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Rappler's latest stories on Shanghai


Shanghai skyscrapers' viewing platforms re-open as virus eases

Mar 12, 2020 - 1:12 PM

China's Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl Tower Radio and Television Tower will be open to the public again starting Friday, but on a limited basis

Love in the time of coronavirus: A quiet Valentine's Day in China

Feb 14, 2020 - 3:29 PM

Couples around China settle for a quiet Valentine's Day this year, with COVID-19 intruding as an unwelcome third-wheel in romantic celebrations

LOVE DAY. This photo taken on February 12, 2020 shows florist Zhao Yuanyuan wearing a protective face mask as she arranges flowers in her shop in Shanghai ahead of Valentine's Day. Photo by Noel Celis

Shanghai Disneyland closes over China virus concerns

Jan 24, 2020 - 3:32 PM

The amusement park is closing 'until further notice' following a coronavirus outbreak that has infected hundreds in China

SHANGHAI DISNEYLAND. Visitors enjoy a fireworks display at the first anniversary of the opening of Shanghai Disneyland. The amusement park is now closing 'until further notice' following a coronavirus outbreak. Photo by STR/AFP

China denies allegations of forced labor at Shanghai prison

Dec 23, 2019 - 4:28 PM

The statement comes after supermarket giant Tesco said it stopped production at a factory in China after one of its charity cards was found to contain a cry for help from a prisoner who made it

This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag behind razor wire at a housing compound in Yangisar, south of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. A recurrence of the Urumqi riots which left nearly 200 people dead a decade ago is hard to imagine in today's Xinjiang, a Chinese region whose Uighur minority is straitjacketed by surveillance and mass detentions. A pervasive security apparatus has subdued the ethnic unrest that has long plagued the region. GREG BAKER / AFP

Tesco halts Christmas card production after China inmate's message

Dec 23, 2019 - 9:32 AM

'We are foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu Prison China, forced to work against our will,' says the writing on the card, found by a 6-year-old

Makati Subway to get extra $332-million funding from Chinese firms

Oct 29, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Mayor Abby Binay flies to Hong Kong to secure more funding for her flagship project, the Makati Subway

MORE FUNDS FOR SUBWAY. Makati Mayor Abby Binay (center) and City Administrator Claro Certeza during the partnership signing ceremony in Hong Kong for the Makati Subway. Photo from the Makati City government

Gauff salutes Federer for words of wisdom

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Coco Gauff says Roger Federer gave her a pep talk that has helped her on a path which saw her become the youngest champion on the WTA Tour since 2004

YOUNG CHAMP. Coco Gauff claims the Linz Open at 15 years old. Photo from Twitter/@WTALinz

Daniil Medvedev – rise of a 'smart' tennis star

Oct 14, 2019 - 1:19 PM

Daniil Medvedev is homing in on Roger Federer's place in the world rankings before the year is out and chasing a first Grand Slam title next year

CHAMP AGAIN. Daniil Medvedev demolishes Alexander Zverev in the Shanghai Masters finals. Photo from Twitter/@atptour

Hail King James: NBA reigns for a night in China game

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:36 AM

The preseason Shanghai clash between the Lakers and the Nets shows it will be difficult to shake the NBA's huge following among passionate Chinese fans

MAIN DRAW. LeBron James mesmerizes Chinese fans even as the Lakers bow to the Nets. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Shanghai cancels NBA fan event over 'inappropriate' HK comments

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:36 PM

China calls off an NBA fan night on the eve of a preseason game pitting the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets

HEATED. The NBA and China row continues even as several NBA players like LeBron James and Anthony Davis remain in Shanghai for the Los Angeles Lakers’ scheduled events with the Brooklyn Nets. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic heaps praise on 'very complete' Medvedev

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:49 PM

'The last several months he's been playing the tennis of his life,' says Novak Djokovic about Daniil Medvedev

'COMPLETE'. Novak Djokovic sees the potential of young Russian Daniil Medvedev. File photo from Wimbledon Twitter

Federer wins Shanghai Masters opener

Oct 08, 2019 - 9:28 PM

Roger Federer cruises past Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Shanghai Masters 1st round

CONQUEST. Roger Federer advances to the next round in the 2019 Shanghai Masters. File photo by Don Emmert / AFP

NBA, Nets cancel Shanghai media event

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:09 PM

NBA China tells the media that the event has been scrapped just 2 hours before it was due to start

CANCELED. Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets arrive in Shanghai before their exhibition game against the Los Angeles Lakers got canceled. Photo from Brooklyn Nets Twitter

NBA 2K league adding Shanghai team in 2020

Sep 27, 2019 - 9:24 AM

The Gen.G Shanghai team becomes the NBA 2K's first franchise outside of North America

BIGGER FIELD. The competition gets tougher for Jazz Gaming’s MOAM and the rest of the NBA 2K cast. Photo from NBAE

Shanghai Disneyland to allow outside food, but not durian

Sep 13, 2019 - 3:54 PM

Disney's Shanghai theme park loosens its ban on outside food, but still won't allow visitors to bring in instant noodles and 'pungent food' like durian

