The average concentration levels of PM 2.5, SO2, PM 10 and NO2 in Shanghai dropped to a record low in 2016, said the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau. According to the bureau, the average concentration of PM 2.5 in 2016 was 45 micrograms per cubic meter, 8 micrograms less than 2015 and a 27.4 percent decrease from 2013, meeting the target of a 20 percent fall by 2017. Compared to 2015, the number of days in 2016 with “excellent” air quality had increased by 23 while the number of days with “polluted air quality” decreased by 17 days.
The total tourism revenue for the city in 2016 had grown by 9 percent from the previous year to hit 382 billion yuan ($55.2 billion), according to Shanghai’s tourism department. It also revealed that the revenue of domestic travel had grown by 10 percent year-onyear to 330 billion yuan. Meanwhile, the number of passenger trips organized by travel agencies to overseas destinations was 5.9 million, 50 percent higher than the previous year. Shanghai had also welcomed 290 million and 8.5 million domestic and overseas tourists respectively in 2016. According to the city’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), it will have six more national-level tourist attractions with annual tourism revenue hitting 500 billion yuan by 2020.
Shanghai Disney Resort is getting ready to usher in the Chinese New Year by offering a series of activities for Chinese tourists. From Jan 7 to Feb 12, tourists visiting the resort will receive a welcome from Mickey and Friends who will be dressed in traditional Chinese outfits. The resort’s surroundings will also be decorated with Spring Festival couplets and red lanterns and visitors will receive Chinese New Year-themed snacks, gifts and lucky bags.
Original productions from the China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF) were featured at the Asian Society of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference (APAP) in the United States on Jan 9. Kunqu artist Zhang Jun’s I, Hamlet won high praise from the audiences, members of professional performing art institutions as well as directors from art festivals in Melbourne and San Francisco. This is the third time CSIAF is promoting its original Chinese productions at the APAP. In 2015, the music film Sever was shown in a series of festivals in Budapest, Hong Kong, New Delhi and Britain.