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, Eastday.com 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, thepaper.cn 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.