Master painter Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) was well known for having a large number of friends and students. Among them, painter Li Qiujun was special.
They got to know each other through Li's elder brother, who was one of Zhang's best friends.
They admired each other's artistic talent and became confidants, which resulted in a romantic relationship.
In 1948, Zhang produced Spring Clouds Amid Autumn Landscape, a mountain-and-water ink painting featuring gongbi (meticulous brushwork), as a gift for Li's 50th birthday.
A year later, Zhang permanently departed from the mainland, and traveled and exhibited around the world before settling down in Taipei in 1976.
After leaving the mainland, he often said that he missed Li, who died in Shanghai in 1973.
Spring Clouds Amid Autumn Landscape will be auctioned in Hong Kong on Oct 4.
The painting not only marks a friendship between the two painters, but it deserves special attention because it shows Zhang at the top of his game as he sought to master the mountain-and-water style, according to C.K. Cheung, head of Sotheby's Chinese painting department.
Sotheby's will auction the work at its major autumn sale, which runs from Oct 1 to 5.
Cheung says the painting's composition and Zhang's attention to details reflect his incorporation of traditional touches, especially from Song Dynasty (960-1279) paintings, while also developing his own style.
21. The underlined word “confidants” in paragraph 3 probably means ____.
22. How old was Li Qiujun when she died?（）
23. According to the passage, which of the following is NOT true?（）
A new international study shows that some people's biological clock plays a powerful role for their life expectancy, regardless of lifestyle choices.
Published in the latest issue of Aging on Wednesday, the study has found the most definitive evidence to explain why some people keep healthy lifestyle but die younger than others.
Geneticist Steve Horvath from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), led a team of 65 scientists around the world to record age-related changes to human DNA, analyse blood samples collected from 13,000 people and estimate their lifespan.
A higher biological age, regardless of actual age, consistently predicts an earlier death, the study says.
"You get people who are vegan, sleep 10 hours a day, have a low-stress job, and still end up dying young," Horvath said in a statement. "We have shown some people have a faster innate aging rate."
The findings discovered that 5 percent of the population ages at a faster biological rate, which translated to a roughly 50 percent higher than average risk of death at any age.
"The great hope is that we find anti-aging interventions that would slow your innate aging rate," Horvath said, adding that "this is an important milestone to realizing this dream."
24. Some people keep healthy lifestyle but die younger than others because ______.
25. How was the study conducted?（）
26. According to the study, it can be inferred that ______.
27. Which of the following would be the best title for the passage?（）
As a Chinese saying goes, “Taste is actually a memory of childhood”. Local specialty food may not be popular among all people, but it offers outsiders a glimpse of local culture and history.
Gongcheng “oil tea” is such a kind of food that would be considered “weird” by many first-time visitors to the remote county in the north of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Many people dislike its bitter and astringent（涩的） flavor when they take a sip.
“It felt like drinking Chinese herbal medicine. I never expected that I would gradually accept it afterwards, and even become addicted to it,” said a traveler surnamed Zhang who comes from Shijiazhuang in northern China’s Hebei province.
Langshan village is said to be the birthplace of Gongcheng “oil tea” whose ideal ingredients are green tea and fermented tea. The village has preserved well its buildings and roads dating back to late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), as well as its traditional way of making the special tea.
Lin Fengyou, 60, introduced the cooking process. She looks younger than her age, and attributes this to the benefits of drinking “oil tea” throughout the year.
The first procedure is to use a wooden hammer to pound the tea while heating it in an iron pot, and then add edible oil and boiled water afterwards. She filters off the solid residues（余渣）, and pours the glue-like green tea soup into bowls. Then, she adds salt, caraway seed, green onion, dried rice, fried groundnuts, sliced taro and fried beans.
The taste of the “oil tea” is a mixture of the distinctive flavors of all its ingredients. Local people usually eat it together with glutinous rice（糯米） balls, rice dumplings and glutinous rice cake.
The villagers consume “oil tea” three times a day. The tea soup is a healthy and refreshing food. “The tea soup to us is coffee to Westerners”, said Lin. “But it is tastier.”
28. Many first-time visitors may find “oil tea” ______ when taking a sip.
29. What can we learn about Lin Fengyou according to the passage?（）
30. Which is the correct order of cooking “oil tea” according to Lin Fengyou?（）
a. pour the glue-like green tea soup into bowls
b. heat the tea in an iron pot and pound the tea
c. add salt, caraway seed, green onion, dried rice, etc
d. add edible oil and boiled water
e. filter off the solid residues
31. Which column is this passage probably taken from?（）
China's largest search engine Baidu has said it will make its latest artificial intelligence (AI) technology accessible to developers and businesses as part of the company's latest move into AI, big data and cloud computing.
AI solution "Tianzhi" was launched at a cloud-computing summit held in Beijing Wednesday. It includes services in three fields: sensing technology, such as image and voice processing, machine learning, and deep learning, an advanced form of machine learning, said Zhang Yaqin, CEO of the Nasdaq-listed company, at the summit.
