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  • Cons contribute to poor students
    Inmates from Qingpu Prison have contributed more than 15,000 yuan (US$1,948) to students in poverty stricken areas in Guizhou Province.
    The donation will be spent renovating school buildings and buying books and equipment. --(9/30)

  • Shanghai set and ready for the holiday invasion
    Shanghai's traffic and immigration authorities are all geared up for the National Day holidays as a busy schedule of events is expected to attract large crowds of visitors.
    Cultural activities such as the music fireworks festival and the Osmanthus Festival, as well as sporting events will be staged from this weekend.
    The city's port immigration police said up to 12,000 tourists will travel in and out of the city by cruise ships during the holiday, an increase of 300 percent from last year. More than 3,000 foreign tourists have registered to land in town on international cruise ships.
    Immigration police at the Pudong International Airport have set up six boarding passages designated for Special Olympic attendants and officials.
    To handle increased tourist flow, 204 newly recruited officers who have just finished their training courses will be on duty at the airport before the Special Olympics start on October 2.
    A team of volunteers from immigration police officers with fluency in foreign languages will be at the airport to help the Special Olympic athletes. The volunteers are proficient in nine languages - English, French, Russian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean and Arabic.
    The immigration police officers will also run a hotline, 6834-5199, especially set up to help Special Olympic team attendants.
    The Railway Authority said 1.71 million people will be traveling from the city's two railway stations between Wednesday and next Sunday, the end of the holiday, a jump of 4.4 percent from last year. --(9/29)

  • Beyonce will bop to China(9/28)
    Beyonce, the American superstar, will make her Chinese debut at the Shanghai Grand Stage on November 5, as part of her The Beyonce Experience world tour.
    Tickets, priced between 300 yuan (US$40) and 2,000 yuan, are on sale through local concert organizer Emma Entertainment's hotline 404-707-9999 and Website:
    The concert will feature "terrific singing, solid musicianship, spectacular staging and most imaginative choreography," said the organizer. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly.
    The Beyonce Experience tour kicked off in April in Tokyo, followed by a sell-out 41-city North American tour and a string of European dates.
    As the former lead singer of the best-selling group Destiny's Child, Beyonce has sold more than 140 million albums and has won 10 Grammy Awards, seven MTV Awards and one Brit Award.
    Emma Entertainment will also bring American band Linkin Park to the Hongkou Stadium on November 18. --(9/28)

  • Tile wall holds up symbols for Games
    The 2007 Special Olympic World Summer Games yesterday unveiled a ceramic wall at the Shanghai Stadium.
    Designed by Hong Kong ceramic artist Caroline Cheng, the wall, nine meters by four meters, is made of 525 square tiles.
    Each tile features different people involved in the Games including Special Olympics athletes, volunteers and international spokesmen like NBA star Yao Ming and Irish actor Colin Farrell whose names will be carved on the other side of the tiles.
    The wall symbolizes the harmony of the Games as well as the future of the mentally challenged who helped make the tiles.
    The Games, which will be held from October 2 to 11 especially for the intellectual disabled, have attracted 11,000 participants. --(9/27)

  • Shanghai welcomes first special delegation
    Members of the Reunion delegation pose with Special Olympic volunteers at their hotel. They were the first delegation to arrive in Shanghai to take part in the upcoming Special Olympics, which kick off on October 2. Volunteers will accompany them during the whole event. --(9/26)

