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Shanghai will host the '97
International Fashion Culture Festival in September,
a spokesman for the Shanghai Municipal Government
said in Hong Kong recently.
The 1997 Shanghai Tennis
Open, a leg of the ATP Tour, will be held at the
Shanghai Luwan Stadium on Jan. 29. It will last
till Feb. 1.
'97 Yunnan Tulip Exhibition
will be held at Shanghai Exhibition Center from
January 24 to February 2. The exhibition also includes
dancing performances and exhibition of natural scenes
Shanghai's high-tech industry
has become one of the city's most fast-growing industries.
In the past year, the total output reached 53.52
billion yuan(about US$6.45 billion). There are 496
high-tech enterprises that have been registered.
The city's textile industry
has recovered from a downturn in recent years, reporting
a total profit of 10 million yuan ($1.2 million)
The Minhang Economic and
Technological Development Zone in south-western
Shanghai, the only industrial park in China created
especially for foreign-invested projects, reported
a total industrial output of 13 billion yuan (about
US$1.57 billion) in 1996.
After more than two years
of construction, the Xinqiao Industrial Zone in
the Caohejing High-Tech Park, an extension of Shanghai's
"silicon valley" in Songjiang County, has started
The rumour that Shanghai
might be greatly affected by a larger earthquake
is proven to be false.
The design plan for Pudong
Airport, one of this year's major municipal project,
was completed. The design was done by a Japanese
company called JICA.
The Eighth National Sports
Games will be held in Shanghai on October 5. The
12-day games will include 28 major items.
This year's graduate school
entrance examination started on Jan. 24 and last
till Jan. 26. In Shanghai about 25,500 students
will sit in for it.
Putuo and Changning have
recently announced to adopt a new system for high
school education. There will be no prep schools
and all primary schools students will study in junior
middle schools without having to attending examinations.
The Peking opera The
Red Lantern was staged again in Shanghai on
Jan. 24. The enthusiasm of the audience was enough
in showing the success of the opera. The famous
actor Liu Changyu was asked to perform even after
the show is over.
The TV series Shanghai
has begun its first shooting. The series will fully
reflect the ups and downs of the city starting from
the end of last century.
Thousands of students volunteered
to collect donations from local citizens and tourists
on Jan.25 at the city's major tourist spots and
public places. The donations will be used to help
Heavy fog hit Shanghai and
the Yangtze region again on Jan.20. Many flights
were delayed and some even cancelled. Nevertheless,
it only lasted for one day.
The shopping centers located
at Nanjing Road are beginning to offer things other
than commodities. Facilities catering to the leisured
such as roller-skating rings, bars and disco halls
There will be about 5,300
graduate students and 39,000 university graduates
leaving campus this July.
Shanghai will continue its
efforts in developing large-scale housing catering
to low- or middle-income families in the next five
Shanghai New World City
becomes the fourth commercial center in total sales
in Shanghai after only one-year business operation.
Shanghai is to enhance resistance
against floods by building and reinforcing embankments
in the next four years.
Microsoft announced in Shanghai
the launch of the Chinese version of Windows NT
Server 4.0 and Workstation 4.0 on Jan.7.
There are about 80,000 female
workers here in Shanghai who are absent from home
on weekends. The reason is that they are attending
The city now has 12,000
hectares of vegetable plots to provide more than
1.2 million tons of vegetables every year for urban
residents, according to a local agricultural official.
Students and book-lovers
will have more book stores to go to and more books
to pick from. About 49 new books stores were opened
plan to develop 85 billion yuan ($10.3 billion)
worth of new products this year, a 20-percent increase
from last year.
Five major infrastructural
projects will be completed this way as a result
of Pudong New Area's continuing efforts in its infrastructural
expansion. The five projects include the Shanghai
Stock Exchange Building and the Yuangdong Road.
University students in Shanghai
now take pride in being volunteers in social activities.
More than ten thousand students from the 28 colleges
and universities have formed close relationships
with the local needy families.
Shanghai will pay greater
attention to the promotion of ten flagship products
in the next three years. These products include
refrigerators, color TV sets, motorcycles, microwaves,
washing machines, elevators, etc.
Shanghai's Chinese Classics
Bookstore, located in Shanghai's Fuzhou Road, is
drawing large crowds of students and literature
enthusiasts. The reopened bookstore now uses computers
to help buyers to pick their favorite classics .
Shanghai police handled
about 18,188 criminal cases last year, a 6.9-percent
increase over 1995, according to a report issued
by the Shanghai Municipal Police Bureau.
Shanghai's large-and medium-sized
State-owned enterprises must be revitalized, said
Vice-Premier Zou Jiahua. Shanghai has been successful
in State-run enterprise reform program, but more
should be done to build a market economy.
