- The JW Marriott is now officially Shanghai’s 25th five-star hotel. Shanghai has 40 four-star hotels and 125 three-star hotels. But … 23 of the city’s hotels were just de-listed from the star-ranking system
- Shanghai’s Maglev train may eventually link the Pudong and Hongqiao airports. Also, two more highways heading to the Pudong airport are set to be built.
- A woman is Sichuan died from the bird flu. Seven of the 10 humans in China who have contracted the disease have died.
- Unemployment is down in Shanghai — that is if you trust government statistics.
- Get your business horoscope for the Year of the Dog from some guy named Master Sang. If you are a rooster, you are screwed. (But take Master Sang’s word with a wok full of salt. Here is one of his insights for 2006: “2006 will not be a stable year,” he warns. “We will experience fighting and clashes around the world.”)
- Forbes weighs in on Shanghai’s property market: “[R]ather than a bursting bubble, the city’s property market seems merely to be cooling down.”
- China has 21,000 chemical plants along its rivers and coastline. They represent a “ticking environmental time bomb.” Said one government official, “If a problem arises, the consequences could be unthinkable.”
- What happened to the benches in front of Shanghai Center?
- China’s Top 100 Websites … from January 1, 2001.
Photo of the JW Marriott in Shanghai.