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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 – October 20, 2014

Don’t be surprised if you see people queuing outside Apple stores. The iPhone 6 has finally arrived in China. The phones went on sale on October 17 on the mainland, although many iPhones were already being smuggled in from Hong Kong and other locations. Prices for the latest iPhones start at 5,288 RMB for the 16GB model, while the iPhone 6 Plus starts at 6,088 RMB. The iPhone was released later in China than in other nations because Apple had to wait to receive a key network access license.

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Shout-Out – October 17, 2014

Poisonous pets are being flown into China via airmail. Creatures such as scorpions and dart frogs are being ordered online and shipped through customs. The exotic pets are clearly popular; a pet store owner in Beijing said that tree frogs were a sell out product, while a search to buy a tree frog on one of China’s major online retailers returned 1,700 results. Ecologists are concerned about the potential effects if species foreign to China are released into the ecosystem.

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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.

Shout-Out – May 14, 2013

Cinema customers have been kicking up a fuss, after being booted out of the cinema during the closing credits. Allegedly, a female worker tried to hurry customers out at the end of Iron Man 3. She is believed to have shooed and even kicked the customers. A man named Heiwulei documented the event online, and was then cursed and threatened by the same cinema worker. The ironically named Peace Cinema, close to People’s Square, has apologized for the incident.

Shout-Out – May 13, 2013

Plans to reduce traffic congestion are floating around in Shanghai. There’s talk of a suspended monorail to be built above the city. The new skylines are expected to be introduced by 2015. The vehicles will not have a driver; they’ll be operated from a central control centre. Trains will be electrically powered, and as quiet as a human voice.  Construction could progress as quickly as three kilometres of line in one week. Similar monorails also operate in Germany. A track at Dortmund University has been running safely since 1984.