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Wednesday Happy Hour

By Elaine Chan
The weekly happy hour is held every Wednesday between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
at the bar on the 3rd floor of Zorba's Greek Restaurant (Lao Waitan). The
bar has very kindly offered us 30% off draught beers and one for one for
house pours, and complimentary snacks.

We look forward to seeing you at the bar again this Wednesday.
To RSVP, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 137 7711 1339.

Paper plane flying contest to be held

The yearly paper plane flying contest will be held in Fubang Stadium of Ningbo Sports Centre on October 6. Citizens who are interested are welcome to the contest.

Flying paper plane is a kind of special sports event involving technology, easy to learn and full of fun. Anyone who registers on the spot with his ID card can take part in it. Those who can break the record of the time length of the plane staying in air will be awarded by a certain sum of money. What’s more, the winners can also win two tickets for the national Aero Model Open which is also the first national RC Model Helicopter Tournament sponsored by and named after the "Air Defense Expo Park of China".

Exactly at the same time of the paper plane contest, the first Tianhao Tricycle Tournament will be held in the same place. For more detailed rules of the tournament, please refer to, the website of Ningbo Model Radio Sports Association.

Ningbo strides toward "deep blue era"

The first net brings the fresh seafood to the tables of Ningbo people and the economic statistics released by Ningbo Municipal Statistics Bureau depict the new picture for the port city of Ningbo. Since the beginning of 2011, Ningbo has made great efforts to push forward the development of marine economy and the effects are becoming evident. The total value of the marine economy arrives at ¥161.44 billion, with the added value of ¥43.18 billion, accounting for 15.9% of the gross regional product of Ningbo.
"Backed by the deep water port, Ningbo actively undertakes the international industrial transfer to construct the national bases for energy sources and raw materials. With the expansion of scales, some portside industries are rapidly growing." says an expert from Ningbo Municipal Statistics Bureau. At present, a portside industry belt has appeared on the horizon of Beilun Port, and some big pillar industries such as petrochemical industry, electric power industry and shipbuilding and repairing industry are taking shape with hundreds of major projects being carried out.
The adjacent waters of Ningbo are rich in fishing resources which are various in species and large in quantity, and the recovery ability of some species are superior. Xiangshan Port is an exceptional spot of inhabit, growth and reproduction for sea animals like fishes, shrimps and shellfishes and sea plants like algae. By protecting fishing resources and restoring the marine eco-environment in the past few years, Ningbo witnessed a stable growth of the "blue industry" which accomplished a value of ¥6.15 billion, with the added value of ¥2.70 billion.
"Blue service industry" is the most important component of Ningbo's marine economy and the new economic development pole with a competitive edge. In the first half of this year, the overall output value of the tertiary industry of the marine economy adds up to¥32.87 billion, with the added value of ¥11.72 billion. Experts argue that with marine transportation and port industry playing the leading role, the marine finance and insurance and marine tourism have a huge potential and a bright future.
Ningbo starts a new journey of developing marine economy when stepping into the second half of the 12th Five-year Plan period

Urban industry in Jiangbei to generate 10 billion yuan in coming five years

News came a few days ago that ALT Lighting located in Jiangbei would set up a laboratory with Beijing University, which will be engaged in LED intelligent system integration, light optical design and lights development. It means that Jiangbei will become an important LED production base of the province. In the first half year,the output of five new industries in total, including electromechanical integration industry, accounted for half of the output of the industrial economy.

“It is necessary to readjust the structure, for the original industrial structure can not match the urbanization trend”, said an official from the economic authorities, as this area is the central urban area, with information flow, talent flow, logistic flow and capital flow, which are important for emerging industries. The emerging industries should take product design, technical development and manufacturing as the mainstay, well matching city functions and ecological environment.   For this purpose, they decide to focus on electromechanical integration, auto parts, electronic appliances, medical devices and new energy, which are expected to generate output of 10 billion yuan in coming five years.

Jiangbei initiated an entrepreneurship and innovation multiplication plan, with focus on emerging industries, industrial pacesetting companies. It will guide the key resources of land, capital, talents, etc, to flow into strategic emerging industries, and give substantial support to major pilot projects of national and provincial level. The district has set up special funds for innovation and cooperation and subsidies for high-tech businesses. A company undertaking technical innovation can get a maximum of two million yuan as subsidy from the government.  Meanwhile, the district innovated on the mortgage model. During the first half year the banking institutions granted loans of 11 billion yuan to companies. Besides, the governmental finance also earmarks a yearly sum of three million yuan as risk compensatory payment.

The development of urban emerging industry needs large platforms and projects. Last year,Jiangbei set up a high-tech industrial park, which is to be listed as one of the new development parks of the province during the twelfth five-year plan, in Cicheng town. Meanwhile, a number of projects are launched: such as the cooperative project between Huyong Electric Power and CAS Ningbo Materials Institute; the technical innovative project of Bole Appliances; Ketian Magnet project, etc. This year, there are 121 technical innovation projects going on in Jiangbei, with planned investment of 2.851 billion yuan. 80% of them are from the five new industries.

At the same time, Jiangbei makes full use of the advantages in urban resources and provides the emerging industries with strong modern services. Now, the turnover of online trading volume of technical achievements has reached over 100 million yuan. The district has entered into cooperative relationship with some 50 R&D institutions including Chinese Academy of Sciences. Each year about 100 sci-tech achievements are introduced to the district. Almost 100 companies in the district have had engineering centers and 17 companies have hosted or participated in the making of 33 industrial standards. As the core area of the urban industries, Jiangbei Investment and Startup Center is already the largest production base of watermeter, steel sensor, heat exchanger of air-conditioning,high-speed fin press and medium-speed diesel engine

Ningbo Pavilion put into operation in World Leisure Expo

On the night of September 17, the World Leisure Expo 2011 Hangzhou opened. The newly decorated Ningbo Pavilion was put into operation and added a sight to the Expo.

This year's World Leisure Expo is co-sponsored by the World Leisure Organization and Hangzhou Municipal Government, and it will last for two months. Through the demonstration of four sections including exhibition, forums, festivals and events, and leisure experience, the Expo is to popularize advanced leisure concepts, to exhibit various leisure cultures and to provide participants with colorful leisure experience. It aims to develop modern leisure industries in a positive way and to improve the people's living standard.

Ningbo Pavilion, themed as "A city of culture and a gateway to the world", is composed of four sections, namely, coastal leisure, mountain leisure, lake leisure and urban leisure. And there are four functional areas such as area of performance and exhibition, area of leisure information exchange, area of product exhibition and area of public interaction. The "Special day" activities for about 12 counties and districts of Ningbo, including Yuyao, Cixi, Xiangshan, Fenghua, Ninghai and Dongqian Lake, will focus on promoting the rich leisure resources and leisure products in Ningbo.


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