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Old August 29th, 2011, 10:48 AM   #1781
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More trains, longer hours for Metro Line 2
By Zha Minjie | 2011-8-29

SHANGHAI Metro operator will increase the capacity of Metro Line 2, the city's busiest subway, by prolonging operation hours and shortening interval along the line starting from September 1.

The interval span along the whole line, connecting two city airports, will be cut by about 30 seconds to 3 minutes and 30 seconds during rush hours - from the present 4 minutes.

The new service hour of Line 2's eastern stretch, from Guanglan Road station to the Pudong International Airport station, will start at 6am and run through 10pm every day, compared with the current 6:30am to 9pm.

Intervals along the section will also be cut during rush hours with more trains put into use, the operator said today.

Besides, three extra Line 2 services will also be added after 10pm between Guanglan Road and Yuandong Avenue station till 10:24pm to smooth the ride for residents living in suburban Chuansha area in the Pudong New Area, the metro operator said.

While along Line 2's Hongqiao International Airport-bound east section, more services will be added with interval shortened too.

The line handles more than 1.3 million passengers a day.
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Old August 29th, 2011, 11:20 AM   #1782
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Finally! Line 2 definetely needs more trains.
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Old August 29th, 2011, 01:29 PM   #1783
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Great news!! Line 2 is so busy! They could do with adding some more to Line 1 and 8 though...
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Old August 31st, 2011, 09:56 AM   #1784
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Sex-ed book for early grades

By Liang Yiwen | 2011-8-31

THE first sex education textbook for pupils in grades one and two will be introduced to local classrooms this semester.

Compared with the Beijing sex education textbook that has sparked controversy, the Shanghai version is more implicit as it has replaced illustrations depicting intercourse with cartoon pictures of tadpoles.

However, many parents still worried that it's too early to teach sex information to children under the age of 10 and complained that the book is too revealing.

In one chapter called "Where do I come from?" it introduces names of private parts and explains fertilization with colorful illustrations.

"Kindergarten children have a vague idea about gender difference," said Xu Dianfang, an official with the Shanghai Education Commission. "Local primary schools are required to launch gender education among grade one and grade two students."

But the commission didn't specify any one textbook or detail the content that should be taught. Many schools design their own sex education curriculum and class materials.

The textbook is based on the sex education materials of the Primary School Affiliated to the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology.

Xu Jin, deputy principal of the school, said they found many parents fail to provide correct answers to students' questions of "Where do I come from?" So the school started sex education six years ago.

The book has been published by the Shanghai Education Publishing House, and 18 primary schools have chosen to adopt the textbook in a pilot program. The textbook is also available at bookstores.

However, some parents think the book is too revealing and fear that it could lead to the early onset of puberty.

"Grade one and two pupils are too young to learn this," said Gong Sidong, mother of a girl in grade three.

"I think they just need to learn about where the private parts are and they cannot touch others' private parts or let others touch," she said.

Zhou Haiwang, a researcher at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, hailed the sex education textbooks.

"More kids experience early puberty now," Zhou said. "Children also have easier access to sex information now."

He said the Shanghai version is appropriate because it explains the basic theory without going into details, while the Beijing version is too revealing.

"If schools teach the grade one students all the stuff, what are they going to teach the grade four and grade five students?" he asked.

He advised schools to implement progressive education on sex.
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The best of Broadway in Shanghai

By Zhang Qian | 2011-8-27


Broadway stars including (from left) Kevin Kern, Brad Little, Eden Espinosa and Ria Jones will take leading roles in "Ultimate Broadway," the opening show of Shanghai Culture Square.


SHANGHAI Culture Square is set to open with a bang as a collection of Broadway's greatest hits will be performed in "Ultimate Broadway," writes Zhang Qian.

Shanghai Culture Square will open with "Ultimate Broadway," a musical that features hit songs from a collection of successful shows that have featured on Broadway over the years.

Running from September 23 to October 9, the show is co-produced by Shanghai Grand Theater and GWB Entertainment Company.

Project director Fei Yuanhong says trying to figure out how to open the new venue was not easy.

"We have had discussions for a long time about a proper musical work to open Shanghai Culture Square," Fei says. "Eventually, we decided that presenting an amalgamation of great songs from different musicals would be the perfect start."

Popular arias like those from "A Chorus Line," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Cats," "South Pacific," "Gypsy," "Wicked," "Les Miserables," "Chicago" and "Mamma Mia!" will all be a part of "Ultimate Broadway."

The musical will feature stars such as Brad Little, Eden Espinosa, Kevin Kern and Ria Jones in leading roles.

The musical's dancers are composed of professionals from London's West End and Chinese students selected from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Shanghai Theater Academy.

An orchestra of 43 musicians will play live while quick-changing lighting, projections and stage props will provide backdrops for each scene. According to Fei, the venue's water stage will also be used.

After five years of construction, Shanghai Culture Square is finally ready to open and officials hope it can become an Asian Broadway.

The underground theater can seat 2,010 guests and features state-of-the-art audio facilities under each seat.

Torben Brookman, producer of "Ultimate Broadway," first visited Shanghai in 2001, when musicals were still largely unfamiliar to most Chinese. He witnessed the quick development of musicals here in the past 10 years as spectators responded enthusiastically to shows like "Cats," "The Phantom of the Opera" and "High School Musical."

"I have seen Chinese crews improve their skills in the past few years," Brookman says.

