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  • Make your tickets fly
    Visitors to the Expo between September 1 and 10, excluding the weekend, have the chance to win a 3,000 yuan (US$441) ticket voucher from China Eastern Airlines, an official global partner of the Expo.
    Visitors with the following tickets can take part in the raffle - Standard Day Single Day Admission, Standard Day Special Admission, Three Day Admission and Seven Day Admission.
    The airline will hold the raffle at 4pm every day from September 1 to 10 (weekends not included) inside the Expo. Three numbers will be picked at random each day and those visitors who have the same numbers as the last three figures of their tickets will win a voucher which can be used to buy tickets from China Eastern Airlines or Shanghai Airlines.
    Winning visitors can claim their vouchers at China Eastern's service outlets inside the Expo site. --(8/29)

  • Touring Greece
    The Greece Pavilion is holding a tourism exhibition "You In Greece" at the Shanghai Library.
    Visitors can enjoy Greece's famous scenery and architecture through 3D pictures. Relics of ancient Olympic Games are also on display. The free exhibition is open from 9am to 4:30pm daily until September 3.
    The pavilion is also to hold several forums during the exhibition to discuss topics such as sustainable tourism and urban regeneration.--(8/28)

  • E-books Open
    Shanghai is likely to start the promotion of electronic textbooks in local schools in 2013, the Shanghai Education Commission said yesterday.
    The technology has been piloted in primary schools in Hongkou District and more secondary schools will take part in the program this year.--(8/27)

  • Investor fears pull index down
    Shanghai's key stock index tumbled the most in two weeks as investors became worried that global economic growth would slow after home sales in the United States in July dropped to record low in 15 years.
    The Shanghai Composite Index sank 2.03 percent, or 53.73 points, to close at 2,596.58, the biggest decline since August 10. Turnover stood at 108.2 billion yuan (US$15.9 billion), slightly higher than Tuesday's 106.3 billion yuan.
    "The index will find it hard to climb above 2,700 in the near future because of uncertainty of how macroeconomic policies will shift in the second half, but the overall market will remain relatively stable," Guodu Securities analyst Zhang Xiang said.
    Property developers led the index lower after Xu Lin, head of treasury and financial department of the National Development and Reform Commission, said on Monday that China would quicken property tax reform.
    Poly Real Estate Group Co, China's second-largest developer by market value, retreated 3.6 percent to 12.14 yuan. Gemdale Corp, the fourth-largest, lost 3.39 percent to 6.56 yuan.
    Coal producers fell after Datong Coal Industry Co reported a 13.06 percent annual decline in its first-half net profit. Its shares lost 3 percent to 16.19 yuan.
    China Shenhua Energy Co, the nation's largest coal producer, fell 2.9 percent to close at 23.79 yuan. --(8/26)

  • Shanghai's autumn full of top events
    Shanghai promoted its rich program of tourism and sports events this autumn to the residents of Macau yesterday.
    Wang Wei, assistant secretary-general of the Shanghai Municipal Government, said Shanghai welcomes visitors from Macau during a road show in the special administrative region.
    While people from around the world are pouring into Shanghai for the World Expo, the city is also preparing the annual Shanghai International Arts Festival, Shanghai Tourism Festival, Shanghai ATP Masters 1000, FINA World Championships, China Formula One Grand Prix, and the IAAF Diamond League China Golden Grand Prix, all to take place in October and November.--(8/24)

  • Forecast calls for heat and storms
    The hot weather will continue for most of this week with a high temperature of 34 to 35 degrees Celsius, but it will cool down by Friday, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said yesterday.
    Thunderstorms are likely from Wednesday, weatherman said yesterday.
    The low temperature this week will range between 26 and 28 degrees, the bureau said.
    Yesterday's high temperature reached 35.6 degrees. It was the 25th day when the maximum temperature reached 35 degrees.
    The city had 18 such high-temperature days last year, the bureau said.
    A bureau forecaster surnamed Zhang said the mercury probably won't climb higher than 37 degrees for the rest of this summer, but that there will still be some hot days.--(8/23)

  • Spending rises
    Chinese consumers are paying fewer trips to shops but with a bigger basket on strong consumer confidence, McKinsey & Co said yesterday.
    The number of Chinese consumers' shopping trips per month fell to two in 2010 from 2008's 2.5, the consulting firm said, quoting a survey it conducted on 15,000 households between December and March.
    The average basket size has risen to 24.10 yuan (US$3.54) in 2010 from 18.40 yuan in 2008, it said. --(8/21)

