Int'l tourism trade fair kicks off today
Asia's biggest tourism pageant, the 2004 China International Tourism Trade Fair, will run from November 25 to 28 in the Shanghai New International Expo Center, the Xinmin Evening Post reported today.
The 46,000-square-meter exhibition hall, holding almost 1,900 booths, attracts thousands of exhibitors from over 64 countries and regions to display their tourism images and to issue the latest travel information.
Long before the fair, travel agencies, hotels, airline companies and civilian organizations from home and abroad have started a battle on tourism promotions. Most of these promotions aim at Shanghai citizens who have been enjoying a reputation around the world as travel lovers.
November 27 and 28, the trade fair will be open for the public. --(11/25)
Shanghai World Expo 2010 creates business opportunities
Today, the Belgium economic mission led by Belgium T.R.H. Prince Philippe, attended an official Expo promotion conference run by Dai Liu, board chairman of Shanghai World Expo Group Corporation, the Jie Fang Daily reported.
Dai Liu described the progress of the city's preparations for Expo to the distinguished guests and unveiled the business opportunities brought by the Expo.
There are ten: programming and construction of the Expo area; cooperation on Expo brands; the development of conferences and exhibitions; hotels investment and management; tourism industry; administration and consulting; trade and retail industry; the use of specialists; media industry; and the application of Expo science and technology inventions.
This conference was the most detailed one compared to the others officially held in China. It attracted representatives from almost 60 Belgium enterprises. --(11/25)
Models to compete in Olay 2004 Elite Model final
Models competing in the Olay 2004 Elite Model Look International Shanghai pose on Riverside Boulevard in Pudong yesterday. Eighty models from around the world will compete in the final on December 2.--(11/24)
Shanghai to host next 3 Masters Cups
Yang Xiaodu, vice Shanghai mayor, received the Cup flag from the principal of the Organizing Committee of the Houston Tennis Masters Cup at a ceremony on November 21 In Houston,Texas. As a result, the next 3 finals of the Tennis Masters Cup will be hosted in Shanghai from 2005 to 2007.
During the ceremony at the Westside Tennis Club in Houston, Texas, the national flags of the US, China, Switzerland and Australia were displayed in the meeting room. The flags represented the two host nations of this and the next Tennis Masters Cup and the nationalities of this year's champion, Federer, and the runner-up, Hewitt.
Both players mentioned Shanghai in their talks after the match. Hewitt said Shanghai was a lucky place for him as he was crowned in 2002 Shanghai Tennis Masters Cup. "I'm looking forward to returning to Shanghai in 2005." Federer also commented.
The courts for the match in Shanghai were excellent facilities, said one ATP official. --(11/23)
Suzhou-Shanghai Expressway linked up
After the connection of the Wusong Jiangte Bridge last Thursday, the whole Suzhou-Shanghai Expressway has been linked up and is expected to be open to public at the end of next year. The Suzhou-Shanghai Expressway will be the second expressway which links the city to Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. The first one was the Shanghai-Nanjing Expressway. Work on the Suzhou-Shanghai Expressway, which has six lanes and is 38 kilometers long, began in May, 2003.--(11/22)
Middle Ring link to ease congestion
A seven-kilometer section of the new Middle Ring Road will be open to traffic by year's end, the Shanghai Engineering Design Institute announced yesterday.
The link will connect Dabaishu area in Hongkou District to Tongchuan Road in Putuo District. Engineers said the new section will greatly improve the traffic situation in the city's northern areas. When completed by 2007, the 70-kilometer-long elevated road will match up with dozens of traffic arteries between the Inner Ring Road and the Outer Ring Road. --(11/19)
Arts festival ends
The Sixth Shanghai International Arts Festival ends today. The monthlong festival drew 400,000 spectators with 60 performances from 26 countries and regions. The festival offered discounted tickets for low-income people for the first time, drawing about 100,000 spectators. More than 400 representatives from 160 foreign art festivals, performance agencies and troupes in 32 countries and regions took part in the international performance trade market during the festival.--(11/18)
57th annual conference of IASS unveiled in Shanghai
Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) breaks its own record in the continuous safe flight of aviation transportation by over 5,000,000 hours, according to the 57th annual conference of the International Air Safety Seminar (IASS) unveiled in Shanghai on November 16.
