Around Town

Your news round-up for the month of February & March 2016
Shanghai Disney Resort To Open 16 June 2016
After pushing back the opening date on numerous occasions, Shanghai Disney Resort finally announce their official opening date last month. Major construction of the resort has already been completed, and now follows an extensive preparation period to ensure the resort is fully operational and ready to greet millions of guests by 16 June this year. The theme park will have six themed lands: Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove and Fantasyland, with the Enchanted Storybook Castle.


Shanghai Men Getting Fatter

Four in 10 Shanghai men are overweight and one in eight is obese, according to a survey published by the Shanghai Sports Bureau. The proportion of “overweight” men rose to 41 per cent last year, from 38 per cent in a similar study completed in 2010, while the “obese” population increased to 12 per cent from 11 per cent. The research was conducted last year and involved 60,414 males aged between 3 and 69. Men, when reaching for your next bite of hongshaorou remember, “a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the…”


Overseas Students Rise In Shanghai

You might have thought that there were a lot more fresh-faced, young laowai in the city recently, and you would be right. Education authorities have confirmed that there has been an increase in the number of overseas students enrolling for degree courses in Shanghai universities, thanks to an increase in English language curriculums. A total of 16,000 overseas students are seeking degrees here, which was up 3.5 per cent from 2014. Students for masters and doctorate programmes increased by more than 12 per cent in 2015 from a year before.


Fireworks Ban To Be Enforced During Spring Festival

Since the beginning of January, the city’s authorities have enforced a ban on fireworks inside the Outer Ring Road on all days, and throughout the city during heavily polluted days. Local authorities are working to ensure that the ban sticks during the typically boisterous Chinese New Year period, and will deploy some 20,000 police officers to enforce the new rules. Good luck to them, they are certainly going to need it.