More efforts will be made to turn the city into a global sports hub by 2025, reported China Sports Daily which quoted Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong.
During Yang’s visit to the Shanghai sports bureau, he called for a comprehensive development of the sports industry during the 13th FiveYear Plan ( 2016-2020) period. Part of the plan includes the acceleration of development for public service systems and the promotion of sports through a variety of activities and tournaments.
The city’s population hit 24.15 million at the end of 2015. It comprised of 14.34 million permanent residents and 9.82 million immigrants, a 1.5 percent drop from 9.96 million in the previous year, according to the latest municipal government report published on Feb 29.
The report also showed that the average annual disposable income in Shanghai last year was 49,867 yuan ($7,610) per person, up 8.5 percent from a year ago. The city’s GDP per capita also exceeded the 100,000 yuan bar for the first time in 2015, said the Shanghai Municipal Statistics Bureau.
The total number of cars in Shanghai reached 2.91 million in 2015, an increase of 295,300 from 2014, and nearly twothirds of them are privately owned, reported Labor Daily which cited the city’s transportation police bureau.
The fast rise in car numbers has been attributed to the city’s consistent economic growth and rising affordability for private automobiles. It is estimated that there are 52 private cars owned by every 100 families in Shanghai.
Last year, 1 million tons of fruits, were imported through Shanghai customs and the daily import volume — 2,700 tons per day — accounted for a 50 percent year-on-year increase, reported Jiefang Daily. The majority of the fruits came from Australia, South America, North America and Europe.
To meet the growing demand for imported fruits, the Shanghai EntryExit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau had created specific customs area for inspection. Authorities said this move has shortened the clearance duration from four days to just six hours, resulting in a 30 percent reduction in logistics costs.
Shanghai was the most important homeport for cruise ships in China, handling 320 homeport cruise calls and nearly 1.6 million homeport passenger trips in 2015, according to the 2015 China Cruise Industry Development Report published on Feb 29.
Although cruise data for 2015 is still being collated, Shanghai’s ranking among the top 10 global homeports is likely to jump two places to sixth, according to Cheng Juehao, a deputy professor from Shanghai Maritime University. A total of 2.22 million passenger trips were made across China in 2015.