“Xupu Bridge’s 240 suspension cables are to have a large-scale renovation to make the bridge safer and more beautiful prior to the opening of World Expo 2010, the Shanghai Engineering Administrative Bureau has said.” If no Expo, safety not an issue.
“The list of potentially deadly products reaching the United States from China continued to grow Thursday, as an importer recalled frozen fish that may be tainted with a lethal toxin …” Good thing we don’t eat Chinese exports here in Shanghai!
“Around the lake, several specific zones will be built such as one for vegetable picking, a rare vegetable exhibition room, a vegetable and fruit bar and children’s world, the report said.” We have marked our calendars.
“A Taiwanese blogger named Sen Lin (森林) has written a tongue-in-cheek defence of Shijingshan Amusement Park. The piece is facetious, but sounds exactly like ostensibly serious arguments you hear in China every day.”
“A program will train restaurant operators how to set up no-smoking areas for the sake of people’s health, the Shanghai Association on Smoking Control said yesterday.” We want a Shanghai Association on Smoking Control T-shirt.
“The article then trots out the bromide that ‘China may look innovative…but observers say it’s got a long way to go.’ It then quotes (misquotes?) Andy Rothman at CLSA-Asia Pacific Markets, as saying ‘there isn’t a single innovative Chinese company.”
“The Yunnan provincial government has announced that there will be ‘absolutely’ no dams built and no mines opened in the Three Parallel Rivers area, one of the World Natural Heritage sites listed by the UNESCO.”
“Coca Cola … has launched a program to give 100,000 sets of playing cards with AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria prevention knowledge to Chinese migrant workers. The poker cards will be handed out at railway stations and construction sites…” Smart cards.