Long-term residents will remember Suzhou Creek, not for its beauty, but for it's smell... which... wasn't something to be bottled and sold as fragrance. The Shanghai government embarked on 12-year clean-up projects in 2000 which added embankments, cleared out the sludge, and dredged up whatever mysteries lay at the bottom. Then in 2019, the district governments started a plan to upgrade the creek to add urban gardens, greenery, and paths for cyclists and runners. If there's one thing we can say about Suzhou Creek, it is that it is one example of the city's ability to rapidly transform....Read More
Recently, Mr. Shen, a citizen, purchased a second-hand "Panasonic" electric power-assisted bicycle for his father on an online shopping platform. "When pedaling, it can provide assistance, which is very suitable for the elderly to exercise and travel daily." However, Mr. Shen was confused as to how this car could be "legally on the road": "Does it need to be registered? Does it need to be transferred? "To this end, he left a message on the Jiefang Daily·Shangguan News interactive message board for consultation. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Q: Are electric power-assisted bicycles included in the category of electric bicycles? Do I need to obtain a non-motor vehicle license plate? Answer: According to the national standard "Electric Bicycle Safety Technical Specifications" (GB17761-2018), the definition of electric bicycles is: using on-board batteries as auxiliary energy, having the ability to pedal, and realizing electric assist or/and electric drive functions two wheeled bicycle. The "Shanghai Non-Motor Vehicle Safety Management Regulations" stipulates that electric bicycles, motorized (electric) wheelchairs for disabled people, and human-powered tricycles can be driven on the road after being registered with the traffic management department of the municipal public security organ. Therefore, electric power-assisted bicycles belong to the category of electric bicycles and must obtain a non-motor vehicle license plate issued by the traffic management department of the municipal public security organ before they can be used on the road. It is recommended that citizens purchase vehicles from regular sales manufacturers to ensure that the vehicle meets national standards, has passed Compulsory Product Certification (CCC), and has obtained the required voucher materials for licensing. There are no irregularities such as assembly, installation, modification, etc., so as not to affect normal registration and licensing. Q: What channels can owners of electric bicycles use to complete the licensing business? What materials need to be prepared? Answer: The registration (licensing) of electric bicycles in this city has been implemented throughout the city and has been included in the municipal government’s “one-stop service” smart and easy-to-handle service project. Before registering an electric bicycle, citizens can make business reservations and pre-fill registration information through the "One-on-one" platform (the "SuiShenban" mini program in WeChat, Alipay or the "SuiShenban" mobile APP), search and enter "non- "Motor Vehicle Registration (Electric Bicycle)" to go to the main business page, and complete the pre-filling and reservation in "Services" in one stop. In order to promote the implementation of public security traffic management measures related to the convenience and benefit of the people by "nearby, convenient and standardized services", the city has set up 95 electric bicycle registration points in 16 districts of the city. Citizens can choose the nearest business processing outlet and make an appointment. Bring the relevant vehicle and the original documents required for registration, and go to the reserved registration point according to the scheduled time period to get the license plate. The following materials should be submitted when applying for vehicle registration: (1) Identity certificate; (2) Non-motor vehicle sales invoice that complies with national financial regulations; (3) Non-motor vehicle factory qualification certificate; (4) Electric bicycles that have passed 3C certification It is proved that after the vehicle passes the on-site inspection, the traffic management department of the municipal public security organ will issue the non-motor vehicle license plate on the spot. Question: If the electric bicycle is second-hand, does it need to be transferred? How should the transfer procedures be completed? Answer: If the electric bicycle has been registered in this city and the ownership of the vehicle is transferred, the non-motor vehicle transferee (passing party) should apply for transfer registration to the traffic management department of the district public security organ (no appointment is required for this business). When handling this business, the transferee shall hand over the vehicle for inspection and submit proof of identity and certificates such as the transferor's and transferee's identity certificates. READ MORE: E-BIKE RIDERS BEWARE! CHINA TO LAUNCH STRICT NEW RULES...Read More
