China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

As many as 42.42 mil­lion pas­sen­gers from Shang­hai trav­eled over­seas in 2016, an in­crease of 12.9 per­cent year-onyear, ac­cord­ing to data from Shang­hai Gen­eral Sta­tion of Im­mi­gra­tion In­spec­tion. There were 35,000 pas­sen­ger trips made last year since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 144-hour visa ex­emp­tion tran­sit pol­icy on Jan 30, 2016.

Trav­el­ers from 51 coun­tries and re­gions, in­clud­ing the United States, Ja­pan, South Korea, France and Ger­many, who are vis­it­ing Shang­hai as well as the neigh­bor­ing prov­inces of Jiangsu and Zhe­jiang are cov­ered by the new pol­icy.

Com­pared to the pre­vi­ous 72-hour visa-free en­try for in­ter­na­tional tran­sit pas­sen­gers, the new pol­icy saw a 90 per­cent year- on- year in­crease in pas­sen­ger trips in Shang­hai.

Shang­hai-based e-com­merce plat­form YHD said that it will be in­ject­ing another 500 mil­lion yuan ($71.96 mil­lion) in East China in or­der to main­tain its lead­ing role in the mar­ket. Ac­cord­ing to Song Chun­hui, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of YHD’s mer­chan­dis­ing de­part­ment, the sub­sidy means that cus­tomers will get to en­joy fur­ther dis­counts on goods.

YHD made a sim­i­lar move last Au­gust by spend­ing 1 bil­lion yuan a month af­ter its fiercest ri­val Tmall, owned by Alibaba, gave out sub­si­dies worth 2 bil­lion yuan. Song said that this 1 bil­lion yuan sub­sidy drove its rev­enue up by nearly 100 per­cent year-on-year in the fol­low­ing three months.

A book­store founded by Shang­hai Jiao Tong Uni­ver­sity Press will launch a vir­tual re­al­ity fa­cil­ity, mak­ing it pos­si­ble for read­ers to get ac­cess to un­lim­ited vol­umes of books that are not sold in the shop, ac­cord­ing to ThePaper. cn. The sec­ond floor of the store is de­signed as a show­room where vis­i­tors can use VR equip­ment to se­lect, read or even buy books in the fu­ture.

The book­store also said that it is also aiming to ex­pand its func­tions and trans­form it­self into one of the city’s cul­tural land­marks. Tra­di­tional book­stores have in re­cent years been los­ing cus­tomers to e-com­merce plat­forms and ebook stores, and many of those that have not adapted to the dig­i­tal land­scape have shut­tered.

A book on col­orec­tal can­cer was re­cently launched by Team Curis Group and Pineap­ple Health­care Stu­dio in Shang­hai and con­tains ba­sic knowl­edge of the dis­ease as well as pre­ven­tion and treat­ment meth­ods.

Ex­perts said that the book aims to pro­mote the early di­ag­no­sis and lower the mor­tal­ity rate by ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple on the dis­ease through for­mal chan­nels. In China, the in­ci­dence and mor­tal­ity rate of col­orec­tal can­cer has been rising in re­cent years, es­pe­cially among peo­ple aged above 45. Many peo­ple fail to get timely treat­ment be­cause of the lack of aware­ness of the dis­ease.

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