  • Prices jump
    Shanghai's consumer prices jumped 3.9 percent from a year earlier in July, driven mostly by surging food costs.
    The city's Consumer Price Index, the main gauge of inflation, grew quicker than the increase of 3.2 percent in June, while the pace in the first seven months stood at 2.5 percent.
    Food costs in July rocketed 9.6 percent year on year.
    Shanghai targets at keeping the CPI growth in line with the national level. China's consumer prices jumped 3.3 percent last month from a year earlier, also hitting a 21-month record.--(8/20)

  • City sizzles as heat wave continues
    The city broiled again yesterday as the mercury rose to 38.7 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest day of the year and the 13th high-temperature day this summer.
    The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said the heat wave will continue for another four to six days with the maximum temperature likely reaching 38 degrees today and tomorrow.
    In the afternoon, heavy rain brought some relief yesterday.
    The rain lasted several hours, the bureau said. Although the rainfall was not heavy - Minhang District received the most with 12.8 millimeters - it still brought the temperature down to about 31 degrees in downtown areas at 6:35pm, the bureau said.
    More rain is possible today and people were advised to bring umbrellas when going out in the afternoon.
    The bureau issued a yellow thunder alert, the lowest of a three-level system, at 4:25pm yesterday. The alerts were dropped at 6:50pm.
    Meanwhile, the city's power load hit a record high of 25.7 gigawatts yesterday despite electricity being cut to some factories, Shanghai Electric Power Co Ltd said.
    The city's power capacity kept up at 26.5 gigawatts with about 9.5 gigawatts being provided from the national grid, Shanghai Electric said.
    "The power supply was stable overall, but there were some intense situations in areas," a company media officer said.
    The power load could reach 26 gigawatts this week because of the hot weather, the company said.
    "Electricity will be cut at more factories if necessary," said Xu Chuanpu, deputy general manager of Shanghai Electric. "But the supply for households will not be affected."
    The power supply was already overloaded in some areas in the Pudong New Area and Baoshan and Yangpu districts.
    The increasing power load also caused some power failures in homes.
    Operators of the hotline 95598 answered 38,893 phone calls about electricity problems on Sunday, almost doubling the summer average, Shanghai Electric said.
    More than 5,000 problems were reported on Sunday and 4,269 were solved as of yesterday, the company said.
    The temperature increased very quickly after sunrise and the bureau yesterday issued an orange heat alert, second highest of a three-level system, at 7:40am.
    At about 10:35am, the downtown temperature already exceeded 37 degrees, the bureau said. Yesterday was the fifth consecutive day with the temperature surpassing 35 degrees, the bureau said.
    The bureau suggested people drink 1.5 to 2 liters of water per day to prevent heatstroke.
    The city consumed a record amount of water because of the heat, the water authority said.
    Water supplies would be restricted in factories and bathing venues if there was a serious shortage among households, it said.
    Water consumption in downtown districts reached more than 6.5 million cubic meters on Sunday.--(8/3)

  • Expo sees sharp drop in visitors
    Attendance dropped sharply to about 315,600 people at the World Expo yesterday on the hottest day of the year.
    The number of visitors was about 125,000 fewer than the day before and such a low turnout hasn't been seen for about two months.
    Attendance may stay relatively low during the next few days as the heat wave will continue, according to the weathermen.
    The weekly forecast calls for mainly cloudy weather with showers in the afternoon while the mercury could top 38 degrees in the next three days, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.
    Yesterday was the hottest day of the year at 38.6 degrees. It was also the city's 12th high-temperature day, when the mercury reaches at least 35 degrees.
    An orange heat alert, the second highest of a three-level system, was raised at 9:05am, warning residents the temperature would reach 39 degrees.
    The heat alert was not lowered until 7:25pm, when the temperature dropped below 35 degrees.
    Several downtown hospitals also reported that outpatients increased 20 to 30 percent during the past couple of days. Hospitals said there has been an increase in the number of seniors and children. Many of the outpatients were diagnosed with a cold, heart discomfort or diarrhea.
    "The difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures is big and this is the main reason for the increase in outpatients," said Zhu Kaiyuan, a doctor at No.10 People's Hospital.
    The number of heatstroke patients did not increase, according to hospitals.
    At the Expo, more than 700 blocks of ice, about 2 meters long and 20 centimeters thick, were placed near waiting areas yesterday to help cool down visitors.--(8/2)



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