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by the Shanghai Railway Bureau is expected to increase
by 7% to more than 26 million on a year-on-year
basis during the summer vacation which starts on
As in previous years, teachers
and university students will enjoy price cuts when
they choose to travel by air in the summer. Teachers
are entitled to a price reduction of 25%, and students
The city's relative sea
level is predicted to rise by 50 to 70 centimeters
by the year 2050, which is most crucial to local
While experts agree university
students who go into business can reap enormous
benefits from the hands-on experience, they warn
these students against neglecting their studies.
The city's 151 State-owned
book stores have made a public pledge to fight against
pirated books, audio-video and electronic publications.
Senior researchers have
called into question the authenticity of a recent
report which claimed the divorce rate among laid-off
women workers in the city is rising.
Local doctors hope regular
dental cleaning, increasingly popular in Shanghai,
will help improve people's teeth.
Despite the tremendous popularity
of mobile phones in China, the world's second largest
market for cell phones, many users bemoan the high
charges they incur through the two-way billing system.
A man was recently arrested
for organizing obscene dance performances to attract
customers to a club, according to Jinshan District
Local tea drinkers are warned
to be careful about what they drink because some
teas have been found to contain excessive levels
of lead and pesticide.
More female and juvenile
addicts were found among the increasing number of
drug-consumers, according to the result of a survey
conducted recently by the city of 300 registered
service from Shanghai Cable Television was formally
launched last week by Shanghai Cable TV Station
and Shanghai Cable Network Company Limited. It enables
subscribers to read Eastday.com's news and watch
a movie on TV.
About 13 shows, including
the opera Othello presented by the British
Royal Opera and the dance version of Carmen
by the Spanish National Dance Troupe, have been
selected for the second Shanghai International Festival
Residents of Puxi (the west
side of the Shanghai) will have natural gas for
cooking and hot water by the end of this year, according
to Shanghai Gas Business (Group) Co., Ltd.
Red tide, which has engulfed
coastal areas around Taizhou Bay in East China's
Zhejiang Province since early May, is now receding.
Drug cases solved in Shanghai
this year showed a 40% gain compared with last year.
The higher rate of solution is proportionate with
a growth in the incidence of drug crimes.
Traffic volume on ferries
across the Huangpu River has been decreasing, according
to the general manager of Shanghai Ferry Service
Co., Ltd. in a recent interview.
Preparations for the 11th
Shanghai Tourism Festival to be held from October
14 through to November 12 are well under way, according
to the festival's first plenary meeting.
The British Consulate General
in Shanghai officially opened new offices for its
Cultural and Education Section on the first floor
of Pidemco on Fuzhou Road on Friday.
Chinese professionals now
can take exams of the London Chamber of Commerce
and Industry Examinations Board for marketing, accounting
and secretary's diplomas. These diplomas are widely
recognized in Britain and many parts of the world.
Industrial and Commercial
Bank of China, Shanghai Branch, will provide up
to three years of mortgage loans for people who
wish to start Kodak Express outlets.
Contracts were signed by
the China Development Bank, one of the major State
policy banks in China, and local Shanghai Suzhouhe
Cinstruction Co., to provide US$60 million in loans
for the restoration of the Suzhou River.
Shanghai's aging population--the
city now has 2.3 million people older than 60--is
putting tremendous strain on the city's top hospitals.
Local radio station Joy
FM (103.7 FM) has adopted a new format for its English
language talk and music June 1.
With the Metro Line 2 going
into full operation on Sunday, residents can now
travel between Puxi and Pudong in only 29 minutes
rather than the one hour the journey used to take
A man and a young woman
died following an explosion in an apparent double
suicide on Saturday evening in Fengxian County,
according to Fengxian Police.
Minimum monthly salaries
for foreign cultural and education experts would
be raised by 85% from March this year, China News
Service reportedly recently.
The Municipal Discipline
Inspection Commission is calling for party members
and officials at all levels to see a film, entitled
"The Choice Between Life and Death", to aid the
Between January and April,
Shanghai dealt with foreign trade worth US$2.76
billion with the Europe Union, up 62.5% over the
same period last year, according to the Customs
statistics released recently.
Fierce competition has made
tourism in Shanghai a low-profit industry compared
to the lucrative trade it was a few years ago.
A fishing boat on the Yellow
Sea which contained 55 people hoping to illegally
immigrate, was intercepted by Shanghai marine police
braving stormy seas on Monday.
Termites may be tiny but
they can topple a whole building--and a nest of
them has been found on the pedestrian section of
For the past 10 months,
Shanghai's Ancient Chinese Sex Culture Museum, the
first of its kind in China, has been operating in
Disputes over advertisements
for treatment of sexually transmitted diseases are
getting sharper among local hospitals and the health
On June 5, the International
Environment Day, Premier Zhu Rongji delivered a
televised address, calling on the nation to make
efforts to protect and improve the environment.
Talks are continuing between
aviation companies from Shanghai and Taiwan about
the formation of a joint venture to transport cargo
between the mainland and the island province.
Postage stamp sales in Shanghai
are still slow even though the Shanghai Postal Bureau
turned US$966,000 worth of stamps into paper pulp
on May 31 to rid itself of unsalable stock.
Work is underway to move
Shanghai Museum on Hongqiao Road in west Shanghai
to Pudong New Area, just below the Oriental TV Tower.
Hong Kong investor of Printemps
has been doing a little spring cleaning as it transferred
shares in the loss-making upmarket department store
on Huaihai Road to Shanghai Yimin Department Store
Foreign investors are being
sought for China's first express railway, construction
of which is expected to begin next year. The railway,
running from Shanghai to Beijing, will shorten the
journey from 14 hours to seven.
As of June 1, the city entered
the 122-day flood season, according to Shanghai
Flood Control Headquarters. Total rainfall during
this season will be more than the average in past
Despite the State taking
a tougher stand against illegal practices, especially
price cuts in the civil aviation market, loopholes
still exist in the intermediary ticket sales offices.
An international human resources
seminar on how to stimulate the economy will be
held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on June 12 with 150
representatives from Shanghai-based overseas institutions
The number of Shanghai farmers
has been growing over the past couple of years,
though the growth in their per capita net income
Metro Line 2 will officially
open to the public in the first part of this month,
according to Shanghai Metro Corporation. Trains
will then be running at 10 minute rather than 15
minute intervals they now operate at.