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Old October 17th, 2011, 05:57 AM   #1841
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Dock to give cruise ships closer passage
2011-10-13
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A professional cruise ship dock in northern downtown will launch full service this weekend, providing a better time for tourists who come to Shanghai via the sea.

The dock management said yesterday the Wusong cruise ship terminal, part of a project in Baoshan District to cater to river and sea passenger traffic, will start full service after a successful trial run.

The facility is being opened to large cruise ships that otherwise cannot sail into downtown due to their heights. Because of the Yangpu Bridge across the Huangpu River, which is on the common route for passenger liners heading to a north Bund dock, some larger cruise ships had to anchor at a cargo berth at the mouth of the Yangtze River.

The new cruise dock makes it possible for even the biggest passenger liners to take an alternate route that avoids the bridge but still gets them closer to downtown. Now sea travelers can expect to reach downtown sightseeing spots in less than half the time after getting off the ships.

Diamond Princess, ranking as one of the world's 15 most luxurious cruise ships, is scheduled to berth by the Wusong terminal this Saturday and become the first ship in the facility once it opens for full service.
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Old October 19th, 2011, 10:13 AM   #1842
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Making a splash

2011-10-18


Tourists take pictures at the "Pit Garden" of the Wusong Wetland Park's second-phase complex that opened in the city's Baoshan District yesterday. The wetland park now covers about 110 hectares. It sits on land created since the 1960s by dumping steel along the Yangtze River.
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Airliner emergency drill

2011-10-19


Rescuers evacuate passengers and give first aid to the "injured" yesterday at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport during a drill to test emergency preparedness. The drill simulated a fire triggered by an onboard equipment malfunction when an airplane taxied along the runway. Ambulances, fire trucks and police vehicles gathered at the edge of the airfield and rushed to the rescue when the "fire" broke out.
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Old October 19th, 2011, 10:28 AM   #1844
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Hats off to folk dancers

By Wang Rongjiang | 2011-10-17


Costa Rican dancers perform at the opening ceremony of the Baoshan International Folk Arts Festival at a wetland park in Baoshan District last night. The festival runs through Saturday. The series of events is part of the monthlong Shanghai International Arts Festival that starts tomorrow.
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 11:33 AM   #1845
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The business of running

By Wang Rongjiang | 2011-10-21


A total of 3,888 corporate employees from 158 companies took part yesterday evening in the inaugural JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in downtown Shanghai. The 5.6-kilometer team road race is the first expansion of the worldwide event since 2004. First across the winning line for the men was Barclay Grundler from Tagus, while Angeline Ding from PwC took the top spot among women competitors.
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 11:45 AM   #1846
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Thinking of studying abroad

By Wang Rongjiang | 2011-10-23


A German university official explains enrollment policies to a potential applicant at 2011 China Education Expo at East Asia Exhibition Hall yesterday in Shanghai. The two-day fair, which wraps up today, has attracted more than 300 universities from around the world. The schools are keen to attract Chinese students.
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Old October 24th, 2011, 12:39 AM   #1847
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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.

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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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Another Shanghai official detained for corruption

By Zhao Wen | 2011-10-24

SHEN Xiangde, deputy director of the Shanghai Educational Examination Authority, has been held in criminal detention for his official corruption, local prosecutors said today.

Judicial investigation is now under way to uncover the crime of Shen, 42, who has been the associate professor with the Shanghai Educational Examination Authority since January 2006.

Shen has also held the job of associate professor of Shanghai University's College of International Business and Management since March 2009. His academic focus is on e-commerce and logistics management.

Last month, Chen Meng, deputy mayor of Putuo District, was arrested for accepting big bribes. Initial investigation showed that Chen took advantage of his position to help developers win construction contracts while he was deputy mayor of Songjiang District from 2003 to early this year.
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Island link to Jiangsu opens by year end

By Zha Minjie | 2011-10-24

A KEY highway linking the city and neighboring Jiangsu Province is expected to open to traffic on the Shanghai section by the end of the year, builders said yesterday.

The Chongming-Qidong Highway will cut the trip from downtown to Jiangsu by two hours - from three and a half hours to around 90 minutes.

