A Shanghai taxi driver helped an eleven-year old girl find her mother, and got a thank you letter as a reward. The mother and daughter were visiting from Taizhou, but got separated on a crowded bus. The girl got off the bus without her mother, and was wandering around alone when she was spotted by a driver named Zhang, who works for Dazhong taxis. Zhang, 47, said the girl ‘seemed like she wanted to call a taxi but was a bit afraid’. The girl gave Zhang her mother’s phone number, and with the help of a free taxi ride, the pair were reunited ten minutes later. Zhang was too humble to accept a cash reward of 750 RMB, but he did accept the thank you letter.
The Shanghai Air Quality Index stood at 459 at 10 am on Friday morning. Any air quality rating above 300 is considered ‘Hazardous’, the highest classification on a six point scale. It’s recommended even for healthy individuals to minimise outdoor activities. Indoor air quality can be improved by plants and air filters. Wearing a mask is another way to reduce adverse health effects. Lack of strong winds have been cited as a reason for the heavy pollution. It’s hoped that a cold front arriving on Monday will help to clear the worst of the pollution.
The Shanghai Metro was delayed yesterday morning, when a man climbed on top of a line 3 train. An unidentified man climbed on top of a train at Jinshiajiang Road station at 8.32 am. The man sat on the top of the train until police arrived and took him away. Following the incident, the Shanghai Metro operator has said that more safety doors are planned for Shanghai’s elevated subway stations. The safety doors will keep people away from the tracks, and also prevent potential accidents.
Thieves using realistic silica masks have become a problem for police, according to the Beijing Morning News. The lifelike masks are reported to be easily available online, and to be able to easily disguise a person in their twenties as a forty year old. In Anhui, two suspects are accused of carrying out more than twenty thefts in the masks. In Guangdong, police captured a suspect who stole jewelry in a similar mask. Police have suggested tightening the regulations surrounding the use and sale of silica masks.
As the Shanghai Metro gets bigger and busier, more breakdowns have occurred. To combat metro delays and breakdowns, the Shanghai Transport Bureau has announced that more buses will be on hand to avoid delays as much as possible. There have been many complaints by locals that when the metro breaks down, buses are too slow to respond. The Transit Bureau is going to increase the number of buses that are on standby so that a replacement buses arrive within 15 minutes. Metro and bus officials are going to be working closer together to ensure that response times improve. In an effort to improve green transit, there is a plan for 150 electronic buses to go into service. 80 of the buses will be in downtown while the rest will be scattered in the suburbs. These buses will hit the streets in the coming months.
As many of us know, food safety is a big issue in China. Shanghai’s Mayor Han Zheng is instilling stricter inspections for meat, dairy and oils. The local government is aiming on taking down restaurants with unsafe food by raising daily inspections. The Mayor stated that around 80% of pork meat coming into Shanghai is safe and receives daily monitoring. Shanghai’s Food and Drug Administration has plans to start running the same tests to lamb and beef in the near future. Han said over 1,500 food businesses had licenses removed in the first half of 2012 alone. 2,700 unlicensed food vendors and restaurants were shutdown as well. Criminal punishment will harsher moving forward in the city’s attempt to upgrade food quality.
Shanghai Open University has implied a new system for it’s students who need to halt their studies. People who decided to join the workforce, get married or travel abroad and can’t finish school now have options in China. Students can store their past academic experience and use it towards getting a degree. The academic credit bank is open to locals and expats alike. Currently the program only offers Chinese courses but are planning to start classes in English in the future. The credits are recognized at domestic universities and trade schools. The University is offering degree programs, career training and other programs such as opera singing. Currently there are no requirements for entrance except for an entry exam. Setting up an account is free for everyone and only requires an ID card.
China’s online powerhouse, Alibaba Group is working on restructuring it’s current business. The company wants to split into 7 different sectors to better manage the rapidly growing company. Alibaba’s main business groups include online shopping sites, Taobao and Tmall as well as B2B site Alibaba.com. One of the main goals for splitting the groups is so they can work more with small business owners and customer based companies. The chairman, Jack Ma, has made it a priority to help small businesses grow in an effort to bolster the slowing Chinese economy. Another reason for Alibaba’s alterations is to pave way for stock market listings. The group was taken off of the Hong Kong stock exchange last month. Recently there has been concern that the company has grown too fast and doesn’t have the appropriate management in place for long term sustainability.
Watch out!!! In China, a lot of locals of all ages will try to hustle you, hustle in anyway possible to get what they want. The Urban Dictionary defines Hustle as “Anything you need to do to make money, it could be from selling cars, drugs, your body and being a con-artist…. If you making money, you hustling”. Hustling can come in all different ways; you may not even know you got hustled until it’s too late. You could be walking down the street, minding your own business when someone comes up to you and asks if you want to buy a IPhone, your first thought is where did he get it from; yes it is probably stolen. A lot of thieves sell IPhones’ because it is the easiest product to sell, with a high return. The easiest way to steal IPhones’/ hand bags and other in demand items… Read the Rest