- Work began Tuesday on a high-speed rail line from Shanghai to neighboring Nanjing, creating an even stronger link between the two economic powerhouses. Authorities say travel time, currently two hours, will be cut in half and that the line will be open by July of 2010, just in time for the World Expo. Seem to good to be true? Marc van der Chijs certainly thinks so, pointing out that a vehicle with a maximum speed of 250 km/hour cannot travel 300 km in 68 minutes, especially with 17 stops along the way. He also feels that that having trains leaving every three minutes is rather ridiculous. We say: maybe so, but never underestimate the power of China’s crazy transport system.
- Shanghai goes digital! The Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture Radio Film and TV announced earlier this week that the Orient Pearl Tower is broadcasting seven free channels of digital TV, with one in hi-def. Shanghai residents can access the programming (including news, fashion, entertainment and education stations) if their machines are equipped with a digital reception function, or buy purchasing an extra adapter.
- Been hankering to secure your spot at the 2010 World Expo? You’re in luck, as ticket sales will begin September 28 for groups. Individuals will have to hold out until May 1 to pay an average of 160 rmb for a pass.
- Modernization of Shanghai’s old neighborhoods isn’t exactly breaking news, but takes a fresh look at the phenomenon, specifically the gentilization of Wujiang Lu behind West Nanjing Lu. Starbucks vs. dirt cheap shengjian — the battle rages on.
- Jazz fans will be excited to hear that the House of Blues and Jazz is back in business, with live music Tuesday through Sunday. Music aficionados can check out the new location near the Bund on Fuzhou lu, across the street from Captain hostel.
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