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Euro 2016

After waiting for 4 long years, the EURO Cup is back again! From June 10th to July 10th, this Football event will gather 24 teams to compete for the Euro Championship title, in France. The 15th edition of this great tournament will begin on Friday, 10th of June at 9pm (3am in China) with France vs. Romania. Even though there is a significant time difference, some of the games will start in the afternoon (around 9 or 10pm in China), which still gives you an opportunity to support your favorite team(s). For this EURO Cup, as well as for the World Cup and most of International Sport events, the atmosphere promise to be wild and electric here in Shanghai. As a matter of fact, here is a list of some of the bars in Shanghai where you can be sure to have a great time while watching the games:

  • The Wishbone:

    The Wishbone is one of the places with the best promotions yet. All the game will be broadcasted on their brand new projector screen and no entrance fee will be asked. Furthermore, there will be a late menu allowing you to grab a bite with your beer (sandwich, chicken wings, dirty fries, etc.). Finally, the Boxing Cat Contender (Beer) will be at 35RMB, the Jameson shot at 15RMB, and you will be given the wishbone black card which allows you a lifetime discount on every alcohol drinks and specials when scan its QR code. No need to say, that you should definitely go there at least once during the EURO.

  • Sasha’s:

    Sasha’s bar is going to be one of the best places to be for this tournament. A tent will be set outside of the bar with a huge screen broadcasting every game of the competition. The entry fees are:-100RMB for a standing ticket and 1 liter of Heineken OR 2 standard drinks-200RMB for a seated ticket and 1 liter of Heineken OR 2 standard drinksNo need to go to a stadium, Sasha’s bar is the place where you want to go to. You can see the schedule on their website;

  • JZ Latino in Renaissance Yu Garden Hotel and 8 Art Hotel on the Bund:

    The “Great Sports” Channel will be presenting and broadcasting the Euro games with some of the players of Shanghai Football team on their side. You will be able to enjoy the games while listening to the comments and views of specialists in Football. The entry fees are:-JZ Latino Renaissance Yu Garden: 198RMB/person with unlimited Carlsberg
    -8 Art Hotel: 168RMB/person OR 268RMB/groups of 2 people

  • The Camel:

    The Camel Sport’s Bar is already famous for broadcasting all the major sports events; therefore you can be sure that every game of the EURO will be on screen. Except for the most important games, no entrance fee will be asked. However for the other ones, you will have to pay 100RMB which gives you 3 drinks when coming in the bar.

  • Big Bamboo:

    The Big Bamboo will welcome you for very game of the EURO Cup. The entrance fee will be 100RMB including 2 standard drinks.

  • Tap House:

    Every game will be broadcasted at the Tap House and no entrance fee will be asked. Furthermore, there will be a “buy 2, get the 3rd one for free” promotion on selected beers.

  • The Spot:

    The Spot will broadcast every game without any entrance fee or special promotions.

  • Cages:

    The Cages will be broadcasting the games on the 40 TVs installed in the bar, however you should check on their website first in case of change of schedule. No entrance fee will be asked at the entrance.

  • The Shed:

    You should check the website first in case of changes in the schedule but other than that, the Shed staff won’t ask you for an entrance fee and there won’t be any special promotion since the beer is already quite cheap.

  • Shanghai Brewery Hengshan Lu & Shanghai Brewery Hongmei Lu:

    The Shanghai Brewery will broadcast some of the games but you should call them before just to make sure;

In the end, whether you are a Football fan or not, you’ll still be able to enjoy a cold draft beer, sing along national anthems with friends and meet new people, so why not try it?

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    Weekly News N109 – Parking for women – China sea islands – Investment in infrastructures – Fight against obesity

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    • LEVEL 1: Wider parking spaces for women in Hangzhou

      Few weeks ago, a local service station opened eight parking spaces reserved for female drivers only. The manager said that the spaces are really convenient for people who cannot properly drive a car in reverse gear. They all are 1.5 times larger than normal parking spots, were drawn with pink lines and display a woman logo in the middle. What do you think about it?

    • LEVEL 2: China plans to turn famous South China Sea islands into a new tourist hotspot


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      The mayor of the biggest town in the Paracel Islands said that China plans to create new islands or transform some of the archipelago’s existing islands into a Maldives-like tourism site. The first step will be build new reefs in order to attract marine life. Tourism ships have already been travelling from Hainan to the islands since 2013, and according to Reuters there should be more coming soon.

    • LEVEL 3: China plans to invest 4.7 trillion RMB into transport infrastructure

      China has outlined a massive spending plan worth 4.7 trillion yuan ($725 billion) to provide more reliable transport to some of the country’s most isolated areas. According to People’s Daily, more than 300 new projects have been proposed, including a significant number to connect China’s poorest cities with regional transport hubs using road and rail. Zheng Jian, a member of the National Development and Reform Commission, said that this investment is part of a larger plan to bring the entire population above the poverty line by 2020.

