Zhangjiang gems shine at Shanghai tech fair
The annual China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair has become a major platform to showcase the city’s latest innovations as Shanghai prepares to build a global hitech innovative center, analysts said.
Gastroscopy used to be regarded by many patients as an unbearable experience, but a capsule-sized device can act as a replacement means of examining the inside of the stomach and duodenum.
“We ask the patient to swallow the capsule, wear special equipment that can record all the data collected by it, and get ready for a thorough gastroscopy. The whole process takes about half an hour and the capsule leaves the body along with other waste within 24 hours,” said Li Zhaoshen, a professor from Changhai Hospital.
According to the gastroenterology expert, the camera measures just 27 millimeters in length, 11.8 mm in width and weighs less than 5 grams. Carrying more than 300 components, the capsule has been used in over 50 hospitals nationwide.
“In order to meet the growing demand for painless examinations in Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta region, a production line will be built in Jinqiao Park of the Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone that can produce 1 million cameracapsules per year,” Li said.
At the technology fair held in late April, an unmanned aircraft powered by liquidhydrogen fuel cells served as another attention-grabbing innovation. Designed for monitoring, mining and communications, the plane shows how the aviation industry is also moving into green technology.
Weighing only 20 kilograms, it can fly at altitudes below 2,000 meters for two hours at speeds of around 30 km per hour.
Time-shared leases of electric cars are also expected to expand to the 22 parks under the Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone this year. Through this service, customers can book, lease and return the cars using mobile apps.
According to Zhangjiang’s plan, a new batch of 500 electric cars covering an additional network of 300 stations will be added to the city this year. Currently, the public has a choice of 350 electric cars offering time-sharing leases.
“There are many ways to innovate, but the Zhangjiang demonstration zone puts a special emphasis on originality,” said Cao Zhenquan, executive deputy director of the Zhangjiang High-tech Park Management Committee.
Focusing on new technology and new industries, Zhangjiang has established a series of innovative industrial clusters in areas including chips, R&D, education, high-end medical facilities and green economy.
The working environment should be open and tolerant, Cao said, adding that the Zhangjiang demonstration zone made it clear in its regulations that anything new is worth a try as long as it promotes healthy economic development.
Thanks to such an open policy, the zone’s total revenue soared 23.9 percent to 3.37 trillion yuan ($542.7 billion) year-on-year in 2014. Its net profit grew 14.5 percent to 184.2 billion yuan from a year ago.
Costa Serena began its year-round deployment last month with Shanghai as its home port. Another new cruise ship will be added to the Italian liner’s China fleet by April 2016. The liner is owned by US Carnival Corporation.
Costa Serena’s arrival increases the capacity in the region by 74 percent and will help satisfy rapidly growing demand in the Chinese market. The fourth ship will increase its capacity by over one-third next year, according to Buhdy Bok, president of Costa Asia, Costa Cruises AsiaPacific and China. Shanghai is one of five home ports for cruise liners in China. It accounts for over 60 percent of all the trips made, according to travel agency Ctrip.com.
Shanghai’s two airports handled 4,792 take-offs and landings by business jets in 2014, a growth of 6.75 percent year-on-year, said Lu Xun, a vice-general manager from Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center. That accounts for one- quarter of Chinese market.
According to the latest MOU signed by the Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA) and National Business Aviation Association (of the United States), the city will host the annual Asia Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) until 2021. The 2015 ABACE, the largest business aviation event in Asia, closed here in April.
Shanghai granted 20,500 applications from parents hoping to have a second child from March 1 last year to the end of this March, said Shen Xiaochu, director of the city’s health and family planning commission. Just over a year ago the city implemented a “twochild policy” that allows couples to have a second child if at least one of the parents has no siblings. So far, 370,000 couples have met the criteria, according to Shen. Shanghai couples want to have 1.46 children on average.
A high school senior has been accepted by eight leading US universities including Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Shen Hehe of Shanghai Foreign Language School has been engaged in extracurricular activities such as the Model United Nations and “ChinaThinksBig” contest hosted by the Harvard College Association for US-China Relations. She also advocates gender equality. She said she has benefited from the cooperative spirit of her peers who worked together to achieve their goals.