The 52-kilometer highway, part of the Yangtze River Delta region highway network, will connect Shanghai's Chongming Island, in the mouth of the Yangtze River, and Qidong, a boom city north of the river in Jiangsu.

Shanghai's section stretches 30 kilometers. It merges into the Yangtze Tunnel-Bridge Project on Chongming Island and stretches north to the Nantong-Qidong Expressway, which extends to Nantong City in Jiangsu.

It will make Shanghai's Pudong International Airport and Yangshan Deep-Water Port more accessible to Jiangsu.

The link will also mean that seafood and agricultural produce can be transported much faster to Shanghai.

Builders said the six-lane Shanghai section is designed for motorists to travel at 100 kilometers per hour. Work started in late 2008.

To protect wildlife on Chongming Island, the highway makes detours to bypass areas used as stopovers by migrating birds. This has added 10 kilometers to the highway.

Eco-friendly construction methods have also been used in the project. In one initiative, silt dredged from the Yangtze River has been used to build the foundations of the highway.
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Local scientists develop fiberglass for space lab

By Liang Yiwen | 2011-10-24

A special kind of fiberglass developed by Donghua University scientists in Shanghai has been used to "knit" the "wings" of Tiangong-1, or Heavenly Palace, university officials said today.

The space lab module China launched on September 29 has fiberglass panels embedded with solar cells. They are lighter than the aluminum alloy panels used on spaceship Shenzhou 1 to Shenzhou 7.

Moreover, fiberglass is resistant to corrosion and oxidation when flying in the low Earth orbit, the scientists said.

However, this kind of fiberglass is too fragile to fabricate. The school scientists teamed up the Nanjing Fiberglass R&D Institute to develop the special fiberglass for the spacecraft.

Shanghai Donghua University is now working on new materials for satellite antenna to cut the country's dependence on foreign technology.
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Dairy blaze affects traffic

By Zhao Yun | 2011-10-24


A firefighter prepares to clear up debris after a blaze gutted a dairy warehouse in Jiading District yesterday afternoon. Traffic on the nearby A5 Expressway was suspended for 40 minutes as smoke from the fire affected visibility.
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Arabian adventure

By Xinhua | 2011-10-24


Visitors tour the Saudi Arabia Pavilion yesterday. The facility, also known as Moon Boat, was one of the iconic attractions at the 2010 World Expo. It reopened to group parties on September 28. Starting from Friday, individuals are permitted to visit the pavilion, with standard tickets priced at 60 yuan (US$9.40).
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Jobs' biography draws long queue

2011-10-24


A woman sticks notes on a message board in the Shanghai Book Mall to mark the release of a Steve Jobs biography today. Along with other Chinese bookstores, the Shanghai Book City began selling the book at 10:05am today, attracting a long queue of people desperate to read the story of the Apple founder who recently passed away. The book, priced at 68 yuan (US$10.68), written by Walter Isaacson, the former managing editor of Time magazine and current chief executive of the Aspen Institute, is currently the No. 1 bestseller on Amazon's customer purchase list.
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Jobs bio a huge hit on release

By Yao Minji | 2011-10-25


People wait for hours at Shanghai Book City on Fuzhou Road to buy the official biography of Steve Jobs yesterday, the book's global debut. By early afternoon, all 1,000 Chinese copies and 800 English versions were sold out. Some 30 bookstores in 21 cities in China started selling the book less than three weeks after the high-tech icon died. The Chinese version, unabridged from the original "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson, is 560 pages long and priced at 68 yuan (US$10.67).

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'Haunted houses' built for Halloween

By Zhang Zhanpeng | 2011-10-25

SCARY pumpkins, ghosts and haunted houses are popping up across the city as amusement parks and shopping malls are getting ready for the upcoming Halloween festival.

At Happy Valley, an amusement park in suburban Sheshan area, 100,000 decorated pumpkins have been placed around the park where tourists can pose for pictures, including five "pumpkin kings" weighing between 250 and 300 kilograms.

