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Shout-Out – November 21, 2014

 

President Xi Jinping is pictured here receiving a hongi, or traditional Maori welcome, from Lewis Moeau, a Maori elder in New Zealand.  Xi has visited both Australia and New Zealand over the last few days; China and Australia signed a preliminary free-trade agreement earlier this week. In New Zealand, Xi reassured the media that there was no need to worry that the New Zealand market would be negatively impacted by the deal with Australia.

‘Worries that New Zealand does not have a market for its products in China are totally unnecessary,’ Xi told his audience in Wellington. ‘On the contrary, possibly New Zealand will have to worry about the fact that there is more Chinese demand than you can possibly supply.’

Picture: qqnews.com 

Shout-Out – November 21, 2014

 

President Xi Jinping is pictured here receiving a hongi, or traditional Maori welcome, from Lewis Moeau, a Maori elder in New Zealand.  Xi has visited both Australia and New Zealand over the last few days. China and Australia signed a preliminary free-trade agreement earlier this week. In New Zealand, Xi reassured the media that there was no need to worry that the New Zealand market would be negatively impacted by the deal with Australia.

‘Worries that New Zealand does not have a market for its products in China are totally unnecessary,’ Xi told media in Wellington. ‘On the contrary, possibly New Zealand will have to worry about the fact that there is more Chinese demand than you can possibly supply.’

Picture: qqnews.com 

Shout-Out – November 20, 2014

An elderly man tried to buy a train ticket with a banknote from before 1949. Ying, aged 80, seemed upset when his 71-year old bill was unable to buy him a ticket from Yongkang to Lishui in Zhejiang province. ‘It’s a 500 yuan bill! Why did the seller refuse to take it?’ he asked. The note he used had been printed in 1943, and bore the image of Sun Yat-sen. Since the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949, pre-PRC banknotes have not been legal tender. While antique notes are no good for buying train tickets, they can sell for significant amounts on the collector’s market. Luckily Ying was able to buy a train ticket, as he was also carrying a 100 RMB note from after 1949.

Picture: bbc.com 

Shout-Out – November 19, 2014

More than 7,000 ten year visas to the US have been issued in Shanghai. The US Consulate General in Shanghai has reported that they might need to employ extra staff if the demand for the new visas continues. The Shanghai Daily reported that ten year visas do not mean the holder can stay in the USA for ten years; instead they are multiple entry visas valid for a ten year period, with the length of stay variable according to visa category. Despite the limitations on the visas, Max Baucus, the United States ambassador to China, said yesterday the visas were the ‘most important change in our consulate relationship with China’ in 35 years.

Picture: travel.state.gov 

Shout-Out – June 21, 2013

More people are getting divorced than getting married in China, according to a local newspaper. Divorce rates leaped 13.6 percent in Shanghai alone, data from the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau revealed. Various reasons have been suggested for the high divorce rates; one marriage counsellor suggested that only children born after 1980 were ‘less tolerant in a marriage’. Other major causes included financial problems and extramarital affairs.  Some couples may be getting divorced to sidestep a legal restriction on couples buying apartments, the newspaper said.

Shout-Out – June 20, 2013

David Beckham visited Shanghai yesterday.  The footballer graced Shanghai as part of a seven day trip. On Tuesday 18th he visited the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center, before coming to Shanghai. Fans waited for him as he arrived at the Shanghai Shenxin Football Club. Beckham is in China as the ambassador for the China Super League and the Football Programme in China. The former England captain seemed to be enjoying his time in the Middle Kingdom. ‘Beckham is always incredibly happy when he goes to China, why is that?’ asked The Mirror, a UK newspaper.

Shout-Out – June 19, 2013

The Shanghai government is taking a strong line on food safety. The Shanghai Higher People’s Court has said food safety fines should have no upper limit. In the past, the maximum fine for such violations has been twice the relevant sales amount. Zou Bihua, vice president of the Shanghai court, said that a strong deterrent would help to stop re-offenders. As well as higher fines, 10 other suggestions were heard at the court, all aiming to combat food safety problems and further food scandals.

Shout-Out – June 18, 2013

The 16th Shanghai International Film Festival is in full swing. The festival started on Saturday 15th June and will continue until Sunday 23rd June. Cinemas across town are taking part in the festival, though the centre of the action is the Shanghai Film Art Centre. Films which are yet to be screened include Lawrence of Arabia, 3 Idiots, Shoah, and Platoon. Mr. Morgan’s Last Love is based on a French novel and stars Michael Caine. Tickets are available at participating cinemas,and at gewara.com, tickets.com.cn,ticket2010.com, and movie.douban.com.

Shout-Out – June 17, 2013

Beijing and Xiamen already have a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system, and Shanghai is soon to join them. Bus Rapid Transit lines mean exclusive bus lanes which are closed off to other forms of traffic. Though it makes buses faster and more convenient, the system has been difficult to introduce to Shanghai because of the high demand for space in the city. Shanghai’s first BRT line will run from the Oriental Sports Center in Pudong to Nanqiao New City. Every day, an average of 17 million people commute in Shanghai. 45 percent of commuters use buses and over 36 percent use the Metro.