Developers can access facial or voice recognition, algorithms（演算法） for data analysis and projections, and deep learning applications, Zhang said, adding that the technology could help users innovate in their sectors.
"With more devices connected to the cloud, enterprises will use cloud computing and AI more frequently," said Wu Hequan, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, "Open AI technology can play a bigger role."
The company also revealed a plan to invest 10 billion yuan (1.45 billion U.S. dollars) in cloud computing in the next five years and establish an innovation center, which will serve 10 million enterprises.
32. What is the main idea of paragraph one?（）
33. “Tianzhi” includes services in the following fields EXCEPT _____.
34. What does the underlined sentence in paragraph four probably mean?（）
35. What is Baidu’s next move according to the last paragraph?（）
It is very common for you to find yourself in an unfamiliar situation. bd blank Yes, everyone tells you to stand on your own two feet and take responsibility for your action, but if you haven’t experienced a situation before, how can you know what to do?[:.]
We usually try our best to do everything on our own and not to rely on others, but at certain times calling for help is the best way forward. You can picture the scene of the man--it is usually a man--driving blindly around an unfamiliar town looking for an address he doesn’t know. bd blank And he could get to his appointment on time. It is obvious to everybody in such a case that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but rather the sensible thing to do.
bd blank For example, you are looking for a new job and need to write your resume（简历）. If your pride prevents you from getting help and you just do the writing yourself, it may well cost the opportunity you are seeking. Similarly, when you just started a new job, you often don’t want to admit that you haven’t got the knowledge to finish a particular task, so you keep going and eventually make things worse than they were. This may lead to a diminishing（贬低）of you in the eyes of the boss. bd blank
Now you can see that asking for help is not a sign of weakness but is the sensible and mature thing to do. bd blank Making your life easier by asking for and using knowledgeable help is not a sign of weakness, but is actually quite a clever thing to do.
A. What’s worse, you are most likely to lose the new job.
B. Actually speaking, asking for help is not a sign of weakness.
C. There are times when you know you don’t have the relevant experience.
D. If only he would stop and ask for directions, he could save lots of time.
E. However, many people tend to make mistakes over and over when help is available.
F. You will also recognize expert help would save your time, energy and money.
G. You can accustom yourself to asking for help sooner or later.
I remember quite well a day 17 years ago. That day, our twin sons, Chad and Brad, __bd blank__ their car and left home to attend college. I realized that our __bd blank _ would soon become a “table for two”. ___bd blank __, the boys would come home on the weekends, but __bd blank _, I knew our family life would never be exactly the same again.
The boys walked around each room to __bd blank _ they hadn’t forgotten anything they needed. I packed a cooler with __bd blank __ and their favorite cold snacks. I found a box and filled it with essential __bd blank _ items. I thought they might go to bed hungry that night. I ___bd blank _ my wallet and placed the little bit of ___bd blank __ I had in their hands.
We all walked ___bd blank _. Chad and Brad gave me big __bd blank __ and quickly got into their car. I ___bd blank _ as they drove away. When their car was __bd blank _, I sat down on the driveway and cried ___bd blank __ than I had cried in a long time. My husband Roy tried to ___bd blank _ me, but I could see grief in his eyes, as well.
There are many parents who would ___bd blank __ this period. Bittersweet feelings will be ___bd blank _ while I cannot explain them adequately. I can still remember ___bd blank __ I felt when we began that new chapter in our lives.
___bd blank _ time going by, however, Roy and I are now accustomed to our table for two and we enjoy our lives together. I have to admit I still miss our children and the old ___bd blank __ we had together.
I’ve dreamed of becoming a writer since I was a teenager. But bd blank___ isn’t easy to get a book of mine published. bd blank_____ I’ve tried hard, none of my books have been published. This is really bd blank_____ (upset).
This morning, I received a call from a publisher and bd blank_____ (tell) once again that there was no way my book would be published. bd blank___ (feel) sad, I left home and went to the park near my apartment. At the park, I sat down on the bench near the grass.
While I was sitting there, I saw a little boy about one and a half years old. He was running on the grass, bd blank_____ his mother not far behind him. He looked so happy when he enjoyed the bd blank_____ (free) of running on the grass. He then fell on the grass, but he quickly got up and continued bd blank____ (run) as fast as he could again even without looking back at his mother. He was still running with a smile on his face, as if nothing bd blank____ (happen).
Seeing that, I was truly inspired. I 70_____ (sudden) realized that I shouldn’t get discouraged after experiencing failure. Instead, I should cheer up and keep on trying.
I’m Wang Hong, a international student of Beijing University. I have something to talk with you. During last year’s winter holiday, I go shopping with my classmates. While we were walking on the street, we saw several beggar standing on the road and asking for money. Many of them were disabling, which made me feel very much sad. Among them were old people, young people and even children. I noticed some passers-by ignore them instead of given them money. When I wanted to help them, my classmates stopped us. They told me whether these beggars were not worth showing mercy to because most them cheated people. Should I helped them?
We hear thatyou’ll return to the United Kingdom on a holiday soon. All the class will missyou very much during your absence!_________________________________