Gold mine discovery, rocket launches, panda birthday: China Quick Take

Here are six stories from China this week you may have missed.

New gold reserves discovered at largest mine

The estimated total gold reserves at the Xiling gold mine in Shandong province has risen to about 592.2 metric tons after a new discovery of more than 200 tons of the metal in the mine, according to Shandong Gold Group, which held a news conference on Thursday morning to announce the discovery.

The gold reserves have a potential value of more than 200 billion yuan ($27.7 billion). The discovery makes Xiling the largest single gold reserve mine in China, the group said.


400m-long ultra vessel begins commission 

A 24,188 TEU ultra-large container ship named "OOCL Felixstowe," has been delivered to Orient Overseas Container Line on Tuesday by a local shipyard in Dalian City.

With a total length of 400 meters, a width of 61.3 meters, a height of 75 meters and a design draft of 14.5 meters, the new vessel possesses a capacity to accommodate 24,188 standard containers. It is designed with greatly improved operation efficiency and caters to the green, low-carbon and intelligent development trend in the shipping industry.


High speed railway line extended between Guiyang and Libo

A Fuxing bullet train that can travel at speeds of up to 350 kilometers an hour departed on Tuesday morning from Guiyang to open the new section of the high-speed rail line. Passengers can now travel between Guiyang and Libo.


Seven new satellites successfully launched into space 

A Chinese commercial launch company sent seven satellites into orbit on Thursday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

The CERES-1 Y7 carrier rocket, developed by the Beijing-based high-tech company Galactic Energy, blasted off at 12:03 p.m. Beijing Time. The satellites on the rockets will be used in different fields such as earth observation and telecommunication services.


China's first small nuclear reactor installed 

The core module of China's Linglong One, the first commercial small modular reactor (SMR) in the country, was successfully installed on Thursday in south China's Hainan Province, marking a milestone in the SMR's installation. 

The core module, dubbed as the heart of Linglong One, consists of pressure vessel, steam generator, primary pump receiver and other critical equipment.


Panda birthday celebrations in Shenyang

Giant panda Bing Hua celebrated her ninth birthday at the Shenyang Forest Zoological Garden in northeast China's Liaoning Province on Wednesday, receiving a dozen gifts from its caregivers, including toys, flowers and even a surprise feast.

The cute panda, female, was born on Aug 9, 2014 at the Ya'an Bifeng Gorge base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in southwest China's Sichuan Province. It has been Bing Hua's sixth year here in Shenyang.

Keepers said that they have prepared a lot of presents for the birthday party, which Bing Hua likes a lot.

Gold mine discovery, rocket launches, panda birthday: China Quick Take

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