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Does action hero in 'Wolf Warrior 2' signal the end for 'fresh little meat?'

ONE of the more dominant aspects of contemporary Chinese pop culture would have to be xiaoxianrou, or “fresh little meat” — young, handsome and usually somewhat emasculine boys/men famous for their smooth skin, glistening smiles, perfect hair and lack of physical prowess. But is ...

Child abuse: the blot on our social conscience

A series of incidents involving children molested in public places has surfaced on social media in China over the past few weeks, raising anew concerns about what authorities are doing to address the problem of pedophilia.

Book fair a paradise for literature lovers

THE 14th Shanghai Book Fair, which started on Wednesday at Shanghai Exhibition Center, is highlighting new trends in China’s publishing market with nearly 1,000 events including a 10-hour reading relay, book signings, and a series of forums featuring science fictions, among others.

Savory roast duck, unsavory media glare

HUANGáweilongáHAD been operating a small but popular family-run roast duck shop inánortheasternáShanghai’sáHongkouáDistrict for 20 years when sudden media attention blew the lid off his low-key but happy existence.

Turning everyday life into art

AT first sight, Daniel LeeáPostaeráappears more like a movie star than a photographer. Clad in a light blue linen shirt,áPostaeráis a muscular figure with good looks to match.

Shanghai through the lens

LIFE is filled with moments, some are fleeting and some are unforgettable. The 2017 Shanghai Photographic Art Exhibition aims to showcase these moments captured by a wide range of people.

Queen Anne-style building on Nanjing Road gets careful facelift

THE century-old Ci’anli Building on downtown Shanghai’s Nanjing Road E. is undergoing renovation to improve the living conditions of its residents while preserving the elegance of its Queen Anne-style architecture and interior features.

Legacy of German machinery company survives in a new century

THE Carlowitz Building onáJiangxi Road M. mirrors the architectural history of the nearby Ci’anli Building, but its fašade is red brick, not gray. Work has just been completed on transforming the building into a complex of shops and offices.

Chushu brings with it clear sky and crisp air

THERE may be some relief from the blazing summer heat of past two months witháchushuáon the way.

Multicultural collaboration leads to greater success

AS our society becomes more culturally diverse, organizations are understanding the need to work with other organizations to “turn up the sound,” so their voices are heard and their issues addressed. This means individuals and institutions can no longer deny the sometimes-uncomfortable ...

A visual feast of stage works

THEATER lovers in Shanghai will be treated to a visual feast from September 1 to November 2 with an art event named Splendid Spring and Fruitful Autumn.

Legacy of 2016 Olympics saw rebirth of Rio

IN his speech during the opening ceremony of last year’s Olympic Games in Rio, organizing committee chief Carlos Nuzman said that Rio de Janeiro would be transformed by hosting the world’s biggest sporting event.

Poll: Statues should stay

MOST Americans favor leaving in place statues of Civil War figures associated with the defense of slavery, according to a survey yesterday, offering a measure of support for US President Donald Trump’s stance on the issue. Days after a violent rally by right-wing groups to protest removal of a ...

US history being 'ripped apart'

A DEFIANT President Donald Trump shrugged off a barrage of bipartisan criticism yesterday and said US history was being “ripped apart” by the removal of Confederate statues. Trump waded back into the charged racial debate over monuments to the pro-slavery South with a volley of tweets ...

US general says military solution to NK 'horrific'

A MILITARY solution to the North Korean missile threat would be “horrific,” but allowing Pyongyang to develop the capability to launch a nuclear attack on the United States is “unimaginable,” the top US military officer said yesterday. Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff ...

President hails progress at Beijing meeting

CHINESE President Xi Jinping said yesterday that he expects military relations will become a major stabilizing factor in Sino-US ties. Xi was meeting Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, the first senior military official to ...

Barcelona terror attack as van hits pedestrians

POLICE in Barcelona said they were dealing with a “terrorist attack” after a driver deliberately plowed a van into pedestrians on the city’s famous Las Ramblas boulevard yesterday. Police were clearing the area after the incident, which left a number of people injured. A person ...

