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ries boasting the concept, which originated in Japan, have sprung up in many cities includi
ng Shanghai, Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province, and Shenzhen and Guangzhou, both in Guangdong province.
Kong Yanling is a big fan of singles-friendly restaurants. The 25-year-old unattached Xi’an res
ident remembers passing a Korean-style chicken restaurant a few years ago and deciding to drop in.
However, the waitress at the door told her the restaurant only served large, shared platters. Kong took the hint and left.
She has also found herself dining with strangers involuntarily when waiters have asked if she minded other people sharing her table.
“I don’t mind eating alone, but sometimes things like that really bugged me. I am ve
ry happy to see more singles-friendly restaurants appearing so there is more choice when eating out,” she said.
According to Chilean Ambassador Luis Schmidt, the two countries on Wednesday secured a deal to open the Chinese market to Chilean pears.
He said he is expecting the first pear exports to China to take place soon.
Zhou Jin contributed to this story.
Liu Cailin, a Hebei Academy of Fine Arts graduate, is a member of the Tujia ethnic group.
At school Liu interned at design companies during summer and winter vacations. It wa
s then that he fell in love with jewelry design. Several months after he graduated, Liu opened his own workshop.
For lovers, every gift is special. Liu once received a message: a girl received a leaf from her boyfriend, and wanted to preserve it in some
way. Liu decided to make a silver piece of jewelry for her, one of more than 2,000 stories he’s turned into works of art.
Liu now has more than 1.2 million fans and monthly sales of 150,000 yuan ($22,283), a figure that could top 350,000 yuan.