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ities have grown more quickly than in big cities, including clothing, food, beverages and home appliances, Chen added.
During Spring Festival in February, small-town youths in third- an
d lower-tier cities outperformed their peers in bigger centers of population in consu
mption across major e-commerce platforms, including the number of orders placed and the range of products bought.
In third- and fourth-tier cities, total online spending during Spring Festival rose by 55 percent year-on-year, comp
ared with 51 percent in first-tier metropolises. Spending by small-town youths on beauty products rose by 7.8 perc
ent year-on-year, compared with a 5.4 percent increase among their peers in larger cities, according to a report rel
eased by Tmall－Alibaba’s e-commerce platform－and market research company Kantar Worldpanel.
Small-town youths have also boosted the movie industry. For example, in the first quarter of this year, some
56 percent of the box office for The New King of Comedy came from lower-tier cities, as did 46 percent for Crazy Alien.
systems, they flourished. Decades later, the Asian carp population has grown to such an extent that it is
creating an ecological disaster, crowding out other species competing for rich food sources in waterways.
“The Asian carp is an important fish. It’s anThe newly established International Fish
eries Industrial Park, which opened on April 12 in Wickliffe, a town of 700 people in Kent
ucky, is a public-private partnership aimed at reducing local Asian carp populations while creating a zero-wast
e food production chain. incredible species and has been domesticated in Asia for more than 2,400 ye
ars,” He said. “We consume more Asian carp than any
other fish … We eat more silver carp than tuna and salmon combined.
“It is a problem here, but it’s not garbage, it’s a gold mine,” He said,
adding that in China, Asian carp processing is a $10 billion business.