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Shout-Out – October 24, 2014

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a speech mostly in Mandarin at Tsinghua University on Wednesday. ‘We are already in China,’ Zuckerberg said in Chinese, seemingly unperturbed by the website’s ban in the country. ‘We help Chinese firms gain customers abroad,’ Zuckerberg pointed out. The CEO said that Facebook would be looking for employees in China next year. Zuckerberg has a Chinese-American wife, Priscilla Chan, who he married in 2012. In 2010 he set himself the goal of learning Mandarin.

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Shout-Out – October 23, 2014

China might not have the happiest expats, but it does have the best paid, according to CNBC news. This article claims that almost a quarter of expats in China earn more than 300,000 USD per year. This figure prompted some discussion in our forums. One member described the claim as ‘absolute nonsense,’ while another thought it was ‘accurate.’ Do you think there are that many high expat earners in China? You can join the discussion here.

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Shout-Out – October 22, 2014

A man was fined 200 RMB for smuggling salt between Chinese provinces. The man, named Huang, had moved his noodle shop from Zhengzhou to Xinzheng, and a result was lugging the sodium to his new restaurant. The reason for the fine was a provincial law which states that restaurants must purchase salt from local provinces. After public protest, Huang received a refund and a public apology. It seems the authorities were wary of rubbing salt in the wound.

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Shout-Out – October 21, 2014

Thieves entered the garden of scientific research, and helped themselves to some forbidden fruit. An orchard in Shandong province is being used for a study, the goal of which is to produce apples that have no need for paper wrapping during the growing process. If the study is successful, it could save farmers more than 5,000 RMB per 1,000 square metres of farmland. The fruit of three trees in the orchard/laboratory was reported stolen at the weekend. The trees had been cultivated for four years and were nearly ready for their first harvest. 

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Shout-Out – May 21, 2013

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.

Shout-Out – May 20, 2013

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.

Shout-Out – May 17, 2013

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.

Shout-Out – May 16, 2013

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.

Shout-Out – May 15, 2013

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.