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  • The curtain rises for the 7th National University Student Sports Meeting in Shanghai Saturday night, with city Mayor Han Zheng addressed its opening ceremony.
    Shanghai take this sports meeting as a chance to service and communicate with other parts of China, Han told the attending athletes and guests in his speech.
    Holding the national university student sports meeting is part of Shanghai's effort to development the city will science and education, he added.--8/30/2004

  • The Jinjiang Amusement Park dropped the curtain on its one-month night carnival yesterday. More than 6,000 people went to the park each night last weekend, said Ge Yunkui, a park official.
    "Opening the park at night has turned out to be a big success," he said, noting the park reported record turnover during the past 30 days. The number of visitors per day was 4,000 to 5,000 on average, with 3,000 to 4,000 people attending on workday nights, and 6,000 to 7,000 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.--8/30/2004

  • The city government plans to gradually push ahead with the renovation of prestigious historic buildings which are under municipal protection over the next few years, an official of the Shanghai Housing and Land Administrative Bureau said yesterday.
    To realize the goal, the bureau will set up a special fund to support the renovation while the building owners will have to share responsibility for the projects.--8/29/2004

  • Shanghai Science and Technology Museum and the British Consulate General in Shanghai jointly hosted a forum on "Museums of the Future" recently. The local forum discussed the position of museums in cultural and scientific exchange, their development, exhibition management and marketing strategies.--8/26/2004

  • The visa section of the US Consulate General in Shanghai will open one Saturday each month to handle the rising number of applicants, consulate officials said yesterday.
    The consulate will be open this Saturday from 8am to 11am. A Saturday date for September and October were not announced. The US Consulate will review the Saturday plan in October. A decision will be made at that time whether it will continue the extended hours.
    The consulate will conduct interviews for applicants of different types of visas including previously refused applicants, officials said.--8/26/2004

  • Chinese and Western dishes have been prepared for the grand feast at the 2004 Shanghai Tourism Festival, which runs from September 18 to October 6.The festival includes dozens of events including pageants, shows, performances, exhibitions and specially designed one-day tours.
    In Pudong New Area, the Fifth Shanghai International Music and Fireworks Festival will be held starting September 30. World-class fireworks artists from England, Switzerland and Argentina will dazzle crowds. Thirty-six parachutists from both America and Norway will leap from the 420.5-meter Jin Mao Tower.
    While locals will enjoy the exotic elements of the festival, foreigners will also have a chance to experience treasures of Chinese culture.--8/24/2004

  • Three Spanish matadors are headed to Shanghai to put on a bullfighting exhibition in October.
    The event, to be held at Shanghai Stadium on October 6, will be part of "Amazing Spain, Shanghai 2004," a weeklong Spanish cultural festival centered around the National Day holiday.
    Three of Spain's top 15 matadors will strictly follow the traditional corrida customs to fight six bulls to the death.
    Each matador will take on two bulls at a time for fights lasting up to 15 minutes a piece. --8/24/2004

  • China has officially implemented its own "green card" system, which allows foreigners to obtain permanent residence in China, the Ministry of Public Security announced yesterday.
    Hao Chiyong, a spokesman for the ministry, told a press conference in Beijing that Regulations on Examination and Approval of Permanent Residence of Aliens in China has been approved by the State Council and went into effect last Sunday.
    Hao said issuance of the regulations "indicates the official implementation of the 'green card' system in China".--8/21/2004

  • A new forest park covering 3 million square meters in Pudong New Area will start the first phase of its construction before the year end, the Shanghai Greenery Administration announced yesterday. Sancha Port Forest Park will become the city's biggest suburban forest park. The first phase is expected to be completed and open by the end of next year.--8/20/2004

  • The 2004 Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations kicked off in the city yesterday morning. Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng delivered a speech at the opening ceremony.
    "Since China adopted the opening and reform policy, Shanghai, the economic center of China, has maintained a rapid economic growth, trying to build itself into a metropolis," Mayor Han said. Shanghai is an open city and need to use experiences of other countries for reference, he pointed out. --8/19/2004

  • The Long March for Education, an unprecedented charity walkathon to raise funds for China's school dropouts, launched a campaign looking for more support and participation from local companies and individuals.
    The march, which will start on October 15, is aimed at raising at least 20 million Hong Kong dollars (US$2.56 million) to build or rebuild 101 Hope schools to provide education to poor students in rural areas. --8/18/2004