France will have an 'informal first lady'

Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, said she will adopt the role of first lady,' but only in an informal capacity after opposition to plans to give her an official status.Speaking to Elle magazine in her first interview since her husband's election in May, the 64-year-old ...

Ruling over damages on ruined holy sites

Judges at the International Criminal Court ruled yesterday that a former Islamist rebel who was jailed for wrecking holy sites in Timbuktu was liable for damages of US$3.2 million.Amad al-Faqi al-Mahdi was sent to prison for nine years in 2016 after pleading guilty to war crimes for his ...

3rd minister caught in dual nationality ban

A THIRD Australian government minister revealed yesterday she might have been unlawfully elected to Parliament because of a constitutional ban on dual citizens that has snared six lawmakers since July in an unprecedented political crisis.Fiona Nash, deputy leader of the Nationals junior coalition ...

Saudis allow Qatari pilgrims to attend hajj

Qatari pilgrims began arriving in Saudi Arabia yesterday, Saudi media reported, after Riyadh said it was opening up its border and airports for those attending the annual hajj pilgrimage despite a diplomatic rift that cut travel ties.Qatar welcomed the Saudi decision to open the border and provide ...

Drama on the G1501 expressway

Expo offers a glimpse of tomorrow

FOR those who want to have a glimpse of future technology applications in daily life and get their hands on some fancy gadgets, the 2017 Shanghai Popular Science Products Expo is the place to go. It will be held from August 25 to 28 at Shanghai Exhibition Center, following the book fair which ends ...

Heatwave set to return next week

NEXT week, the city will have a break from rain, but the mercury may soar, forecasters said. The hot, sultry days of summer are not over despite Sunday marking the end of sanfu, or the hottest period in the Chinese solar calendar. High temperatures will hover around 33 degrees Celsius today and ...

Ambitious agricultural park for Fengxian

CONSTRUCTION has started this week on a massive “agricultural art park” along Huangpu River in Fengxian District. The plan is to turn Fengxian’s traditional farm industry into tourism venues and museums. The city government aims to build a batch of country parks in the outskirts to ...

Mexican wave for Shanghai

Xuhui telephone booths to be turned into libraries

XUHUI District will turn its hundreds of outdated telephone booths into miniature libraries, electronic booths and other cultural venues, the government said yesterday. The downtown district has a total of 637 telephone booths that were built across the city before the mobile phone era made them ...

Trio held for book sale scam

THREE suspects have been detained for illegal reproduction of books since early last year that they then sold via the Internet to customers across China. Shanghai police said yesterday that in a recent raid over 100,000 copies of printed books were found at the gang’s premises in Suqian city, ...

Airport's record passenger traffic

MORE than 5 million passengers — a record — traveled through Pudong International Airport this summer. The airport’s frontier inspection station said passenger traffic recorded from July 1 to August 15 rose 2 percent compared with the same period a year earlier. Over the period, 26 ...

Booksellers fight back

HOW do bookstores compete against online retailers? Bookstore executives from across China met in Shanghai yesterday to discuss their options. Some booksellers said they are trying out 24-hour “smart bookstores.” The Super Bookstore — China Physical Bookstore Innovation and ...

Car plates removed to get drivers to pay up

A suspect has been detained for blackmailing car owners by stealing their vehicle plates and then trying to sell them back to their owners. Police said yesterday that thefts of car plates had been reported in downtown Shanghai near the Jiangsu Road Metro station in late July. A paper note was left ...

A few drops of water enhances whisky taste

Ignore the snobs, because most experts agree: a few drops of water enhance the taste of whiskies, from well-rounded blends to peat bombs redolent of smoke, tobacco and leather.The only real question is, why is this true?The answer, a pair of biochemists in Sweden said yesterday, resides in the ...

24 teams take part in Jump 10 World Hoops Challenge in Shanghai

2017 Jump 10 World Hoops Challenge was held at Shanghai’s Rucker Park starting from Thursday. The opening ceremony was attended by Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo. “Shanghai has the world’s best hoops venue and tournament. A future NBA star might be found here,” ...

Lebanon repeals law allowing for rape marriage

Lebanon yesterday joined other Arab nations in abolishing a law that lets rapists escape punishment if they marry their victims in a move applauded by women's rights campaigners.On the heels of Jordan scrapping its law earlier this month, and Tunisia doing so last month, Lebanese lawmakers voted to ...

