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Serbia welcomes Chinese Year of Tiger with fireworks, festival of lights******
Festive fireworks in front of the Sava Promenade, the most popular summer promenade with a length of 1.8 km, along the Sava River marked the beginning of the celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, or the Year of Tiger, in Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia on Monday.
The celebration was attended by Mayor of Belgrade Zoran Radojicic and charge d'affaires of the Chinese embassy to Serbia Tian Yishu.
Dragons, lanterns, Terracotta Warriors, and other colorful lights with Chinese characteristics were lit at the first minute of the first day (Beijing time) of the Chinese Year of Tiger. Together with the fireworks, the lights illuminated the night sky along the Sava River.
The landmark Belgrade Tower opened a light show, displaying the national flags of China and Serbia, and writing "Happy New Year" in both Chinese and Serbian languages.
Mayor Radojicic wished a happy new year to the Chinese people in a statement, saying that he wished "many positive changes in the whole world," as well as the success of the Winter Olympic Games to be held in Beijing on February 4.
He recalled the friendship between Serbia and China, which, he said, resulted in many successful infrastructure projects, with many more to come in the future.
Representatives from China and Serbia also presented the Beijing 2022 mascots Bing Dwen Dwen and Shuey Rhon Rhon to the audience at the opening ceremony.
It was the fourth consecutive year to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in the cities of Belgrade and Novi Sad, the second largest city of Serbia.
Countdown to Beijing 2022******
BEIJING, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- With the 2022 Winter Olympics 80 days away, organizers have begun to make artificial snow at the National Alpine Skiing Center for the event.。
The National Alpine Skiing Center located in the Yanqing competition zone is set to host the Alpine skiing competitions at Beijing 2022.。
Wu Gaosheng, an operation manager at the National Alpine Skiing Center, said that the snowmaking work is expected to last until mid-January.。
A series of water-conserving and recycling designs have been put into place to optimize water usage for snowmaking, human consumption, and other purposes, according to the Beijing 2022 organizing committee.。
Around 90 percent of snow used at the Alpine skiing venue for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics was reportedly artificial, while artificial snow was also a feature of Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014.。
The National Alpine Skiing Center is the first Olympic-standard alpine ski venue in China with a maximum vertical drop of about 900 meters. It has seven slopes. Enditem。
Cameroon beats Cote d'Ivoire to secure FIFA World Cup playoff spot******
YAOUNDE, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon booked a FIFA World Cup playoff spot by beating Cote d'Ivoire 1-0 in a tense clash on Tuesday evening.。
Cameroon finished Group F with 15 points, two ahead of Cote d'Ivoire who had led the Indomitable Lions by one point before the game.。
Cote d'Ivoire had needed just a draw to sail through to the final playoff round for a place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.。
Cameroon got off to a good start with striker Karl Toko Ekambi scoring from a close range in the 21st minute.。
Cote d'Ivoire applied immense pressure when the game resumed for the second half but their efforts were in vain.。
When the referee sounded the final whistle, the streets were flooded with young Cameroonian football fans celebrating the victory of a team they expect to perform well when the central African nation hosts the Africa Cup of Nations next year.。
Cameroon will join nine other African countries for the FIFA World Cup playoff draw on December 18. Enditem。