  • Consulting positions in the city saw the biggest rise in demand among all job positions last month, according to a latest report by, one of the country's leading Web-based headhunters.
    The firm said the proportion of local consulting positions in its online job database rose from 11.25 percent in June to 12.5 percent last month, marking the largest rise among all industries.
    The city's demand for consulting professionals is also 7 percent higher than that in Beijing.--8/17/2004

  • The State Council has approved a feasibility study on a link between Pudong and Chongming Island via Changxing Island that aims to make it easier to travel from downtown Shanghai to Chongming.
    With the study approved, work can now begin on the ambitious project.--8/16/2004

  • To coordinate Shanghai's World Trade Organization matters and to map out related WTO policies, an expert panel was set up in the city yesterday.
    "The establishment of the expert panel is timely and necessary as Shanghai, a major port in China, is challenged by rising trade barriers and imports from more foreign companies," said Zhou Yupeng, vice mayor of Shanghai.
    Panel members, comprising the city's various government department officials and WTO study experts, will meet at the beginning of every year, crafting new work plans after concluding the previous year's. --8/12/2004

  • China (Shanghai) International Multimedia Technology and Application Expo & Symposium 2004 opened on August 10 at Shanghai International Exhibition Center and will go through this Saturday.
    This is the first multimedia-technology-centered expo ever held in the city.
    Those on display at the expo include multimedia systems as interactive showcase system, virtual reality system and virtual imaging and laser storage system as well as multimedia communication, network, service and Equipment.--8/12/2004

  • More than 170 scholars from all over the world will attend the city's first World Forum on China Studies from August 19 to 21.
    The event will include presentations on various topics concerning the development of China and Shanghai including the country's general economic policies, the fight against terrorism, the social welfare system and future development.--8/11/2004

  • The first group of the Chinese Olympic delegation arrived in Athens Sunday afternoon for the Athens Games which runs from August 13 to 29.
    Led by Chinese Olympic chief and chef-de-mission Yuan Weimin, the 274-member group arrived at the International Airport on a chartered Air China flight.
    In the group are 33 shooters, eight archers, 20 table tennis players, 20 divers, 52 swimmers, 13 weightlifters, 27 fencers, 20 softball players, 20 women's handball players as well as athletes for field hockey, boxing, judo, wrestling, cycling, tennis and beach volleyball. --8/9/2004

  • With Huangpu River to the north and Hangzhou Bay to the south, Fengxian District has always been blessed with abundant water resources.
    The district is also known as a "place of bridges" - 111 ancient bridges including 12 arch bridges showcase the knowledge and skill of generations past.--8/9/2004

  • Shanghai's stifling summer heat hasn't stopped people from having a good time.
    And it's about to get better as the curtain is set to rise on a large-scale Italian cultural program called Roman Holiday.
    The fiesta is making final preparations for its September 10 opening.--8/6/2004

  • Local authorities have formulated a two-year traffic scheme including 45 plans to alleviate traffic jams in the city, the Shanghai government announced at its regular news conference yesterday.
    Jiao Yang, a municipal government spokeswoman, said the measures are aimed at improving the city's traffic situation in time for the 2010 World Expo, which is expected to bring tens of millions of tourists to the city over a six-month period.--8/5/2004

  • The Pudong New Area Environmental Protection Bureau produced an environmental map of the new area, officials said yesterday. The map will include parks, greenbelts, rivers, urban sculptures and environmentally friendly power plants that are fueled by burning garbage. For the first time, the Jiuduansha Nature Preserve will also appear on the map. Officials said they will revise the map after soliciting advice from the society and distribute the map in public places in Pudong like the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.--8/5/2004

  • Local consumers were willing to loosen their purse strings at the Shanghai Book Fair, which concluded yesterday.
    More than 200,000 visitors to the fair spent about 13 million yuan (US$1.6 million) in total at the six-day event.
    Many of the visitors were students enjoying their summer vacation. --8/3/2004

  • The trade volume between Shanghai, China's leading industrial and commercial city, and the United States totaled US$22.55 billion in the first half of this year, a year-on-year rise of 48.1 percent, the latest statistics show.
    The total trade volume included US$15.84 billion in export, up 44.4 percent from last year's same period, according to the Shanghai Customs.
    The United States remained the third trade partner and the largest export market of Shanghai.--8/1/2004



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