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Investigators and rescue
workers were still at the crash site of China Southwest
Flight 4509 that went down on February 24 in Zhejiang
Province, killing all 61 people on board.
Beginning March 1, subway
passengers will be able to use magnetic or IC cards
for single way travel. Each station has automatic
ticket dispensing machines selling tickets.
Metro workers are busy laying
tracks and decorating stations to ensure a test
run of the second subway before October. Metro II,
16.3 kilometers long, runs from Pudong's Longdong
Road to Zhongshan Park in Puxi with 12 stations.
Shanghai plans to launch
four satellites, one meterological, two research
and one resource satellite, with its newly-developed
Long March 4B carrier rockets this year.
The city has set up its
first voluntary blood donation group to contribute
to the local blood banks. The group consists of
Small-sized repair stands
have gradually disappeared from the streets and
lanes of the city and are moving into department
stores and supermarkets instead.
Yuyuan Garden is getting
a facelist as half of its total area is being renovated.
The garden has been listed by the municipal government
as one of the three key tourist areas in 1999.
Shanghai International Expo
Center is being constructed in Huamu, Pudong. It
will become the largest in the Asian-Pacific region.
Shanghai plans to attract
US$4 billion contracted foreign capital this year
and increase the export of foreign-invested enterprises
to US$8.5 billion.
China's largest fluorine
chemical base will be established in Shanghai over
the next several years to ease the squeeze on the
nation's manufacturing industry.
More than 3,000 tourists
visited Oriana daily, since it opened to visitors
on the first day of Spring Festival, February 16,
at its new home in the Pudong New Area.
The 1999 Fortune Global
Forum, which will be held in Shanghai in September,
will be the biggest since Fortune magazine
began holding the forums four years ago.
The Shanghai Medical Emergency
Center, which operates the 120 medical emergency
aid hot line, provided medical and other services
to more than 1,600 people during the Spring Festival.
A helicopter route between
Shanghai and Suzhou was launched in an effort to
tighten links between China's economic center and
the beautiful tourist city.
One hundred and twenty orphans
have been entrusted to the care of private citizens
through a program that began in October, 1997, according
to Shanghai Charity Foundation and Shanghai Children's
Welfare Institution and Rehabilitation Center for
The city has set this year's
economic goals with its gross domestic product increasing
by 9% on last year's basis.
Heavy blows dealt to criminals
have reduced the crime rate and stabilized society,
said the president of the Shanghai Higher People's
Court. Criminal cases dropped by 7.04% to reach
11,084 last year.
Shanghai plans to invest
US$21.7 billion in fixed asset projects this year,
a continuous impetus to the city's economic development.
Local revenue for this year
is expected to hit US$7.66 billion, resulting in
zero deficit. Income will grow by 10% compared with
Hundreds of people have
called or written to the Shanghai Zoo with suggestions
on what the new panda cub should be named.
Local state-owned enterprises
need a fair and comfortable business environment
for them to compete with their domestic and overseas
rivals, congress deputies said.
Despite the Asian financial
turmoil, Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone successfully
attracted 65 foreign investors, including 23 trading
companies and 42 processing and storage projects.
Shanghai Library's unrivalled
collection of old photos has become a great aid
to historians, journalists and compilers of books
on modern history.
A TV series will turn the
learning of popular science into fun for school-children.
The afterschool magazine-like program "I Love Science",
aimed at Chinese kids aged 8 to 12, made its debut
on February 1 on Shanghai Television Station.
Shanghai will open its channels
for 30 local satellite TV stations on the provincial
level this year, according to Wenhui Daily.
Judicial officials pledge
to set up a city-wide volunteer system this year
to help solve the difficulties of those who have
completed prison terms.
A Shanghai-Shenzhen train
started its voyage at Shanghai on Saturday night,
beginning the city's Spring Festival Travel season
this year. The annual peak travelling season lasts
40 days from February 1 to March 12.
Three overseas seamen were
recently fined a total of US$180 for not having
returned to their ship on time by the Shanghai Exit
and Entry Frontier Inspection Station.
Shanghai plans to hold a
fair on February 6 to attract 200 senior medical
specialists in its latest attempt to become an Asian
medical center, according to the Municipal Health
A European flower exhibition
named "The Rhythm of Spring" will be opened in the
Gongqing Forest Park, located in the northeast corner
of the city, from February 10 to March 10.
The city opens the Second
Plenary Session of the 11th Municipal People's Congress
at Shanghai Exhibition Center on February 2 to address