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Jing’an caught fire again on Sunday, but thankfully this time’s flames weren’t lethal. From Xinhua: “The fire broke out on the top of the 12-storey No. 1578 building, located near the Shanghai City Air Terminal in the bustling Nanjing West Road, at about 1:20 p.m. Sunday, belching out thick brownish smoke. The fire was put out by 1: 30 p.m., fire-fighting officials said.”
Meanwhile, guess who was in town? Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was filming a bit of his new psycho-thriller Looper! Said Gordon-Levitt about this city: “It feels so much like the future here, and ‘Looper’, you know, is a movie about the future. And when I come here and see the skyline and Shanghai, and I see all these people feeling so much optimistic of the future, it makes me feel like I’m in another place.” I wonder if that’s a direct quote.
- Global Times would like to remind you: “Today, Shanghai is indisputably Chinese. In 2009, foreigners made up less than 1 percent of a population of more than 19 million. The city’s wealthy elite are not the foreign traders who dominated in the past, but local property tycoons, financiers and government officials.”
- Speculation is that Shanghai officials are now trying to make Shanghai Disneyland into a “tax-rebate zone.” We are thinking of applying to the central government to start a tax-rebate trial in a certain place, maybe a holiday resort, in Pudong,” Dao Shuming of the Shanghai Tourism Bureau, said yesterday during a radio broadcast, not mentioning exactly where in Pudong.
- There are more than 210,000 cancer patients in Shanghai, some 1.6 percent of the city’s permanent residents, according to figures released at the start of Cancer Prevention and Control Education Week. That’s one in every hundred!
- The winner of both races of the Porsche Carrera Cup this weekend: Alexandre Imperatori, part of Team StarChase. So in case you don’t watch racing (like me) but want to be able to bandy about a racing name… you’re welcome. In case you want more than one name: here’s an actually comprehensive report.