Compared to 0.62, the average accident rate per million flight hour of CAAC during 1994 to 2003, this rate has decreased to 0.44 in recent three years. As programmed, the accident rate in aviation transportation will decline by 80 percent from 2006 to 2010, approaching 0.3, the safety standard in those countries advanced in aviation industry.
Wang Changshun, deputy director of general from CAAC, expressed on the conference that the CAAC would further learn from the international advanced techniques and experience to improve the administration ability and safety standard.
The IASS is a joint conference by the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), International Federation of Airworthiness (IFA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Its first appearance in China attracts more than 500 representatives from over 50 countries. --(11/17)
Pricey picassos arrive for show
About 142 precious pieces of art, including ceramics by Picasso and sculptures by Miro, have arrived at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall for an exhibition to be unveiled tomorrow evening.
Staff at the exhibition hall spent all of yesterday unpacking the 26 carefully wrapped cases, while French technicians watched over every detail.
The show is a heavy-weight event that's part of "The Year of France in China"and will run through January 5.
"The value of these treasures exceeds 200 million yuan (US$24 million)," said Zhang Yanrong, the exhibition hall's spokeswoman.
These artworks were treated with a cautious journey after leaving the plane. They were transported in a special cargo van equipped with air cushions.
"Per a request from the French side, the temperature inside the vehicle was strictly fixed at 16 degrees Celsius," Zhang added.
The most expensive piece in the show is a 1969 sculpture by Miro, valued at around 1.2 million euros (US$1.55 million). --(11/16)
City holds int'l marathon event
Thousands of runners rush down Nanjing Road in downtown Shanghai on Saturday. More han 15,000 participated in races as part of the Toray Cup Shanghai International Marathon, a nine-year-old event. --(11/15)
Medical aid cards to needy farmers
The Shanghai Charity Foundation offers medical aid cards to needy farmers in the city's suburbs, allowing them to receive funds from the medical insurance fund.--(11/12)
Han meets with Luxembourg PM
Shanghai's GDP will increase by about 13.5 percent year-on-year, Mayor Han Zheng told visiting Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker during a meeting yesterday.
The mayor said through years of property development, more than 70 percent of local families now had their own homes.
He added the city will continue to offer some two-thirds of its annual GDP to the central government in order to help the country reduce the development gap between the different regions.
"It's our responsibility to support the development of the country's western regions."
The mayor said he was very impressed by the developed ecomomy of Luxembourg, particularly in such areas as steelmaking, finance and media.
Jucker, who is on his fifth visit to China, said he appreciated the rapid economic advancement of Shanghai and expressed his country's interest to participate in the World Expo 2010.
"Luxembourg will build a beautiful pavilion in Shanghai when the World Expo is held," he said.
The Luxembourg leader is on a five-day working visit ot china through Friday. He is scheduled to leave for Hong Kong today.--(11/11)
Alarms ring on Fire Control Day
Firefighters take part in a drill on the Bund in Shanghai yesterday. There were 239 fires reported in high-rises in the city so far this year, an increase of 50.3 percent from the same period last year. Officials say the city needs to improve its fire control situation.--(11/10)
The Shanghai Oriental Arts Center announced the members of its arts committee yesterday and named renowned conductor Yu Long as the group's director. The committee includes other leading figures in world classical music, such as pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy and cellist Wang Jian. The committee is responsible for working out the center's performance agenda and bringing more world-class musicians to Shanghai.--(11/9)
Han Zheng welcomes Austrian Deputy PM
On the afternoon of November 6, Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng met with a delegation led by Mr. Hubert Gorbach, Austria's Deputy Prime Minister and also Federal Minister for transport, Innovation & Technique.
"Shanghai has had close cooperation and exchanges with Austria in the science, technology, culture and public health sectors, especially in recent years when our economic and trade cooperation have increased rapidly," Mayor Han stressed, adding that their bilateral trade volumes last year nearly doubled those of a year earlier.
Moreover, a growing number of Austrians are currently living in Shanghai, Han said, adding that he believed that the Prime Minister's visit would be sure to enhance bilateral cooperation and exchanges in more fields.
"Development is our only way to make the city more flourishing and residents wealthier," Han pointed out.
