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.
April 9, 2013 |
The small Maserati family w elcomed a new car to the lineup Tuesday, as the company announced the all-new Ghibli sedan. The midsize sedan is aimed at cars like the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lexus GS, and Cadillac CTS . It joins the larger Quattroporte sedan and the GranTurismo coupe and convertible in the Maserati fleet. The new addition is part of Maserati's goal to sell annually 50,000 vehicles worldwide by 2015. In 2012, the company sold 6,300 cars. The automaker hopes to reach this ambitious plan by moving into more volume segments, including the midsize class with the Ghibli, and the SUV segment with the forthcoming Levante.
April 8, 2013 |
The toll from China's new strain of bird flu climbed to seven on Monday with the death of a 64-year-old retiree in Shanghai and the number of cases spread to 24, but officials expressed confidence the outbreak could be contained. The World Health Organization's representative for China, Michael O'Leary, said the flu known as H7N9 did not appear to be transmitted between humans, which should limit its spread. "The recent reports from China are the first cases of human infection with H7N9 viruses.
March 29, 2013
The best way to Hangzhou, China FROM LAX , United, China Eastern Airlines and American offer nonstop service to Shanghai, and United China Airlines, Asiana, All Nippon, Korean, Air China, Cathay Pacific and Eva offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip airfares begin at $850, including taxes and fees. Hangzhou is about 100 miles southwest of Shanghai by bullet train from Shanghai's Hongqiao Rail Station. The comfy 40-minute ride costs about $20 round trip depending on the class.
March 11, 2013 |
A new exhibition of Chinese Ming dynasty paintings includes just 10 works, one each by 10 artists, but it's more absorbing than many shows two or three times its size. These 15th and early-16th century paintings are high-wire acts of aesthetic dexterity, fusing philosophical perception with formal persuasion. At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "Ming Masterpieces from the Shanghai Museum" is focused on court painters associated with the imperial painting academy in Beijing's Forbidden City.
March 6, 2013 |
Walt Disney Co. unveiled the first computer rendering of its Shanghai Disney Resort at the company's annual meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday morning. Disney Chairman and CEO Robert Iger told the gathering that the theme park would open at the end of 2015. "It is authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese," he said. The image that Iger unveiled depicts the 11-acre center of the park, which includes the Enchanted Storybook Castle -- a prominent feature at other Disney theme parks around the world.
March 2, 2013 |
The brief announcement that Disney plans to add a Marvel-themed land to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2017 raises a host of questions: Will Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men be getting their own rides? When will the Marvel characters be coming to Anaheim, Paris, Tokyo or Shanghai? And why, of all places, Hong Kong? Many of the most basic questions remain unanswered, in part because the announcement was made by a Hong Kong government official rather than Disney.
February 15, 2013 |
The modest charmer "Shanghai Calling" tells the story of a hotshot New York lawyer of Chinese descent (Daniel Henney) whose path to partnership means a three-month stint in Shanghai first. Sent to kick-start a satellite office and presumably facilitate deals because of his race, Sam Chao is primarily a hapless, aggressively Westernized, culture-impaired transplant who doesn't speak the language and doesn't care about fitting in. As a lead character, Sam makes for a nifty jumping-off point for writer-director Daniel Hsia's cross-cultural comedy about the fine line between expat and immigrant in the new global economy.