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.
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.
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.
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.
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.