A few links to start off your day:
- Cab drivers at Pudong Airport squabbled over queue jumping which left a few injured. When picking up passengers from the airport, drivers don’t have to requeue if they are gone for less than one hour, which apparently led some dispatchers to sell the “privilege” to drivers from the same company.
- Speaking of Shanghai taxi drivers, AFP takes a look at just how rough they have it.
- Richard Branson teamed up with shark advocate Yao Ming combat the slaughter of sharks for their fins. The fins are cut from live sharks which are then thrown back in the water to die. About 95% of shark fins are consumed in China, because only here would an entirely bland boring dish be consumed simply because it makes you look rich.
- Train tickets for the October 1 national holiday went on sale today, and ticket windows were jammed as usual.
- After a routine health check, 32 Shanghai children are now reported to have dangerous levels of lead in their blood due to a nearby battery factory. The case raises an important point that while ebikes have few emissions on the road, the lead batteries used by them are still highly harmful and toxic to people and the environment.
- Car free day happened yesterday; or did it? The day was a monumental failure according to officials, as traffic in Shanghai was largely unaffected. The one place traffic was light was in the “car-free” zone in Xuhui, where there are normally few cars anyway. Besides encouraging public transportation, there was a “naked” (read: not naked) bike ride to promote bicycle use. The problem with that? Apparently downtown Shanghai is a hell for bicycles.