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There are a great variety
of cultural activities in May. '98 Shanghai International
Festival of Arts is expected to open at the beginning
of the month. There will also be a series of events
themed "plaza culture" held respectively at the
Tomorrow is May 1, the International
Labor's Day. Local residents will have three days
off because of this national holiday.
When visiting Beijing University
which is about to hold its centennial anniversary,
President Jiang Zemin stressed the important role
of education on economic development.
Bagstuffers left a bad impression
on local residents. Sheets of advertisements, handed
to you by salespersons, are scattered around the
More than 300,000 local
residents are expected to take trips to neighboring
tourist cities such as Hangzhou and Suzhou during
During the past two years
the city has been sparing no efforts in building
the infrastructure for the smooth development of
electronic commerce. So far ATM (asynchronous transfer
mode) network has been used.
German manufacturers of
consumer goods are eager to enter the China market,
where people's purchasing power has been increasing
in the last several years.
Shanghai will adopt four
major measures this year to improve the environment
for foreign investors. The top measure is to raise
government 's efficiency.
More and more imported fruits
are sold in Shanghai. In 1997, 80,000 tons of such
fruits were sold, compared to 10,000 tons in 1992.
The China Retail Conference
& Exposition '98 is expected to be held in Shanghai
from August 23 to 26. The exposition will feature
shopping facilities, supermarket food, retail automation
facilities and commodity distribution technologies.
The city began to widen
Zhaojiabang Road over the last weekend to improve
traffic flow from the Hongqiao International Airport
to Pudong New Area.
Shanghai's Party Secretary
Mr. Huang Ju met with the delegation from Shenzhen
on April 23. The leaders of the two prospering cities
discussed possibilities of further and closer cooperation.
Shanghai's Woman's Congress
is being held. The representatives present at the
meeting, most of them managers and leaders of various
levels, call on women to make self-improvement so
as to achieve better social status.
'98 Shanghai Electronic
Commerce Forum was held on April 22. More than 160
experts and officials from home and abroad were
Shanghai Railway Bureau
will build 14 railways and train stations in East
China within five years in an effort to facilitate
the region's economic growth.
Flower Exposition China
1998, an international flower and gardening exposition,
attracts thousands of visitors when it opened on
April 23 at the Shanghai International Exhibition
Center. The show will end on April 27.
The State Council issued
a ban on pyramid sales on April 21, prohibiting
any multi-level direct sales in China. Those companies
that have already obtained licenses will have to
change their marketing method.
Local farmers earned an
average of US$323 per person in the first three
months this year, up 8% over the same period last
The flag-raising ceremony
for the '98 Shanghai International Fashion Culture
Festival was held on April 21 at the Shanghai Textile
Holding Corp. The annual event is expected to start
on May 2.
Price cut and promotion
of a new model has spurred the sales of Santana
sedans. This month, Shanghai Santana Volkswagen
produced 22,200 Santana cars which still can not
meet the market demand as 1,000 cars are sold every
The city will complete a
plan for channeling clean water from Taihu Lake
into Suzhou Creek this month. This is part of the
effort to wash away the dirty water in the creek.
Shanghai Customs announced
new measures to promote Pudong's further development
and opening to the outside world. Eight years after
its launch, the new area is pushing ahead for accelerated
Local authorities are working
out a series of policies to give equal treatment
to private enterprises. Shanghai Customs is revising
its regulations to simplify the custom declaration
procedures for private firms.
During the past five years,
46,000 foreign experts were invited to work in Shanghai
and 15, 000 personnel were sent over to receive
training in foreign countries, according the Shanghai
International Job Exchange Association.
More and more local residents
in Shanghai are buying imported everyday-use commodities.
Last year, such sales reached US$6 million. And
this year's sales are expected to reach US$18 million.
The preparations for the
construction of the middle section of Yan'an Elevated
Road are under way. More than 5,000 households will
be relocated. The project is expected to be completed
'98 Shanghai International
Festival of Arts, which will be held from May 2
to May 31, will consist of scores of programs, such
as Modern Drama, Peking Opera, concerts, etc.
Boxed snacks, consumed daily
by thousands of local residents, are found to be
unclean, hygienically speaking. About 70% of such
mobile stands lack certificates issued by government
Shanghai will establish
a complete job training system to help produce more
skilled workers and technicians for the city by
the end of this century, according to Shanghai's
Vice-mayor Zhou Muyao.
Shanghai will try to keep
its population within 15 million by the year 2000,
which means a natural growth rate between 0 and
minus 1.5 per thousand, according to Shanghai's
Municipal Family Planning Commission.
Experts are calling for
the development of local mental health centers and
hospitals to meet the demand of an increasing number
of mentally and psychologically unstable patients.