  • Cloudy but dry week for festival
    After last week's gloomy wet weather, Shanghai is expected to have a dry week ahead, weather experts said yesterday.
    Cloudy skies will mostly cover the city, with little sunshine, reported the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau. Temperatures will still reach a high of about 30 degrees Celsius.
    Autumn officially starts when the daily average temperature is under 22 degrees for five straight days.
    Last year the fall didn't come until October 23, making the summer - which started on May 20 - the longest one in city records.
    The bureau said it's hard to tell whether the record will be broken this year.
    Besides, the moon will be late for its own festival this year.
    The moon will become full at 4am on Thursday, two days after this year's Mid-Autumn Festival today, which traditionally falls on a full moon.
    The best time to see the moon will be in the three days following today's festival.
    It's rare to see a moon become full three days after the festival, said some experts.
    Experts attributed the situation, which last occurred in 2000, to the late full moon in the eighth month of the Chinese calendar, which fell on the night of September 11.
    Tang Haiming, director of a popular science station on Sheshan Mountain, said residents won't see much difference between tonight's moon and the full moon on Thursday with their naked eyes, or even with the help of a telescope. --(9/15)

  • Car-Free Day cuts traffic by 60 percent
    Saturday's Car-Free Day in Shanghai saw car traffic decrease by nearly 60 percent in the core of Lujiazui, Pudong's commercial center where all cars were banned, while buses were considerably busier than usual, said local transport authorities.
    The international day also saw cars banned from part of Nanjing and Huaihai roads, the city's busiest shopping and commercial zones.
    Shanghai transport authorities said they will collect and analyze data of vehicle flow, passenger flow volume and environmental monitoring for a thorough assessment. And they will set aside each September 22 as a Car-Free Day.
    Some parking garage officials at office buildings along Huaihai Road and Nanjing Road said there was an obvious decrease in vehicles parked in the garages on Saturday.
    "On usual Saturdays, the garages are almost full before early afternoon," said a keeper with the underground parking garage in Plaza 66, a landmark commercial mall on Nanjing Road W.
    There were still more than 200 places available in the parking garage early on Saturday afternoon.
    Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng walked to Wukang Road to ride the No. 911 bus to attend a meeting held in a hotel in Hongqiao early on Saturday, while other local government officials also responded to the campaign by riding Metros, buses or sharing mini-buses on official business.
    Road junctions in central Lujiazui had signs set up informing drivers of the one-day restrictions.
    Bus routes passing the restricted areas received about 20 percent more passengers than usual.
    Yesterday, transport bureau director Li Wenhui said one of the aims of Car-Free Day was to encourage residents to take public transport more often.
    "Public transport is expected to account for a third of the total transport among local residents by 2010, a rise from the current 26 percent," said Li. "The figure in Tokyo is 60 to 70 percent, and reaches 80 to 90 percent in Hong Kong."
    Saturday's rain didn't stop 400 local volunteers who marched from Xiangyang Park to Yandang Road, along Huaihai Road, wearing T-shirts and using umbrellas with logos to promote walking as a healthy way to commute.
    Yesterday's air quality was rated Grade I, excellent, although it is too early to tell what long-term benefits the campaign will bring to the environment.
    Three environment-monitoring cars have been measuring the air quality in the three car-free areas from September 14 to get enough data for comparison. Results won't be made available for a few days.
    But meteorologists pointed out that air quality is related either to traffic or weather conditions. According to records in the past six years, air quality is either excellent or good on September 22. --(9/24)

  • Young artists put in the frame
    Youth is one of the major themes in this year's annual Shanghai Art Fair, which will be launched on November 15.
    With works from more than 140 galleries from 14 countries and regions in the Shanghaimart, the fair covers 22,000 square meters in the Shanghaimart and includes just about all forms and styles, from Chinese traditional ink-wash painting to oil paintings, from sculpture to installations.
    With this year's event tending to accent contemporary art, young artists will be the stars.
    To this end, the fair is setting aside a 3,200-square-meter space for an "Emerging Artists Exhibition" to promote art by young people from Asian countries. This is the second exhibition of its kind at the fair after it proved a major success last year.
    Masterpieces by those big names like the ink-wash painter Zhang Daqian, oils master Chen Yifei and the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali can also be seen at the fair.
    The five-day fair will also feature for the first time in its 11-year history ceramics with 27 young Chinese artists taking part in a Contemporary Ceramic Artists Exhibition with nine experts appraising the works. The fair last year attracted 58,000 visitors. --(9/23)

