Useful Resources

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS 常用电话号码 

Ambulance                         120                         救护(Jiuhu)

Police Emergency               110                         报警(Baojing)

Phone Malfunction              112                         电话故障(Dianhuaguzhang)

Shanghai  Telecom             10000                     电信服务(Dianxingfuwu)

China Mobile                     1860                        中国移动(Zhongguoyidong)

China Unicom                    1001                       中国联通(Zhongguoliantong)

Directory Assistance          114                         电话咨询(Dianhuazixun)

Time                                 117                         报时服务(Baoshifuwu)

Fire                                   119                         火警(Huojing)

Weather Report                 12121                     天气预报(Tianqiyubao)

Detailed Weather Report   969221                   详细天气预报(Xiangxitianqiyubao)

Electric Power                   95598                   供电报修(Gongdian Baoxiu)

Water Repair                     962323                 自来水报修(Zilaishui Baoxiu)

Gas Repair                         962777                煤气急修(Meiqi Jixiu)

Post Code                      184                     邮政编码问询(Youzhengbianma Wenxun)

Express Mail                  185                     邮政特快专递(Youzhengbianma Zhuand)

 

Poison Control Numbers

Beijing (10) 6313 1122 (not 24hrs) only Chinese speaking
National Poison Control Center, U.S.A.1-800-222-1222
Shanghai  4295 1860 (not 24hrs) only Chinese speaking
 

Air Quality in Shanghai

You can check Shanghai's air quality at aqicn.org. The site reports the daily concentrations per cubic meter of a variety of components of air pollution, including:
PM 2.5 and PM10: Particles from 2.5 up to 10 microns. These pose the greatest health risk because they can get deep into the lungs and even into the bloodstream.Within the past year, Shanghai's numbers typically were in the 100s range. Recent high AQI numbers have everyone concerned. The World Health Organization standard is 150. Click here for CCS' tips for our patrons.
SO2: Sulfur dioxide, most of which comes from coal-burning electric utilities.
NO2: Nitrogen oxides which from primarily during fuel combustion in motor vehicles, electric utilities and fuel-burning sources. Both SO2 and NO2 contribute to ozone and acid rain.
 

Drinking Water Safety In Shanghai

Shanghai has inconsistent quality of its water distribution networks. In the older parts of the city, for example, the aging iron pipes slough off more debris. In fact, iron is likely the cause to give the water its yellow color. But according to the World Health Organization, iron is "of no direct consequence to health at the concentrations at which they normally occur in water."
While Shanghai's water is potable, the presence of chemicals is enough to turn many consumers to bottled water. But this is problematic, as well. Store bought bottled water is expensive, inconvenient, and concerns exist about the leaking of chemicals from the plastic into the water. And the large delivery jugs can be contaminated en route.
Even more, disposable water bottles have an enormous environmental impact. According to the Container Recycling Institute, the energy used to produce bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 American homes and 100,000 cars per year.
The most efficient solution, then, is for consumers to treat their own tap water. Here are a few of the approaches, each designed to treat different water problem.
1. A water softener removes calcium and magnesium, the main minerals that make water "hard" and  prevent soap lathering, and cause scaly deposits on pipes. This is usually done on a whole building so may not be an option unless you own.
2. Activated carbon filters treat general taste and odor problem and will remove chlorine, some chemicals, mercury, large parasites, and particulates. Most faucet filters and jug filters (Brita is a popular brand) are this type.
3. Ozone filters kill certain chlorine resistant protozoa like giardia and cryptosporidium.
4. A reverse osmosis system pushes water through an ultra-fine semi-permeable membrane. But the filtration is so comprehensive that all minerals and nutritional value are removed. It is so pure the water can actually leach essential nutrients from your body.