China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

Con­struc­tion of the na­tion’s tallest build­ing, the Shang­hai Tower, has been com­pleted, peo­ple. com re­ported. The 632-me­ter high-rise is also the world’s se­cond high­est build­ing af­ter Dubai’s Burj Khal­ifa, which is 828 me­ters tall. The build­ing in Shang­hai’s fi­nan­cial cen­ter of Lu­ji­azui is 127 storeys and is equipped with the world’s fastest el­e­va­tor, which can take pas­sen­gers from the 119th floor down to the 2nd base­ment in 55 sec­onds. The build­ing boasts what it calls the world's largest un­der­ground trea­sury, lo­cated at the 5th base­ment, or 25 me­ters below ground.

The three-day Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Beer Fes­ti­val will be held on May 6 to 8, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­nizer Bevex, a Shang­hai-based mar­ket­ing and event com­pany. The sev­enth an­nual event will in­clude a beer mas­ter class, China’s largest neon light party and a beer award, hon­or­ing the best brews made in China. More than 200 brands of beer from all over the world will be pre­sented. Last year, the fes­ti­val at­tracted 32,000 vis­i­tors to a cen­tury-old dock along Shang­hai’s Huangpu River.

Shang­hai ranks as the 11th most ex­pen­sive among top global cities, and it is also the most ex­pen­sive city in the Chi­nese main­land, the lat­est re­port by the Econ­o­mist In­tel­li­gence Unit shows. The cost of liv­ing in ma­jor Chi­nese cities con­tinue to rise, with Shen­zhen jump­ing from 28th in 2014 to 16th last year, Bei­jing ad­vanced 15 spots to 31st, and Shang­hai moved up 13 spots to 11th. The cost of liv­ing in Shang­hai is com­pa­ra­ble to that of Tokyo, this year’s re­port said. The Ja­panese cap­i­tal has been tagged sev­eral times in the past two decades as the world’s most ex­pen­sive city.

Plans call for the num­ber of parks across Shang­hai to in­crease from cur­rently more than 160 to 300 in the next five years, East­ re­ported. An­other 1,200 hectares of green space will be added in the city this year, the re­port said. A new, 11-hectare park has been built near the Shang­hai Dis­ney Re­sort in the Pudong New Area, which is sched­uled to open its door on June 16. The theme park area’s to­tal pub­lic green space has reached 293 hectares. In ad­di­tion, 400,000 square me­ters of ver­ti­cal green area on walls of build­ings and other ar­chi­tec­tures will be added on viaducts.

To ful­fill her son’s dy­ing wish, Yi Jiefang, 67, of Shang­hai has planted more than 2 mil­lion trees in desert of China’s In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion, thep­a­ re­ported. Yi and her hus­band honored her son, who died in a car wreck in 2000, us­ing money from sell­ing their own prop­er­ties in Shang­hai. Yi’s only son, Yang Ruizhe, who was study­ing at Chuo Univer­sity in Ja­pan, told her that he wanted to re­turn to China af­ter grad­u­a­tion and plant a for­est in the desert. But two weeks later, in May 2000, Yang was killed in a crash on his way to the univer­sity. More than two years later, Yi and her hus­band de­cided to stop griev­ing and make their son’s dream come true.

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