Zhao added that the new consumption trend of this

year’s holiday is also an epitome of the overall consumption trend in the country this year.

“The growth has been driven by the surge in disposable incomes and the middle-income population,” she added.

Guideline calls for 80 percent of related shipping to use cleaner means by 2025

China plans to achieve ultralow emissions at most steel plants by 2025, with 80 percent of raw m

aterials and final products shipped by cleaner methods including railways, ships and pipelines, rather than trucks.

Experts believe the ambitious goal, if reached, will contribute signi

ficantly to reducing bad air in the country, as the steel industry currently pollutes more than any other.

The holiday period also triggered demand for travel-related pro

ducts. Suning reported that sales of sunblock products and sunscreen clothes grew 74 perc

ent and 107 percent year-on-year. Travel packages rose by 128 percent during the period.

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Zhao added that the new consumption trend of this

year’s holiday is also an epitome of the overall consumption trend in the country this year.

“The growth has been driven by the surge in disposable incomes and the middle-income population,” she added.

Guideline calls for 80 percent of related shipping to use cleaner means by 2025

China plans to achieve ultralow emissions at most steel plants by 2025, with 80 percent of raw m

aterials and final products shipped by cleaner methods including railways, ships and pipelines, rather than trucks.

Experts believe the ambitious goal, if reached, will contribute signi

ficantly to reducing bad air in the country, as the steel industry currently pollutes more than any other.

The holiday period also triggered demand for travel-related pro

ducts. Suning reported that sales of sunblock products and sunscreen clothes grew 74 perc

ent and 107 percent year-on-year. Travel packages rose by 128 percent during the period.

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Ultralow emissions will be realized at all steel manufa

cturers in key regions, and in 80 percent of the sector nationwide by the end of 2025, under a guideline pub

lished by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment on Sunday. The guideline was drafted by the ministry and four other central gove

rnment bodies, including the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s economic planner.

The guideline sets different limits for various procedures in steel produ

ction. The hourly density of particulate matter in emissions should be below 10 mill

igrams per cubic meter in all procedures. As for sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide discharges, the limit can dif

fer. The hourly concentration of sulfur dioxide, for example, should be below 35 mg/cu m in emissions generated by core pr

ocesses, such as pellet roasting, but the standard is relaxed to 50 mg/cu m for other processes.

At least 80 percent of raw materials and products should be transported v

ia railway, ship and pipeline rather than road transportation, the guideline said.

China is the largest steel-maker in the world. The country produced 928 million metri

c tons of crude steel in 2018, representing 51.3 percent of the world’s output, the ministry said.

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In addition, high-quality home appliances have becom

one of the most popular items bought on e-commerce websites during the holiday period.

Leading e-commerce platform JD claimed that high-quality household items such

as home appliances, home building materials and cooking utensils, saw a sales uptick during the past few days.

Data from another online e-commerce firm Suning showed that sales of home appliances jumped 49 percent from the same

period in 2018, with air-conditioners, electric fans and televisions being the top sellers.

“This year’s May Day Holiday showed that people have stronger high-quality consump

tion demands, reflected not only in high-quality products but also in services,” said Zhao Ping, head of int

ernational commerce of the Academy of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

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