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The Central Committee of
the Communist Party of China made public a circular
forbidding Party members to practice Falun Gong
on July 22. At the same time, The Ministry of Public
Security issued a notice prohibiting all activities
in support of Falun Gong, which was termed illegal
and has been banned.
Shanghai is looking ahead
into the next millennium with plans for another
high-profile conference to succeed the Fortune 500
world summit scheduled to be held in Pudong in late
A series of publicity campaigns
were launched in anticipation of Macao's return
to the mainland. The elected chief executive of
Macao Special Administrative Region Edmund Ho Hau-wah
was present at some of the activities.
The unprecedented 43-day-long
plum rain season finally came to an end and the
highest temperature rose to 30.6 degrees Celsius.
Last year saw 27 days of extremely hot weather,
with the outdoor ground temperature hitting 63 degrees
Celsius on July 14.
The publication of The
Supplement to The English-Chinese Dictionary,
an addition to the award-winning English Chinese
which was first published in 1989 by Shanghai Translation
Press, was celebrated on July 19 and this virtually
new-word dictionary will hit bookstores in September.
A reception was held to
celebrate the publication of Macquairie English-Chinese
Dictionary by the Australian Consulate General
in Shanghai and the News Corporation. Macquairie
English Dictionary is one of the most comprehensive
Australian English dictionaries.
The 92-year-old Waibaidu
Bridge, the steel bridge crossing the Suzhou Creek
, is being repaired at a cost of US$97,800. The
bridge, located on the Bund, was built in 1908 by
the concession construction department at the end
of the Qing Dynasty.
At midnight on July 22,
mobile telep[hone numbers under GSM900/1800 and
CDMA networks were upgraded nationwide from 10 to
11 digits by the addition of "0", placed after the
original third-digit prefix.
Pudong New Area had a decifit
of about US$993 million in international trade for
the first half of the year, though it achieved a
favorable balance in the first three months of the
Foreign businesses are thriving
in Songjiang Industrial Zone. The zone recently
signed investors from home and abroad for approximately
26 projects procuring a combined investment of US$305
The new-version Shaoxiao
opera A Dream of Red Mansions was being rehearsed
at Shanghai Opera House during the previous two
days. It differs greatly from the one staged 41
years ago. Shaoxing Opera, also known as Yue Opera,
is a popular school of Chinese traditional drama
in Shanghai and Zhejiang Province.
The admission line for local
universities and colleges this year was recently
announced. The hu kou, a person's household
registration certificate, for local students enrolled
in the city's colleges and universities will no
longer be moved to their respective school.
Criminals wanted by the
police have been made known to the public in a series
of circulars recently published in Shanghai's Evening
News, which has so far yielded positive results.
The most romantic show of
1999--Power of Love, Diamond Betrothal Ring Exhibition
is being held this month in Yuyuan Garden. Visitors
have the chance to see 39 antique engagement rings
dating back as far as the eighth century.
Four Shanghai plays have
recently been chosen by the Ministry of Culture
to be staged in Beijing in celebration of the 50th
anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic
Shanghai plans to invite
more than 700 high-caliber technical and managerial
personnel from across the country and abroad to
work in the city.
The city will build more
subways in the next several years to support its
public transit network, and alleviate the heavy
traffic during rush hours.
The municipality held a
conference on how to draft the "Tenth Five-year"
plan for Shanghai's economic and social development
on July 8. The city government will invite experts
to take part in the bidding for important research
The first six months witnessed
a steady increase in the imports and exports at
Shanghai Port. The total imports and exports reached
US$32.9 billion, an increase of 20.5% over the same
period last year.
About 60,000 high-school
graduates took part in the annual college entrance
examination. This year the enrolment rate in the
city is 70%.
A recent conference held
in Pudong was the springboard for a campaign to
promote the link of high-tech industries and the
establishment of venture capital in the city.
The economic success of
Shanghai has led to the official launch of a department
specializing in the handling of economic crimes,
the Municipal Public Security Bureau announced on
Shanghai Economy Yearbook
'99 Volume, a reference book providing an overview
of the city including its economic and social development
in the previous year, was published on July 8.
The president of Shanghai's
Tongji University was given a medal of honor by
the German Government on July 7 for her outstanding
contribution to co-operation with German institutions
of higher learning.
Shanghainese will have the
chance to watch about 200 of the latest films from
home and abroad during the Fourth Shanghai International
Film Festival to be held from October 22 to 31.
Kentucky Fried Chicken's
(KFC's) first restaurant in China recently resumed
operation after receiving a facelift which will
enable its customers to savor Western-style food
while sitting in a Chinese ambience.
Local railways are expected
to transfer 23.6 million passengers during the summer
holidays, up 9% over the same period last year.
In meeting with visiting
Namibian President Sam Nujoma on July 3, Mayor Xu
Kuangdi expressed hope for furthering Sino-Namibia
ties in general and Shanghai-Windhoek ties in particular.
While the water level in
Shanghai's flooded suburban areas in Qingpu, Jinshan
Songjiang counties have been receding slowly, the
people in the area are resorting to all sorts of
means to drain the flood water.
Local education officials
affirmed the city's attempt to establish a Sino-foreign
cooperation education system on July 5 in an attempt
to provide quality graduates for overseas-funded
More than 40 overseas and
domestic experts in polar research gathered in the
city to exchange views on the latest progress into
research of high- altitude atmospheric physics in
the South Pole and discuss further Sino- Japanese
co-operation in this regard.
Digital China--'99 E-enterprise
and E-government Forum is to be held from July 5
to 20 in five major cities of China: Beijing, Guangzhou,
Wuhan, Chengdu and Shanghai.
Flooding alarm has sounded
as more heavy rain is expected in the next couple
of days to come and the plum rain season drags on.
China's first Arctic Pole
Research Ship "Xue Long" sailed out of Shanghai
Waigaoqiao Harbor for the North Pole on July 1.
The ship, carrying 66 researchers and 21 journalists,
will return to Shanghai after a three- month voyage.
Crowds of visitors flow
out after visiting the newly enlarged site of the
First National Congress of the Communist Party of
China located on Xingye Road on July 1, the birthday
of the Party. The registry shows that as many as
6000 persons visited the site that day.
Chinese stock market is
expected to witness sustainable and rational growth
after the enforcement of the long-awaited Securities
Law which came into effect on July 1, officials
and experts in the field said.
Remarkable progress is being
gradually made in the National Bio-tech and Pharmaceutical
Base in Zhangjiang High-tech Park of Pudong since
it came into being in 1998.
The Red Cross Society of
China has recently received 50,000 packages of prunes
as a donation from the California Prune Board aimed
at supporting China's blood donation campaign.
Recent statistics show that
more people in Shanghai are spending their money
on housing, medical care, recreation and education.
Books on ancient Egypt are
becoming bestsellers in Shanghai, as an Egyptian
relics exhibition has been attracting over 10,000
visitors every day.