duals look in real life without the posing, the filters, the photoshopping and the professional hair and make-up,” Martz said.
Pan, the Renmin University researcher, also believes that pi
ctures shared frequently on social media impose peer pressure on women.
“If people around you look thin on WeChat Moments, you are inevi
tably anxious to fit the general profile of having the ‘right look’,” she said.
Articles have also gone viral in summer on WeChat Moments, with sensational headlines such as “Good-looking girls never
weigh more than 50 kilograms” or “If you don’t lose weight in May, you will cry out loud in June”.
Shen Zijiao, a psychological consultant at Beijing Normal University, said: “Women don’t know what kind of beauty is best for th
em; they just thumb through their phone screens and get the notions of ‘being slender’ consciously or uncons
ciously. They always worry if their bodies are inconsistent with the so-called perfect body shape.”
Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, one of the best Beethoven interpreters of all time, will perform
all five Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos during his upcoming China tour with the German orch
estra, Staatskapelle Dresden, which kicks off on May 15 at the Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall.
He will also perform with the German orchestra in Changsha, Hunan province, on May 18
and 19, and conclude the tour at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on May 21 and 22.
“Beethoven was the most romantic of composers. The more I play Beethoven’s works, the more musical freedom I get,” says Buch
binder, in an email interview with China Daily before the China tour. He adds that he has performed the com
plete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos with Staatskapelle Dresden for many times all around the world.
m in which airborne particulate matter is present. The lower the ceilin
g is, the higher the density of pollutants which then mix with the cleaner air.
With a low mixing layer, Taihang mountain range to the west and the Yanshan mountai
n range to the north serve as walls that form a semi-closed “room” in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster.
The high level of emissions is the major reason for air pollution in th
e greater Beijing area, and meteorological conditions also play a key role as an exte
rnal factor, said Xu Xiangde, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences.
Zhang Xiaoye, Xu’s colleague, said the “marked effect” of continuous pollutant accu
mulation on meteorological conditions could make overall pollution even worse.
“After the accumulation reaches a certain level, it will further wor
sen the meteorological conditions, which then will further affect air quality, causing explosive