As we shared with you in our last blog
, Shanghai's Chinese New Year celebrations last week were very spectacular; however the feeling in Shanghai is that they actually seemed quite restrained in comparison with previous years.
backs up those assertions and cite concerns over air pollution as being one of the key factors.
Such reports demonstrate a growing awareness of environmental issues in Shanghai, where air pollution has recently been a very topical issue.
Due to the heavy smog that plagued Shanghai and many cities in China's eastern and northern regions, local citizens have cut down on fireworks during this year's Spring Festival - about half of the usual amount.
All of this rather begs the question, how much do fireworks contribute to air pollution?
By analysing data from the U.S. Consulate Shanghai Air Quality Monitor
we have been able to answer this question.
The graph below shows how PM2.5 readings varied in the hours either side of the new year's midnight extravaganza.
The columns on the graph have been colour coded to correspond with the Air Quality Index (AQI) chart displayed to the right.
From this we can see that readings from the Air Quality monitor peaked at 1am with an AQI of over 500 - which is quite literally off the scale!
Air pollution continued to be "hazardous" for a further two hours before returning to more "normal" levels.
The data demonstrates a clear correlation between the launching of fireworks and air pollution, though it is hard to say how quickly the effects dissipate.
Fireworks have been an important part of Chinese culture since they were invented in the 7th century and witnessing the Chinese New Year celebrations is a sight not to be missed.
However, people with respiratory conditions, the elderly and children might want to consider taking precautions such as staying insider or wearing a respirator.
Last night people across China were celebrating Chinese New Year and the arrival of the year of the snake.
Although Chinese New Year is a week long celebration the majority of fireworks are launched around midnight on News Year's Eve and it is quite a spectacle.
This short time-lapse video was captured from a residential tower near the Senlinx office in Zhongshan Park, Shanghai.
The team at Senlinx wishes all our family, friends, clients and future clients the very best for 2013. Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Last month Senlinx travelled to the nation's capital to attend the 6th International Occupational Safety & Health Exhibition
(COS+H), held at the National Convention Center in Beijing.
Since its inception in 2002, the biannual event has become the leading trade fair of its kind in China and is increasingly world renowned for its range of exhibitors and attendees.
With the incredible range of companies presenting their wares, the super-size event not only helps manufacturers and distributors create and build on partnerships, but also acts as something of a giant classroom for study of China’s personal protective equipment (PPE) market.
At the exhibition, the Senlinx team was delighted to meet so many professional, generous and friendly exhibitors from both China and abroad, and build the foundations for future cooperation with several domestic suppliers.
Featuring the world’s largest workforce, China has witnessed a considerable growth in industries associated with work safety and occupational health. With stricter enforcement of China's existing workplace safety laws, coupled with the maturing of the country's manufacturing sector this growth is expected to continue.
Statistics from Frost & Sullivan — an American market research consultancy — indicate that China’s PPE market is expected to exceed the USD20 billion mark by 2014.
Great News! Senlinx has become a member of AustCham Shanghai, Australia's Chamber of Commerce in the city.
Founded in 1994 as the China Australia Chamber of Commerce, today AustCham Shanghai is a modern networking organisation with over 300 company members represented by 1,500+ card-carrying employees.
Their events range from business conferences to social gatherings, with the highlight being the annual Great Australian Ball.
Joining the association should help the business to gain more recognition and develop in the future.
to view Senlinx's entry in the membership database and here
to learn more about the organisation.
On 9 December, Senlinx held a Christmas gathering to celebrate the festive period and the conclusion of a successful year.
Despite the bitter winter weather, guests were kept nicely warm thanks in no small part to the mulled wine prepared by our special guest from the UK.
Thanks to all our friends who have supported us during 2011, we are truly grateful.
Here's to a great 2012!
Following a busy period for Senlinx, staff members were treated to a day out at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournement, held at the spectacular Qizhong Arena.
The excursion was reward for the team’s sterling efforts in recent months as Senlinx has continued to develop and prosper.
Senlinx held a team building weekend break for staff members at the beautiful Thousand Island Lake near Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province.
The team enjoyed a cruise on the lake and a visit to the nearby Nine Roaring Horizons waterfall.
As well as enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery, staff took delight in sampling the famous local fish which was prepared in front of their eyes by the lake side.