June 16, 2013
JAPAN Slide show Armand Vaquer, author of "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide to Japan," will give a presentation on visiting landmarks and locations used in Japanese monster movies. When, where, 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220 CAMPING Workshop Experts will cover the basics of camping with your family, including how to be comfortable, what gear and equipment to pack, and what fun activities to do. When, where : 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real, and Thursday at the Huntington Beach store, 7777 Edinger Ave. Admission, info: Free.
June 9, 2013 |
NANJING, China - I approached Nanjing on a bullet train from Shanghai, just 160 miles away, watching the weirdly empty countryside whip past my window. The world's most populous nation seemed to be missing a billion or so people. A digital panel inside the cabin showed our speed at nearly 190 mph. I couldn't feel a thing except keen disappointment that America seemed incapable of building a rail system this efficient and comfortable. An attendant in a crisp blue uniform appeared, offering me coffee and a packet of dried peas.
June 8, 2013 |
Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger revealed details about the company's forthcoming Shanghai Disney Resort while appearing at the Fortune Global Forum in Chengdu, China. Speaking on Thursday at the annual conference, Iger said the planned Shanghai development "can't be the Disneyland that Walt built in 1955 for all kinds of reasons.... It has to look, feel, resemble China's Disneyland. And that has taken a lot of thought, a lot of work. " Shanghai Disney Resort, which is under construction, is slated to include two hotels, 495,000 square feet of retail space, a dining and entertainment venue, a lake and other facilities and amenities.
May 7, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured Shanghai on Tuesday, paying tribute to the city's role sheltering Jews during World War II and conveniently avoiding Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who was visiting Beijing. The concurrent visits to China of the Middle East antagonists created some diplomatic awkwardness. Although the official Chinese Communist Party newspaper Global Times suggested the two might hold an impromptu meeting, Netanyahu's itinerary apparently was arranged to avoid that possibility.
May 7, 2013 |
Los Angeles has doubled its presence in China. In hopes of welcoming more big-spending foreign visitors, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday that the city has opened a tourism office in Shanghai, the second for Los Angeles in China. To promote trade and travel to L.A., the mayor also announced plans to visit Beijing this month. He will travel with executives from the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, and the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board on May 26-29.
May 3, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Feasting on strips of mutton dropped in a simmering pot is a popular dining pastime in China, but what if the meat served is actually made of rat? That may be on the minds of diners after the latest stomach-churning food scandal to hit China. Authorities said that traders bought rat, fox, mink and other uninspected meats -- and after adding red coloring and other chemicals -- sold them as lamb rolls for markets in Shanghai and neighboring Jiangsu province. Police arrested 63 suspects and seized 10 tons of meats and additives, but not before the operation had sold about $1.6 million worth of fake meat over the last four years.
May 2, 2013 |
Art gallery or hotel? Mandarin Oriental has just opened its eighth property in China, this one in Shanghai, and the hotel houses 4,000 original artworks. The art collection at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai , can be seen throughout the hotel, where it hangs in public spaces and guestrooms. The debut last week drew well-known Chinese artists as well as faculty from the Fine Arts College at Shanghai University, who praised the hotel. “It provides a stunning backdrop to showcase some of China's most exciting artworks,” said Li Xiao Feng of Shanghai University. The 362-room hotel, on the east bank of the Huangpu River in the Lujiazui financial district, has six restaurants and bars, a spa, indoor pool and fitness center.
April 19, 2013 |
After making a splash in Geneva with its wild Veneno supercar , Lamborghini is headed to Shanghai with an amped-up anniversary edition of its Aventador. Never one to shy away from elaborate names, the Italian automaker announced Friday it is bringing to the Shanghai Auto Show the Aventador LP 720-4 50 Anniversario. As the name suggests, the all-wheel-drive car is basically a slightly modified Aventador built to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary. Photos: Lamborghini Aventador 50 Anniversario edition The 6.5-liter V-12 engine in this special edition gets a 20 horsepower boost over the stock Aventador for a total of 720 (hence the 720 in the name)
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April 13, 2013 |
SHANGHAI -- It was a quiet day for California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday, beginning with a meeting of a ranking local Communist Party official and capped with a river cruise featuring former NBA superstar Yao Ming. Just another day in China for Brown and his delegation of nearly 100 government and business officials. The light schedule of the day was a welcome respite for a delegation that has bounced from government meetings to lavish meals this week. Many on the trip are holding side meetings with Chinese business officials, trying to drum up business for their companies back home.
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April 12, 2013 |
SHANGHAI, China -- Gov. Jerry Brown officially launched California's new trade and investment office here Friday, the first such office to open since the state shuttered a dozen outposts around the globe a decade ago. To celebrate the opening, and give Brown something tangible to return home with, state officials announced four new partnerships between California and Chinese companies that they said were worth more than $200 million combined. In brief remarks, Brown cited President Nixon's historic trip to China in 1972 to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries.