In addition, a thread on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like comments platfor
m, titled “eating alone” contains 226,000 posts and has garnered 290 million hits.
In 2017, WithEating Magazine, a Chinese foodie journal, started its Eati
ng Alone channel on Bilibili, a popular video-sharing website. To date, the channel, wh
ich has 52 episodes explaining how to prepare meals for one, has attracted more than 200 million hits.
In February, the magazine published a book of the same name, listing 65 recipes for dishes ranging fr
om desserts to foreign cuisine, such as roasted ribs, the Korean favorite bibimbap and seafood curry.
To many people’s surprise, it became a best-seller. “We didn’t expect the book to sell so we
ll. We didn’t print enough copies initially,” the magazine said on its Weibo account last month.
China’s consumer price index (CPI), the main gauge of inflation, gr
ew 2.5 percent year-on-year in April, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Thursday.
The reading, in line with market expectations, accelerated from the 2.3 percent gain in March and 1.5 percent in Febru
ary. On a monthly basis, consumer prices edged up 0.1 percent, compared with the 0.4 percent drop seen a month earlier.
NBS official Dong Yaxiu attributed the rise to higher prices of vegetables, pork and fruit, which ros
e 17.4 percent, 14.4 percent and 11.9 percent, respectively, from the same period last year due to tighter supplies.
Food prices, which account for nearly one-third of weighting in China’s CPI, went up 6.1 percent year-on-year.
Meanwhile, China’s producer price index (PPI), which measures inflation at the factory gates, rose
0.9 percent year-on-year last month, up from the 0.4 percent gain in March that showed improving market demand.
It’s a Sunday afternoon and Yang Haisong seems to be in a chipper mood. Under a blazing sun on a warm day in Beijing he sit
s on the side of a road smoking a cigarette. Yang, a founding member of the Chinese rock band P. K. 14 and its l
ead vocalist, is taking a break from activities in Free Sound, a record store in which he has been talking to fans about th
e band’s seventh studio album, What We Talk About When We Talk About His Name.
Yang hails from Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and it was there that P.K. 14 was formed nearly 22 y
ears ago before going on to become one of the most influential rock bands in China’s indie rock scene.
“I love record stores,” Yang, 46, says. “Of course listening to music
online through streaming services is incredibly conven
ient, but when I hold cassette tapes or vinyls in my hands I feel this connection with the music.”
The band’s latest album, released on Oct 14, 2018, was recorded in Be
rlin, and in addition to being streamed online, it was distributed on record and cassette.