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|LONDON Nacho Monreal Spain Jersey , Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- David Bowie, the iconic British singer-songwriter died on Sunday, just two days after his 69th birthday, his family announced Monday in a brief statement.
The statement, issued in London, said Bowie died peacefully on Jan. 10 surrounded by his family after a courageous 18- month battle with cancer.
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Space Oddity, with its famous line, 'Ground Control to Major Tom', was about an astronaut, and was released in 1969 during the time of man's first moon landing. It reached number 5 in the British top 20 charts.
Bowie has been described as one of the most influential musicians of his era, with details of his death prompting tributes from around the world.
Britain's first state-sponsored astronaut Tim Peake sent a tweet from the International Space Station: "Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer - his music was an inspiration to many."
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QUITO, July 10 (Xinhua) -- China's Internet giant Tencent is offering users of its online services and social networks a chance to take a virtual tour of Ecuador's world-renowned Galapagos Islands.
The virtual reality (VR) tour of the remote islands, located 972 kilometers off the coast of Ecuador Kepa Arrizabalaga Spain Jersey , was launched last week, after a team of Tencent executives traveled to the site for the company's "QQ X Project," which aims to bring farflung locales and exotic experiences closer to the Chinese.
The initiative was made possible with the help of Ecuador's Export and Investment Promotion Institute (Pro Ecuador), which was eager to peak the interest of China's growing outbound tourism.
Pristine Galapagos, which biologist Charles Darwin put on the map for having helped him formulate his theory of evolution and natural selection, became the first destination in Latin America to form part of Tencent's VR initiative.
Other destinations the QQ X Project has in its sights are the South Pacific and the Antarctic.
Millions of Chinese netizens have already taken the VR tour of the Galapagos.
"They explore the landscapes and the fauna of the Ecuadorian archipelago," Tencent's Xian Yecheng said.
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That way, Chinese tourists inspired to visit the islands will also have a guide to the plants and animals they will encounter there.
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Fabricio Rodrigues, technical general coordinator for Pro Ecuador, said the project received backing from his agency's office in Beijing, the Ecuadorian embassy in China Iago Aspas Spain Jersey , and adventure travel tour operator SURTREK.
"Ecuador is now a destination for projects with global reach. Without a doubt, this opens a new gateway to foreign investment and tourism promotion for the country," especially among Chinese travelers, said Rodrigues.
In 2016, 24 percent more Chinese tourists visited Ecuador than the year before, according to Pro Ecuador.
The Galapagos Islands were declared a World Heritage Site in 1978 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
In 1985 Gerard Pique Spain Jersey , Ecuador declared the islands a biosphere reserve, and in 2001 the designation was expanded to include the surrounding waters as a marine reserve.
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