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A bullish start to the Year of the Ox

EDITOR'S note:

The economic downturn seemed to have little effect on Shanghai's Lunar New Year celebrations, with local scenic spots, transport firms and cinemas reporting bumper figures. However there were some signs of strain, with blood donations down during the week-long Spring Festival holiday. Here, Shanghai Daily offers you a peek into the statistics and business trends of the holiday week.

Blood Donation

536.2 liters of blood were donated - 17%

Locals donated 536.2 liters of blood during the holiday, 17 percent less than last year's 647 liters.

However, the amount of blood collected last Tuesday was a record 107.8 liters - the highest daily donation during a Spring Festival holiday in the city, said the Shanghai Blood Administration Office.

Many residents give blood during the holiday in order to help others.

(Cai Wenjun)


12 million passengers used the Metro - around the same as last year.

The city's eight Metro lines transported about 12 million passengers during the holiday, officials said.

Taxis were used for more than 11.68 million trips and transported more than 21 million passengers, while the two airports handled about 978,000 travelers.

All the figures were similar to a year ago, officials said.

On the rails, 4.4 million people caught trains in Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, and part of Anhui Province, said the Shanghai Railway Administration, the regional railway supervisor.

The passenger flows in the region were smooth, without abrupt fluctuations over the holiday, said Tao Liping, a railway official.

Yesterday marked the beginning of a new travel rush as migrant workers and students started to return to the city.

(Dong Zhen)


2.49 million tourists came to Shanghai - 4.39%

39,377 locals left the city for a break - 5.26%

Spring Festival tourism remained buoyant despite the economic downturn, tourism authorities said yesterday.

More than 2.49 million tourists came to Shanghai during the Spring Festival holiday, a 4.39 percent increase on last year.

Holiday tourists spent 1.975 billion yuan (US$288.9 million) in the city, 1.6 percent higher than last year, said the Shanghai Tourism Administration.

Local travel agencies reported 2,066 outbound trips involving 39,377 people, up 5.26 percent on the same period last year, according to the Shanghai Tourism Administration.

The most popular destination for tourists coming to Shanghai remains the Yu°?yuan Garden, a site known for its traditional Spring Festival atmosphere. The garden attracted about 2.1 million visitors over the holiday.

However, the local tourism market was not as strong as in 2007, when Shanghai received more than 2.79 million tourists during the holiday week and tourists spent 2.13 billion yuan in the city.

During last Spring Festival, tourist numbers coming Shanghai were lower because of the bad weather before the holiday.

(Liang Yiwen)


18 million yuan was taken at the box offices of Shanghai's largest cinema chain - 32%.

Movie theaters in the city saw a booming business during the holiday.

Shanghai United Cinema Lines, the city's largest chain, took in 18 million yuan during the holiday.

"It's a 32 percent increase compared with the 13.6 million yuan in ticket sales during the same period last year," said Wu Hehu, the chain's deputy director.

Domestic animated feature "Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf" and Hong Kong romantic comedy "Look for a Star" were the top box-office draws during the holiday, taking 5.32 million yuan and 3.6 million yuan respectively.

They were followed by John Woo's epic "Red Cliff II," Ning Hao's comedy "Crazy Racer" and Disney's animated film "Bolt."

(Xu Wei)

Consumer Rights

425 consumer complaint cases - 9%

Consumers' complaints during the holiday dropped for the first time in five years.

The local consumers' watchdog received 425 complaints during the holiday, down 9 percent.

(Lu Feiran)


99,228 tons of garbage were collected - 4.3%

Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau said its staff collected 99,228 tons of garbage from January 24 to Friday, some 4,300 tons more than the same period last year.

About 30,000 staff worked during the holiday.


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