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Old September 7th, 2011, 10:33 PM   #1821
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Well... where's SOHO in this pic? Haha.
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Old September 8th, 2011, 04:24 AM   #1822
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Yeah, it's not in the pic. It will be on the plot next to the smaller buildings (right side of the pic).
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Old September 8th, 2011, 08:29 AM   #1823
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Former top art academy to be protected

By Yang Jian | 2011-9-8

SHANGHAI'S cultural relics authority yesterday promised to protect the former site of what was once the best art academy in China but which has deteriorated into shabby homes over the last 60 years.

The three buildings of the former Shanghai Art Academy in Huangpu District will not be demolished as previously planned, because the compound was the first private arts school in China and most Chinese modern artists studied there, said Li Kongsan, an official with the Shanghai Cultural Relics Management Commission.

The decision was made after Liu Chan, daughter of China's modern art education trail-blazer Liu Haisu (1896-1994) who founded the academy in 1912, called on the public to save the legacy of her father.

In the mid-1950s, Liu Haisu moved the academy to Nanjing in neighboring Jiangsu Province, and the old site became residential buildings for teachers of another nearby school.

"I am heartbroken, and I think my father would be more, to see his most important legacy being a mess and even might vanish," she told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

The European-style main building of the academy is now hidden behind stores and rows of hanging laundry.

The former studios where ground-breaking nude models were used in painting classes in 1914 for the first time in China are now home to beds and tables, while the piano rooms on the ground floor became kitchens.

More than 40 families are living in the three-story building that has undergone several renovations. Liu said a lot of valuable designs had been damaged.

The colored glass roof, which allowed lots of light into the studios, was destroyed and replaced with concrete, while a set of concrete steps shaped like open arms, which graced the front entrance, are damaged, she said.

The residents are also struggling to live in the buildings.

The home of 88-year-old Ge Fuxi, the oldest resident in the building who has lived there for 58 years, has no toilet or bathtub. He has to walk five minutes to go to a public toilet that was built on the former basketball court.

The residents have refused to pay the electricity fees for several years as a protest and to urge the government to move them out from the shabby environment.

"The commission wants to move them out soon so as to renovate the buildings and turn it into an art museum, but cannot afford the huge moving cost," said Zhang Fuqiang, another official for the commission.
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Old September 12th, 2011, 06:14 PM   #1824
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Most city families to get broadband by 2015
Shanghai Daily
2011-9-7

The local government officials today said Shanghai would become one of the cities in China to provide the most convenient and fast Internet services by end of 2015.

Officials said a major effort is underway to construct and expand the fiber-optical broadband network in order to reach this goal.

Given the current construction and revamp speed of Internet facilities, up to 3.24 million households in town can enjoy using the new fiber-optical broadband services at home.

And by end of 2012, the number of new broadband Internet facilitated homes will be boosted to 5.5 million, covering nearly all local families, officials said.
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Old September 12th, 2011, 06:46 PM   #1825
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108 Plaza



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29 floors, 145m

Sichuan Road
Right across the Bund, facing the Peninsula Shanghai Hotel, with panoramic views of Pudong, the Bund and Nanjing Road.

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Old September 12th, 2011, 10:32 PM   #1826
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Most city families to get broadband by 2015
Shanghai Daily
2011-9-7

The local government officials today said Shanghai would become one of the cities in China to provide the most convenient and fast Internet services by end of 2015.

Officials said a major effort is underway to construct and expand the fiber-optical broadband network in order to reach this goal.

Given the current construction and revamp speed of Internet facilities, up to 3.24 million households in town can enjoy using the new fiber-optical broadband services at home.

And by end of 2012, the number of new broadband Internet facilitated homes will be boosted to 5.5 million, covering nearly all local families, officials said.
In other words: The city is getting more and more expensive to live in. During my last visit this summer the taxi fares were up at 18 kuai to start with during nights. When I first came in 2009 it was just 12 kuai. I'm doubtful when they say "nearly all local families". Of course they mean those locals who can afford it, or those who live as expats in gated communities where the company pays for everything.
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Old September 13th, 2011, 04:48 AM   #1827
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Here in Germany the broadband got much faster over the years, but the prices didn't changed significantly.
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Old September 13th, 2011, 08:47 AM   #1828
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It's not really my point though. What I mean is that the massive improvements in infra-structure and intended uprising costs will force many local families to move out of Shanghai, to cities like Hangzhou. At some point though, Hangzhou will also be where Shanghai is now.
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Old September 13th, 2011, 11:36 AM   #1829
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Is Hangzhou so much cheaper?
I always thought that Hangzhou was the favourite place for rich Shanghainese people to escape the big city life.
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Old September 13th, 2011, 06:48 PM   #1830
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Well, it's inevitable that if Shanghai wants to keep growing and ascending the global leagues, that prices will also rise along with the increased wealth and standard of living.
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Old September 15th, 2011, 11:46 AM   #1831
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I hope that gated communities are not the future for Shanghai. But i am afraid they are
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Old September 15th, 2011, 05:56 PM   #1832
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Time right to launch international board: city official

By Lydia Chen | 2011-9-15

THE global situation is now perfect for Shanghai to launch its much-anticipated international board while the city will also encourage more foreign firms to sell yuan-denominated bonds, the city government said today.