  • Metro Line 4 set and ready to run at top speed
    The last four stations on Metro Line 4 which suffered a cave-in in 2003 have been restored and the entire line will be open to public by the year's end with trains running more frequently, city metro officials said yesterday.
    The repair work lasted four years including a year of feasibility studies after the accident.
    "Local commuters will at last ride the city's first ring Metro before the year's end," Wu Xinyi, an official of Shanghai Shentong Metro Group which manages most of the city's subway lines, said yesterday.
    Wu said the subway builders have overcome enormous difficulties during the repairs - to a level surpassing even the building of a new line.
    The biggest challenge of the work was to pump out river water which flowed in more than 30 meters underground. Construction workers had to rebuild the foundation of the subway tunnel 41 meters below the surface - as deep as a 14-story building. The cost of the work has not been disclosed.
    The four affected stations are Luban Road Station, Xizang Road S. Station, Nanpu Bridge Station and Tangqiao Station. The Xizang Road S. Station connects with the Metro Line 8 which will also be in use late this year.
    Thirteen of the 17 stations on the line have been in use since January last year, but many commuters have found it inconvenient as it could take two or three times the time to travel from Pudong to Puxi.
    When the four stations are in use, the 33.6-kilometer ring line will cross all the other 10 existing or planned Metro lines, making it easier for passengers to transfer.
    The Shentong officials also said they will import more trains to cut the average interval between two trains on Metro Line 4 from about 12 minutes now to within 10 minutes.
    On July 1, 2003, a cave-in occurred in a tunnel along the almost-completed Metro Line 4 at the Dongjiadu area in Huangpu District near the Huangpu River.
    Sand and water poured into the tunnel causing a nearby building to collapse and three others to shift dangerously. Part of a nearby floodwall also collapsed. No one was injured. --(9/22)

  • Donations roll in for China Maritime Museum
    Shanghai yesterday received the first batch of donations - including a rudder from a 1970s Chinese missile warship - for its planned China Maritime Museum.
    Four organizations and five collectors donated more than 20 artifacts to the museum, which is scheduled to be open to public in July, 2009.
    The China Merchants Group gave the single biggest item - a four-meter-long model of the China's first merchant ship launched in 1872.
    Cao Shaobo, a maritime collector of Shandong Province, donated the 1970s rudder and a 1940s United Kingdom-made sextant to the museum.
    Feng Jimin, an official of the organizing group of the museum, presented two special pictures to the museum. They were taken when the country's ex-Chairman Mao Zedong and ex-Premier Zhou Enlai inspected Shanghai port in the 1950s.
    The maritime museum is at Lingang New City on the eastern coast of Nanhui District, covering a ground area of 24,830 square meters.
    The Chinese government has invested 500 million yuan (US$66.54 million) to build the museum. --(9/21)

  • Typhoon alert hits schools, farms, homes(9/20)
    LOCAL elementary, secondary school and some university students had a day off yesterday as Typhoon Wipha was forecast to hit the city in the afternoon.
    Despite less rain and weaker winds than expected, the typhoon warning was a test for the city's entire public services system, said Zeng Qun, vice director of Fudan University's social work department.
    The city government announced on Tuesday evening that kindergartens, primary and secondary schools would suspend their classes for one day, but teachers still had to go to work.
    About 8am yesterday, teachers at Xianghong Primary School in downtown Changning District opened the school gates as usual to wait for any children who failed to be notified and turned up as usual.
    "We arranged some extracurricular activities for these students, such as reading and computer skills training, to help students spend the day," said Liu Yan, vice headmaster of the school. But no students turned up until 9am.
    Shanghai Normal University, which has a new campus in suburban Fengxian District, was the only local university to suspend classes for the day.
    "Many of my classmates rushed to the campus supermarket for water and food, which almost emptied the store," said Zhou Fei, one of the SNU students.
    Shanghai Maritime University halted its military training for freshmen yesterday, while five universities with suburban campuses under construction stopped all building work.
    Shanghai Education Commission announced yesterday that elementary and secondary schools in Nanhui District will have another day off today until the typhoon completely passes the city.
    Some schools in downtown Luwan District were also prepared as spare shelters for residents evacuated from their homes nearby.
    The evacuees began to leave temporary shelters last night in coastal areas such as Chongming County and Nanhui, as the meteorological authority revoked its typhoon alert.
    On Chongming Island, more than 5,000 fishermen who had been evacuated to cinemas, schools or houses on higher ground started leaving for their homes near the shore.
    In downtown, about 6,430 people in Xuhui District were evacuated, according to an official surnamed Ni at Xuhui District flood control office. "We are now focusing on the predicted heavy rain and strong winds today, so we dispatched officials to check residents' homes to assess their risk," Ni said. --(9/20)