Recently, the Digital RMB App has launched the "recharge first and then use" function for foreign cards to better provide safe and convenient payment services for overseas people coming to China. Through this function, overseas visitors to China can directly use overseas mobile phone numbers to register and open a digital RMB wallet, recharge the wallet through overseas cards, and make payments. In the past two days, Mingchen, an international student who just arrived in China, successfully opened a digital RMB wallet, which can be completed in a few minutes. Eating, shopping, and taking the subway can all be paid with digital RMB. Ming Chen, an international student at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University: You just need to park it at the cash register and you can pay immediately, which is very convenient and fast. It has become an integral part of my daily life. After the "recharge first and use later" function of the foreign card of digital renminbi is launched, overseas people coming to China can directly use their overseas mobile phone number to register and open a digital renminbi wallet, recharge the wallet through overseas cards, and make payments. Ming Xiaofei, deputy director of the Digital Currency Office of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China: It does not require using a domestic mobile phone number, nor does it need to go to our branches or counters to handle it. It is purely online. It is very convenient to open this wallet. After opening the wallet, he can use his own foreign card to bind the wallet and recharge money into the wallet. In addition, digital RMB foreign card payment not only has a more favorable exchange rate, but also eliminates exchange fees. Ming Xiaofei, deputy director of the Digital Currency Office of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China: What is deducted from our overseas cards is foreign currency, but this money is charged to our overseas wallet of digital currency (digital renminbi), which is digital renminbi. There will be an automatic exchange rate conversion, and our ICBC currently has a discount on this exchange rate. ICBC is now waiving the conversion fee. In addition to using digital renminbi apps, overseas visitors to China can also apply for digital renminbi hard wallets for daily payments. Ming Xiaofei, deputy director of the Digital Currency Office of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China: This hard wallet can be used for payment without network or electricity, which is very convenient. This is the Asian Games-themed digital RMB hard wallet launched by our Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. Reporter: It is actually equivalent to a bracelet, very convenient to wear, right? Ming Xiaofei, deputy director of the Digital Currency Office of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China: Yes, it is a bracelet that can be worn on your hand during normal times and can be used for payment by touching it. If the money added to the digital RMB wallet by an overseas person is not spent while in China, the balance can also be deposited back to the overseas card. Currently, digital RMB can be used in 26 pilot areas in 17 provinces (municipalities). READ MORE: CAN CHINA’S NEW E-RMB ATTAIN DIGITAL...Read More
During the 8 day long holiday, Shanghai firmly ranks first among the most popular tourist destinations in China. Judging from the keywords searched and customized by tourists, during this year’s long holiday, tourists have more diverse ways to play in Shanghai, and their preferences have become more personalized: cultural museums and art exhibitions, riverside walks, City walks on the small roads under the parasol trees, talk show theaters, and stadium viewing Games, immersive experiences, etc. have all been included in tourists’ must-do lists when traveling to Shanghai. In Shanghai, which embraces all rivers, the gameplay can be ever-changing. Combining the suggestions of tourism professionals, we have sorted out the needs of different groups of people. For those visiting Shanghai for the first time, check-in sightseeing is essential. Recommended spots include Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street - The Bund - Waibaidu Bridge Suzhou River - Oriental Pearl Tower - Lujiazui Overpass - Pudong Riverside - Pudong Art Museum - City God Temple. If there are too many people in the Oriental Pearl Tower, you can turn to the Shanghai Center and Jin Mao Tower to climb up. The light and shadow show in the large damper area of the Shanghai Center is very popular. Among these check-in spots, most open scenic spots do not require reservations. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance through the official WeChat or online travel platform such as the Oriental Pearl Tower, Pudong Museum of Art, and Shanghai Center. Shanghai's rail transportation is well developed, and these points can be easily reached by subway, or can also be connected through city sightseeing buses. Shanghai's city sightseeing buses have stops near the Bund, Oriental Pearl Tower, and Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street. Tickets can be purchased on-site or in advance through online platforms such as Ctrip and Meituan. Shanghai Disneyland, Huangpu River Tour and Suzhou River Tour are also worth experiencing. Among them, tickets for Shanghai Disneyland and Huangpu River tours can be booked through online travel platforms such as Ctrip. Tickets for Suzhou River tours must be purchased with real names through the "Youyou Suzhou River" applet. The system will open for reservations at 10 a.m. two days before the cruise date. The ferry line from Jinling East Road Pier on the Bund to Pudong can be an "alternative" for sightseeing on the Huangpu River. The ferry fare is 2 yuan. It should be noted that the last train from Jinling East Road to Pudong is at 18:30 every day. Visitors who prefer night views should reserve time in advance. If you are a tourist or local resident who has visited Shanghai many times and wants to experience some more unique places, there are countless places worth exploring in Shanghai. For food lovers, you can go to the Green Wave Corridor of the Chenghuang Temple for a snack, have a coffee at the Peace Hotel and watch the people coming and going on the Bund, the buffet at the Ruijin Intercontinental Hotel, the coffee at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and the Magnolia Plaza facing the Lujiazui Quad in Pudong. You can experience Spanish restaurants in large high-rise buildings. The common feature of these places is that they have beautiful views and delicious food, and the cost is within an acceptable range. For sports and hiking experts who want to measure their feet in Shanghai, there are many places worth recommending. Whether you are walking or cycling, the Yangpu Riverside, Pudong North Section and Qiantan Section of Shanghai are relatively beautiful places with few people during the festival. In addition to tracing the historical development of Shanghai, there are also many delicious restaurants, fashionable shops, bookstores and cafes along the riverside for exploration. In fact, as long as you are 2-3 kilometers away from a well-known public attraction, you usually don’t have to worry about crowds. Literary and art lovers will be even more dazzled when they come to Shanghai. The Shanghai Tourism Festival, which is being held recently, has launched hundreds of cultural and tourism activities in five major sections: "Viewing Cultural Exhibitions", "Watching Art Exhibitions", "Appreciating Good Dramas", "Listening to Songs" and "Coming to Haihai for Examination", covering the period before and after the National Day Golden Week. Reporters have learned from many sources that some large art venues have large enough capacity that no reservation is required even during Golden Week. For example, among the four exhibitions currently being held at the China Art Palace in the Pudong World Expo area, several exhibitions tell the history and present of Shanghai respectively, which is a good place to learn more about Shanghai. The Long Museum and Yuz Museum on the riverside in Xuhui, the Modern Art Museum on the riverside in Huangpu, the Jiushi Art Museum on the Bund, and the Hao Art Museum in Zhangjiang are rarely fully saturated and can be included in the visit plan. As for the City Walk along Wukang Road and Anfu Road, those who don't mind "conforming" can go and experience it. It is also a special festive scene. For parents and children visiting Shanghai, in addition to Disney, Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park, Shanghai Museum of Natural History, Shanghai Planetarium, China Maritime Museum, etc. are all worth visiting. Among these venues, most of them will be crowded or difficult to make reservations during the holidays. The China Maritime Museum is a large venue with rich exhibits and relatively low passenger flow, so it is highly recommended....Read More
Traveling can be an exciting adventure... but dealing with customs and health declarations a tedious task. For those who frequently cross the borders of the Chinese mainland, the Health Declaration Code process is a familiar (wearisome) ritual, requiring travelers – both Chinese citizens and foreigners alike – to provide a plethora of information. This typically includes details about the traveler's residence history over the past 14 days, their health condition, flight information, and – until recently – a pre-departure COVID test result. READ MORE: China Scraps COVID Tests for Inbound Travelers However, a significant update on September 16, has simplified this process...Read More
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