Neural research lab inaugurated

The Shenzhen Neher Neural Plasticity Laboratory, led by German biophysicist Erwin Neher, who won the Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine in 1991, was inaugurated at Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technologies under the Chinese Academy of Sciences on Saturday.
 
The lab, Neher’s first research lab in China, is one of Shenzhen’s key projects in developing research on neural science while engaging in researches on biomedicine development and the health industry.
 
At present, the lab has a team of 30 full-time researchers, including five senior researchers. The number will increase to 50 before the end of the year.

Read more here. 

Belt & Road Shenzhen International Music Festival

The second Belt & Road Shenzhen International Music Festival kicked off over the weekend in Shenzhen. The three-week event will receive more than 800 musicians of 23 troupes from over 40 countries and regions along the Belt & Road, including Russia, Poland, Turkey, Indonesia and Thailand. Among its list of performers also include the US’ Cleveland Orchestra, Germany’s Freiburger Baroque Orchestra, the China National Symphony Orchestra, U.S. jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center. 

Book the tickets here. 

 

Shenzhen is No.2 after the sun goes down

Shenzhen is ranked the second most lively night city in China, after Shanghai, according to a nightlife index based on the data provided by China’s ride hailing app Didi-Chuxing and the restaurant review app Dazhong Dianping.

They cite a report from Beijing-based commercial property consultancy firm RET, which looks at eight “nightlife sectors” including bars, cinemas, KTVs, gyms, late-night dining, internet cafes, entertainment and convenience stores. The report studied each sector’s geographical distribution, consumption patterns and operational models. RET said that it hopes the report will provide an understanding on Shenzhen’s evening and night-time economy, which should help in planning future development.

The report concluded that “consumption time has kept expanding into later hours”, which appears to suggest that people are working harder and playing later. Expansion has been spreading from the city center, while “different subcultures” have brought new business ideas and trends for late-night consumption. Technology has become an important driver of all this change, naturally.

Read more here in Chinese.

Comparing the regions

Here is a rough comparison of how the GBA stacks up against the other “Bay Regions” in its weight class.

Greater Bay Area Tokyo Bay Area New York Bay Area SFO Bay Area
Land (km²) 56,000 36,500 21,500 17,900
Pop. (mn) 69.6 44.0 20.2 7.7
GDP
(US$trn)
1.6 1.9 1.7 0.8
GDP Per
Cap. (US$)
23,000 42,000 82,000 102,000
Cargo (TEU) 7,499 773 625 237
Airport Pass. (mn) 200 120 130 80
% of Nat’l
GDP
11.8% 37.6% 9% 4.2%
Services (%
of GDP)
64.9% 82.3% 89.4% 82.8%