  • Honors set for sci-tech
    A FRENCH mathematician and a Chinese-American business executive were honored by Shanghai government yesterday for outstanding achievement.
    Vice Mayor Yang Dinghua presented the city's first International Science and Technology Cooperation Awards to Philippe Ciarlet, a French expert in mathematics and computational sciences, and Chen Rongling, who chairs city-based Applied Materials China Inc, a high-tech firm.
    Ciarlet was born in Paris in 1938 and elected to the French Academy of Sciences in 1991. Since 1982, he has visited China many times for academic exchanges and cooperation with his Chinese counterparts. He helped establish a research group in elastic dynamics in Fudan University. The field is crucial to applied mathematics and various modern industries.
    Chen was honored for his efforts to help the development of the city's semiconductor industry over the past two decades. --(9/19)

  • Visit Swiss pavilion for pastures new
    SWITZERLAND yesterday unveiled the model of its national pavilion for World Expo Shanghai 2010, with walls of biodegradable soybean fiber and featuring cable cars to transport visitors through meadows on the roof.
    The country, famous for its chocolate, watches and natural scenery, revealed its plans after signing the participation contract with the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.
    The design, chosen from 104 candidates through a worldwide competition, focuses on sustainable development as well as harmony and balance, referring to the Chinese philosophy of yin and yang.
    For the 4,000-square-meter pavilion, the Swiss government poured 140 million yuan (US$18.52 million) into the project, bigger than the budget for Aichi Expo in 2005 and Hanover Expo in 2000.
    "This piece of work best shows the characteristics of modern Switzerland - pursuing excellence, innovation and high-quality life," said Manuel Salchli, deputy commissioner general of the Swiss pavilion.
    The pavilion's outside walls are clad in biodegradable soybeans and dye-sensitized solar cells that are capable of generating electricity. --(9/18)

  • Metro trial launches green drive
    Metro Line 8 offered a trial ride yesterday morning on its first phase of track, becoming the first subway route from the city's north-east to downtown when it opens at the year's end.
    The test ride was held to launch a week of activities to celebrate Urban Public Transport Week, along with 108 cities across the country.
    City residents are encouraged to commute on foot, by bikes or ride Metros, buses and taxis to support the week's theme of "green traffic and health."
    A new train started from Huangxing Road Station, in northeast Yangpu District, about 9:05am yesterday, loaded with guests and some district residents invited by transport authorities.
    Twenty minutes later the train arrived at People's Square, where riders could transfer to Lines 1 and 2.
    "In the past, we generally would have to spend about one hour travelling by bus to get to People's Square," said a middle-aged woman, one of the 100 Yangpu District residents invited for the inaugural ride.
    "Residents in our district are all expecting the official launching of the subway that will greatly help with our commute to downtown," she said.
    "It will be a meaningful achievement in urban traffic development as before Metro Line 8, there was no subway transit that directly runs between downtown and Yangpu District," said Yang Min, an official at Shanghai Urban Transport Administration, yesterday.
    Metro Line 8 runs from Shiguang Road Station, across the Huangpu River and ends at Yaohua Road Station in Pudong, where the World Expo site is under construction.
    The route runs across Yangpu, Hongkou and Zhabei districts, located in the northeast parts of the city, and then goes through Huangpu and Luwan districts, along the Bund, before extending to Pudong.
    According to the current construction schedule, the city will see another 100-plus kilometers of new Metro routes and extensions completed and open for traffic by the end of this year.
    By then the Metro will spread to 230 kilometers, becoming China's largest subway system. --(9/17)

