HANGZHOU East Railway Station will open by the end of the year, Hangzhou Mayor Shao Zhanwei said after inspecting the station this week.
The station will be the new hub for high-speed trains to Shanghai, Beijing, Ningbo and Nanjing. The Hangzhou-Ningbo and Hangzhou-Nanjing high-speed railways are expected to open to travelers for the first time with the completion of the station.
When operational, the new line will cut trips from Hangzhou to Ningbo to about 40 minutes from at least two hours.
With five high-speed railway lines and 25 normal lines, the station will be the same size as Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai.
After completion, Hangzhou East Railway Station will have a capacity of 300,000 passengers in a bid to keep up with surging demand for train travel, one of the cheapest and most convenient transport modes.
Metro lines 1 and 4, which are still under construction, will have stops at the new station.
CHINA Mobile's Hangzhou branch will expand coverage of its 4G network to the entire downtown area by the end of the year, providing mobile phone users with download speeds up to five times faster than the existing 3G network, Hangzhou Party Secretary Huang Kunming said in a recent report.
Hangzhou Mobile has already established 1,800 base stations for the TD-LTE network with mobile bandwidth of at least 50 megabytes per second, around five times faster than 3G.
A test run will be carried out on the B1 rapid transit bus line and passengers using electronic gadgets with wi-fi can access the latest network to have another fast Internet option.
HANGZHOU'S first public bicycle will become an exhibit in the Hangzhou Low-Carbon Science & Technology Hall, Hangzhou Public Transport Group said this week.
The bicycle with a serial number 800001 was put into use on May 1, 2008. The first digit 8 indicates the bike first hit the road in 2008. The latest bikes start with 11 as they were put into use last year. Each public bike in Hangzhou has a serial number.
The bicycle has been kept at Hangzhou Public Bike Co after cleaning and maintenance and it is still in good condition.
There were 2,800 public bikes in 2008, and now there are more than 60,000 public bicycles in the city.
"We are very excited to get this information and eventually we can exhibit the bike in April after our hall opens to the public," said Ji Jinhang, director of the hall.
Hangzhou is currently running the largest public bicycle project in the world with an average usage rate of around 220,000 each day. About half of the bicycles are used during the morning and evening rush hours.
THE 8th China International Animation & Cartoon Festival will open on April 28 with a gala show at Huanglong Stadium in Hangzhou.
The six-day festival has been an annual event since 2005. It is supported by the central government and Zhejiang Province government. It has become one of the world's largest fairs for animated films, cartoon publications and cartoon products.
This year's festival includes exhibitions, forums, trade fairs, auctions and competitions. Cartoonists from the UK and France will be among those at the festival.
A parade and an international cartoon film week will also be held during the festival.
Call for help
A terminally ill high school student from a poverty-stricken mountainous village in Fuyang, suburban Hangzhou has received a 138,000 yuan (US$21,905) donation from fellow students and the community.
Xu Gao was diagnosed with aplastic anemia 10 years ago and he relied on herbal medicines dug by his parents to keep healthy and continue his studies.
Last week doctors found his condition had worsened to "severe," meaning he now needs urgent, life-saving surgery.
Some of his schoolmates in Grade 12 started a door-to-door fundraising drive this past weekend and collected 3,596 yuan from residents after the 20-year-old Xu posted a letter entitled "Help!" on an online forum.
The rest of the money was raised by Xu's school.
However, Xu needs at least 800,000 yuan for a potential life-saving bone marrow transplant, Dr Wu Dijiong from Zhejiang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital said.
Both of Xu's parents are handicapped. They borrowed 80,000 yuan as a deposit from relatives, and they could find no extra financial support.
If anyone wants to help Xu, please call (0571) 8510-9999.