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ial media, they develop a negative relationship with their bodies. This often leads th
em to engage in “fat talk”－resulting in much lower self-esteem, Shen added.
Ye, from Hangzhou, who works as an accountant for Silergy Corp, said more than 90 percent of her colleagues in the finance
department are women, ranging in age from the early 20s to late 40s. Some have families, while others are singl
e or just “jump into” romantic relations. But all of them have varying degrees of dissatisfaction with their body shape.
“Every woman in our office is unhappy with at least one part of her b
ody. One of them might say her face is too round, while others are unhappy with their arms when
we sit together and gossip,” said Ye, who weighs 48 kg but frowns as she looks at the shape of her thighs.
“I have often thought I would be more attractive if my thighs were thinner,” she said, a
dding that one of her colleagues had not eaten dinner for at least two years in order to stay slim.
The volunteer team－led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En
glish－has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal management style, in addition to the city go
vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.
Larry Goodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife
in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.
Having worked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si
zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con
venience, traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents.
“The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.
The ongoing International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 in Beijing is all about gar
dening, but it doesn’t shy away from high technology that improves visitors’ experience.
To provide visitors with information services, ticket purchasing, parking, travel routes, introductions to scenic sp
ots, medical services, performance arrangements and traveling tips, a mobile phone app called Expo 2019 was developed.
It’s like having a tour guide at hand, said Guo Ziliang, an official at the Beijing World Horticultural Expo Coordination Bureau, the expo’s organizer.
“The app shows people how to conveniently and efficiently make their way through the park,” he said. “It also helps improve the park’s reception capacity.”
The 162-day expo, from April 29 to Oct 7, is expected to receive a total of 16 million visitors.
The app, available in bilingual versions-English and Chinese-can be downloaded for free from online app stores.