Super Typhoon Lekima barrels towards China

Aug 09, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Authorities have issued a yellow alert for torrential rain and flooding for provinces in Lekima's path

WARNING. A flag warning about rough seas is pictured next to a beach in Suao, Yilan county, as Lekima approaches off the shores of eastern Taiwan on August 8, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Cautious hopes before new round of U.S.-China trade talks

Jul 28, 2019 - 11:36 AM

The Shanghai meetings will be the first face-to-face discussions since negotiations collapsed after US President Donald Trump accused China of withdrawing from its commitments

SYMBOLIC VENUE. The skyline of the Lujiazui Financial District in Pudong, Shanghai. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

UK shares list in China, a first for foreign firms

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The launch of the London-Shanghai Stock Connect marks 'the first time that any foreign company will be able to list in mainland China'

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond (C) and Chinese Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua (C-R) applaud after the opening of the markets at the London Stock Exchange in London on June 17, 2019. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP)

5 killed in Shanghai building collapse

May 16, 2019 - 2:30 PM

(4th UPDATE) The accident occurs at around 11:30 am in a central Shanghai neighborhood, trapping around 20 people, according to fire rescue officials

COLLAPSE. Members of a rescue team carry out a survivor of a building collapse in Shanghai on May 16, 2019. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Tesla probes car fire in Shanghai

Apr 22, 2019 - 3:22 PM

A video shows white smoke emerging from under what appears to be a Tesla Model S car in a parking garage before flames erupt around it

TESLA. Visitors walk past a Tesla Model 3 at the Shanghai Auto Show in Shanghai on April 17, 2019. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Chinese arm wrestling yanks hard for recognition

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Already considered a serious sport in many parts of the world, arm wrestling has generally been viewed in China as a testosterone showdown between inebriated bar patrons

This photo taken on March 10, 2019 shows participants competing in the 7th Shanghai Arm Wrestling Open in Shanghai. More than 100 pullers took part in the recent 7th Shanghai Arm Wrestling Open, which calls itself the first in China under the auspices of the Professional Armwrestling League's international ranking system. MATTHEW KNIGHT / AFP

The week in photos: November 10-16, 2018

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

FASCINATING. Russia's Tiffani Zagorski (left) and Jonathan Guerreiro perform during the ice dance free dance event at the figure skating NHK Trophy in Hiroshima on November 11, 2018. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Djokovic wins Shanghai to close on world No.1 Nadal

Oct 14, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Novak Djokovic is within touching distance of Rafael Nadal's No. 1 ranking after ruling the Shanghai Masters

NEW NOVAK. After recovering from an injury, Novak Djokovic says he needed to ‘reinvent’ himself. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Japan overtakes China as world's no. 2 stock market

Aug 03, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Data from Bloomberg News in intra-day trade on Friday, August 3, show Chinese stocks are worth $6.09 trillion, compared with $6.17 trillion in Japan. The US market is worth $31 trillion.

WORLD'S SECOND STOCK MARKET. A man walks past a stock indicator showing share prices on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (L) and New York Dow Jones closing numbers (R) in Tokyo on July 23, 2018. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Tesla to build huge Shanghai factory – local government

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:53 PM

The deal marks the biggest overseas foray yet for Tesla, which is looking to expand into global markets, plans that faced a potential threat from the intensifying China-US trade row

TESLA IN CHINA. A boy sits in a Tesla car during a visit at Tesla showroom in Beijing on July 4, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Shireen Seno is Best Script Writer at 2018 Shanghai International Film Festival

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:06 AM

The Filipino filmmaker wins for her film, 'Nervous Translation'

NERVOUS TRANSLATION. The film picks up another international award. Photo from

'iPal' robot companion for China's lonely children

Jun 14, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The 'iPal' is among a slew of new tech unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show Asia in Shanghai this week, offering education and company for lonely children and peace of mind for adults

FOR KIDS. In this picture taken on June 13, 2018 iPal robots by Avatarmind are exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia in Shanghai on June 13, 2018. Photo by AFP

China's Xi hails 'unity' of security bloc led with Russia

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:38 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says this year, they would 'draw up a blueprint for the SCO's future growth'

VISIT AND SUMMIT. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) reviews a military honor guard with Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 8, 2018. Putin arrived for a state visit to China, and for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Leaders Summit in the eastern port city of Qingdao on June 9-10. Photo by Greg Baker/Pool/AFP

Yoga and cheesecake for new moms in plush Chinese 'sitting centers'

Jun 08, 2018 - 11:51 PM

The setting may resemble a 5-star hotel, but this is a 'sitting center' on Shanghai's outskirts where mothers pay up to $11,000 a month to stay with their newborns

NEW MOMS. Sitting centers are the 'in' thing for new Chinese moms in Shanghai. Photo by AFP

18 hurt as burning van slams into crowd in Shanghai

Feb 02, 2018 - 12:24 PM

(UPDATED) A Shanghai police statement says a preliminary investigation indicated that the driver of the van, a 40-year-old man who was among the injured, had been smoking while driving

