and chairs. “The first time I chose elms, but in the end I failed.”
He began to use peach trees in 2007, knitting four peach branches t
ogether and putting iron molds on them. Depending on the growth of the br
anches, the trees were shaped each year until they grew into the shapes of a table and chair.
“It took almost 10 years to grow into finished products. Now there are about 800 tables and chairs,” Zhang said, add
ing that once the products are grown, they are then cut, peeled, dried, and polished to be ready for sale.
Zhang took his first set of four peach tree chairs and a round table to the China Impo
rt and Export Fair (Canton Fair) in 2016, catching the attention of several merchants who offered to buy the set.
Zhang was not willing to sell just yet as the set were just sam
ples. The fair strengthened his confidence however, which has continued to pay off.
As tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan simmer, some people — mostly youths — ar
e trying to build bridges and dialogue between the two neighboring countries.
The #SayNoToWar campaign on Twitter comes shortly before Pak
istan announced that the captured Indian pilot, who was shot down over Kashmir, w
ould be released Friday in an attempt to defuse the gravest crisis in the disputed border region in years.
It is unclear who launched the hashtag on Twitter, but Kashmiri journalist
Sagrika Kissu was one of the first to promote it on Tuesday, a check by CNN shows.
”Let’s trend the hashtag #SayNoToWar. We don’t want more lives to be snu
ffed out. We want peace. War has never solved any problem. It never will. Thanks,” she wrote on Tuesday.
After being picked up by celebrities from both countries, politicians, rights group and common users, the hashtag began t
rending worldwide and was among the top trends in India and Pakistan before becoming a Twitter moment.
The Dataminr social discovery platforms shows that more than 128,500 tweets were published using the hashtag in the
past two days, with peaks of 2,000 tweets every 10 minutes on Wednesday at noon, CNN analysis shows.