China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

Uni­fied prop­erty regis­tra­tion will be im­ple­mented across the city start­ing Oct 8, re­plac­ing all in­for­mal cer­tifi­cates for prop­er­ties with uni­fied ones, re­ported Eco­nomic Daily. Since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the policy in Shang­hai’s Fengx­ian district on June 12, the area has is­sued 7,380 prop­erty cer­tifi­cates and 11,166 regis­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates as of Sept 27. Ex­perts said the new policy has laid the foun­da­tions for prop­erty tax col­lec­tion in the fu­ture.

The mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment of Shang­hai has com­menced its ef­forts to be­come a sponge city, with the trial area of Lin­gang in Pudong New Area set­ting the goal of achiev­ing zero wa­ter log­ging in the next three years, Huan­qiu. com re­ported. Lin­gang, which was des­ig­nated as the trial area in April, cov­ers 79 square kilo­me­ters and will re­ceive up to 8 bil­lion yuan ($1.2 bil­lion) in in­vest­ments. A con­crete plan for Shang­hai’s sponge city de­vel­op­ment will be com­pleted by the end of Oc­to­ber.

The num­ber of traf­fic ac­ci­dents in Shang­hai has dropped fol­low­ing a six­month cam­paign against traf­fic vi­o­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to local po­lice. Dur­ing the six months, there were 381 traf­fic ac­ci­dents re­ported, 27.84 per­cent lower than a year ago. The death toll and num­ber of in­jured mo­torists have also de­creased by 15.22 per­cent and 48.77 per­cent re­spec­tively year-onyear. The daily traf­fic jam alarm slid 0.69 per­cent and daily park­ing vi­o­la­tion dropped 5.15 per­cent com­pared to March. More than 90 per­cent of lo­cals sur­veyed sup­port the traf­fic cam­paign.

The 2016 China (Shang­hai) Pi­lot Free Trade Zone Cul­ture Li­cens­ing Fair will take place at the Re­gal Plaza Ho­tel & Res­i­dence from Oct 26 to 28. This expo on in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty (IP) will fea­ture par­tic­i­pants from 14 coun­tries and will in­clude artis­tic and de­sign cre­ations, folk art her­itage, as well as gam­ing and an­i­ma­tion IPs. In­dus­try in­sid­ers from all over the world will also par­tic­i­pate in a fo­rum and round ta­ble meet­ings. IP li­cens­ing is a new and rapidly grow­ing busi­ness in China, said Feng Lan, vice pres­i­dent of Shang­hai Ori­en­tal Hui­wen Int’l Cul­tural Ser­vice Trad­ing Co Ltd, the or­ga­nizer of the fair since 2014.

Ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey on the fit­ness con­di­tions of Shang­hainese peo­ple, about 40.8 per­cent of lo­cals work out reg­u­larly and their av­er­age daily ex­pen­di­ture for ex­er­cise is 17.3 yuan ($2.6). The sur­vey, pub­lished on Sept 28, also found that the num­ber of fit­ness en­thu­si­asts has in­creased 0.4 per­cent­age points from last year, and the most fa­vored ac­tiv­i­ties are jog­ging, bad­minton, basketball, square danc­ing and ta­ble ten­nis. In 2015, 540 sports fields cov­er­ing a to­tal area of 279,021 square me­ters were added across the city. Shang­hai has since 2012 been pub­lish­ing an­nual re­ports that track res­i­dents’ fit­ness and health con­di­tions.

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