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Old buildings under threat from termites

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TERMITES are becoming a major threat to many of Shanghai's historic buildings, experts said yesterday. Buildings built around the 1920s had become the main targets of the insect pests, because most of them were...

Book fair a hit

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ABOUT 30,000 people attended the Shanghai Book Fair on its first opening day on Wednesday. Sales volume reached 2.7 million yuan (US$420,000), 24.4 percent more than last year, the fair organizer said yesterday.

Thousands brave rain for opening of book fair

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NOTHING could stand in the way of the Chinese passion for books and reading as thousands of people flocked into the city's annual book fair this morning on its opening day despite torrential rains. The fair will...

Wonderful imaginations

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Quilt sparks further controversy

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A SILK quilt that was on show in Shanghai last year is at the center of the latest controversy involving Beijing's Palace Museum. A microblog entry about the item by Cui Jinsheng, a cultural researcher and writer,...

Likely martial arts site to be saved

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SHANGHAI'S cultural heritage authority yesterday reversed itself and decided to protect four century-old buildings that might be the center of the former Chin Woo Athletic Association founded by Chinese martial arts...

Book fair returning as interactive cultural event

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LOCAL book worms will have the chance to feast on reading as the city's annual book fair is ready to kick off late August, the Shanghai Press and Publication Bureau announced yesterday. With the theme of "I Love...

Rare, decaying housing left unprotected

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YUE Huifen, an 80-year-old woman living in a century-old wooden house, has had a recurring nightmare during the past 10 years: that her home would suddenly collapse. It's getting close. The Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)...

Timed-out workers skipping libraries

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ABOUT half of the white-collar employees in the city seldom visit libraries, mainly because they cannot afford the time, according to a recent survey on cultural habits carried out by the Shanghai Social Studies Center. ...

Heritage trail

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THIS weekend, nineteen heritage architectures in Changning District are open free to visitors to celebrate the sixth National Cultural Heritage Day today. Visitors can choose from four sightseeing routes, which are...

Another bookstore shuttered

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ZHANG Qing, who has run the Qingyun Book Store at Fudan University for more than 17 years, is ending his career as a private book dealer and is looking at the clothing business. Many students, teachers, alumni...

14 Shanghainese selected for dialect recording

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AS putonghua or Mandarin is eclipsing Shanghai dialect at school and in workplace, the city felt the need to preserve its unique tongue for posterity. Yesterday it selected 14 native Shanghai dialect speakers for recording. ...

Local Mandarin to be preserved

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MANDARIN spoken with a Shanghai accent - which confuses many non-locals and is mocked by some standard speakers - is to be recorded for posterity by language experts. This is part of an initiative to record and...

Museum opens

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A museum devoted to Qin Yi, the 90-year-old Chinese performing artist, opened in the Liyuan Garden of Zhaojialou Old Town in Minhang District yesterday. It includes props and costumes from a bygone era to tell Qin's...

Extension blights historic home

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RESIDENTS fear that the historic building in which they live will collapse after a neighbor illegally built heavy extensions on top of the structure. Deep cracks appeared in the walls of apartments in the three-story...

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