Shanghai City

Format: 2014-09-21
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  • A Taste of the Old Shanghai 2010-04-22 15:38

    Shanghai is a special place, not only for being a large metropolis in China, but for its history. Shanghai's history permeates the air and adds a tremendous depth, for good or ill, to the feeling of being in this place.
    Old Shanghai was a very special time and place. The city was run by foreigners but was not a colony, most residents were Chinese but it was not ruled by China. It was the greatest city of Asia, completely eclipsing Hong Kong and Tokyo. It was one of the most cosmopolitan places that ever existed, full of growth and speculation, of rogues and adventurers, of color and life, and of poverty and death.

  • icon_200_02 With every day that passes we creep closer to the 2010 Expo, and for a long time, opinion has been split on how successful the half year event will be. Local Chinese have their own opinions with most thinking it will be a success. Most foreigners see it as a big waste of time and resources, with most Brits comparing the pavilions to a bigger, but prettier version that was the useless millennium dome. Having searching the internet I came across a short article from littleredbook which I thought you might be interested in. The writer highlights some interesting points which I think most expatriates would agree with, but whether his theory is correct or not only time will tell.

  • Beijing, March 17, 2010 - Disney-ABC International Television (DAIT) Asia Pacific has signed an agreement with Shanghai Media Group (SMG) for it to produce a local version of the popular ‘The Amazing Race’ series in China.

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    Despite it being illegal for motorbikes to offer a taxi service to the public-based on Chinese traffic regulations, the motorbike taxi business in town is booming; especially during the rush hours or on the rainy days. No-one likes to spend ages being stuck in one of Shanghai's infamous traffic jams, or be glad to be soaked by a heavy downpour resulting in you looking like you've had a fight with a fire hydrant. With other reasons motorbike taxis are becoming increasingly popular such as the convenience and flexibility they offer, we decided to look at this subject in more detail to see if we could give those who haven't tried their services, a heads up.

  • gran_melia_sha_3_200Shanghai, China (February, 2010) - Today, the leading Spanish hotel brand, Gran Meliá Hotels and Resorts, announced the expansion of its regional presence in Asia with its newest five-star hotel, Gran Meliá Shanghai, the brand's first property in China. The hotel's grand opening was on February 3rd 2010, and now provides effortless access to the city's various cultural, entertainment, and shopping attractions; accommodating guests and business travelers from around the world.

  • On January 4th 2010, the Expo organizers revealed Shanghai's exhibition theme "New Horizons Forever" in China's pavilion at the World Expo 2010. Shanghai is the second to last exhibitor in the group to unveil its theme and site plan, the final exhibitor being Beijing. In the area of 600sqm, the most eye-catching feature is the entrance resembling Shikumen. Translated it literally means ‘stone-gated house', a traditional style of housing in Shanghai. The design mixes both traditional Chinese styles and the more modern Western styles commonly found in Anglo-American countries. According to my sources, more than half of the professional designers, local and overseas, proposed to integrate elements of Shikumen in the final design. This was to highlight the local tradition and history of Shanghai, and express the recognition to the West for Shanghai's current culture and inspiration in the world.

  • The 2010 ICS Spring Festival Gala is ICS's special gift for this Year of the Tiger. Being the first and the most international Spring Festival in Shanghai, the gala takes the cue “When Chinese Red meets Western Blue”. Celebrities from all over the world fill the bill: hosts from ICS, Shun Za the singer with fans in both the east and the west, Shang Wenjie the Super Girl who shot to national fame, Michael Wong the movie star, and others. During the grand show, the King of Kunqu Zhang Jun has ‘When Jazz meets Kunqu Opera’, Shang Wenjie sings a duet with Michael Jackson, Michael Wong presents his special Jazz show, our well-known Australian host Anderson Cameron amuses us with “Western-style Shanghai Stand-up comedy”, and the world famous gastriloquist Beat-Box and HipPop-TaiJi startle the audience with their novel performance. The Glory of the World Expo pushes the gala to a new high, cheering for the 2010 Shanghai Expo in this super cultural salad bowl. Worth mentioning is most of the foreign performers speak Chinese while Chinese guests apply some western touches in return, demonstrating the blending of the two cultures. With the theme of “Love-Reunion”, the ceremony embraces happy and harmonious sentiments.

  • If you were in Shanghai this moment last year, you definitely heard of XiaoShengyang at Spring Festival Year Gala, the biggest entertainment event of Chinese tradition. Known for his gender-bending skits and memorably comic performance, he has become a household name. With this year’s gala around the corner again, most people are trying to figure out who will be on the star-studded line-up this time. [CNNGo ]

  • Pavilion Area: Around 3,000 Square Meters
    Designer: SWECO, Sweden
    Groundbreaking Date: April 20, 2009
    Location: Within Zone C of the Expo Site
    Profile Highlights: Energy-saving Wood

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    The leading Spanish hotel brand, Gran Meliá Hotels and Resorts, has started the expansion of its regional presence in Asia with its newest five-star hotel, Gran Meliá Shanghai, the brand's first property in China, open on December 12th 2009. It provides various access to the city's many cultural, entertainment and shopping attractions, accommodating discerning guests and business travelers from around the world.