Tourists and their family members can enjoy a "Pumpkins War" and even win a big pumpkin to take back home as a gift if they are lucky enough.

Besides, haunted houses themed as computer games "Anomaly Space" and "Plants vs. Zombies" have been set up inside the park.

The event will run through November 13.

Meanwhile, a similar haunted house has been erected in front of a shopping mall on downtown Zizang Road N.

Halloween night is on October 31.
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New tunnel offers shortcut to Hongqiao terminals

By Dong Zhen | 2011-10-25

MOTORISTS can take a shortcut to the Hongqiao Airport and Hongqiao Railway Station terminals after a new tunnel opens in a few days, the Shanghai Construction Commission said today.

The Yinbin No. 3 Road Tunnel is set to open to traffic before the end of this month. It connects the two terminals with the Outer Ring Road, elevated Yan'an Road, and the ground-level Xianxia Road, the officials said.

The tunnel is expected to divert traffic from the congested roads in the area and cut the driving distance by nearly half for vehicles coming and leaving the terminals.
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Old October 26th, 2011, 04:55 PM   #1858
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Old October 27th, 2011, 10:43 AM   #1859
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height doesnt actually matter imo, just as long they can redevelop the area that is a good thing.
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Mayor vows to improve Shanghai's market mechanism

By Zhang Fengming | 2011-10-30

Shanghai strives to grow its market mechanism with global influence through innovations and will open to the world's business as an efficient and transparent city, Mayor Han Zheng said today.

"The Shanghai government will step on to improve the market system and endeavor to offer a first-class environment to serve the market," Han told the 23rd International Business Leaders' Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai meeting in the Expo Center this morning.

Shanghai will push forward the international board at the Shanghai Stock Exchange, bank on the internationalization of the local currency, and actively seek new factor markets to be established in the city, he said in a keynote speech.

Shanghai is already home to the country's major stocks market, China's sole exchange for bonds, currency, gold and financial derivatives.

The city aims to build up the Shanghai Stock Exchange as one of the world's top three bourses measured by market value and turnover by 2015. Currently, the bourse is the world's third largest in turnover and the sixth biggest in market value.

Big-name companies including HSBC, Allianze and Unilever have all expressed interests to sell shares at the long-anticipated international board.

The total financial market transaction value is expected to top 1,000 trillion yuan (US$156 trillion) by 2015, up from 2010's 380 trillion yuan, the mayor said.

In building up a business-friendly environment, the city doesn't stop at improving its urban infrastructure, going transparent in government administration and guiding a fair and regulated market, he said.

Shanghai aims to become one of the places whose administration is "most efficient, most transparent with lowest administrative charges" in China, Han said.

The city has invested more than 1.5 trillion yuan in the past two decades to improve its urban infrastructure that is also key to build up an efficient, open and easy-to-access market infrastructure, he said.

Shanghai will fully leverage the market's role in making better use of resources and the city respect the role of market in ruling and supervision of the market. Government will act as a serious regulator to wipe out unfair competition and those hurt interests of consumers, the mayor said.

The city will keep a firm hand in ensuring food safety and punishing those who dare to cross the line as the city aims to be "one of the cities that boast safest foods in China," as a showcase for a regulated market, he said.

Shanghai is stepping forward to a market economy and shedding its previous planned economy growth model in accordance with its prosperous markets.

So far, 74 Fortune 500 companies have set up their regional headquarters in the city, while 21 overseas banks have based their China subsidiary in Shanghai.

Accumulated foreign direct investment has totaled more than US$100 billion by the end of 2010.

Today, more than 500 Chinese and overseas delegates including members of IBLAC, consul generals, senior government officials, heads of state-owned companies and top private firms took part in the 23rd IBLAC forum at the Expo Center.

The IBLAC forum was initiated in 1989 by Zhu Rongji, then Shanghai's mayor who later became China's Premier.

Zhu envisioned it as a platform for the world's top business leaders to provide strategic advice on Shanghai's development and the challenges ahead.

The council has grown into an international think tank for Shanghai's mayor.

It started with 12 members from seven countries, and has grown to 50 members from 16 countries. They come from various industries including finance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and retail.
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