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Feature: Swiss absinthe brand knocks on door of Chinese market via CIIE******
GENEVA, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- By participating for the first time in the China International Import Expo (CIIE), Swiss absinthe brand Kubler pinned hopes on the gigantic Chinese market.。
Yves Kubler, owner of Swiss absinthe "Kubler" and heir of the family distillery, told Xinhua during a recent interview that the brand would like to explore the Chinese market and understand the preferences of Chinese drinkers.。
Kubler Absinthe was first produced in 1863 in the Val-de-Travers region of Switzerland, also known as the "birthplace of absinthe."
Kubler visited Shanghai three years ago, with an "excellent" impression of the modern city, making him realize that China is a market with great potential for absinthe.。
Kubler tried to promote absinthe independently in China but barely made any progress. But at the CIIE, Kubler Absinthe will be presented together with other well-known Swiss products, which will help impress Chinese entrepreneurs and consumers, and "break fresh ground," he explained.。
Absinthe is an anise-flavored spirit derived from several plants, including the flowers and leaves of Artemisia absinthium, together with green anise, sweet fennel, and other medicinal and culinary herbs. It is commonly referred to in historical literature as "the green fairy," and is normally diluted with ice water before being consumed.。
Absinthe originated in the canton of Neuchatel in Switzerland in the late 18th century. It rose to great popularity as an alcoholic drink in the late 19th and early 20th century in Europe and America.。
Ernest Hemingway, Charles Baudelaire, Vincent van Gogh, and many other writers and artists are said to have been fans of absinthe.。
"Drinking absinthe is not simply drinking, but to get a taste of that period of history," said Kubler, voicing his hope of introducing to Chinese drinkers the culture and tradition related to absinthe.。
During the interview, Kubler showed a way to drink absinthe: pour some absinthe in a glass, lay a special spoon with holes on top of the glass, put a sugar cube on the spoon, and pour ice water slowly on the cube until it dissolves, stir well and then the drink is ready.。
"Drinking absinthe can be ceremonial," he said.。
Kubler has high expectations for his first CIIE experience, hoping to open the Chinese market through the trade fair.。
"Maybe China will become our biggest export market in the future," he added. Enditem。
Huawei signs zero******
XI'AN, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese tech giant Huawei contracted a green energy project in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, at the 2021 Euro-Asia Economic Forum that opened Monday.
The project, located in the Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone of Xi'an, will be jointly built by Huawei, the zone's administrative commission, and the Shaanxi Branch of State Power Investment Corporation Limited (SPIC).
With an investment of over 10 billion yuan (about 1.56 billion U.S. dollars) from the SPIC's Shaanxi branch, the three sides will work together to accelerate photovoltaic construction and promote the green electricity trade, said the commission.
Efforts will be made to enhance strategic energy research and establish zero-carbon smart parks that integrate high-tech solutions like digital technology and data governance.
The project also includes the building of an intelligent energy management system that combines power generation and energy storage.
This year's Euro-Asia Economic Forum, held in Xi'an from Monday to Thursday, is themed on seizing new cooperation opportunities and promoting common development. Enditem
China's Ning claims first World Cup 1,000m gold in Calgary******
CALGARY, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Ning Zhongyan of China clocked a personal best time of one minute and 6.656 seconds to win his first speed skating World Cup 1,000 meters gold here on Sunday.。
Following his triumph in the men's 1,500m in Stavanger, Norway in November, Ning collected his second title of this season as he edged Jordan Stolz of the United States by 0.31 seconds.。
Stolz finished with the silver with 1:06.968 while the bronze medal went to Viktor Mushtakov from Russia in 1:06.988.。
China narrowly missed a second medal on the final day of this World Cup as Guo Dan placed fourth in the women's mass start final, where Francesca Lollobrigida of Italy, Canadian Ivanie Blondin and Elizaveta Golubeva from Russia took the gold, silver and bronze respectively.。
In the men's second 500m race, Viktor Mushtakov of Russia crossed the line first in 33.903 seconds. Yuma Murakami of Japan finished second in 33.991 ahead of bronze medal winner Laurent Dubreuil from Canada.。
Brittany Bowe of the United States beat a strong challenge from Japanese duo Nana Takagi and Ayano Sato for the victory in the women's 1,500 in 1:52.054. Takagi finished 0.009 seconds behind to take the silver and Sato took home the bronze in 1:52.193.。
In the men's team pursuit, the United States captured their second gold of the day while Norway and Canada were second and third. Enditem。
本报讯（记者 石喻涵 实习生 胡茜眭雨佳）昨天，省生态环境厅发布今年2月全省水环境质量状况：全省河流总体水质优，与上年同期相比，水质有所改善。