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Yuyuan coin thieves, rubber egg yolks, Disneyland rides, endangered animal trackers, and peak power usage. Here’s what happening around Shanghai:
- Two crafty men in their 50s were caught using magnets to pull coins out of the pond under the zigzag bridge at Yuyuan and were subsequently asked to leave. While lawyers insist the practice isn’t actually illegal, the park wont stand for it, and local residents were enraged. Maybe they’d be less angry if they learned the usual destination for coins gathered from the fountain: the Shanghai Red Cross.
- Shanghai tourism and transport authorities are vowing to do better after Shanghai ranked dead last on an evaluation of public services in about 40 Chinese cities last year. Worst ranked was our long distance buses and travel agencies. They now have a bi-lingual hotline you can call to report complaints, and they promise to try and fix them within 90 days!
- Foreigners are being encouraged once again to donate blood! Shanghai is operating 44% below ideal blood supply, and they are in particular need of A and O and Rh blood types. More info here.
- Electric moped accidents killed 237 people in Shanghai last year, approximately 20% of all traffic fatalities. Did you know the speed limit for mopeds in the city is 15 kilometers per hour?
- Power usage peaked on Wednesday this week when Shanghai hit around 21.27 million kilowatts. That’s close to our city’s 22 million kilowatts limit, and so authorities immediately started pilfering from neighboring Zhejiang province just in case.
- Screamscape does some predictions over which rides might make the cut in Disneyland Shanghai. If you’re into that sort of thing.
- The National reviews a strange story of an Indian businessman who has been stuck in Shanghai since December after being kidnapped and beaten by Chinese businessmen.
- Shanghai now has an official curling team! The city’s “first ice-sports team.”
- Endangered animals around Shanghai are set to be micro-chipped and tracked to ensure safety and record location, births and deaths. The chips will be able to monitor health conditions, and thus can alert authorities when an animal may be mistreated.
- Remember those rubber bouncing eggs some guy brought home from his market in Shandong province? Well consumers in Shanghai are now claiming they’ve appeared locally!