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  • Xuhui District Steadies Vegetable Prices and Supply

    Steady vegetable prices and supply despite of climbing temperature. Photo taken by Lu Xiang Shanghai issued the 17th orange alert for high temperature on Jul 28 after 3 days’ red alerts for high temperature in the last half month. The weather has been scorching after the raining season ended, with unbearably combing high temperature. Vegetable prices tended to hike in such hot seasons in the past. How about this year? A large number of residents were shopping at Jialing Market at 4: pm on Jul.26, according to reporters. Vegetable prices were close to those in early Jul.: Green stem Chinese cabbages, cabbages and cucumbers are priced at RMB 3.5, RMB 2.5 and RMB 2 per 500 g respectively. Li Ruifang, a mushroom seller, told the reporters, “Mushroom prices are roughly the same with June’s level. Peak business hours are in the morning, and we offer discounts for some mushrooms in the afternoon.” Attracted by a sign reading “Pleurotus geesteranus: RMB 2 per box, RMB 3 for 2 boxes; oyster mushroom: RMB 4 per box”, People stopped at Li’s stall from time to time and picked up some packaged mushrooms. “We have been gathering info in community markets and wholesale markets to learn about retail and wholesale prices of vegetables, so that we could develop recommended prices for sellers. That’s why prices of vegetable and other products in our Market are more competitive than those in other community markets, and residents in other districts travel a long way (couple of hours) to shop here despite high temperature in July,” Zhang Lixin, manager of Jialing Market, told reporters. “Apart from Jialing Market, other markets under Mingyan Group have price monitoring mechanisms. Vegetable prices across our markets are steady, without obvious volatility,” Gong Hao, deputy general manager of Shanghai Mingyan Enterprise Management Group Co., Ltd. “In addition to price monitoring, the Company also has contingency preplans. In the event of short supply and high prices, the Company will deploy vegetables from bases in Shandong and Chongming and curb price hikes by providing subsidies and free rental to tenants. Moreover, as an initiative against the scorching weather, the Company has invested over RMB 100,000 to install spray cooling devices in Jialing Market. Those devices will help lower the temperature after available for use in early August. Other markets with high traffics will also have such devices installed,” Gong added. Due to successive days of high temperature, cold preservation and transportation costs for fresh-water fishes were on the increase, which added to rising wholesale prices, according to reporters visiting Longnan Market. However, prices of locally-bred aquatic shrimps such as greasy-back shrimps and freshwater shrimps are not very expensive, averaging at RMB 27 per 500 g, slightly lower than prior to the high temperature period. Xuhui District has taken paralleled measures to “steady vegetable prices and supply” during the high temperature period, according to sources from District Commerce Committee. Apart from contingency funds allocated to markets for price control, transfer payment, rental discount, subsidies to market managers, etc. the District also gathers prices of 20 vegetables at 5 monitoring spots, while markets disclose the average prices in the District as required by the industry association, which drive prices in each market closer to the average. Moreover, the District Commerce Committee also facilitate traditional markets in standardized development, management optimization, reducing intermediate processes and lowering purchase costs by partnering with planting base in Shandong, Jiaxing, etc.

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  • Early Bird Ticket for 2017 West Bund Food Festival is Now on Sale

    Photo: Archived picture of 2016 West Bund Food Festival Known as the "The Taste Feast of Shanghai," the 2017 West Bund Food Festival will be opened again in this October. The Camp 3399, located at No. 3399 of Longteng Avenue, has laid ready a large piece of lawn, on which master chefs form from Michelin-starred restaurant in Italy, France and Belgium and 11 star chefs selected globally are scheduled for a cooking competition. This year’s food festival, which involves 10 consulates and features specialties from various countries and rare ingredients, is designed to attract more foodies to this wonderful feast. Currently, the most cost-efficient “Early Bird Ticket (all-inclusive)” is listed on Gewara, Lvmama, Wanzhoumo and Dianping, where visitors can book a ticket for "Shanghai's largest picnic party" in advance. (Source: xuhuibao.com)

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  • Xuhui Enters into Agreement on the Temporary Exhibition Space of Centre Pompidou

    Fang Shizhong, Mayor of Xuhui District, led a delegation to Centre Pompidou in Paris to discuss the setting up of a 5-year temporary exhibition space in the district, and witnessed the signing of an official strategic cooperation framework agreement between West Bund Group and Centre Pompidou. The cooperative project will be open to the public from 2019 to 2024 at the West Bund Art Museum, which is located in the public open space of Xuhui Riverside region. It is currently the most enduring cultural exchange and cooperation project with the highest quality between China and France, and during the cooperation period, the West Bund Group will become the only partner of Centre Pompidou in conducting high-level and long-term cooperation in China, as well as its only partner in carrying out all cultural cooperation projects in the Yangtze River Delta region. The picture shows the signing ceremony between Xuhui Government and Centre Pompidou. Photo and report by Zong He (Source: xuhuibao.com)

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  • Changqiao Opens All Senior Citizen Entertainment Centers in Summer

    Xuhui District’s Changqiao Sub-district opened all senior citizen entertainment centers, totaling 34, under its neighborhood communities so that the elderly could spend the summer there. In those air-conditioned entertainment centers, senior citizens could read newspapers, play chess, sing and enjoy themselves. A snapshot of senior citizens in the entertainment center of Tiyu Huayuan’s neighborhood committee. (Source: Wenhui Daily)

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  • Music Day 2017 Launched in West Bund, Highlighting Summer with Free Concerts

    From June 23 to 25, as part of the Croisements Festival, the Music Day 2017 (Fete de la Musique 2017) held a series of open free concerts in Shanghai. The event was co-organized by the French Embassy in China and the French Consulate General in Shanghai, featuring the opening concert at the West Bund Art Center in Xuhui Riverside region, which highlighted this hot summer with beautiful music (as shown in the picture). The Music Day is a is a large, free and popular festival dedicated to all types of music – from jazz to pop and rock, classical music and world music, which was created in 1982 by Jack Lang, the then French Minister of Culture. It has been a great success since its inception. Now extended to the whole world, the festival is celebrated in more than 450 cities in 100 countries from the five continents. In the recent 11 years, a number of Chinese cities have also been involved. In 2016, the Music Day in China attracted nearly 3.8 million music lovers (onsite, on TV and PPTV), which was among the most popular cultural exchange projects by the French Embassy in China. This year, it renewed its partnership with PPTV for livestreaming. On 6pm on June 23th at Venue B of West Bund Art Center, the evening was lit up by King Krab, Taiwan MC and French 79, together with Chinese groups of Da Fresh, Duck Fight Goose and Chacha& DJ Aivilox. Psychedelic pop, funk, electro, rock, and hip hop—different music styles met the demands of all trend setters. In the act of the event, many fans of the performing bands came with cards on which names of their idols were written, some came with friends, and residents from neighboring communities also came to enjoy the show. Some middle-aged photographers were shooting the feast, and all audience were sipping their lollipops and moved and relaxed their body to the beats of the music. After West Bund Group launched an open registration on its official WeChat account, a great many enthusiasts rushed to sign up. On the opening concert day, despite the rain, audience were still extremely excited. Considering that the opening concert was at lunch time, the organize prepared iced beverage and take-outs inside and outside the venue. West Bund is all for everyone to discover. As the last heavyweight event of ART WEST BUND in this spring and summer, West Bund Group held this music feast to help people relax and relieve. The Music Day will also give free performances at other places including Grand Gateway 66.

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