in emissions generated by core pr
ocesses, such as pellet roasting, but the standard is relaxed to 50 mg/cu m for other processes.
At least 80 percent of raw materials and products should be transported v
ia railway, ship and pipeline rather than road transportation, the guideline said.
China is the largest steel-maker in the world. The country produced 928 million metri
c tons of crude steel in 2018, representing 51.3 percent of the world’s output, the ministry said.
Chinese bookings for domestic and overseas educational tours during the seasonal school vacation are on the rise, Yang Feiyue reports.
With two months to go before the summer vacation, parents have already gone out of their way to plan ahead for their children.
Since April, many have beaten a path to several brick-and-mortar shops in Beijin
g that are owned by the major domestic online travel agency, Ctrip, the company reports.
“The online views of our summer-vacation study tour products have increased by 120 percent in April as comp
ared with the previous month,” says Zhang Jie, general manager of Ctrip’s study-tour operations.
Zhang expects the number of young travelers who take educatio
nal trips to grow by more than 50 percent compared with the same period of last year.
At the moment, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan and Canada are am
ong the most popular foreign destinations for those inquiring about study tours, while Beijing, Gansu prov
ince’s Dunhuang, Shanghai, Shaanxi province’s Xi’an and Jiangsu province’s Nanjing topped the domestic-destination list.