After a West Nile virus outbreak in Texas, visitors from the lone star state are subject to harsher quarantine checks at Shanghai airports. The quarantine bureau plan on extra checks on luggage as well. If you are planning on receiving mail from Texas or the surrounding states, expect delays. Packages will be checked for mosquitos and their larva. The Texas outbreak has already claimed 12 victims. Infected mosquitos spread the virus. Symptoms include fever, fatigue and headache.
On October 18th, Shanghai is opening it’s doors to performers from all over the world for the 14th annual Shanghai International Arts Festival. Over 46 performances are going to be showcased this year. The eclectic mix of acts ranges from the China National Ballet Company performing Shakespeare to The San Francisco Symphony. A big part of the Arts Festival is that young Chinese performers are going to be given the chance to collaborate with some of the biggest orchestras and ballet companies from around the globe. The new Shanghai Art Museum, which opens on October 1st, is going to be home to festival. The museum is located at 2010 Expo’s China Pavilion. 100RMB Challenge Failure! By Wednesday afternoon I was down to my last couple of bucks and hunger hit. Game over dude. For me personally, it’s nearly impossible to live off of 100RMB a week. If you have any… Read the Rest
Local museums are struggling to survive. Shanghai’s cultural heritage authorities are starting to offer assistance and funding to private museums that can’t stay afloat. Many of the free museums will receive up to 800,000RMB. The Shanghai Administration of Cultural Heritage are allowing all private museums to apply for subsidies. The aid can go toward anything from renovations to special exhibitions. Owners have certain stipulations that have to be met by receiving aid. Stipulations include the museum being open a minimum of 180 days a year and reporting to cultural heritage administration officials on an annual basis. Private museums became popular in Shanghai in the 80s, experiencing lots of visitors but small budgets and raising rent prices in the city caused about half to close.
The Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau and other government agencies are working on lowering population in Shanghai. The first steps being taken include, limiting and eventually getting rid of cars and trucks that don’t meet emission requirements. These vehicles have been marked by yellow stickers on the front window. Over half of Shanghai’s pollution comes from vehicle emissions. Older rust buckets can let off up to 10 times more vehicle emissions than newer cars on the road. Currently, around 230,000 automobiles in Shanghai have this sticker; owners will be expected to turn them in to the government. The owners will receive government subsidies in return. Government officials and bus owners in Shanghai are going to take the first step in turning in their vehicles. By the end of 2015, a majority of high polluting cars will be off the streets. 100RMB Challenge It’s Tuesday morning and so far I’ve spent 30RMB…. Read the Rest
It’s back to school time for students all over the world. The Shanghai Education Commission surveyed a couple hundred students in 50 city high schools and found that over 40% of local students are considering studying abroad. Around 43% have said they plan on studying in other countries. While 42% plan on pursuing their higher education in China. A smaller portion of students say they will study where their parents want them to go. The United States and countries in Europe are the most popular places for students. Of the students considering moving abroad, 73% are considering American universities. Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau were also popular locations outside of Mainland China.