Gold, silver and bronze medals for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics (top row) and Paralympics are unveiled in Beijing. [Photo/China Daily]
>Beijing Olympic medals unveiled
Beijing unveiled the design of the medals for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games on Tuesday, exactly 100 days before the Games begin. Named "Tongxin", meaning "Together as one", the medals feature five concentric rings embodying the traditional Chinese philosophy of harmony between heaven, earth and humanity.
The rings also symbolize the Olympic rings, carved in the inner circle, and the Olympic spirit uniting the world through sport.
The surrounding grooved rings are engraved with the Games' official title, "XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022," along with cloud and snowflake patterns.
圆环做打凹处理，刻有北京2022年冬奥会英文全称(XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022)字样，以及冰雪纹与祥云纹。
The reverse side has the Beijing 2022 emblem at its heart, with the official name of the Games carved in Chinese below.
The surrounding rings mimic star trails, with 24 dots representing the 24th edition of the Winter Games.
German workers pose for photographs with the first "Shanghai Express" in Hamburg on Tuesday. [Photo/Xinhua]
>Hamburg welcomes 'Shanghai Express'
The first fully loaded China-Europe freight train arrived from Shanghai in the northern German city of Hamburg on Tuesday, further expanding rail services between Europe and Asia amid a pandemic-fueled global logistics disruption.
The first "Shanghai Express," carrying 50 containers loaded with apparel, auto parts and solar panels, traveled more than 10,000 kilometers.
Initially, one train per week will operate, but the service is planned to be extended in the future.
China-Europe freight trains traveling along 73 routes have reached more than 170 cities in 23 European countries since launching in 2011.
A primary school student gets a vision test in Handan, Hebei province, during the summer holiday in 2020. [Photo by Hao Qunying/For China Daily]
>Myopia rate falls by 0.9%
The prevalence of myopia among Chinese children and teenagers was 52.7% in 2020, a decrease of 0.9 percentage points from 2018, the Ministry of Education said Tuesday. The myopia rate in 2020 was 2.5 percentage points higher than the 2019 level, as schools shifted classes online and students had to study at home due to the COVID-19 epidemic. According to the ministry, this decline has basically met the annual target of reducing the myopia rate by 0.5 percentage points stipulated in a 2018 plan.
The plan also set forth a series of targets including reducing the myopia rate among primary, middle and high school students to less than 38%, 60% and 70% by 2030, respectively.
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>Jordan's sneakers sell for nearly $1.5M
A pair of sneakers worn by NBA superstar Michael Jordan early in his career sold for nearly $1.5 million on Sunday, setting a record price at auction for game-worn footwear, Sotheby's said.
"The most valuable sneakers ever offered at auction — Michael Jordan's regular season game-worn Nike Air Ships from 1984 — have just sold at $1,472,000 at our luxury sale in Las Vegas," the auction house said in a statement on Twitter.
The astronomical price easily beat the record held by a pair of Nike Air Jordans which sold for $615,000 in August 2020 at a Christie's auction.
Jordan is seen by many as the best player in the history of basketball.
Jordan, who retired in 2003, also became the first billionaire player in NBA history.
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