Volkswagen Santana, the
best-selling sedan in China, is expected to keep
its brisk sales this year, according to the Shanghai
Automotive Industry Corporation.
A Sino-French food joint
venture in Caohejing High -Tech Park will go into
production this month. The $24-million venture will
compete in the local markets with a daily production
capacity of 64 tons of bean milk and 320,000 boxes
of bean yogurt.
Shanghai's domestic retail
market will keep its growth momentum this year.
The total retail sales are expected to jump by 16%.
Women in Shanghai who breathe
too much smoke produced by cigarettes or cooking
oil run a greater risk of contracting lung cancer,
according to recent study.
The 10 downtown districts
in Shanghai are making plans for the economic growth
Jing'an has become the city's
first district in completing the removal of its
shabby and dilapidated dwelling which totaled 390,000
The city has established
68 foreign-funded chemical ventures with a combined
investment of $720 million including contractual
overseas funds of $480 million.
Shanghai's domestic housing
market had great potential, but high development
costs and the traditional social welfare system
have curbed the market's development, local analysts
Thick fog was lifted on
Jan. 2, while a cold spell toke its place. The lowest
temperature has reached zero degree Centigrade.
Four foreign banks have
recently got the go-ahead from Chinese financial
authorities to begin to offer reminbi services in
Pudong New Area.
The first phase of the 98-kilometer
outer-ring road has begun construction. Its aim
is to improve traffic flow between urban area and
1997, the tourism year in
Shanghai, welcomed its first group of foreign tourists
on Jan. 1. 94 tourists from Frankfurt were warmly
welcomed by groups of locals.
College graduates placement
market will be held at New Continent Square of New
Shanghai Commercial City in Pudong. It will last
for two days. About 100,000 undergraduates and graduate
students are expected to be present.
The No.1 subway line began
to open to public use for a trial basis on January
1. It is expected to alleviate the jammed traffic
situation in the southwest section of the city.
On the first day of 1997,
'97 New Year's Day Body Exercising Long- Distance
Run was held. About 6,000 local people including
students, workers, soldiers, participated in the
The TV documentary Deng
Xiaoping will be shown starting from Jan. 1
by CCTV Channel 1. It comprises 12 parts, each of
which presents a truthful picture of the great leader.
Promising youths of Yueju
will have the chance to show their performing art
at Yifu Theater on Jan. 4. The performance is sponsored
by Shanghai Drama School.
College students are found
to be working really hard in the cold season, according
to a survey conducted by reporters with the Wenhui
Daily. Students usually go back from self-study
from big classrooms at around ten o'clock at night.
1996 is a fruitful year
in Shanghai for the use of foreign investment. About
2,106 projects were consummated. The contracted
amount of investment is $11 billion.
Baoshan Steel Group, one
of the major producers of steel, invested $114 million
in its technology reform last year.
Shanghai Public Library
Management Act, the first of its kind around
the nation, is officially promulgated on Jan.1.
Computer-craze is still
hot. In the recent examination for computer application,
more than 116,000 people sat in for it.
Economic cooperation between
Shanghai and Taiwan continues to develop at a stable
pace. In 1996, there were about 270 enterprises
invested by Taiwan businessmen. The total investment
reached $660 million.
Shanghai Social Aid Act
goes into effect on Jan. 1. It is similar to Social
Security in the U.S.
The year 1996 witnessed
the flourishing domestic real estate industry. The
total investment amounted to more 10 billion yuan
(about $1.2 billion) and construction area 30 million
Shanghai Municipality has
been successful in the past year in calling on the
major service industries and the masses at large
to up-grade the education of professional ethics.
Huaihai Park, located in
the booming commercial section of the city, will
become an open park next year. The 40-mu park will
be re-structured around a "green" theme.
The first bargain price
market on Nanjing Road has been recently opened.
It will become the largest market of its kind in
down town Shanghai.
Preparations for the Eight
National Sports Games are underway. The Shanghai
team has set its target during the events. It is
reported that there are 12 enterprises at home and
abroad have donated about 12 million yuan (about
US$1.44 million) to the organizing committee here
Chinese athletes have set
22 world records in national and international competitions
in the year of 1996, according to the national sports
'96 Orient New Year Concert
is held at Shanghai Exhibition Center on the first
day of 1997. About 1,200 guests from all walks of
life participated in the event.
The award-giving ceremony
of '96 China MTV Contest was held at the Shanghai
Stadium. About 500 songs were sent from all the
provinces and municipalities. Among them, 25 songs
were gold winner, 42 silver and 80 bronze.