IN PHOTOS: This is the biggest Starbucks in the world

Dec 07, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Shanghai's Starbucks Reserve Roastery is a coffee lovers' amusement park

Supermom dreams of becoming China's version of Conor McGregor

Nov 26, 2017 - 10:48 AM

A single mother from Shanghai works as a professional mixed martial arts fighter to support a 3-year-old son whom she calls 'Peanut'

SUPERMOM. This photo taken on November 16, 2017 shows MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter Miao Jie (center) during a training session in Shanghai.  Photo by Chandan Khannna/AFP

The week in photos: November 18-24, 2017

Nov 25, 2017 - 9:50 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Models celebrate during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

How to cook bibimbap, lumpia, and other dishes with Angus corned beef

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:17 AM

Add a nostalgic twist to your favorite international dishes with this kitchen staple

Federer outshines rival Nadal to win Shanghai Masters

Oct 15, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Roger Federer got one over his old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters 6-4, 6-3

ONE UP. Federer wins his 94th title and closes the gap on world number one Nadal at the top of the rankings as the season reaches its conclusion. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Nadal and Federer on collision course in Shanghai

Oct 13, 2017 - 3:28 AM

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal look destined to clash once again at the Shanghai Masters

COLLISION COURSE. Rafael Nadal will meet Grigor Dimitrov, while Roger Federer plays Richard Gasquet in the last 8. The two could meet in Sunday's final if they continue their winning ways in China. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Trillanes submits bank secrecy waivers to AMLC, Ombudsman

Sep 11, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The opposition senator again challenges President Rodrigo Duterte to sign bank waivers: Nagparatang ka sa akin pumirma ako ng waiver Nagparatang ako sa yo isang taon mahigit na iniiba mo usapan

Sen. Trillanes press con denying the bank accounts PRRD accused him of having. The senator is seen showing the members of the media the waivers he signed and copies of the supposed to be bank accounts. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand

Jul 13, 2017 - 2:09 PM

Disney chairman and CEO Bob Igler says they were surprised with the demand for the snack in Shanghai reportedly averaging 4 000 pieces a day

Riot Games sues mobile game developer for copyright infringement

Jul 11, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Riot s lawsuit against Shanghai Moonton Technology follows attempts to get the Google Play store and Apple App Store to take down the infringing games

WATCH: Crashes and slow-mo drone racing shots in China

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:10 PM

See high speed drones captured in slow motion at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017

WATCH: UK drone racer on first-person-view racing and building drones

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:29 AM

Once you ve flown for a week or a few days you forget that you re looking at a screen and it becomes your eyesight and you forget about the controls says XBlades drone pilot Gary Kent

XBLADES. Kent is one of 11 pilots in the multinational team with members from the UK, Poland, Spain and the US. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Day 2 of Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017

Jun 30, 2017 - 11:41 AM

We visit Huawei s Research and Development Center and see more of the Mobile World Congress booths including those of Toyota Vivo Motorola and the drone racing track

IN PHOTOS: Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017 day 1

Jun 28, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Check out the sights at the opening day of Asia s biggest mobile expo

Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017: 13 things to see at the expo

Jun 26, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Rappler will be at Asia s biggest mobile expo happening from June 28 to July 1 Here s what we re looking forward to seeing

Filipino filmmaker wins top prize at Shanghai Int'l Festival

Jun 26, 2017 - 12:03 AM

UPDATED Filmmaker Paolo Villaluna’s feature film Pauwi Na starring Bembol Roco and Cherry Pie Picache wins the top prize at the Shangahi International Film Festival 2017

India, Pakistan join China and Russia-led security bloc

Jun 09, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Leaders of the largely symbolic body – including Russia s Vladimir Putin and China s Xi Jinping – formally sign off on the sub continent duo s accession at the annual SCO summit in Kazakhstan s capital Astana

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Kazakhstan's Astana on June 9, 2017. Photo by AFP.

PH's war on drugs likely has short-term impact on FDIs – HSBC

Jan 17, 2017 - 9:00 PM

We do see some challenge in [terms of] foreign investors perception on the latest measure taken by the new government says HSBC s Cheuk Wan Fan

SLOWDOWN. FDIs registered a $342-million net inflow in October 2016, down from $399 million a year earlier and from $469 million in a month ago. Photo by Agence France-Presse

Hong Kong-Shenzhen trading link off to negative start

Dec 05, 2016 - 11:39 AM

UPDATED The tie up is being touted as the latest effort by Beijing to prove to global investors that its capital markets are gradually opening

File photo from Wikipedia

Erdogan: Turkey can spurn EU and join Shanghai Pact

Nov 20, 2016 - 6:45 PM

The Shanghai Pact is a loose security and economic bloc led by Russia and China

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the Living Human Treasures award ceremony at the Bestepe National Congress and Culture Centre in Ankara on November 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Security firm says Chinese company collected phone users' texts

Nov 16, 2016 - 11:51 PM

The firmware – software deeply embedded in the phone – is said to periodically transmit data that identified the device the numbers called and received contact lists and full text messages back to the server for unclear purposes