  • FIFA man better
    A FIFA official from Venezuela has been treated by the Shanghai East Hospital for heart disease. The man who is here for the Women's World Cup was sent to the hospital with chest pains on Wednesday.
    The patient is in a stable condition and will be discharged soon. --(9/16)

  • Linkin Park to make its debut in Shanghai
    IT has been rumored for a few months but yesterday it was confirmed: the platinum album American band Linkin Park will give one concert in China and that will be in Shanghai.
    The band will make its China debut and stage its sole concert at the Hongkou Soccer Stadium on November 18.
    Tickets, priced between 100 yuan (US$13.3) and 1,600 yuan, will go on sale at 11:18am on September 18, the organizer, Emma Entertainment, said.
    The organizer said the band will perform most of the songs from their new album "Minutes to Midnight" which was released in May. The band will also play its most popular numbers from its last two albums "Encore" and "In the End."
    Linkin Park mixes heavy metal, rap, hip hop and electronic among other genres in its music. The lyrics are direct but not violent and reflect the problems many of today's youth experience.
    Before the band hit the big time, it had to wait on record contracts for a long time before the song "One Step Closer" became an Internet hit leading to a contract with Warners.
    The first album "Hybrid Theory" stayed in the top five of the US chart for 75 weeks and the band has hundreds of thousands of fans here and many Chinese Websites. --(9/15)

  • Business school to open doors
    EM LYON Business School, one of the top business schools in Europe, has teamed up with East China Normal University to open its new Shanghai campus today.
    The campus, at ECNU's downtown Zhongshan Road site, is expected to be one of EM LYON's two overseas branches for students of MBA courses and other business training.
    From next year, EM LYON will send about 30 to 50 Master of Science in Management students to study for at least four months at the Shanghai campus over the next five years.
    A joint degree program will also be carried out with ECNU's MBA program, which was given the green light to enroll the first group of students this year. --(9/14)

  • Shanghai ready for Special Olympics
    The city is now ready to welcome the Special Olympic delegations after days of preparation, Zhou Xiao, an official of the games' executive committee told a press conference yesterday.
    A security emergency response system has been set up under the close cooperation of local public security, police and sanitation authorities.
    The city's food watchdog has sent food safety monitoring groups to the 95 selected hotels to stem food concerns, and eating customs and requirements of athletes and coaches from different countries will be taken into consideration when meals are prepared, Zhou said.
    Special Olympic delegations can book cabs with easy access by telephoning local cab companies, which are ordered to transport the Special Olympic athletes and coaches first.
    So far, 11,012 athletes and coaches from 163 countries and regions have confirmed their participation in the event, which will run from October 2 to October 11. --(9/13)

  • Sensor test in Metro screens
    AFTER a fatal Metro accident in July, the city is testing new sensors on Metro platforms which can detect if any passengers are pinned between the safety shields and train doors.
    At present, managers are installing the infrared sensors at Shanghai Stadium Station on Metro Line 1, where a young man was crushed to death on July 15 when he became trapped between the safety doors and the train.
    Local Metro officials declined yesterday to comment on the new devices or whether the safety shields are safe.
    "We will continue to use safety shields for a couple of new lines," Li Wenyong, from Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, said yesterday.
    He said Metro Line 8, which is due to open by the year's end, will also use safety shields. But he didn't comment on the sensors.
    Metro technicians said the new sensors use infrared to detect objects. They will signal an alarm if passengers are trapped inside. The screens were installed from 2002. --(9/12)

