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Photographer captures beautiful prairie landscapes

Ormis Sodhuu, a photographer from the Mongolian ethnic group, was born in Hulunbuir in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region. His work, My Homeland, captures the beauty of the Mongolian grassland, as well as the social customs of the people who have lived there for generations.

Buzzword: Echo chamber

“Echo chamber” refers to a person who completely and obsequiously agrees with everything another person says, just like an echo chamber used for recording purposes.

Business: Top 10 companies with the most employees

A total of 106 Chinese companies made it to this year’s Fortune Global 500 list of major enterprises. Chinese companies took six spots among the top 10 companies with the most number of workers. The companies included China National Petroleum, State Grid and China Post.

Culture: Mandarin opens a window into China

Mandarin is gaining popularity in Thailand. Courses in the language are being offered in numerous institutions, ranging from kindergartens and universities to government agencies and companies, with long and short-term programs. Many Thais regard the lessons as an opportunity to improve their career prospects. They also see learning the language as a window into a rapidly developing and changing China. Panthipa Asavatheputhai, a Chinese language lecturer at Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai, Thailand, shares her thoughts on the topic.

Blog: What Westerners (and Chinese) are like

One of our bloggers writes that, if there is one thing he has learned in China, “there is no ‘one’ person who can speak for the 1.3 billion Chinese people … It is the same for Westerners”. Visit our website to read more of his views.

(China Daily 08/18/2015 page2)