China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

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.

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