China, Japan, South Korea to launch joint tourism event

Japan, China and South Korea on April 12 agreed to launch joint tourism event, the Visit East Asia Campaign, to make the three countries as a tourism combination to attract visitors beyond East Asia.

According to a joint statement released after a meeting of chiefs in charge of tourism in the three countries here on Sunday, they will enhance cooperation and information sharing among their branches in Europe and America to attract more tourists from the regions.

They also agreed to make joint efforts to improve the interconnection and interworking system in the region and facilitate cooperation in tourism in terms of developing new tourism products.

The three countries will play a more and more important role in the area of tourism in Asia and the world so that they will continue to further trilateral exchanges in this field, according to the statement.


Gong Li visits L’oreal research center in Shanghai

Gong Li visits L'oreal research center in Shanghai

Chinese actress Gong Li attends the opening ceremony of the new lab building of L’oreal Research and Innovation Center in Shanghai on March 31, 2015


US stocks close slightly higher after 2 days of declines; CarMax jumps on higher profit

U.S. stocks are closing slightly higher as the market shakes off two days of losses.

CarMax jumped 9 percent Thursday after reporting that its profit rose sharply in the latest quarter as purchases of used vehicles increased.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 65 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,763.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained seven points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,066. The Nasdaq composite increased six points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,886.

Nine of the 10 industry sectors in the S&P 500 index rose. Only the technology sector fell.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.91 percent.

U.S. stock trading will be closed Friday for the Good Friday holiday.

E.L. James Launches Fifty Shades of Grey Wine

E.L. James Fifty Shades of Grey Wine Courtesy Fifty Shades of Grey Wine

Just call it fifty shades of—vino!

E.L. James, author of the bestselling romance novel— and soon-to-be big screen adaptation—adds wine-maker to her resume with the launch of Fifty Shades of Grey Red Satin and White Silk wines, a collection of wines inspired by her saucy trilogy.

Featuring the tagline “You Are Mine,” the wines were developed and personally blended by James and winemakers in California’s North Coast region, and offers consumers the chance to connect with Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele on a different level.

“Wine plays an important role in Fifty Shades of Grey, adding to the sensuality that pervades a number of scenes,” James says. “I hope my readers curl up with a glass as they enjoy the romance between Anastasia and Christian.”