  • Yangshan Port invests 210m yuan to keep green
    The Yangshan Deep-Water Port has invested 210 million yuan (US$ 28 million) in environmental protection projects during its first two phases, experts from the Ministry of Communications said yesterday.
    A total of 314 million small fish and crabs have been put into Yangshan waters to maintain a balanced ocean environment since 2004, costing 12.52 million yuan, said Gui Mo, vice president of Shanghai Tongsheng Investment Co Ltd, the operator of the city¡¯s international shipping hub.
    The constructors of the port will reduce offshore work during the spawning period from May to June each year.
    A 500-tonne ship was built to collect garbage in the port, and three living wastewater disposal systems have been put into use.
    The PH level, dissolved oxygen, chemical oxygen demand, reactive phosphate, heavy metal such as copper, mercury, zinc, lead and cadmium in the port water all meet the national standards for sea water.
    Construction of the port¡¯s second phase started on June 13, 2006 and finished on December 10, 2006. By the end of August, the harbors of the two projects have handled 3.85 million standard containers. The total throughput is expected to exceed five million by the end of this year. --(9/11)

  • Take Metro to FIFA matches
    Police suggest that locals avoid traveling by private cars to Hongkou Stadium from today and instead take the Metro or buses to matches in the FIFA Women's World Cup to avoid congestion.
    Police yesterday announced that spectators must leave Metro Line 3 by exits 1 and 2, showing their tickets, while normal commuters should leave through exits 3 and 4 during the 20 days of the event.
    Ticket-holders should avoid taking their cars and instead use public transport, they said, and not carry large parcels and bags to avoid long security checks at the gates.
    Traffic restrictions apply from 4pm to 10:15pm today around the stadium for the opening ceremony. Only event-related vehicles and cars with parking permits issued for the ceremony are allowed to pass the restricted area.
    Twenty bus routes around the stadium will also be adjusted then. The area is ringed by Jiangwan, Dalian, Ouyang, Shanyin and Tian'ai roads and Sichuan Road N. --(9/10)

  • Residents rewarded for aid in crime war
    City rail police authorities have honored 40 residents who fought thieves or helped officers catch pickpockets during an intensive anti-crime campaign started in June.
    Police did not reveal how many pickpockets were seized, but said they halted more than 70 theft rings. The residents were awarded a specially designed souvenir public transport card with an undisclosed amount of credit.
    Police officials have highlighted some of the cases of bravery. On June 6, two taxi company employees, identified as Cao and Wang, noticed several young men trying to steal a passenger's gold necklace on a No. 159 bus.
    Cao and Wang fought with the men and managed to subdue one of them and recover the victim's jewelry, which had been cut from her neck.
    On July 13 a resident surnamed Xu provided investigators with a detailed description of the suspects and their method of escape after a theft in a Pudong hotel. Thanks to the tip-off, police caught up with six members of a criminal gang that evening. --(9/9)

  • Search for new city leadersx
    Shanghai will recruit 14 high-profile city officials this year, the city's biggest recruitment drive for municipal jobs.
    Job advertisements were placed in several local Chinese newspapers yesterday by the Organization Department of Shanghai Committee of the Communist Party of China.
    The vacancies are open to not only city-based officials but also returned personnel from overseas, members of social organizations and private company staff.
    Among the 14 are nine bureau-level positions such as the deputy directors of Shanghai Informatization Commission, Shanghai Agriculture Commission, Shanghai Tourism Administrative Commission and Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau.
    Most applicants should be younger than 45 years, with a bachelor's degree and more than five years of related working experience.
    Applicants for the deputy directors of the Shanghai Informatization Commission and Shanghai Tourism Administrative Commission have to speak at least one foreign language fluently. --(9/7)

