- Xinhua has announced that from next month on, international passengers will no longer need to fill out quarantine forms when they enter China, and as Shanghai Scrap notes, the changes are just in time for the bird flu season!
- In yet another ridiculously redundant ranking, Forbes has named Shanghai as the 10th most densely populated city in the world. The data used by Forbes is highly questionable though. According to them, Shanghai has a population of 10 million and a land area of 746 square kilometers. Beijing is said to have a population of 8.6 million and only 2 square kilometers larger than Shanghai!
- We told you earlier about Shanghai Media Group’s plans to start a new English-language news channel. The word is out: the International Channel Shanghai (ICS) will air in both English and Japanese with Chinese subtitles and replace the original Music Channel, Opera Channel and Entertainment Arts Channel. Before you dismiss this as yet another opportunity for them to shove propaganda down our throats, SMG executives have already promised that shows such as “Project Runway” and “The Amazing Race” will air on the channel!
- Shanghai has been invited by the WWF to join the Earth Hour project by turning off its lights for a grand total of one hour sometime on March 29 next year. Fantastic. We expect it to make as much of an impact as the Car Free Day!
Photo of a Shanghai demolition site from Montrasio International