The Shanghai Air Quality Index stood at 459 at 10 am on Friday morning. Any air quality rating above 300 is considered ‘Hazardous’, the highest classification on a six point scale. It’s recommended even for healthy individuals to minimise outdoor activities. Indoor air quality can be improved by plants and air filters. Wearing a mask is another way to reduce adverse health effects. Lack of strong winds have been cited as a reason for the heavy pollution. It’s hoped that a cold front arriving on Monday will help to clear the worst of the pollution.
The Shanghai Metro was delayed yesterday morning, when a man climbed on top of a line 3 train. An unidentified man climbed on top of a train at Jinshiajiang Road station at 8.32 am. The man sat on the top of the train until police arrived and took him away. Following the incident, the Shanghai Metro operator has said that more safety doors are planned for Shanghai’s elevated subway stations. The safety doors will keep people away from the tracks, and also prevent potential accidents.
Thieves using realistic silica masks have become a problem for police, according to the Beijing Morning News. The lifelike masks are reported to be easily available online, and to be able to easily disguise a person in their twenties as a forty year old. In Anhui, two suspects are accused of carrying out more than twenty thefts in the masks. In Guangdong, police captured a suspect who stole jewelry in a similar mask. Police have suggested tightening the regulations surrounding the use and sale of silica masks.
Pollution in Shanghai yesterday was at its worst since records began, although records only began a year ago. The air quality index on Monday was higher than 300, in the highest range of a six level scale. PM 2.5 levels were measured at above 280 micrograms per cubic metre; The nationally permitted PM 2.5 limit is 75 micrograms per cubic metre. Schools have been ordered to reduce outdoor activities, and not to penalize students late or absent yesterday and today. It’s hoped that an increase in wind levels will bring some relief from the pollution this afternoon.
[WORTH THE HYPE？] A review of Sabatini Ristorante Italiano by Features Editor Ruby Gee Since blossoming from its 1958 original location in Rome, Italy, Sabatini Ristorante Italiano has been greeted with much fanfare as its franchise has expanded to its subsequent locations in the UK, Japan and Hong Kong. Their Jing’an District Branch, which is essentially Sabatini’s first foray into the booming Mainland China market, has received much praise from local expat websites like The Shanghaiist and Enjoy Shanghai. However certain reviews about Sabatini on open-source websites like Dianping have suggested otherwise. So what’s the truth? Is Sabatini Shanghai worth the hype? These were the questions ShanghaiExpat sought to answer. 3 Favorite Dishes (Disclosure: Due to the media dinner setting, all dishes were served in half portions – pictures bellow are not representative of the usual dish sizes.) “Scialatielli con astice e cuore di ricotta” The Scialatielli noodles were slippery… Read the Rest
The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau has officially marked today as the last day of the 2012 plum rain season, earlier than expected and is due to the abnormally high temperatures predicted to continue in the coming days and weeks. The East Asian plum rain season typically lasts between one and two months, but this year the season lasted just 17 days. Weather is a critical factor in determining when the rain season begins and ends, and temperatures are expected to exceed 27 degrees Celsius (and get as high as 36 degrees Celsius) in the coming days. Power consumption hit a new high on Monday, but the Shanghai Municipal Electric Power Company announced that residential buildings will be given priority and will not experience blackouts even if there is a power shortage. Industrial and commercial sector buildings, however, may be affected.
If you’re in the market for a luxurious new home in Shanghai, beware that prices are going through the roof. A real estate development company reported that last week sales of new homes luxury living spaces rose 65% from the previous week, and buyers shelled out an average of 25,000RMB/sq. meter! The report, released by Shanghai Deovolente Realty Co, said that more than 350,000 sq. meters of property was sold last week (not including government-subsidized affordable housing). It was the first time since December of 2010 that 300,000+ sq. meters of real estate has been sold. Shortly after this surge, the central government instituted a tough policy measure aimed at curbing real estate speculation.
If you are traveling anywhere this summer, you should probably know that this past weekend security at airports all over the country tightened. If you are leaving from Hongqiao or Pudong Airports, you should probably arrive a half an hour to an hour earlier. Travelers reported longer lines at security. The Shanghai Airport Authority says that there will be more thorough security, including the removal of shoes and belts at security, comprehensive checks of carry-on luggage and random searches throughout terminals. There was an attempted hijacking of a Tianjin Airlines flight on a Friday morning flight from Hotan to Urumqi (both in Xinjiang Province). Several minutes after the flight took off, 6 men attempted to break into the cockpit and set of explosives. They were restrained and arrested by authorities. There were 7 injured passengers including 2 off-duty policemen. 2 of the hijackers have died due to injuries sustained.
By Isaac Hee Food is serious business for us Malaysians. I mean, what else would you expect from a country where the impromptu expression of greeting is “Dah Makan?” (Have you eaten?) Unfortunately, when your national cuisine tends to require dozens of highly local ingredients for just one dish, it’s probably no surprise that authentic Malaysian fare is somewhat hard to come by beyond our muggy South-East Asian shores. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Café Sambal probably offers the most authentic Malaysian dining experience I’ve ever had this side of the South China Sea. Short of blowing a ton of cash for a 7-hour plane ride out of Shanghai and leaving the country itself, a table at this place is the closest you’ll get to experiencing authentic Malaysian food culture here in China. But first, a quick primer about Malaysian food. Fact one: Malaysian food… Read the Rest