The Backstreet Boys are coming to town next Tuesday 28th May, and Shanghai Expat has two exclusive tickets to give away to the after party. If you’re excited that backstreet are back, this could be your chance to party backstage with the band! It’s the Backstreet Boys 20th anniversary tour and the first time the band has been in Shanghai since 2004. To win, all you have to do is re-write the lyrics to classic Backstreet Boys song, ‘Quit Playing Games with my Heart’. For your chance at winning, post your answers in this forum post. Please note that tickets are for the after party only: tickets to the show are not included.
The Diamond League came to Shanghai on Saturday. Li Jinzhe, from China, won gold in the men’s long jump. Jamaica sped to success in the sprints, with Warren Weir winning the men’s 200 metres and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce gaining victory in the women’s 100 metres. In the 400 metres, Kirani James of Granada eased himself to a comfortable victory. The men’s 1,500 metres was much closer; Kenyan Asbel Kisprop beat Ethiopian Gebremedhin by 0.4 seconds. American Jason Richardson took gold in the 110 hurdles , while Russian Yelena Isinbayeva leaped to victory in the women’s pole vault. The Diamond League began on May 10th in Doha. The next stop is New York.
The Shanghai government is promoting a chilled approach to chicken, in an attempt to support Shanghai’s poultry farmers. Two main benefits of refrigerated chicken are being promoted by officials. Chilled chicken is safer than chicken from live markets, and the flavour is better than from frozen chicken. There are also regulations in place for refrigerated chicken. Birds should pass quarantine inspection and be processed at temperatures between 0-4 degrees Celsius.All Shanghai’s live bird markets were shut down on April 6th to combat the H7N9 threat. If live markets re-open, conditions will be more rigorous, according to Shao Linchu, deputy director of Shanghai Agricultural Commission.
Shanghai’s tourism facilities are better than in most Chinese cities, according to a new survey. Although most respondents rated Shanghai favourably compared to other domestic cities, 73 per cent thought European and American destinations have better facilities. The main grumbling points were dining costs, costly goods, and hygiene concerns. 26 per cent of those surveyed mentioned unreliable tour programs were a problem. The survey, by the Shanghai Statistic Bureau, polled 1,000 people over the age of 16.
Pudong has a new ten year plan. A number of free trade zones are to be established east of the river. The total area of the zones will be as large as Macau. The zones will be named Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, Yangshan Free Trade Port Area, and the Pudong Airport Comprehensive Free Trade Zone. Related stocks rose after the ten year plan was approved this week. Pudong-based Golden Bridge rose 4.22 per cent yesterday. In March, Premier Li Keqiang spoke at a conference in Shanghai. ‘We should use opening up to boost domestic demand and provide a push for reform,’ he said.