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Today is the traditional
Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. This annual holiday
is the occasion on which family members are supposed
to get reunited and eat mooncakes while watching
the full moon.
Bullet trains that run at
a speed of 180 kilometers per hour are expected
to be shuttling between cities such as Nanjing,
Shanghai and Hangzhou after the National Day.
Shanghai will join the nationwide
wave of relief efforts to help Taiwan people hit
by the worst earthquake in three decades. Shanghai
Red Cross is expected to start the drive by a donation
In celebration of the 50th
anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic
of China, Shanghai Municipal Archives House opened
its exhibition of treasured historic archives to
the public on September 23.
Shanghai Daily, a
local English-language broadsheet, will be launched
officially on October 1. Sponsored by the local
Wenhui-Xinmin United Press Group, the eight-page
newspaper aims to reflect Shanghai's position as
China's premier business center.
Shanghai Public Information
Network, popularly called Shanghai Online, celebrated
its third birthday on September 22. According to
statistics, its homepage has received 30 million
visits and receives 150,000 hits per day.
Pudong's Waigaoqiao Free
Trade Zone handled foreign trade worth US$3.27 billion
between January and August, up 90% over the same
period last year.
The local government recently
issued 38 new supportive policies to encourage the
development of the city's small enterprises which
are expected to evolve into a power engine behind
the city's economic growth.
China Securities Regulatory
Commission has approved the A-share listing of Shanghai
Pudong Development Bank on the local bourse, a bank
official disclosed recently.
The Portman Ritz-Carlton,
one of the headquarters hotels for the upcoming
Fortune Global Forum, recently celebrated the completion
of a US$30 renovation.
The country's first secure
and comprehensive e-commerce system, the "Internet
Reservation System", was officially launched in
the city last week at the Garden Hotel. Credit-card
holders can book airline tickets with digital certificates
Shanghai Mobile Communication
Corp. announced last week that the number of its
mobile network subscribers had topped 1.5 million.
The number is expected to amount to 1.7 million.
This week saw the completion
of the city's major infrastructure facilities which
include the new airport in Pudong New Area, the
middle section of the elevated highway on Yan'an
Road and Metro Line II.
Small- and medium-size American
companies are seeking business opportunities through
the New Products USA '99 Exhibition which is being
held at Marble Hall on the fourth floor of Portman
Shanghai Children's Medical
Center successfully conducted an operation which
involved switching the great arteries in a six-day-old
baby, the youngest patient in China to have undergone
Statistics from Shanghai
Customs indicate this August's local imports and
exports hit a monthly record of US$6.39 billion,
including US$2.21 billion for imports and US$4.18
billion for exports.
Celebrations such as performances,
exhibitions and lotteries will once again make the
long-awaited pedestrian section of Nanjing Road
a bustling street when it reopens on Monday after
one year of reconstruction.
During a recent meeting,
the municipal government attached great importance
to the rapid development of an international information
port in Shanghai and its information industry.
The establishment of a new
R&D center for polymeric materials in Zhangjiang
Hi-Tech Park is part of the country's drive to update
technologies using polymeric materials and reduce
the waste which results from the overuse of imported
Another eight-lane motorway
connecting Pudong International Airport and Puxi
(the west part of Shanghai) was opened to traffic
in Pudong a few days ago.
The number of processing
and trading enterprises in Waigaoqiao Free Trade
Zone reached 127 by the end of July 1999, according
to statistics from the zone's administration committee.
A brand-new commercial quarter
is taking shape on the middle section of Huaihai
Road, which has been at the heart of the retail
business in Shanghai for many years.
Preliminary planning for
China's first high-speed railway running from Beijing
to Shanghai is well underway, a local senior railway
An American trade delegation
consisting of 18 delegates paid a three- day visit
to Shanghai with the aim of pushing forward Sino-US
The new campus of Shanghai
University, the largest university in the city,
is now open and ready for the new academic term.
The completed section and supporting projects total
some 223,580 square meters.
Shanghai Museum of Public
Security, the first of its kind in China, is located
at No. 518 on South Ruijing Road and was officially
opened to visitors recently.
Local citizens do not seem
to be withdrawing their savings in the wake of the
government's announcement that it would be levying
tax on savings interest.
Shanghai government authorities
are drafting new proposals to increase the salaries
and pensions of middle- and low-income urban residents,
government officials confirmed recently.
A resident who initiated
sexual harassment of a woman by publishing her name,
phone number and a description of her as though
she were soliciting prostitution on the BBS to avenge
a past grievance, recently gave himself up to the
A serious tornado swept
over eight towns in Pudong, Nanshi and some rural
areas in the city in the early hours on the morning
of September 6, injuring at least 41 people.
The State Drug Administration
had compiled the very first national pharmaceutical
ingredient list stipulating which drugs are considered
safe enough to be used in OTC medicines and which
Bank of China Shanghai Branch
officially unveiled its education assistance loan
project, which is aimed to provide low-interest
loans to cash-strapped students.