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Shanghai Airlines was awarded
a flight qualification certificate by the Civil
Aviation Administration of China on December 23.
The country has several airlines which have won
The Great Millennium Peace
Ride cyclists arrived in Shanghai on the days when
the temperature here dropped to the lowest in five
The city has completed 29
important infrastructure projects with a total investment
of over US$4.1 billion this year.
To celebrate the new millennium,
people will be allowed for just one day--December
31--to walk through the Huangpu Pedestrian Tunnel
and stand in the middle of Century Boulevard, without
having to pay the usual US$0.6 fine that would be
slapped on anyone who lingers in the middle of a
In the mid-1980s, empty-nest
people accounted for less than 10 percent of the
total of elderly families and a new research shows
a surge in the numbers of these people in Shanghai.
Shanghai International Studies
University is going to build a campus in Minhang
next year. SISU, as it is also called, decided to
build new campuses on the outskirts to accommodate
Experts say the high-income
family consumer market should be expanded. A survey
of 10,000 local families shows that 5.9% has a per
capita monthly income of US$241. Those who earn
more than US$422 monthly make up 1.64% of those
The first of 16 French-made
passenger cars was placed on the tracks of the tunnel
which runs from Chenyi Square on the west side of
the Bund to the foot of the Shanghai Oriental Pearl
Tower on December 21.
Three landmark high-tech
projects to modernize China's financial transaction
systems were officially launched at the Waigaoqiao
Free Trade Zone. They are the Shanghai Stock Exchange
satellite communications ground station project,
the calamity recovery center of its computer system,
and the first national high- and new-tech research
center for the stock and futures industries.
Since December 19, retail
sales in the city's 20 large department stores and
supermarkets has increased by 30-60% because of
the sudden spell of cold.
Shanghai will establish
a complete community service network by the year
2000 aimed at providing stable social order for
residents. The city has 2,664 communities that house
a population of more than 13 million.
China's ever-bright city
Shanghai was aglow around dawn on December 20 as
crowds of people stayed up to experience the historic
Foreign experts suggested
the pedestrian section of Nanjing Road (E) become
a 24-hour shopping center as soon as possible. The
city government held a seminar to discuss ways of
improving the services provided by the stores there.
Shanghai Blood Center will
conduct another blood test on samples of blood from
Ding Jian, a student of Fudan University who has
been diagnosed with leukemia.
The first International
Industrial Fair, running from December 13 until
December 17 at Shanghai Exhibition Center brings
to life Shanghai's efforts to strengthen its economy.
To celebrate the new millennium,
dozens of buses will be put into operation on the
streets of Shanghai from December 10 offering free
transportation services for residents between residential
quarters and 10 of the city's main shopping centers.
Shanghai's banking IC card
system was put into use on December 9. Thousands
of card-holders will be able to do purchases with
a simple swipe of the card.
A massive surprise raid
on the morning of December 8, by about 300 policemen,
netted more than 200 bicycles suspected of being
stolen and 34 illegal traders were detained.
China's civil aviation authorities
have cancelled flights on two Chinese airlines as
a punishment for their violation of the policy of
prohibiting airlines to sell discount tickets.
At least seven people were
killed and more than 120 wounded in a powerful gas
explosion in a downtown restaurant on the evening
of December 9.
A "UFO" appeared in the
western sky on Thursday and caused great curiosity
among local residents. But meteorologists said it
was only a meteorological phenomenon.
A series of lectures aiming
to promote the international exchange of economics
research between Chinese academics and their foreign
counterparts was launched last week at Shanghai's
Old Shanghai's international
concessions, China's secret societies and Chiang
Kai-shek's links to Shanghai were highlighted at
an international seminar held last week on pre-1949
More than 1,000 women from
Shanghai, Macao, Hong Kong and Taiwan gathered at
the Shanghai International Convention Center last
Saturday. They gathered there to celebrate China's
resumption of its sovereignty over Macao and to
greet the forthcoming millennium.
Shanghai's economic growth
rate may well exceed the 9% target set at the beginning
of the year since the city's GDP had grown steadily
at a rate of 9.9% in the first 10 months.
Almost all female drug addicts
receiving treatment at the city's drug rehabilitation
center are prostitutes, according to experts with