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China's Tibet sees GDP up 7.2 pct in Q1******
LHASA, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- The gross domestic product (GDP) of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region totaled 144.04 billion yuan (about 22.5 billion U.S. dollars) in the first three quarters of 2021, up 7.2 percent year on year, local authorities said Saturday.
Despite the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the region's average GDP growth for the past two years reached 6.7 percent by the end of September, according to the regional statistics department.
The value-added output of major industrial enterprises in Tibet increased by 13.8 percent year on year during the period, up 21.9 percent from the first three quarters of 2019.
The region received 36.89 million domestic and overseas tourists in the first three quarters this year, up 15.2 percent year on year. Tourism revenue from January to September surged 26.6 percent from a year earlier to 42.4 billion yuan.
The region also saw strong consumption demand, with its retail sales of consumer goods increasing by 8.6 percent year on year to 55.88 billion yuan.
Li Fangping, the deputy head of the Tibet survey office of the National Bureau of Statistics, said Tibet's economy grew steadily between January and September with the income of locals continuing to rise. Enditem
Legoland Shanghai Resort under construction******
SHANGHAI, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Construction of the Legoland Shanghai Resort kicked off Wednesday and the resort is expected to open in 2024, according to local authorities.。
Covering an area of 318,000 square meters, the resort is located in the Jinshan District of southwestern Shanghai.。
The facility will include eight themed areas covering most of the signature and popular attractions and rides of Legoland Parks around the world.。
The resort will also integrate local cultural elements such as setting up a Monkey-King-themed zone that takes on references from traditional Chinese architectural style and natural landscape.。
With an investment totaling 550 million U.S. dollars, the resort is funded by several parties, including China's state-owned assets.。
"The LEGO brand has increased its presence and contribution in China in the past few years," said Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, executive chairman of the LEGO Brand Group. "We have been thrilled with the positive response the LEGO brand has received in China," he added. Enditem。
Beijing's package volume hits 200 mln pieces during Singles' Day shopping fest******
BEIJING, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Beijing's package volume hit 206 million pieces during this year's Singles' Day shopping spree that lasted from Nov. 1 to Nov. 15, according to the city's postal administration Wednesday.。
The total volume saw a year-on-year rise of 18 percent, with the average daily delivery surpassing 13 million pieces, said the administration.。
To cope with the surging demand, over 9,000 workers, 3,360 vehicles, and one cargo plane have been additionally mobilized to beef up delivery.。
Anti-epidemic measures have also been enhanced including regular nucleic acid testing and COVID-19 vaccination. The two-shot vaccination rate of workers in the delivery sector has reached 99.9 percent. Enditem。