  • Han awards Mayor's Prize to creative youths
    Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng awarded the Mayor's Prize to young people who have made impressive scientific and technological innovations during a ceremony held yesterday.
    The Mayor's Prize has been awarded twice a year since 2003. It is the top honor for youths with scientific talent in Shanghai.
    The selection for the winners this year started in March. Ten winners and another 10 nominees stood out. The youngest winner is 11, while the whole group has an average age of 23.
    Han warmly congratulated the winners. He said innovation plays a vital role in a city's sustainable and healthy development. He added that he hopes the youths will absorb new knowledge persistently, challenge old thoughts and put their creativity into full play to explore nature and society. --(9/6)

  • Weddings set to win gold medals
    The 2008 Beijing Olympics is proving to be more than a sporting event - lots of people are saying it will produce a baby boom, a rush of weddings and many new jobs.
    Some of the predictions - revealed in a recent survey - however, might cause concern for human resource managers., one of China's leading Web-based headhunters, asked 20,000 office workers on the Internet, how the Beijing Olympics would affect their life and work.
    Nearly 53 percent of the respondents said they were going to have a baby or had friends who were going to have a baby in the year of Olympics.
    "Since the Olympics embraces the spirit of better and stronger, it's quite auspicious to have a baby in the same year," said one office worker.
    The survey also found that about 40 percent of the respondents had friends who were planning a wedding next year.
    About 30 percent of people surveyed said that they were planning to attend the games in Beijing and another 10 percent said that they had already booked Olympic tickets.
    Most of the sports lovers will be using their annual leave to watch the games.
    But Terry Ouyang, a human resources specialist with, said that the survey should be read carefully by employer.
    "If too many employees are on leave at the same time, the day to day running of some businesses might be affected." --(9/5)

  • Cloudy and hot
    Cloudy skies will be seen again tomorrow after today's rain, but it will warm up to about 30 degrees Celsius.
    Affected by a stationary front and a weak cold front from the north, the mercury dropped to a low point of 23.1 degrees at 11:34am yesterday - the lowest since June 20, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.
    "Normally the low temperature appears two hours before the sun rises," said Zhu Jiadong, a forecaster of the bureau.
    Yesterday the high was 26.2 degrees. Today it will range between 23 to 26 degrees, and drizzle or rain may hit some city areas at times, forecast the bureau.
    "No rainstorm, however, will occur, so the rain won't give pressure to flood-control works," said Zhu.
    From tomorrow to Friday, the temperature will rebound while rain will cease. The "autumn tiger," a Chinese term referring to abnormal heat in fall, may hit next week.
    "The extreme high temperature may rise to 33 degrees," said Zhu.
    Fall is declared when the daily average temperature drops under 22 degrees for five straight days. "We reckon this year's fall will come after September 23, the fall equinox." --(9/4)

  • Firework shows to light up Shanghai Tourism Festival
    Three musical fireworks displays will be staged at Century Park in Pudong New Area as part of the annual Shanghai Tourism Festival, which runs from September 15 to October 6.
    This year's firework displays, put on by performers from the United States, Slovenia, Portugal and China, are scheduled for September 30, October 3 and October 6.
    The first show themed "Curtain Call" will be presented by performers from the US, who have selected melodies from eight Broadway musicals including "Cats," "The Sound of Music" and "The Phantom of the Opera" as background music.
    The second show and the third show are "Pyrotechnic Cocktail" from Slovenia and "Water and Fire Symphony" from Portugal. A 20-minute fireworks show themed "Oriental Gorgeous Flowers" from China will be presented before the three displays.
    Tickets went on sale on August 28 and cost between 70 yuan (US$9) and 600 yuan for each show. Children under 1.2 meters tall who are accompanied by an adult get in for free. --(9/3)

  • Three new roads to be built
    Shanghai plans to build three new roads in Pudong over the next three years. The projects have been listed are on the Website of the Shanghai Academy of Environmental Sciences.
    The three roads are Sanxin Road linking Sanlin Road to Yongtai Road; Hongshan Road linking Haiyang and Gaoqing roads; Banquan Road linking Linyan Road S. and Shangnan Road. --(9/2)



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