The international board, previously expected to be launched sometime this year, will be a good financing platform for foreign firms that are struggling to find capital amid financial difficulties especially in eurozone countries, Fang Xinghai, head of Shanghai's financial services office, told a press conference this afternoon.

"These foreign firms can use the money they raise from the international board in either their home country business or the Chinese mainland market," Fang said. "Either way, this opens a very good door for them," he added.

For China, as the world's second largest economy, the launch of the foreign board will also help the country establish a new role in the global financial market, Fang noted.

Shanghai has been seeking to attract multinational companies to the international board, a key step along the road of building itself into a global financial center on par with London and New York by 2020.

Firms such as HSBC, Coca-Cola, General Electric Co, Unilever Plc and Volkswagen AG have all expressed interest in the new board.

China's possible purchase of foreign government bonds amid a debt crisis in Europe isn't a "good choice" right now, according to the head of Shanghai's financial services office.

"It's not a good time to buy government debt at the moment because those countries are very likely to continue their loose monetary policies," Fang said.

"Loose monetary polices could lead to a depreciating currency and rising inflation," Fang added.
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 12:29 PM   #1833
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Apple's biggest Asian store opens in city

By Ding Yining | 2011-9-23


Cui Lizhen, the first guest of the brand new Apple store in Shanghai's Nanjing Road E., was lifted up to celebrate by the Apple employees today. Apple launched its largest retail store in Asia and the third one in Shanghai today. Cui started to queue from 10pm yesterday, and arrived Shanghai from Jilin Province on Wednesday.


APPLE Inc today launched its largest retail store in Asia on Nanjing Road East and the third one in Shanghai, taking the total number of retail stores to five on the Chinese mainland.

More than 300 employees greeted customers with a special-designed T-shirt at the launch of the store at 9am today.

"I started to queue for the opening at 10pm on Thursday and I wanted to be the first to see what's new in the shop," said Cui Lizhen, who was the first one to enter the brand new store.

Cui, who runs a start-up firm of his own, said he saw the alert on Apple's official website and arrived in Shanghai from the northeastern Jilin Province on Wednesday.

Apple, the maker of iPhone and iPad, previously said it planned to open 25 stores in China and Hong Kong by February 2012.

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Old September 23rd, 2011, 12:43 PM   #1834
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Overpass under way

Source: Shanghai Daily | 2011-9-17


An artist's impression of the revamped southern riverfront area in Pudong's Lujiazui zone.

VISITORS to Pudong's Lujiazui financial zone will have easy access to the waterfront area after construction began yesterday on an overpass connecting the Super Brand Mall to the riverside boulevard. The work is part of a 100 million yuan (US$15.7 million) project to revamp the southern riverfront area which is due to be concluded by October next year.
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Old September 28th, 2011, 05:45 PM   #1835
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Above the traffic

By Liu Xingzhe | 2011-9-28


Cars drive beneath an overpass at the Lujiazui financial zone yesterday. The first phase of the two-story passage, named Century Overpass, opens to pedestrians today. The passage is about 280 meters long and 8 meters wide. Construction of a corridor is scheduled to start late this year to complete the pedestrian links joining the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower and other landmark buildings in Lujiazui.
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Old September 29th, 2011, 11:37 AM   #1836
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if city council wanted to shanghai to become more glamorous, first put all the power transmission line and telephone underground.
particular area around the bund or riverside.
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Old September 29th, 2011, 03:22 PM   #1837
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Cinemas boycott film starring anti-gay couple

By Liang Yiwen | 2011-9-29

LOCAL theaters began to boycott the public release of a film that stars a famous acting couple who angered many with remarks of discrimination against homosexuals, New Express Daily reported yesterday.

Lu Liping and her husband Sun Haiying's new film "Love Never Dies" won't be released in some theaters due to pressure from the gay rights groups.

The film's distributor, known as "Dianyingyishu" on Weibo microblogging site, revealed that some theaters banned the film under pressure.

The film's director, A'Nian, confirmed the boycott on his microblog and asked the public to treat it rationally.