Shanghai East Best International
Service Trade, China's first international service
company, was founded on April 12, after merging
five local enterprises.
Intel Corp. recently held
its '98 Business PC Solution Fair in Shanghai. The
chip-making giant focuses on helping small and medium-sized
businesses in China.
Despite the Asian financial
crisis, Shanghai plans to introduce US$4 billion
in contracted foreign investment this year, according
to the Shanghai Foreign Investment Working Meeting
held on April 11.
Shanghai Municipal Government
has been providing financial aids to needy college
students. Last year it allocated more than US$1.8
million to help students with financial difficulties.
Shanghai will adopt a new
rate for taxi fare starting from April 15. The forty
thousand taxis in the city are required to use new
taximeters on June 1.
Directing marketing via
television is emerging. According to a survey released
by a marketing company, more than 68% of those questioned
like this new form of advertising; 22% show no interest.
The city government recently
held a meeting on its policy on family planning
and environmental protection. Mayor Xu Kuangdie
pointed out the damages wreaked by industrial pollution
upon sustainable development.
A local "silicon valley"
will soon be under construction. Sponsored by Shanghai
Jiaotong University and Xuhui District, the valley
will be located at Guangyuan Road (W) in Xuhui District.
It will focus on information technology and electronics.
ShanghaiMart is now home
to three ongoing exhibitions which feature hotel
equipment, coffee and tea and leisure-ware respectively.
So far they have attracted dozens of foreign exhibitors.
Shanghai and its Belgian
sister city Antwerp signed a memorandum of friendly
exchanges ad co-operations for 1998 and 1999 on
April 7. The two cities established close relationship
as sister cities in 1984.
Although there are only
50 foreign-invested advertising firms in the city,
they are playing a key role in the advertisement
industry, according to the Shanghai Bureau of Industrial
and Commercial Administration.
The first Shanghai International
Flower Festival is expected to be held at the end
of this month at Changfeng Park. The flowers to
be shown include peonies, Chinese roses, tulips,
narcissus, hyacinth and lilies.
Many freight transport companies
in Shanghai are expanding their businesses to new
sectors such as warehousing, processing and distribution,
a trend expected to improve current low efficiency
of road haulage.
The city is drafting a plan
to turn half of its vegetable plots into greenhouses
by 2000 in a bid to provide sufficient vegetables
for local residents. Shanghai's suburbs now have
2,333 hectares of greenhouses.
Shanghai is the country's
biggest flower market. Its annual sales reach 300
Shanghai and Hong Kong are
planning to work together to develop the Yangtze
River Valley, according to the Third Shanghai-Hong
Kong Economic Development and Co-Operation Seminar,
which is held annually.
An exhibit on environmental
protection called "Our Planet, Our Home" was on
display at the Shanghai Botanic Garden on April
As the traveling season
begins with fine weather, Shanghai's travel agencies
have been reducing ticket prices to attract more
tourists. Return ticket for travel by air is almost
becoming the standard.
Computer sales are surging.
Yangtze Computer Group, one of the leading domestic
manufacturers of computer hardware, witnessed an
increase of 284% in sales in the first quarter of
VCD, a term originated in
East Asia, is having its day in Shanghai. VCD players
dominate the video-player market, with its percentage
reaching 98.45%. DVD, short for digital video disk,
is still in its infancy.
"Sweeping the grave", as
it is traditionally known in China, is once again
on the top of people's agenda. The tradition of
honoring the dead by paying a visit to the grave
site has been observed nationwide.
Songjiang, the suburban
county lying to the south of the city proper, has
been sparing no efforts in fostering private businesses.
During the first three months of the year 2,180
private businesses were established, which brings
the total of private businesses in Songjiang to
Titanic, the latest
Oscar winner, was premiered in Shanghai on April
1. The four different translation copies that are
available leave much to be desired so far as the
acoustics is concerned. Nevertheless, it is expected
to be a box-office hit.
The school-run enterprises
in Shanghai found themselves on the fast track last
year, with a total profit of US$162 million. This
has greatly helped the development of the schools.
Construction of China's
first high-speed railway linking Shanghai and Beijing
is back on the agenda this year. The US$29.5 billion-project
is expected to complete in five years.
Coca-Cola's largest plant
in China was opened in Shanghai's Pudong New Area.
The US$50-million-plant will produce 400 million
cases of the beverage this year.
The '98 Shanghai International
Culture and Art Festival, the last large international
culture and art exchange in Shanghai this century,
will be held from may 2 to June 1.
The city will build 12 sewage
plants in the suburban towns to prevent wastes from
being discharged into the Huangpu River, the source
of the local residents' drinking water.