    • LEVEL 4: Fight against obesity: China tells its citizens to eat less

      Chinese government issued earlier this month a new set of dietary guidelines encouraging people to reduce their consumption of meat and eggs. This move could not only improve public health in China but also improve the environment. The announcement, issued by the National Health and Family Planning Commission, is part of a campaign to combat diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. As rising incomes lead to an increase in the consumption of meat and dairy products, the incidence of these eventually lethal diseases is expected to skyrocket in the coming years in China.

    Weekly News No 108 – Chinese student accommodation – Cannes festival – Apple investments – Donald Trump

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    • LEVEL 1: Chinese student buys $24M apartment in Vancouver

      It is well known that many wealthy Chinese families have already moved to Vancouver, resulting in higher house prices in the whole city. Earlier this year, some newspaper even said that about one third of people who bought a house in Vancouver last year were Chinese, and another news last week reported that a young Chinese student just bought the 16th most expensive house of the city for $24 million. What about you, did you buy something interesting last week?

    • LEVEL 2: 69th Cannes International Film Festival kicked off


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      The 69th Cannes International Film Festival kicked off last Wednesday evening in France and it will last until May 22nd. Despite the fact that China is the world’s fastest growing film market, for the first time since 1992 there are no Chinese films in any categories. Chinese movies fans are all disappointed, of course, but they could still see big Chinese movie stars like Gong Li, Li Bingbing or Nini walk on the famous red carpet to introduce their new movie.

    • LEVEL 3: Apple invests $1 billion into Didi

      China’s largest ride-hailing application Didi Chuxing, which was formed when Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache merged, said last Friday that it has received $ 1 billion in strategic investment from US tech giant Apple Inc. Choosing to support Didi rather than Uber in the Chinese ride-hailing game will bring Apple closer to domestic firms, and may even help improve its relations with Chinese authorities. The friendly red envelope could also be a chance for Apple Pay, as people are more and more likely to be offered to pay their rides via three main apps: WeChat Wallet, Alipay and Apple Pay.

    • LEVEL 4: Donald Trump's fans in China

      Earlier this month, Trump described China’s trade relationship with the U.S. as “rape”, adding that China was stealing U.S. jobs. China’s reply came one day after in The Global Times, where Trump’s ideas of foreign policy were called hollow, nationalistic and inconsistent: “Trump is seriously wrong about how economies work in the present world”. With that in mind, it is surprising to see that in fact more and more Chinese support him, and some of his fans created a group on Weibo where they call him “honest, sharp, and with the guts to say things normal people fear to say”. One social media user even qualified him as “the king of doing what he says”

    Weekly News N107 – Jetpack – Housing in Beijing – World press freedom Index – New battery technology

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    • LEVEL 1: Jetpack is the best way to get to work!

      The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here. A Shenzhen company just introduced world’s first jetpack, and it should be available for sale in the second half of 2016. It can lift 120 kilograms, reach a maximum speeds of 80 km per hour, and fly for 45 minutes. The jetpack is not cheap, 2,000,000 RMB per unit, but the company already received orders from 200 clients.

    • LEVEL 2: Beijing is world's most expensive city to rent a flat


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      An English organization compared salaries and rents in 15 great international cities and says Beijing is the most expensive one. By March, home prices in Beijing rose 18% compared to the year before, and the average rent price was $789 per month. As this represents more than the average local salary, it means that normal workers cannot live alone in the city center, which also explains why Beijing has the second longest commute with an average of 104 minutes per round trip.

    • LEVEL 3: China comes in 176th position in 2016 World Press Freedom Index

      China maintained its ranking at 176 in the annual World Press Freedom Index, only beating Syria, Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea. Released each year by the international organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the index ranks 180 countries and territories according to the freedom allowed to journalists. 5 out of the 10 first countries are from North of Europe, and countries like the US, UK or France rank around 40. The Paris-based organization also issued a list of “current enemies of the internet”, and China does not rank well neither.

    • LEVEL 4: Californian chemists create battery technology with amazing charging capacity

      US researchers have invented nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, moving us closer to a battery that would never require replacement. This could lead to commercial batteries with greatly lengthened lifespans for computers, smartphones, appliances, cars and spacecraft. And all this happened by chance, as a researcher accidentally coated gold nanowires in manganese dioxide shells with a Plexiglas-like gel. First tests on a prototype have shown that it could be recharged 200,000 times without any sign of damage, while current batteries die after 5 to 6000 cycles at most.

    Weekly News 114 – Burger war – Chinese hero disappeared – Shanghai Disneyland – Uber-Didi story

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    • LEVEL 1: Burger King dressed in McDonald's for Halloween

      Last week in New York, a Burger King’s restaurant celebrated Halloween by draping itself with a huge white sheet in order to transform into a ghost. There were two big holes to make up eyes, with a yellow Mshape drawn above. Apparently, the name of the ghost was Mc Donald’s. But below the name was also written the following sentence: “Boooooo! Just kidding, we still flam grill our burgers. Happy Halloween”.