"The film has the right to be screened just as you (gay couples) have the right to love each other," he said.

Some theater managers admitted that they had received an order to boycott the film, the newspaper said.

Shanghai cinemas have not received a notice to ban the film and the film's local premiere is set on October 14, according to the Shanghai United Circuit.

Earlier, a group of people gathered outside the building of a press conference for the film's release in Beijing to protest against the couple and called on others to boycott their film.

Lu Liping who starred in many films and TV dramas retweeted a Weibo microblog from a priest who condemned homosexuality as a sin and called on her fans to denounce homosexuals. Lu soon found herself engulfed in criticism from many netizens and celebrities.

Her husband Sun Haiying, also a renowned film actor, refused to comment on his wife's stance, but said everyone has the right to express personal opinions. Sun labeled homosexuality as a crime in 2007 and was under attack on the Internet.
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Relics of Ming era bridge are unearthed
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THE city's cultural relics authority yesterday stopped a construction project after some relics of a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) stone bridge that was identified as one of the former "Eight Sceneries of Shanghai" were unearthed at the site.

The Moonlight on the Scholar's Bridge in the current Huangpu District was one of the eight sceneries of Shanghai in history. The relics are believed to be part of the former Scholar's Bridge, said Xue Liyong, a local historian.

The bridge was named after a scholar surnamed Lu who built the bridge during the Ming Dynasty.

Today's construction project involves a high-rise on the site. A worker said they dug out stones several days ago.

Authorities said they will keep digging the area in hope of unearthing more of the bridge, he said. Once they are finished, construction can resume.

Xue said most of the city's old scenic spots had disappeared and that any relics that are found could help to restore them.
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Jews seek to save city heritage

By Yang Jian | 2011-10-11


An exhibition at the Ohel Moshe Synagogue features design blueprints by Chinese and Israeli architects aiming to protect buildings from the historic Jewish quarter that existed in the city's Hongkou District in the 1930s.

Photo by Wang Rongjiang


Shanghai's Jewish community is seeking measures to restore some historic buildings that offered refuge to Jewish people during the World War II but are now in poor condition with hundreds of residents living inside.

The historic buildings near the Ohel Moshe Synagogue in Hongkou District have great historic value that symbolizes the friendship between Chinese and Jewish people, said Maurice Ohana, president of the Shanghai Jewish Community.

The area around the synagogue, which is now the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, was the biggest neighborhood for the 30,000 Jewish refugees in Shanghai in the 1930s.

More than 20 two-story buildings constituted the busiest neighborhood in the area known as "Little Vienna," which housed Jewish handiwork stores and clinics until the Jewish residents moved back to Europe after World War II ended in 1945.

Ohana said that more than 2,000 Jewish people now live in the city, and the neighborhood is a must-go place for Jewish tourists to Shanghai.

"I remember the buildings had many exotic patterns and decorations, while the inner structures were well-designed," said a 60-year-old resident surnamed Wang who has lived there since she was born.

But the buildings now have many illegal structures on the roofs built by the residents. Inside, they have been divided into many small apartments, while most of the former decorations have been damaged in renovations, Wang said.

Students from the Tel Aviv University of Israel have been working with Shanghai's Tongji University on restoration plans for the area. They exhibited some of their plans to local residents yesterday at the Ohel Moshe Synagogue.

As one idea, they suggested reopening the Jewish handiwork stores to revive the former "Little Vienna."

The district government has decided to renovate the buildings listed as protected, but is still working on details, said Bai Aijun, director of the district's Bureau of Planning and Land Resources.

"The plans from Chinese and Jewish students provide many valuable ideas that can be used," Bai said.

The buildings constructed in Roman-style between 1880 and 1920 have historic value in themselves, said Wang Anshi, an architectural expert and member of the city's historic building protection committee. They have arched windows and spires that are rare among local buildings. And the former residents left many Jewish decorations that are also valuable, Wang said.

He said a feasible way to protect the buildings is to move some residents out to reduce the damage, then launch an overall renovation to give a better living environment for the residents who remain.
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Picasso at the Pavilion

By Gao Jianping | 2011-10-13


Workers in white gloves move "L'etreinte" by Pablo Picasso in preparation for the China debut of a traveling exhibition of selected works by the legendary artist which opens next Tuesday in the Shanghai World Expo China Pavilion. The China Picasso Exhibition will feature 48 oil paintings, seven prints, seven sculptures and 50 photographic works from the National Picasso Museum in Paris. The exhibition will celebrate each notable period of the artist's eight-decade career including the Blue period, the Rose period and cubism. It is the first time that the works from the Paris museum have been shown in Shanghai.
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