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New tariff doesn’t dampen HK shopping

Article from: Shenzhen Daily,

By: Li Hao.


    A REVISED tariff on inbound items, which took effect Sunday and includes a rise in dutiable prices and tax rates of some commodities, appears not to have had a big impact on local residents, an increasing number of whom go shopping in Hong Kong.

    The weekend saw crowds of local residents heading to Hong Kong and returning with big bags.

    According to the revised tariff, many cosmetics have seen an increase in their dutiable prices but no change to a 50-percent tax rate. The dutiable price of perfume has risen from 100 yuan (US$15.84) to 300 yuan per bottle.

5-6 typhoons to affect city

Article from: Shenzhen Daily,

By: Han Ximin.


    SHENZHEN Meteorological Observatory predicts that five to six typhoons will affect the city this year, and two to three will cause serious damage.

    At a meeting to discuss disaster relief last week, Wang Yanqing, head of the bureau, said Shenzhen is likely to experience extreme weather this year and there will be typhoons within a 500 kilometer radius of Shenzhen between June and September.

    Rainfall will reach between 1,350-1,450 millimeters during the flood season, which started April 6, accounting for 82% of the year’s total rainfall.

City holds first greenway marathon

Article from: Shenzhen Daily,

By: Zheng Dongsheng.


Joggers in Shenzhen’s first greenway marathon that was held on Dapeng Peninsula in Dapeng New Zone yesterday. The race, along the peninsula’s greenway, attracted nearly 600 running enthusiasts from around the world.

Click here to read more on Shenzhen Daily.

Bike rental comes to Metro

Article from: Shenzhen Daily,

By: Han Ximin.


    SHENZHEN Fanqi Bicycle Rental Service plans to set up 30 rental stations at 15 Metro stops between Caopu and Shuanglong, the elevated section of the Longgang Line, before the end of May.

    Residents and commuters can pay a monthly rental fee of 30 yuan (US$4.76) after a 200-yuan deposit for the bikes, which can be folded and kept in lockers at the stations.

    The first 10 rental stations will be finished this month. Registered members can also rent bicycles at the company’s leasing outlets in Tian’an Cyber City in Futian District, and Xili and Baishizhou in Nanshan.

What were you doing when the blackout came yesterday night?

There was a blackout yesterday night in Shenzhen's Futian District, Luohu District and Longgang District. It affected the traffic in town, operations at hospital, railway station, and even trapped people in elevator. What were you doing when the unexpected case came up?

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Man criticized for keeping son in ICU

Article from: Shenzhen Daily,

By: Martin Li.


    THE father of a sick boy has been criticized for not agreeing to remove his child from an intensive care unit (ICU) at Shenzhen Children’s Hospital.

    The child is no longer in critical condition.

    There are only 12 ICU beds for children in Shenzhen and doctors are calling for the boy, Tang Wanjing, to be quickly transferred to an ordinary ward to make room.

    However, Tang’s father is refusing to cooperate and not answering phone calls from the hospital. The hospital’s rules require Tang’s signature before the boy can be transferred.

Earth Hour at Grand Skylight International Hotel Guanlan

Grand Skylight International Hotel Guanlan turned off lights during the Earth Hour from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, on March 31.





New iPad performs poorly in market

Article from: Shenzhen Daily,

By: Wang Yuanyuan.


     SALES of Apple Inc.’s new iPad have been lower than expected and many stores in Huaqiangbei, Futian District, selling unauthorized iPads have only been able to earn about 400 yuan (US$63.51) for each product.

    “We are making 1,500 yuan less for each product compared to the same period of last year. Many customers have chosen not to change their iPad 2 for the new iPad because the new one is not as good as expected,” said a seller called Hu Shen.

    At present, there are about 150,000 unauthorized iPads in stock in Huaqiangbei and the price is expected to drop further.

UNPLUGGED Cocktail Party at Futian Shangri-la Hotel, Shenzhen

Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen supported Earth Hour with an UNPLUGGED Cocktail Party for over 60 guests at the Lobby Lounge on 31 March 2012.  Prior to the event, hotel staff recycled materials from their workspace to create lanterns that served as lighting and decorations for the party.  The crowd counted down to 8.30pm when the hotel façade lighting and non-essential lights were switched off.  This was followed by an acoustic performance by a children’s choir amidst the candle lit ambiance.  Hotel guests were invited to further participate by switching off their room lights and minimising the use of electrical appliances.

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