September 2, 2012
Here's a fall fare on Air Canada from LAX to Shanghai that will save you some yuan: $689 round-trip, including all taxes and fees. It is subject to availability. Departures are Tuesdays and Wednesdays between Oct. 16 and Dec. 4; returns must be by Dec. 25. There's a minimum three-night stay. Info: Air Canada , (888) 247-2262 Source: Airfarewatchdog
August 28, 2012 |
SHANGHAI - Workmen scurried onto the court just before tipoff. A stanchion had broken loose from one of the baskets, and the nets were slipping off both rims. It was hardly an encouraging sight for Jordan Adams, a UCLA freshman who was eager for the start of his team's exhibition game against Shanghai Jiao Tong University. "I was like, 'Can we hurry up and get this thing going?'" Adams recalled. By the time Monday night's game finally started - an hour late - the Bruins had come to expect the unexpected during their weeklong swing through China.
August 28, 2012 |
SHANGHAI — Less than six minutes remained as the UCLA players huddled on the sideline. For the first time since arriving in China, they were locked in something resembling a real game, their lead dwindling against a team of professionals called the Shanghai Sharks. With the crowd growing louder and the public address system pumping rock music, Coach Ben Howland hollered at his players about defense. "Let's finish this," he said. Over the next few minutes, the Bruins turned key stops into fastbreak points, running away with a 92-63 victory at Yuanshen Sports Center.
August 27, 2012 |
BEIJING -- China reported a deepening slide in industrial profits last month, heightening concerns about the world's second-largest economy and sending the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index to its lowest level in three years. In a report released Monday, China's National Bureau of Statistics said profits of major industrial firms fell 5.4% in July compared with a year ago, its steepest slide since a 5.3% drop-off in May. The survey, which measures companies with annual revenues of $3.2 million or more, showed profits fell only 1.7% in June.
August 24, 2012 |
Airline passengers will get their first chance to fly out of Los Angeles on Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner in January, when United Airlines begins daily nonstop flights to Narita, Japan. United, the first U.S. carrier to operate the twin-aisle aircraft, announced Thursday its first routes for the massive plane. Its flights using the 787 from Los Angeles International Airport will begin Jan. 3 with daily, nonstop trips to Narita and to Shanghai starting March 30, United said. Although the aircraft can hold up to 290 passengers, the configuration United will use for these flights will carry a maximum of 219. "The 787 is the right aircraft for these routes because of its many passenger-friendly amenities and superior operating economics," said Greg Hart, United's senior vice president of network.
August 15, 2012 |
An NCAA investigation of Shabazz Muhammad will not be completed in time for the UCLA freshman to travel with the team for a series of exhibition games in China next week. The university confirmed Wednesday that he will remain behind. The 6-foot-6 swingman is the jewel of UCLA's highly touted freshman class. The NCAA is trying to determine whether Muhammad received improper benefits from the brother of an assistant coach at his high school or from a financial planner who helped fund a summer team on which he played.
August 10, 2012 |
It could become Shanghai's version of the Broadway theater district in New York or the Champs-Elysees in Paris. At least that's the grand vision of Oriental DreamWorks, the joint venture between Glendale-based DreamWorks Animation andChina's largest media companies that unveiled plans this week for a $3.1-billion entertainment and cultural center in the heart of Shanghai. The six-block area, called "Dream Center," will include shops, offices, cinemas, theaters and restaurants on a largely undeveloped parcel of prime waterfront land.
August 8, 2012 |
DreamWorks Animation and China's largest media companies plan to invest more than $3 billion to build a sprawling entertainment, dining and shopping district in Shanghai. A new joint venture called Oriental DreamWorks announced Monday that the company would open Dream Center - an entertainment hub with theaters, cinemas, restaurants and tourist attractions - in 2016. The announcement marks the latest effort by Glendale-based DreamWorks and other Hollywood studios to bolster business in the world's most populous country, which this year has surpassed Japan as the world's second-largest market for movies outside the U.S. It also fits the studio's strategy of trying to diversify its business by expanding into television shows, live entertainment and theme parks.
June 24, 2012
United has an LAX-Shanghai round-trip ticket for $811, including taxes and fees. The deal is for travel Mondays-Thursdays between Oct. 29 and April 30 and is subject to availability. Info: United , (800) 864-8331 Source: Airfarewatchdog
June 21, 2012 |
SHANGHAI - The opening-night screening at a major film festival is usually a hot ticket. Not so in China - at least not for the VIPs visiting from around the world, most of whom fled after the government officials' speeches and lifetime achievement awards at the start of the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival on June 16. They ducked out before director Wuershan's action fantasy "Painted Skin II: The Resurrection" got a chance to...