Shanghai finds another crocodile in its rivers, your pipes are about to explode, restaurant smiley hygiene ratings go online, our legislator hates expensive baijiu, and more things being torn down in Shanghai. Here’s what’s happening around the city:
- Investigators are still searching for the source of a two-meter-long crocodile that turned up dead in a Pudong river on Sunday. They say it was too far away from Shanghai’s croc breeding farm, so it likely got loose from a restaurant. If you want to see it, they’re sending it over to the Science and Technology Museum to be put on display!
- Not only is the constant road construction around Shanghai incredibly aggravating, now it’s risking your life too. Our old pipes can easily leak gas and explode if workers aren’t careful – just like the explosion that recently happened on Wujiang snack street off Nanjing Xi Lu.
- Just days after uber-popular baijiu brand Maotai was named the fourth most valuable brand on the planet (beating out Chanel, Hennessy and Moet & Chandon), this week a Shanghai legislator announced he wants to ban it from official banquets.
- Local FDA officials are planning to put restaurant hygiene ratings online! They promise an English site will follow soon.
- This is nice: Shanghai sent 700 migrant workers home for free last weekend. Sure, it’s just a positive publicity stunt, but at least it’s a straightforward one that benefits real people.
- Hey, check out this wacky photo of a Transformers dragon that went up over in Pudong Jinqiao!
- Aston Martin opens its largest showroom ever in Shanghai flagship store.
- In 2012, Shanghai promises to demolish or renovate no less than 600,000 square meters of dilapidated housing. That probably doesn’t match the fevered tearing-things-down pace that preceded Expo, but it’s still a huge chunk of the city’s history. Here’s hoping all the families are properly relocated.