Mr. Hubert Gorbach applauded the city for its rapid development. --(11/8)
4th million tourist welcomed
Margaret Ann Jones, from the Untied Kingom, is all smiles after receiving a wooden tablet naming her this year's 4 millionth overseas visitor to Shanghai on Saturday. This is the first time that the number of overseas visitors to the city has exceeded 4 million a year.--(11/8)
2004 China (Shanghai) Media Fair and Summit held in city
Senior managers representing mainland and Hong Kong media companies focused on exploring joint opportunities yesterday at the 2004 China (Shanghai) Media Fair and Summit.
"Cooperation deals can help mainland media companies explore the overseas market," said Zhang Guoliang, president of Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po.
Zhang said the Hong Kong media companies have deep knowledge about the overseas market, while mainland firms are experts in the domestic news sector.
Li Ruigang, president of Shanghai Media Group, pointed out at the summit that his organization set up a liaison office in Hong Kong recently.
Expansion was another hot topic. Li mentioned that SMG has received China's second license to provide digital TV programs nationwide, following CCTV.
He also said his group will launch its first business newspaper in November, to upgrade its business scope.
More than 200 media companies from China's mainland and Hong Kong are participating in the Shanghai Mart fair. The event ends tomorrow. --(11/6)
City shines for world's lawyers
In another sign of Shanghai's growing international development, the city is now hosting a legal summit that has turned out to be a magnet for some of the world's top lawyers.
The two-day Conference of World City Bar Leaders kicked off in the city yesterday, tackling such issues as China's membership in the World Trade Organization and the business opportunities that the World Expo 2010 will present.
The first two conferences were held in New York and Paris, and Shanghai beat out Tokyo and London as host city for the third.
Some 40 presidents and senior bar association officials from 19 major world cities, including Shanghai, are taking part in the event.
Shanghai is now home to 6,200 lawyers working in 600-odd law firms. Among them are 62 branches of out-of-town firms and 74 offices staffed by overseas professionals.
At the conference, lawyers and other legal experts are discussing the internationalization of legal services under the WTO framework, the opening-up of the Chinese legal market and the training of international talent.
Compared with the West, the local legal sector is young, with only 25 years' experience, noted Zhu Hongchao, president of the Shanghai Bar Association.
"We are lagging in our concept of service, experience and skills," he said. "But we are developing rapidly, and our performance has received recognition from the international legal industry."
Joy cunningham, president of the Chicago Bar Association, said China is now experiencing more frequent international exchanges in trade and business.
"Those all require the involvement of lawyers," the American legal expert pointed out. --(11/5)
SIF opens today
The 6th Shanghai International Industry Fair opens today at Shanghai New International Exposition Center.
A total of 3,359 exhibitors from home and abroad will showcase their latest industrial products, technologies and services in the six-day event.
Of them, 899, or about one-third, are overseas companies and 1,263, or nearly 40 percent, are from other Chinese areas. Local participants number at 1,197.
The exhibition will be divided into eight sections, with one for innovative technologies and seven for professionalized sectors, including China's key project achievement expo, information technology industry, digital manufacturing, power equipment and control technology, auto spare parts, clean energy as well as printing and packing.
Vice Mayors Zhou Yupeng, Hu Yanzhao attended yesterday's work meeting for preparation for the industry fair.
Other nation's leaders present at the meeting included Gao Hucheng, vice Commercial Minister, Wu Qidi, vice Education Minister, Zhang Jing'an, secretary-general of the Technology Ministry, Shi Erwei, vice Principal of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. --(11/4)
'Olympiad of Engineers' builds bridge to Shanghai
Nearly 3,000 engineers from 70 countries and regions will be in town from today through Saturday for the World Engineers Convention 2004.
Organizers also announced the city is planning to build a special road called "World Engineers' Walk of Fame" to commemorate the event.
Initial plans call for the road to be lined with sculptures of world renowned engineers, officials said.
"The convention will be the country's largest and highest-level gathering of the engineering community," Yan Junqi, a vice mayor who is also the vice chairman of the convention's organizing committee, told a news conference yesterday.
The convention, sponsored by the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, takes place every four years and is hailed as the "Olympiad of Engineers."
More than 280 experts and scholars from home and abroad will deliver speeches at the event, focusing on seven major academic fields such as bio-engineering and human health, and transport.
As a key side event, the country's first China Significant Achievements in Engineering will be held at Shanghai New International Expo Center from November 4 to 9.
The exhibits will be a collection of major engineering projects representing 15 fields, including the national power grid, manned space program and hydroelectric projects. --(11/2)