    • LEVEL 2: Search suspended for Chinese sailing hero


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      Fifty-year-old Guo Chuan, China’s first and only professional offshore sailor, was last heard from on last Tuesday. At that time, his boat had sailed about 1,000 kilometers off the Hawaiian island of Oahu. He was attempting to sail from San Francisco to Shanghai within 20 days. What happened remains unclear, but the Coast Guard confirmed on Wednesday that Guo was not in the cabin and only his lifejacket remained on board.

    • LEVEL 3: Wang Jianlin goes to Shanghai Disneyland to "Study"

      “Disneyland is fully built on American culture, but in China we place importance on local culture.” After promising to do all in his power to destroy Shanghai Disneyland, China’s richest man Wang Jianlin visited the resort on Wednesday for a quick tour. Rather than trying to burn the place down, the CEO of real estate and entertainment giant Dalian Wanda was there to “observe” and “study” the $5.5 billion resort accompanied by Disney executives, a company statement said. Wang even found time to pose for some pictures in front of the Enchanted Storybook Castle.

    • LEVEL 4: The Uber-Didi deal story

      In August, after an epic battle, Uber agreed to sell its business in China against $1 billion and 17.7% ownership stake in Didi. But it did not happen just like that… After 7 years at Alibaba, Cheng Wei, now AKA the “Uber Slayer”, launched Didi with 800,000 yuan support from his latest Alibaba’s manager. Through clever management and marketing tactics, luck also, by 2013 Didi was finally facing one single serious local competitor out of the 30+ original ones, Kuaidi Dache, who quickly got backed up by Alibaba. In response, Didi’s team managed to find support from Tencent. In 2014, their competition turned out to become intimately linked to Alipay and Wechat’s payment systems’ competition. Within few months, the companies spent together more than 2 billions yuan in discounts and subsidies to customers on the taxihailing apps. But with Uber eyeing China as its next big opportunity, Didi’s and Kuaidi’s investors eventually realized the two companies should better merge instead of fighting each other, and in February 2015 Didi was controlling 60% of the combined company. Still, Uber had a better app, powered by more stable technology, and was valued about 10 times Didi’s valuation ($45 billion). While Didi was consumed with its merger with Kuaidi, Uber was catching up: it controlled almost a third of the private car-hailing market in China within a few months. “At that time we felt like the People’s Liberation Army, with basic rifles, and we were bombed by airplanes and missiles” said Cheng. In May 2015, Didi went on the offensive and said it would give away 1 billion yuan in rides. But Uber matched it. In May 2016 Apple invested $1 billion in Didi, but 1 month later Uber raised $3.5 billion from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. At that time, the message to both sides became clear: they were going to have to wage this destructive money-losing battle for a very long time. That’s what brought both companies’ bosses to the table of negotiation so they could finally “join hands”

    Weekly News N106 – Giant stone ball – Drones fighting – Renewable energy – Fraud in Kenya

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    • LEVEL 1: Giant stone ball found in Eastern Europe forest

      The big stone was discovered under the ground near the city of Zavidovici. Its size is between four and five feet, and there is a lot of iron inside. Scientists who found it said it could be the oldest stone sphere made by human hands, back 1500 years ago. They also said the region used to have many more of these balls before, but many were destroyed in the 1970s because people thought there was gold in the middle of them.

    • LEVEL 2: Drones to fight pollution in Hebei


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      All started a little more than one year ago. Local government started to check factories and found out that many were not using the equipment they were supposed to use to protect the environment. Since then, 3 drones have flied up to 3,500 meters high with a top speed of 140 kilometers per hour to take pictures from the sky in order to find polluters. Several other provinces did the same, and by June last year 64 companies had already been identified.

    • LEVEL 3: Renewable energy sets new investment records in 2015

      According to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), global investment in green energy grew by 5 percent last year to $285.9 billion, surpassing the previous record of $278.5 billion set in 2011. Something even more interesting is that the developing world invested $156 billion, 19 percent more than in 2014, and China accounted for $102.9 billion, or 36 percent of the world total. Good news never come alone, and 2015 also became the first year in which renewables made up a majority (53.6 percent) of power generation installations.

    • LEVEL 4: Eight Taiwanese are Deported to China after Trial in Kenya

      Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused China of “illegal capture of people through uncivilized conduct” on Monday, after eight people from the island were deported to mainland China following a trial for fraud in Kenya. The African country does not have official relations with Taiwan and considers the island as part of China, in line with Beijing’s position. On Tuesday, Kenyan Interior Ministry spokesman said “They came from China and we took them to China. Usually when you go to another country illegally, you are taken back to your last port of departure”.

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    WeChat game for November 11th

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    Following our 11th of November WeChat game, here is the list of lucky winners:

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