"Bird's Nest" libraries have begun emerging in some Chinese cities such as Xiamen Arik Armstead Elite Jersey , Nanjing and Zhenjiang. [PhotoIC] "Bird's Nest" libraries have begun emerging in some Chinese cities such as Xiamen, Nanjing and Zhenjiang. [PhotoIC] Bird's Nest" libraries have begun emerging in some Chinese cities such as Xiamen, Nanjing and Zhenjiang. [PhotoIC] "Bird's Nest" libraries have begun emerging in some Chinese cities such as Xiamen, Nanjing and Zhenjiang. [PhotoIC]
Propping a wooden bird house filled with books on the back of his bike, Yan Defeng cycles around Zhengzhou in central China's Henan province, eager to find a home for his fourth "Bird's Nest" library.
The 36-year-old self-employed man is spreading his joy of reading by distributing the book-filled bird houses as part of the "Bird's Nest" library program inspired by something similar in the U.S. but quickly migrating across Chinese cities.
The clever book exchange allows participants to take a free book from the nest and replace it with one of their own. So far, Yan has created four such libraries DeForest Buckner Elite Jersey , with two already adopted by volunteers.
He also operates his own library, which he began on Nov 1. Every morning he travels to his bus stop and places the bird house in plain sight. In the evening, he travels back to check how many books have been exchanged.
"In the first week, all of the books remained," said Yan. "Then, some people began to take away books and others put books in."
In the past month, 18 books have been exchanged but only three of the original books are left Joe Williams Elite Jersey , he said. Titles range from literature masterpieces and historical books to children's books.
"It is worthy to exchange a different book with one a person has read," said Li Meng, a woman in her 30s, who was exchanging a book on Tuesday. "The library is small, but each book has its own value."
Similar lending libraries have begun emerging in other Chinese cities such as Xiamen, Nanjing and Zhenjiang.
At a residential community in Zhenjiang city, Jiangsu province C.J. Beathard Elite Jersey , a "Bird's Nest" library now has books exchanged every day. It was set up in July by Wang Jia, Communist Party chief of the community.
Instead of letting hundreds of books in the community library "lay sleeping", it is a good idea to put the books near the houses of residents, said Wang.
Five more such mini-libraries were installed in the community in September.
The first "Bird Nest" library appeared in Wuxi city, Jiangsu province in January this year.
LAGOS, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria on Wednesday lauded the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reinstate wrestling as an Olympic sport.
In a statement reaching Xinhua, Minister of Sports Ahkello Witherspoon Elite Jersey , Bolaji Abdullahi, described news of the reinstatement as gladdening.
The IOC had downgraded wrestling from a sport that would feature in the 2020 Olympics to a candidate status in February 2013.
Wrestling had thus had to compete for a space in the Olympics now slated for Tokyo, Japan with sports such as squash, baseball and softball.
The decision had shocked countries like Nigeria, where wrestling is popular, leading to the lobby to restore the sport to the Games and sending an official position to the IOC.
At the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the weekend Reuben Foster Elite Jersey , the members voted to reinstate wrestling as an Olympic sport, with the sport receiving 49 votes.
Baseballsoftball bid got 24 votes, while squash got 22.
A Chinese-led group has withdrawn its offer to buy a stake in German carmaker-backed mapping company HERE after it failed to win approval from a US national security oversight board.
Chinese mapping company Navinfo said Tuesday that it and its partners, Chinese internet giant Tencent and Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC, had dropped plans to take a 10 percent stake in the company.
Navinfo said in a statement that it spent months after the deal was announced in January seeking approval from the US Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS). But after meeting CFIUS resistance, the group had decided to pull its investment offer. It did not give details of why the CFIUS opposed the investment.
HERE conducts business in the US and is 15 percent owned by US chipmaker Intel Corp.
SHENZHEN, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- It's Boca Solomon Thomas Elite Jersey , not Ebola.
Health authorities in the south China metropolis of Shenzhen have clarified rumors that the fatal Ebola virus was in town following a human Boca Virus case that was reportedly found in the city's airport on Friday.
The city's health and family planning commission said in a statement that the city's entry-exit inspection and quarantine bureau hadn't detected any Ebola cases, and the reported case is a five-year-old boy infected with the Boca Virus.
"There is some misunderstanding and panic among citizens. The Chinese names of the two diseases are a little bit similar, which may cause confusion," said Peng Chaoqiong, an expert with the city's disease control and prevention center.
Boca Virus, passed through airborne transmission, makes children ages six months to three years old vulnerable to pneumonia Dante Pettis Elite Jersey , bronchitis, bronchopneumonia and other diseases, with symptoms of cough, fever, gasping, and diarrhea. Autumn is high occurrence season for the virus, said Peng.
China remains on high alert against Ebola Mike McGlinchey Elite Jersey , which has killed more than 4,500 people since the world's worst outbreak on record began in West Africa in March.
Though no cases have been reported in China yet, the National Health and Family Planning Commission has urged medical organizations nationwide to step up preparations for potential cases.
China has also published a book on preventing and treating common diseases in Africa, highlighting the Ebola virus.
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