China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

The life ex­pectancy of a fe­male in Shang­hai hit 85.09 years for the first time last year, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by La­bor Daily. The sur­vey find­ings also showed that the mor­tal­ity rate of preg­nant women, new­born ba­bies and chil­dren aged below five are de­clin­ing.

Mean­while, ac­cord­ing to an an­nual sur­vey fo­cused on women and chil­dren, 85.7 per­cent of women in Shang­hai say they are happy with their lives. Shang­hai’s women and chil­dren com­mit­tee has also pledged to do more to cham­pion gen­der equal­ity.

More than 190,000 peo­ple bid­ded for car li­censes dur­ing Fe­bru­ary’s auc­tion, the high­est num­ber in his­tory, ac­cord­ing to China Na­tional Ra­dio. There were 8,363 li­cense plates avail­able this month, 1,046 less than the pre­vi­ous month, and the low­est bid was 83,200 yuan ($12,762).

A to­tal of 100,000 car li­cense plates are ex­pected to be is­sued in 2016, an av­er­age of about 8,000 per month. Shang­hai was the first city in China to launch an auc­tion for car li­censes as part of mea­sures to curb the num­ber of au­to­mo­biles on its roads.

Ho­tel chains in the United States are start­ing to tweak their room ser­vice of­fer­ings and equip­ment to bet­ter serve Chi­nese tourists, ac­cord­ing to Reuters.

For ex­am­ple, Hil­ton Ho­tels have since March 2015 pro­vided their Chi­nese cus­tomers in the United States with slip­pers, elec­tric ket­tles and Chi­nese tele­vi­sion chan­nels.

Sim­i­larly, the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tels Group has been rolling out Union Pay ser­vices and hir­ing Chi­nese-speak­ing em­ploy­ees. Some 1.8 mil­lion Chi­nese tourists in the US spent $21.2 bil­lion in 2014, and this ex­pen­di­ture is ex­pected to grow to $80 bil­lion in 2021.

Shang­hai’s prop­erty mar­ket has started to heat up again over the past months, with more than 40,000 apart­ments be­ing traded in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary, re­ported Na­tional Busi­ness Daily.

The in­crease in de­mand has led to a price hike of more than 5 per­cent in the home trade and some home­own­ers have even raised their ask­ing prices by 10 per­cent, said a man­ager from prop­erty agent Lian­jia.

A nurse from the Shang­hai No 6th Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal is sus­pected to have mur­dered her fi­ance due to dis­putes over their im­pend­ing mar­riage, re­ported the Bei­jing Times.

The nurse Wang Lin first got to know her fi­ance, Li Ming, when they were col­leagues. Three years into the re­la­tion­ship, the cou­ple de­cided that they would get mar­ried in Jan­uary 2015.

How­ever, the man’s fam­ily had asked for a post­pone­ment of the wed­ding due to mi­nor dis­putes be­tween the two fam­i­lies. Be­liev­ing that her fi­ance’s fam­ily was in­tro­duc­ing new girl­friends to their son, Wang gave Li an in­sulin injection which killed him.

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