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China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

The mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment of Shang­hai is plan­ning to add an­other nine metro lines with a to­tal length of about 285 kilo­me­ters be­tween 2017 and 2025, re­ported Xinmin. com. Over the last two decades, Shang­hai has con­structed the world's long­est metro line, one that made 8.09 mil­lion pas­sen­ger trips on a daily ba­sis in the first half of 2015. The to­tal length of the sub­way net­work will reach 1,000 kilo­me­ters by 2025, and the wait­ing time for trains at Shang­hai’s ma­jor metro line sta­tions will be short­ened to two min­utes in the next five years, Gu Weihua, pres­i­dent of Shang­hai Shen­tong Metro Group Co Ltd was quoted as say­ing by east­day.com.

Shang­hai will ter­mi­nate its three-decade-long univer­sity re­cruit­ment drive start­ing this fall, ac­cord­ing to the new re­cruit­ing pol­icy is­sued by the lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion reg­u­la­tor, re­ported China Ed­u­ca­tion Daily. The 51,000 stu­dents in Shang­hai who will take the na­tional col­lege en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion this year will ben­e­fit from the new pol­icy, as each of them can choose from 60 ma­jors across 10 gen­eral uni­ver­si­ties.

A story about Amer­i­can tourist Kevin Cook need­ing just $20 to travel around Shang­hai in a day has raised much dis­cus­sion among Chi­nese ne­ti­zens about how peo­ple can be fru­gal with­out miss­ing the best sights and sounds of the city, ac­cord­ing to Xin­huanet.com. De­spite the con­ser­va­tive bud­get, Cook man­aged to eat three meals, take a ride on the metro line and spend a night in a youth hos­tel. He even had 7 yuan left at the end of his day.

The re­hearsals for the first Man­darin prod­uct ion of TheLionKing kicked off in early April, ahead of its global de­but at the Walt Dis­ney Grand The­atre in Shang­hai Dis­ney Re­sort on June 16, Shang­hai Dis­ney Re­sort and Dis­ney The­atri­cal Pro­duc­tions an­nounced on April 14. The Man­darin ver­sion will mark the ninth language the highly suc­cess­ful Broad­way mu­si­cal is pro­duced in. TheLion King has been en­joyed by au­di­ences in 20 coun­tries across six con­ti­nents since 1997. “The adapted script and language will en­hance the the­atri­cal experience for Chi­nese guests, al­low­ing them to con­nect with the di­a­logue and gain a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the show’s themes and mes­sages,” said An­thony Lyn, the As­so­ciate Di­rec­tor of TheLionKing. The en­tire story is brought to life through so­phis­ti­cated stage­craft, pup­petry and chore­og­ra­phy.

A Shang­hai court re­cently took away a wo­man's right of cus­tody of her hus­band, who be­came men­tally im­paired af­ter a car ac­ci­dent in 2003, giv­ing cus­tody to the man’s fa­ther in­stead. Af­ter tak­ing care of him for eight years, the wife rented an apart­ment and lived separately from her hus­band, leav­ing him in the care of his fa­ther. Lu’s fa­ther then filed a law­suit with the Shang­hai Pudong New District Peo­ple’s Court last year, re­quest­ing for the court to re­move his daugh­ter-in-law’s cus­tody rights.

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