With "Ultimate Broadway" serving as a greatest hits type show, he hopes spectators will enjoy the "musical collage."

Brad Little, star of "The Phantom of the Opera," says he is excited to return to Shanghai. He was here for "Phantom" at Shanghai Grand Theater six years ago.

"That was the start of my Asian career," he says. "I performed in Hong Kong and Taiwan in the following years, but the first stop, Shanghai, is always special for me."

Little is looking forward to performing at Shanghai Culture Square as well as working with other great Broadway stars.

"I have cooperated with Eden Espinosa; all I can say about her is, wow," Little says. "She is just great."

Little also says he admires the other stars, though he has not worked with them. And he says it will be interesting to share the stage with Chinese artists.

Little will sing "Music of the Night" from "Phantom" along with his other popular songs like "This is the Moment" from "Jekyll & Hyde" as well as numbers from "Beauty and the Beast."

Little's performance in the South Korean musical "Tears in Heaven" has amazed many Asian spectators, and he says he would be honored to take roles in future Chinese musicals.

Ticket prices for "Ultimate Broadway" range from 80 yuan (US$12.50) to 1,280 yuan, with an average price of about 280 yuan.

Zhang Jie, general manager of Shanghai Culture Square, says the wide price range is designed to give more people the chance to see the musical.



Date: September 23- October 9, 2:30pm, 7:15pm, 7:30pm

Venue: Shanghai Culture Square

Address: 36 Yongjia Rd

Tickets: 80-1,280 yuan

Tel: 6217-2426, 6217-3055
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First-ever experimental theatre fest to open in city

By Nie Xin | 2011-8-31

CHINA'S first-ever experimental theater festival will have its opening event in Shanghai on September 3.

Sixteen cutting-edge Chinese experimental theaters will stage 33 performances up to September 21 during the China Experimental Theater Festival, officially organized China Ministry of Culture.

The dramas selected from 45 candidates cover adaptions of Western classics, original creations by metropolitan youths, and reflections of modern social realities.

Some of the big names include "Copenhagen" by English playwright Michael Frayn; "12th Night" based on Shakespeare's work; "First Touch" adapted from a famous Taiwanese novel, while original dramas are "Bring Strange Woman Back Home;" "If, I'm Not Who I Am;" "Marry an Honest Man;" and "I Am Sea-gull."

Shanghai Modern Theatre will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Goodnight Mum."

"The experimental theater movement is getting more and more popular in China, especially among young audiences; at the same time it has a big space to make progress," says Liu Wenguo, the art director of Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film and TV and the art director of Shanghai International Art Festival.

To attract more young people to the theater, ticket prices will be capped at 80 yuan (US$13). Students can enjoy productions at half price.

"We hope stepping into the theater to enjoy experimental theaters can become a lifestyle for people here," says Han Sheng, the director of Shanghai Theater Academy.

China's top drama groups will all be in Shanghai during the festival, including the National Theater of China, Beijing People's Art Theater, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Central Academy of China, and Shanghai Theater Academy. Groups from Wuhan and Liaoning will also present there works at the festival.

The experimental theater started in China in the 1920s. Initially from Shanghai and Beijing, it is now also popular in Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shenyang and Liaoning.

During the Festival some forums will be held on relevant themes like how to develop experimental theater in China, the management, the social value and the creation of plays. Well-known directors, playwrights, and actors will all participate.

The four main venues are the Drama Salon and Studio D6 at Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, the New Space at Shanghai Theater Academy, and the Drama Theater at Shanghai Grand Theater.
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Old World Expo site to become creative industry hub

By Yang Jian | 2011-8-31

WORK has started to transform the Puxi part of the World Expo 2010 site into a creative industry investment hub due to open next year, the area operator said today.

The Expo Development Group said it envisioned the creation of an open block for cultural exchange, exhibition, creative industry and entertainment in the former Urban Best Practices Area, a Shanghai Expo creation along the Huangpu River.

All the buildings in the area, mostly renovated old factories, will remain. More than 80 exhibitors from cities around the world were showcased inside these buildings during the expo that ran from May to October last year.

In addition the eco-friendly design of the area will be maintained as a model for good urban development, a press official of the group said.

The buildings in the north will be rented to design companies as offices, while the south will be home to art exhibitions, fashion shows and retail, the group said.

The group today signed a contract with a French company to operate France's Rhone-Alpes Pavilion, marking the start of the area's post-Expo development.

The 2,500-square-meter Rhone-Alpes Pavilion featured Vegetation Purification Technology during the Expo, meaning the pavilion was able to purify the air inside.
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Eve of destruction

By Wen Lei | 2011-9-1


A man walks past a graffiti wall on the Bund yesterday. This graffiti was created by an Italian artist in April. Two of Shanghai's most famous graffiti walls, including this 300-meter-long display on the Bund, are scheduled to be demolished this year. The other is a 600-meter-long artwork on Moganshan Road.
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Looks nice.
I passed by the site yesterday. There was pretty much going on.
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All these renders are amazingly breathtaking.

Is gaoloumi a reliable source by the way? I wouldn't want these fantastic projects to get cancelled... Especially the new North Bund! Oh my god... Can't wait to see it coming. It seems the pre-construction has already started, so does anyone know when it's expected to be finished?
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Gaoloumi is as reliable as any forum.

Like I said before, the North Bund project is real. There is pretty much construction going on and the renders are all over the plot's surrounding walls.

Those Huangpu towers are probably part of a long-term plan, so we shouldn't expect too much at the moment.
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