Kids make up 105 of 300 killed in mudslides

Concerns shifted yesterday to the estimated 600 people still missing and thousands made homeless in Sierra Leone by deadly floods in the capital, as it emerged that at least a third of those killed were children.The United Nations said Tuesday that it was evaluating humanitarian needs in Sierra ...

Trump crosses a red line in saying 'blame on both sides'

DONALD Trump found himself in the eye of a political storm yesterday after his stunning remarks on the unrest in Charlottesville, which sparked unease within his own camp and could be a turning point in his already chaotic presidency. Just about 200 days into his term, Trump crossed a red line in ...

Homebuilding slows in US

Asian buyers vibrant in global real estate outlay

APPETITE for real estate investment around the world rose in the second quarter of this year with Asian buyers playing a vibrant role, data released yesterday by JLL, an international property advisor, showed. Inter-regional investment in real estate totaled US$19.5 billion between April and ...

Tie-up helps US outfits tap Chinese travelers

ALIBABA’S financial affiliate Ant Financial said its mobile payment service Alipay has partnered Yelp to offer the US lifestyle service review and reservation app’s local content to millions of Chinese travelers through the Alipay app. Alipay’s users visiting New York City, Los ...

Shares dip amid weak sentiment

SHANGHAI stocks dipped yesterday as market sentiment was weighed down by coal mining and steel companies following the central government’s call to ease price surges. The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.15 percent to end at 3,246.45 points after a two-day rebound. A cloud hung over coal miners ...

Slower rise in home loans in July for 8th straight month

GROWTH of home loans in Shanghai slowed in July for the eighth consecutive month amid a cooler real estate market in the city, the Shanghai headquarters of the People's Bank of China said a statement yesterday. Banks in Shanghai extended 10.68 billion yuan of mortgages in July, down 14.84 billion ...

Geely's sales lift H1 profit

CHINA’S Geely Automobile Holdings said yesterday revenue and profit more than doubled in the first half of this year amid robust sales of its sedan and sport-utility vehicles, and the company revised upward its full-year sales volume. Geely Auto’s net profit surged 128 percent to 4.34 ...

Call against speculation hits prices

REBAR futures prices slumped for five days in a row amid the central government’s call to dampen speculation, and on the Shanghai Futures Exchange’s increasing its transaction fee. The most traded rebar contract for January, 2018 delivery fell to 3,707 yuan per ton yesterday from 4,006 ...

The queen of ships

Telecoms group raising US$11.7b in private capital

TELECOMS group China Unicom is raising US$11.7 billion from about a dozen investors, including tech giants Alibaba and Tencent, as part of China’s push for state-owned enterprises to be revitalized with private capital. The deal represents the largest capital raising in the Asia-Pacific ...

Trump's praise for NK leader's 'wise' decision

US President Donald Trump praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un yesterday for a “wise” decision not to fire missiles toward the US territory of Guam and for easing escalating tension between the two countries. North Korea has made no secret of its plan to develop a missile capable of ...

India urged to protect peace at border

CHINA is urging India to protect the peace and stability of their border after Indian media said soldiers were involved in an altercation in southeastern Kashmir. Chinese border troops have always patrolled the Chinese side of the line of control on the China-India border, a foreign ministry ...

QR airline codes make it easier to check in

DOMESTIC flight passengers in Shanghai who only have carry-on luggage can now check in with a QR code on their mobile phones. Shanghai Airport Authority announced that the move applies to both the city’s airports. It is part of the authority’s efforts to create a “smart airport ...

Line 1 is the least liked Metro line

LOCAL commuters are most satisfied with the service of Metro Line 13 and least pleased with the service of Line 1, according to a survey released yesterday. The satisfaction survey on the city’s 15 Metro lines in the second quarter was released by the city’s transportation commission. A ...

Ramp to relieve station congestion

THE South-North Elevated Road is having a new ramp installed to alleviate congestion near Shanghai Railway Station. The first pillar, which was prefabricated, for the new ramp on Zhongxing Road in Jing’an District was erected around 2am yesterday, according to the Shanghai SMI Highway Group, ...