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As a traditional open day of the Beijing arm of the Cervantes Institute, a Spanish cultural center, the Spanish Day is celebrated to honor learners, lovers and promoters of Spanish, the world’s second most spoken native language.上海乌托邦
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Construction of the second 330-meter-tall tower for one of the world’s largest cable-stayed bridges was completed in East China’s Jiangsu province on Thursday.
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signed with a main span of 1,092 meters, making it the world’s first road-rail cable-stayed bridge with a span over 1,000 meters.
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able towers are the key force structure of the bridge. The longer the bridge spans, the higher the cable tower needs to be.
To ensure the shipping on China’s busiest waterway, the bridge is designed to have a longer span. About 73,000 cubic meters of concrete
and 11,000 tonnes of steel bars were used to build each tower, whose height is equivalent to a 110-storey skyscraper.
Ning said the huge construction volume is required so that the bridge can withstand
violent typhoons, magnitude-8 earthquakes and impacts from the collision of a 100,000-tonne ship.
The bridge will have a 6-lane expressway on the upper deck and four railway tracks on the lower deck.
The track laying on the bridge will start in January 2020, according to MBEC. The bridge is expected to ensure the river shipping on the Yangtze, while easing the roa
d and railway traffic pressure in the Yangtze River Delta region, China’s economic powerhouse.
This song is even older than some of the people who are watching the show,” the bassist Ou says in the sho
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Western rock music first gained popularity in China in the 1980s with a performance given by the rock singer-songwriter Cui Jian on May 9, 1986, during a concert at Beijing Workers’ Stadium. At the packed venue, the then 25-year上海419论坛
-old Cui performed his most well-known song, Nothing to My Name, which opened a chapter in China’s rock music story at a time when few Chinese knew what rock ‘n’ roll was.
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“Material possessions like big houses and fast cars were the last things on our mind,” Ou says. “Instead, we were hungry for roc
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In 1994 Ou, then 23, performed as a bassist at the Chinese Rock Power concert at the Hong Kong Arena. Bringing toget
her He Yong, Dou Wei, the former lead vocalist of Black Panther, Zhang Chu and Tang Dynasty, the concert was the first showcase for musicians from
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“Looking back, those legendary musicians and their works are still inspiring for the young
bands,” Ou says. “They shaped the golden era of China’s rock music. The band members are different people and enjoy different m
usic styles. They come together and contribute t上海419论坛品茶微信o the band as one person. That’s the most interesting part of being in a band.”
Then with the birth of Modern Sky, one of the country’s biggest indie labels, which former rock singer-songwriter Shen Lihui
founded in 1997 in Beijing as a way to distribute both his own and his friends’ music, more and more indie band
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Queen Sea Big Shark and the heavy rock band Miserable Faith were among the most-watched bands then.