“Chinese culture is family-based. Everyone wants to have a group of people eating toget
her, so eating is more of a collective behavior. People either eat with family members at home or with colle
agues and clients at work,” said Cai Yani, who has directed a series of short videos about solo dining.
Eating together is considered crucial for family bonding. On a typical Chinese dining table, one rarely finds dishes for indi
viduals; instead, there is usually a range of dishes－meat, fish, vegetables and soup－for everyone to share.
Restaurants usually boast round tables with a rotatable surface, known as a “lazy Susan” in the West, to make sharing easier.
The move away from the traditional sharing approach is largely due to a demo
graphic shift in the country, especially a sharp rise in the number of unmarried people. Statistics from the Mi
nistry of Civil Affairs show that more than 200 million people were living on their own in 2017.
In a written instruction released on Friday, President Xi Jinping called on society to carry fo
rward the spirit and dedication of 95-year-old war hero Zhang Fuqing as China forges ahead in the new era.
Xi is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.
Zhang, a native of Shaanxi province, behaved courageously in the Liberation War i
n 1948, repeatedly achieving military glory. He retired from active service in 1955.
Over the following decades, he kept his battle achievements a secret, even from his children. His story
was made public at the end of last year, as information about veterans nationwide was being collected by the authorities.
Xi hailed Zhang’s deeds, saying the elderly hero hid them for more than 60 years and stayed true t
o his original aspirations. As a soldier, Zhang defended the country; as a civilian, he works for the people’s well-being, Xi said.
nced that when conditions are right, artificial means will be used to make rain.
Chen Lijuan, the chief weather forecaster of the National Climate Center, sai
d rain is on the way to the northeast and will arrive next week. That should alleviate the
drought, but dry conditions will continue to make things worse in Yunnan, she said.
Zhou Wenyi, a 26-year-old from Kunming, Yunnan province, said that the weather is very strange this year.
“The climate of Yunnan is kind of like the southeastern Asian countr
ies, where April and May are the two hottest periods before the rainy season arrives. The hig
hest temperature in Yunnan’s summer period usually is around 21 to 22 C,” she said.