News from The SHEXpats

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Shout-Out – July 30, 2014

Twenty-four bus stop shelters worth 1.4 million yuan are stolen on July 24 in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province.

24 bus stops have gone missing in Nanjing. All 24 shelters were taken from Jiangbei Avenue, along with 23 bus stop signs and four benches. A man named Zheng, who is attached to the Nanjing Public Transportation Group said that they were ‘looking at a well-prepared group of thieves.’ The Nanjing government had built 25 of the 45 bus shelters they were planning for the area. As all but one bus stop has been stolen, developers are hesitant to continue.

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Shout-Out – July 29, 2014

You use expired meat and as landlord I am ashamed of you,’ read a sign hung outside a KFC in Xiamen. The banner was hung above a closed shop next door to a branch of KFC. As well as the banner there was a smaller sign that asked, ‘What does expired meat taste like?’ Another sign added, ‘We should boycott chicken fed with antibiotics.’ The recent Husi Food scandal is a hot topic in our forums. Join the discussion here.

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Shout-Out – July 28, 2014

An armed robber in Zhejiang was stopped by an dancing old lady. The woman, named Li, is more than 60 years old and dances regularly. According to witnesses, she used some nifty footwork to sneak up behind a knife-wielding robber in her son’s jewelry shop. The elderly dancer then grabbed the armed man’s wrist, and a salesman finished the job by shocking the thief with a taser.

‘He was very thin and seemed to be nervous,’ Li said of the robber, who is named Zhou and is 35 years old. Zhou, meanwhile, was baffled. ‘Does she practice kung fu or something? How is she so strong?’ he complained to the police.

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Shout-Out – July 25, 2014

Want to join a band? You might find your future band-mates in the forums. New member Damselle is looking for musicians to help her form a Shanghai-based band. She’s a singer who describes her musical taste as ‘eclectic’ and includes Tracy Chapman and Nina Simone among her favourites. Damselle isn’t the only Shanghai Expat member looking for musical friends. Whether you want to find band mates, join an orchestra, or you’re looking for opportunities to perform, make sure to check out our musicians forum to see what’s out there.

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Shout-Out – March 29, 2013

Shanghai stargazers will be over the moon to hear the latest news in the city. A planetarium theme park is planned for Nanhui in Pudong. The park is planned to feature a display of ancient astronomical equipment, as well as camping areas so people can camp out and watch the stars at night. It’s hoped that the park will boost amateur interest in astronomy, as well as providing a valuable venue for professionals. Even though the park will cost between 600 and 700 million yuan to build, admission will be free. The park is expected to open in 2017.

Shout-Out – March 28, 2013

Taiwanese tremors shook Shanghai yesterday. An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit central Taiwan. The quake was so strong it could be felt in seven districts of Shanghai. Several high rise buildings shook slightly in districts including Xuhui and Zhabei. Shanghai’s seismological bureau urged residents not to worry, as the earthquake caused no damage to the city. Shanghai’s Tourism Bureau reported there are 2,000 tourists from Shanghai in Taiwan at present, all of whom are reported to be safe.

Shout-Out – March, 27, 2013

A Shanghai hospital is hoping to remedy a difficult condition: fear of treatment. Children aged between eight and twelve are invited to visit Fudan University Children’s Hospital. The aim of the initiative is to familiarize kids with medical services. Hospital officials hope the scheme will be the right medicine for fearful youngsters. Dr Xu Hong said that expat children were welcome to visit the hospital. Kids can apply to visit on the hospital’s weibo microblog account or at the website ch.shmu.edu.cn . 

Shout-Out – March 26, 2013

Shanghai’s Metro system is feeling the push as passenger figures reach record numbers. Some turnstiles were closed yesterday morning; rush hour commuters were forced to form queues. According to officials, Metro line 3 has some of the worst congestion, with lines 4, 6 and 8 also feeling the pressure. The Metro often sees between 6 and 7 million users per day. On March 8th, a record 8.48 million passengers used the Shanghai metro. Shanghai’s Metro system will see three new lines added this year. The upgrades may reduce overcrowding, though the extra lines could attract more commuters to the Metro.

Shout-Out – March 25, 2013

People’s Square went green for Earth Hour on Saturday. Between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, areas around the city dimmed their lights for a better world. Participating places included the Shanghai Museum and the fountain in People’s Square. Earth Hour organizers say the event is symbolic, rather than a carbon reduction exercise. Shanghai is planning a campaign to ask offices to turn their lights off for an hour every lunchtime. ‘Participation in Earth Hour symbolizes a commitment to change beyond the hour,’ say the organizers of the event.