China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

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.

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