- Marks & Spencer’s 40,000 sq ft Shanghai store opened yesterday on Nanjing Xi Lu, as hordes of curious Shanghai shoppers rushed for its lingerie, biscuits and jam, writes The Times.
- Health officials have announced a more streamlined and centralised blood collection system to be in place in the city by 2010.
- The dirty, polluted Suzhou Creek will be cleaned up and remade into a “cultural corridor” that will attract businesses and tourists alike.
- Over 50 karaoke bars in Shanghai signed an agreement yesterday with municipal authorities to pay a copyright fee of 6 yuan per room per day for the whole of 2008.
- Construction has begun on the 66 storey, 300m tall White Magnolia Plaza on the west side of the Huangpu River. Designed by the Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, this will be Puxi’s biggest building and is scheduled to be completed by 2012.
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