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  • Sino-American performance to debut in August(7/30)--The Special Olympics World Games to be hosted in Shanghai in 2007, will collaborate with renowned dancers from China and America in an exchange program to support the vision and values of the Special Olympics.
    Entitled "Dancing into the Future," the program will include a gala dance performance on August 14 at the Shanghai Grand Theater, event organizers said.--7/30/2004

  • Local economy keeps a stable growth as the central government's tightening-up economic policies take effect, official from the Shanghai Statistic Bureau announced recently.
    The city's gross domestic production (GDP) surged by 341.78 billion yuan, or 14.8% in the first half. Of the increased part, 178.53 billion yuan, or 59 percent is from the industrial sector. The service sector contributed 160.21 billion yuan, or 41 percent to the GDP growth.
    Whilst, growth in fixed asset investment and credit leasing slow down significantly, following the central government sets to clear up improper investment and adopts tightened financing policies.--7/28/2004

  • An expressway that links Chongming Island from east to west will be completed by the end of next year, officials of the Shanghai Road Administrative Office said yesterday.
    Once finished, Chenhai Expressway will substantially improve transport on Chongming, the country's third largest island.
    Long-term development plans call for the island to become an ecological tourist center.--7/27/2004

  • International school music bands visited the city for free this summer in return for performing at the International Music Summer Camp For Little Ambassadors in Pudong New Area.
    The only thing students needed to pay for is roundtrip airfares.
    Pudong district investors spend more than 1 million (US$120,482) yuan annually to hold the program, which started in 2002. It invites choruses, orchestras, and dancing groups from around the world each summer to join.--7/26/2004

  • The First Asia-Pacific Leadership Program on Environment and Sustainable Development was launched in the city by the United National Environment Program and Tongji University yesterday, Tongji officials announced. Thirty-six participants from 25 countries, most of whom are from the UN or government agencies, activist organizations and educational institutes, will attend the Master level course offered by the UNEP-Tongji institute. The weeklong program is scheduled to end on July 31.--7/25/2004

  • More than 300 artifacts recovered from the world's most famous sunken vessel are to be displayed in Shanghai next month.
    The first leg of the Asia tour of "Titanic Precious Artifact Exhibition," which will be held from August 11 to October 10 at the Oriental Pearl Tower Exhibition Center, will provide a fascinating look at recreational life on the doomed vessel.
    The exhibition will cover more than 4,000 square meters over two floors.--7/23/2004

  • Shanghai's commercial sector has completed the evolution from the traditional system to a modern one in the past 10 years and has basically framed the commerce sector as an international metropolis.
    It's about 40 years faster than that has taken some other developed countries to accomplish, as briefed at the July 21 work conference for Shanghai's commercial development strategies.--7/22/2004

  • The 2004 Shanghai Tourism Festival will run from September 18 to October 6, the Shanghai Tourism Administrative Commission said yesterday.
    US-based Bern Co, organizer of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade, has been invited to design and arrange some of the festival's major events, said Yao Mingbao, director of the commission.--7/20/2004

  • An exhibition of statues created by Italian artist Rabarama will open this morning outside the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. The five outdoor statues will be joined by 16 more Rabarama pieces and paintings by another Italian artist for a show set to open early next month. Both shows will end in September.--7/20/2004

  • Organizers of the Sixth Shanghai International Arts Festival signed a contract with a local property company - East Shanghai United Real Estate Co Ltd - for more than 8 million yuan (US$963,855) in sponsorship funding on Saturday. The money will be used to run major programs throughout the festival. On top of the investment, the company will also help organizers with their marketing strategy and management. The festival will run from October 15 to November 18.--7/19/2004

  • The famous water town Zhujiajiao is gearing up for a new round of development.
    Standing on the shores of Dianshan Lake in Qingpu District, the reconstruction blueprint for the 8.14-square-kilometer town has been divided into three parts - ancient town, old town and new town.
    The project with total investment of about 7.5 billion yuan (US$903.61 million) broke ground in 2002 and is scheduled for completion in three years.--7/16/2004

  • The world's largest tobacco museum is opening in the city today, providing a look at the history of China's tobacco industry and some of the equipment used by smokers including Chairman Mao.
    Situated on Changyang Road in Yangpu District, the five-story Chinese Tobacco Museum houses around 150,000 exhibits collected from tobacco companies as well as common smokers on the mainland and abroad.--7/15/2004

  • About 2.03 million overseas tourists vistited the city during the first half of this year, according to the local exit-entry administration. Of these travelers, 1.74 million stayed overnight in the city, an increase of 62 percent compared with the same period last year, the Shanghai Tourism Administrative Commission said. They also said 660,000 tourists and businessmen arrived in the city from Singapore, Japan and Brunei, up 43 percent from 2003.--7/15/2004

  • The world's top 16 female squash players will compete on an all-glass court erected by the Bund this November.The Shanghai WorldStars Women's Squash Championship is the first international squash event to be held on the Chinese mainland.--7/13/2004

  • The 8th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systemsopened in the city yesterday,marking the firsttime that the annual conference was held on the Chinesemainland.Co-sponsored by Fudan University?°•smanagement school and Sun Yat-sen University ofTaiwan,the four-day conference will gather more than300scholars in the field of information system to discussthis year's topic information system adoptionand business productivity.--7/10/2004

  • Private hospitals in Changning District are exploring the great opportunities in the medical market arising from the rapidly growing consumption power and longer life expectancy of local residents.
    Changning District has 67 private hospitals and clinics, accounting for 40.4 percent of the district's medical institutions.
    Among them are 10 private hospitals with investment topping 1 million yuan (US$120,482).
    Compared with their public counterparts, private hospitals in the district hold the advantages of more advanced equipment, humane service and comfortable environment. --7/9/2004

  • The Shanghai delegation, led by deputy Party Secretary Yin Yicui visited Finland and Sweden after participating in the Shanghai Week event in Paris from June 27 to July 6.
    The delegation paid a visit to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development of Finland and the Ministry of Trade and Industry. --7/7/2004

  • Ferris wheels, cotton candy and lengthy line-ups are returning to the city.
    This summer the Singapore Carnival will come to Shanghai, probably set up at the Pudong Yuanshen Sports Center in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, according to the Shanghai Charity Foundation.
    Currently, the foundation is negotiating with the Singaporean organizer, trying to arrange for this year's event to be a special charity carnival.--7/7/2004

  • Shanghai Vice Mayor Yang Xiaodu presents a symbolic key to the city to the representative of the 2004 Shanghai International Children's Arts Festival on Saturday. Some 60 performance troupes will take part in the event from July 24 to 31.--7/5/2004

  • The first International Children's Drama Show will be held from July 14 to August 15 in the city. The event will include children's plays from seven countries and regions, including Germany, Australia and Cuba.--7/5/2004

  • More than 8,000 people visited local historic sites linked to the Communist Party of China July 1, the 83rd anniversary of the founding of the CPC.
    According to Zhang Jianwei, vice director of the Memorial Site of the CPC First National Conference in Luwan District, the museum welcomed 5,154 visitors yesterday.--7/2/2004

  • A new safety door is expected to be tested at a station on RT No. 5, one of the city's two elevated metro lines, later this year.
    The safety door is designed to help prevent passengers standing on the platforms from falling onto the tracks and getting hit by oncoming trains.
    Shanghai Modern Rail Transit Co Ltd, operator of the elevated subway, is likely to install the transparent doors in August or September at Chunshen Road Station.--7/1/2004

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