The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has added 12 new tourist attractions to its list of the best places to visit. The sites have all gained the prestigious 5A rating.
The new sites include: the Hukou waterfall, the largest on the Yellow River; the steep sided Baidi City Qutang Gorge scenic area; and the majestic Jigong mountain, named after its peak resembling a rooster.
A national agricultural innovation alliance on the use of saline soil has been launched by the Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS).
Improving the agricultural potential of land infused with salt water would open up vast new opportunities for farmers, especially as global warming puts more pressure on fresh water supplies.
China's national carbon market, the world's largest in terms of the amount of greenhouse gas emissions covered, has marked its first anniversary with the announcement that total traded volumes reached 194 million tonnes.
Carbon trading is the process of buying and selling permits to emit carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases, and is restricted to designated emitters who have such rights.
China expects to peak its carbon emissions before 2030 and reach carbon neutrality before 2060.
The first flight has departed from Huahu Airport in the city of Ezhou, Asia's biggest aviation hub focused on freight.
The airport has a 1.5-hour flight circle covering China's five national-level urban clusters, including the Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta regions. Ultimately it will also serve international destinations such as Osaka and Frankfurt.