Entries in Shanghai (7)


Officials: 6,000 Dead Pigs in River Not Affecting Shanghai's Water

ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images(BEIJING) -- Shanghai authorities are trying to assure people of China's largest city that their drinking water is safe despite finding nearly 6,000 dead pigs in the river that provides water to the city's taps.

Shanghai residents were further unnerved when health officials determined that the pigs were infected with a disease known as porcine circovirus, but health officials insisted that it does not affect humans.

The pig bodies were found in the Huangpu River, about 40 miles north of Shanghai's 23 million residents, raising fears that they are drinking a "pork broth," as some referred to it.

The government has been playing down the incident and reassured citizens that Shanghai tap water samples passed government tests and is safe to drink.

Shanghai authorities used tags on the pigs' ears to trace them to the city of Jiaxing in Zhejiang province, upstream from Shanghai.  Jiaxing is the main supplier of pork to China's east coast, with 4.5 million pigs delivered every year.

Jiaxing city government officials denied responsibility for the dead pigs.

"The tags on the pigs' ears only indicate the pigs were born here," argued Jiang Hao, the vice director of Jiaxing's Animal Husbandry Bureau.  "It doesn't mean they were raised here.  No signs have been found of any epidemic among animals in Jiaxing, and local hogs' mortality rate remains normal."

The government is blaming some farmers in Jiaxing for a lack of environmental awareness, and for carelessly disposing of their dead pigs.  The government says it will make every effort to investigate the case and punish anyone who dumped pig carcasses in the river.

Last year, the Jiaxing government started a major crackdown on black market sales of pork from pigs that had died of disease.  One farmer told Shanghai's Xinmin News Net that some farmers now just toss the tainted meat into the river since they have nowhere to sell it.

"Some dead pigs weighing more than 25 kilos were still being sold and making it onto people's dinner tables," the farmer said.  "But since the government arrested some tainted meat dealers, nobody comes to buy the stuff anymore.  So it's normal that there are so many dead pigs in the river."

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China to Unveil World’s Fastest Elevator in Shanghai

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(SHANGHAI) -- China is currently building the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Shanghai Tower, which will stand 2,073 feet high once complete.  To shuttle passengers to the sky, Mitsubishi has been contracted to build 106 aerodynamic elevators unlike anything the world has ever seen.

The Mitsubishi elevators will travel at a rate of 3,281 feet per minute -- more than twice as fast as those at the World Trade Center, which traveled at 1,600 feet per minute, according to the engineer who installed them.

And the high-speed elevators won't require a stop at a sky lobby to break up the trip; the design team is promising a comfortable ride from the bottom to the top in one go. 

Mitsubishi says that inside each car the air pressure will be controlled to avoid erupting earaches due to rapid changes in altitude.  Each car’s interior will also be insulated to quell sound and suitably equipped to reduce vibration.

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Yao Ming Now Big Man in Shanghai Politics

China Photos/Getty Images(SHANGHAI) -- When news broke that Chinese NBA superstar Yao Ming was planning to hang up his jersey last summer after a persistent injury got the better of his on-court career, his former also-newly retired-rival Shaquille O’Neal welcomed him.

But since leaving professional basketball in July, Yao has become a force in Shanghai. He has gone back to school, launched a high-end wine label, released pandas into the wild and, just this past weekend, been elected onto a political advisory committee in his hometown of Shanghai.

The 31-year-old took his place on Sunday at Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Shanghai Committee’s annual meeting alongside six other newly elected members who were all almost twice his age. Among his new colleagues were the directors of the Shanghai Library and the Shanghai Tourism Bureau. Yao is the youngest and, at 7-foot-6, the tallest member of the 142-person committee.

Even in retirement, Yao Ming is still one of the most famous men in China. Organizations and Yao himself are seemingly eager to use his influential capital while the going is still good.

“Yao said the new title shows trust coming from the people in the city,” Yao spokesman Zhang Chi told the China Daily. Zhang denied that Yao harbored any political aspirations.

“The responsibilities for a CPPCC member include offering political consultation, and supervision. What Yao wants is to use his influence to do good deeds for society, but not to seek a political position,” Zhang said.

With the new job Yao is expected to attend regular meetings and offer suggestions or written proposals to the local government.

Yao will have to juggle this new political job with a fulltime gig at Shanghai’s prestigious Jiao Tong University -- albeit though through custom, private one-on-one degree program -- and his commitments as owner of Shanghai’s professional basketball team, The Sharks, for which he used to play.

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Train Collision in Shanghai Leaves 200+ Injured

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SHAGHAI) -- A collision between two subway trains in Shanghai Tuesday has left more than 200 people injured -- about twenty seriously -- according to the subway operator.

Shanghai Shentong Metro Group Co. said on its Weibo account -- a Chinese social media website much like Twitter -- that the crash occurred at 2:51 p.m. on Line 10. The company said a signal system failure caused one train to accidentally rear-end another.

Nearly 500 passengers who were on the trains have been safely evacuated, Shanghai Metro added.

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Eight Children Injured in Knife Attack by Day Care Employee

Getty/George Doyle/Thinkstock(SHANGHAI) -- Eight children were injured in a knife attack by a female employee at a Shanghai day care center on Monday.

Police arrested the unidentified 30-year-old woman who reportedly used a box cutter to slash five boys and three girls at the center for children of migrant workers in the Minhang District.

The injured children, aged 3 and 4 years old, were transported to the Fudan University Hospital for treatment. Four of the children were seriously injured, and underwent surgery. Three are in stable condition while one of the children remains in serious condition.

China state media reports that the woman, who has worked at the center for three years, is suspected of having psychiatric problems.

Similar attacks were reported in 2010, when a series of violent attacks at Chinese schools resulted in increased security at some facilities.

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Shanghai Implements 'One Household, One Dog' Policy

Chris Amaral/Thinkstock(SHANGHAI) -- China’s most-populated city is seeking to cut down on its dog population, by implementing a new rule which calls for a maximum of one dog per family.

The “one household, one dog” policy is scheduled to take effect in Shanghai on Sunday and applies to local city residents, as well as to foreign residents. According to Shanghai Municipal Government officials, the only people exempted from the rule are families who already have licenses for more than one dog.

City officials say approximately 140,000 of the city’s dogs are licensed, while at least 600,000 dogs are not licensed.

New city regulations will see licensing fees cut by 75 percent, dropping down to 500 yuan ($77), which officials hope will encourage dog owners to have their pets licensed.

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China: Apartment Fire Leaves Dozens Dead

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SHANGHAI, China) -- A massive fire at a Shanghai apartment building has killed at least 42 people. The number of those injured was not immediately known.

The blaze started amid renovations to the 28-story building, but no further explanation was given, China’s state-run media reported.

The building, built in the 1990s, houses 156 families.

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