- “VVIP” President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be camping out at the Portman Ritz-Carlton during their visit to Shanghai, effectively shutting down the hotel from Nov. 14-16. No doubt, security will be extremely tight during the Obamas’ visit, so don’t try nothin’ fancy. [Urbanatomy]
- With all the excitement surrounding Shanghai local government approval of Disney’s bid to build a new theme park in the city, there are still those who suffer the consequences: retired farmer Jin Xinmei and her husband will lose their land to the magic kingdom. This Bloomberg piece outlines China’s past land acquisitions for projects such as the Three Gorges Dam and Olympics construction. [Bloomberg]
- Ye Quiantong, dubbed “China’s number one voice actress” by admiring netizens, was arrested for creating pornographic audio on the website DongTing China, since shut down. As China continues to attempt asexuality, we wonder what’s next… censoring erotic smells? [ChinaHush]
- City prosecutors reported that a victim was stabbed and killed at random in Shanghai after the attacker had a fight with some other guy on a bus. We guess it’s a stark reminder that we should all try and be nice to our neighbors. And our neighbor’s neighbors. [ShanghaiDaily]
- Shanghai may be the Chinese city most vulnerable to climate change because of it’s high population (over 20 million) and port location, reports environmental group WWF (no, not the wrestling one). Meanwhile, China isn’t quite ready to take on the burden of reducing global warming. [Bloomberg]
- Longitude is having a free booze night. Whiskey, voldka, beer, wine… all free from 5-9pm! There’s a 50RMB cover, or free entry if you call and get on the guest list: 6431 7751. There’s also music… did we mention free booze? [SmartShanghai]
Photo courtesy of chinadialogue.net.