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this endeavor. Youku started its digital restoration project in 2017, with many results. E
arlier this year, iQiyi also launched its own restoration project featuring the use of ZoomAI, a video-en上海会所
hancing solution devised by the company, to restore and remaster 50 select TV dramas.
上海会所Before the adoption of new technologies, restoration of the old works, most often in lower resolution, was done manually and it
took a day to restore a 40-minute-long episode. Now, iQiyi’s ZoomAI software, comprising algorithm modules suc
h as color enhancement, sharpening, and white balance, can restore a high resolution feature film in just one hour.上海会所
The restoration process starts with scanning the film negatives or prints into a digital pict
上海会所品茶微信ure and raw sound format. Then each frame of the scanned material undergoes an automated digital res
oration process that involves the correction of color, brightness, and contrast. The process also involves the dig
ital removal of scratches and unnecessary noises, restoration and remastering of sound, said Liu Junhui, a senior director from iQiyi.上海会所
Even with the aid of AI technologies, digital restoration of old productions is no mean fea
上海会所品茶微信t, as increasing the image resolution is one thing, but restoring its original texture is quite another, which requ
ires technologies, as well as a craftsmanship spirit. For instance, 30-plus members of the Youku digital res
toration team worked for as long as a month to fully restore the 1983 megahit, The Bund.
“Our team has made various attempts to enhance audiences’ viewing experien上海会所
ce. If only the definition is increased through transcoding, audiences may feel that the im
ages have been doctored through filters. So we went to great lengths to restore the texture that is unique to the pe
riod when the classical series was shot,” said Guo Linna, a senior visual optimization engineer from Youku. 上海会所品茶微信
Though Youku’s digital restoration team is made up of no more than 40 members who
do not work full time, every week it can restore 100-plus episodes of old TV dramas.
Speaking of her original motivation, Guo said that she chose to restore those old TV series because on the one hand, she wa
上海会所品茶微信nted the post-80s generation to have better access to recalling childhood memories, and on the other hand, she wan
ted the younger generation to gain new experience through watching these classic works.
A gilded silver wine rhyton in the form of an antelope’s head demonstrate
s the aesthetics of the Sasanian Empire (224-651), located in today’s Iran. A gilded bronze 上海会所
standing Buddha bearing strong Greek influences is believed to have originated in what is currently Kashmir.
上海会所Six ewers from the period reflect the common influences shared acros
s the different cultures along the Silk Road, and one of them, a 50-centimeter-tall gold
ewer, represents a tasteful blend of their styles. It is believed to have been made by the Sogdian people for a c 上海会所
ustomer looking for a piece that combined Tang, Sasanian and Central Asian influences.
“When you put them side by side, you can see their shared cultural influen
上海会所品茶微信ces, since they employ similar shapes and images,” Pritzker says. “Patterns similar to the on
es found on the ewers can be seen in some of the silk pieces on display. Some similar images can also be found in Cave 158.
“They are closely related, but this is the first time that they can be seen together,” he adds.
According to Huo Wei, an archaeology professor from Chengdu-based Sichuan Universit 上海会所
y, the rising power of the Tubo regime in the latter half of the 9th century enabled it to build up a huge n
etwork of trade routes connecting it with the rest of China, South Asia and Central Asia. 上海会所品茶微信
“The Tubo people introduced Buddhist art from the Tang regions an
d what was today’s Nepal, along with techniques in craftsmanship for making gold and silver art
上海会所ifacts from Persia,” Huo explains. “It amassed a huge number of silk pieces through trade, despite the fact that Tubo pe
ople never learned how to make silk, probably due to the restrictions within their natural environment.
“We like to refer to it as the Silk Road on the Plateau,” he explains. “It was an indispensable part of the ancient Silk Road.” 上海会所品茶微信
Pritzker says: “Studies of Tibetan culture around the world have largely been influen
ced by the dominance of Buddhism, and it tends to overshadow other aspects. Nowadays, we are starting to
understand the importance of the cultural exchanges that went beyond religion.”
Use of new tec上海会所品茶微信hnologies in online education is breaking boundaries for the nation’s students
Yang Ming, a 33-year-old immobile and partially sighted man from
Chengde, Hebei province, never imagined he could become his family’s “financial adviser”.
However, in late April, he noticed trouble brewing in the financial stat
ements of a company whose stock was owned by his relatives, so he advised selling the shares.
Although they were reluctant at first, his relatives sol上海会所品茶微信d the s
hares at a slight loss, but kept most of their 4,000 yuan ($578) investment intact.
A short time later, the company’s stock went into free fall when the Shanghai Stock Exchange plunged as a result of risi
ng uncertainty over trade negotiations between China and the United States.
el more frequently, and enable them to have higher budgets for spending on accommodati
on and destination entertainments,” said Sun Peiming, director of e-commerce at Sichuan Airlines.
Last year, along with graduate students, there were 37 million enrolled college students in the country,
according to the National Bureau of Statistics. In 2018, students registered on Qunar flew 4.4 time
s annually on average, higher than the average of 3.45 times nationwide, according to the company.
“Low prices have a decisive impact on their choices. Compani
es that provide cheaper options will attract more students and gain the initiative in seizing tho
se future backbone consumers,” said Liu Simin, a researcher at the Beijing Foreign Studies University.
fever outbreaks, affecting all 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions on the mainland, since the country’s first reported outb
reak in Shenyang, Liaoning province, in August, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
This resulted in more than 1 million pigs being slaughtered to prevent and control the disease, which is deadly to pigs but does no
t affect people. The ministry has called for intensified research and development to expedite the availability of v
accines for disease prevention and control, but admitted difficulties due to the complex nature of the virus.
China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork, with an a
nnual production of 700 million pigs. Pork accounts for 62 percent of meat con
sumption in China, and sustained outbreaks of African swine fever will cause devastating consequences to the pi
g industry and endanger China’s food security, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences said.
n, who came to the main venue of the festival on Thursday with four friends.
“We went to Thailand for a vacation last month. The beautiful sunshine and beaches there
are enchanting,” the 54-year-old Beijing native said. “Now, we have a second chance to experience its food.”
Yang Lin, 26, who described herself as a foodie, also went to t
he gala. “I love Korean food most, except for Chi
nese cuisine, and I’m happy that Beijing is holding such a big food exhibition.”
Xu Hejian, a Beijing official in charge of the event, said visitors can see how Asian food i
s made at the venue and sample various cuisines made by more than 200 food enterprises.
Wuyutai Tea is one of the companies.It’s a good opportunity for the younger generati
on to learn more about traditional Chinese delicacies and desserts,” said Chen Huaji, an employee. “Tea is
quite an important element of Chinese culture, and the exhibition offers a stage to show off the essence of Chinese food and Chinese culture.”