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nds because all my saved money has been spent on building a new home for the yo
上海千花坊ung couple and buying new necessities for them, such as household appliances,” Shan said.
Luckily, Shan had reason to celebrate because he was saved by a new rule.
Right before the wedding, a specific standard was established banning high-priced betrothal gifts, or caili in上海千花坊
Chinese. Other extravagant customs, including holding grand wedding ceremonies or funeral rites as well as inviting an e
xorbitant number of guests and using lots of cars to pick up the bride and her relatives, were also prohibited.上海千花坊
The government of Feixiang district – which covers 265 villages, including Shan’s, with a population of 410,000 – found the competitio
上海千花坊n to see who could give the best betrothal gifts and hold the grandest wedding ceremonies had become a big headache for villagers.
Families of young women envied those who gave lots of money to a bride’s family and held ex
pensive ceremonies with many guests, said Cai Fuhai, Party chief of Nanduqi village.上海千花坊女神会所
They would ask parents of their soon-to-be sons-in-law for similar treatment, Cai said.
According to the standard, no more than six cars can be used for picking up the bride and her rela
tives. Previously, up to 40 cars would be used as part of a grand and impressive wedding ceremony.上海千花坊
Furthermore, guests are served a simple meal – a vegetable and meat stew, or daguocai in Chinese – rather than a meal wit
上海千花坊女神会所h dozens of courses. Finally, group wedding ceremonies are encouraged and betrothal gifts are discouraged.
Families who obey the standard may enjoy benefits such as free physical examinations for parents and
newborns at local hospitals. Pregnant women may also receive discounts for examinations during pregnancy, Cai said.
Families who do not obey the rules are required to make a self-critical s
peech during a meeting attended by villagers and local government officials. Those wh上海千花坊女神会所
o refuse to make the speech and admit their wrongdoings are exposed on local television and other media platforms.
Villagers fall in line
According to the Feixiang district government, more than 1,000 families of young wom
en have refrained from demanding betrothal gifts from their bridegrooms’ families since 2017. About 1
00,000 households in the district have signed commitment letters promising to obey the standard.
Government statistics show that the cost of a wedding has been cut to less than 30,000 yuan, down b
y about 80 percent, and the current cost for a funeral is less than 5,000 yuan, just a sixth of the previous cost.
ding of the People’s Republic of China, which Chan said would attract more people to spread the festivities throughout the city.
上海419论坛The array of celebrations will also broaden and deepen Hong Kong resident’s knowledge about the nation, Cheung said on Sunday.
With the dual advantages given under “one country, two systems”, Cheung said, Hong Kong
has made great contributions to the country’s development, while the nation’s prosperity has brought benefits to the SAR.上海419论坛女神会所
Also attending the ceremony, He Jing, deputy director of the Liaison Office of the Centra
l People’s Government in the HKSAR, said that a powerful nation will provide more opportunities for Hong Kong.
Apart from the celebrations held by social groups, many citizens opted for other places to celebrate the return of the ci上海419论坛
ty to the motherland－the three barracks of the People’s Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison in Shek Kong, San Wai
and Ngong Shuen Chau. The barracks are expected to receive some 30,000 Hong Kong residents during the three-day open day event.上海419论坛
Visitors to the barracks can see combat performances and military demonstr
ations, as well as weapons and military equipment including armored scout cars and helicopters.
Unlike the two other barracks, Ngong Shuen Chau－the PLA’s naval base in Hong Kong－open
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“The soldiers are friendly and I am proud of the country,” Zhong said.
An average of 3.9 million people have applied to join each year since 2012
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million, the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee said on Sunday.
About 34 percent of Party members were born in the 1980s and 1990s, and nearly half hold junior college degrees or above, the de
partment said in a report released ahead of the anniversary of the founding of the CPC on July 1.上海419论坛女神会所
Women comprised 27.2 percent of Party members and people from minority groups 7.3 percent, data from the report showed.
On Monday morning, top SAR government officials and representatives from diff
erent sectors will attend a flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. Chief Executive Carr上海419论坛女神会所
ie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will then officiate at a reception to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong’s return.