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Post time 2019-7-22 17:14:45 |Display all floors
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A new transportation plan for subways, buses, online ride hailing and parking lots started operation on Friday to facilitate people going out at night in Beijing and support the development of the local night economy.

As restaurants and other service businesses have gradually started extending business hours to 2 o'clock in the morning or 24 hours a day, inconvenient traffic has restricted people's consumption.

A woman surnamed Guo said that after having dinner with friends at 12 midnight, subways had stopped service and it was also hard to find a taxi to return home.

Many consumers driving out also found it hard to park their cars, with some parking several kilometers away from a restaurant and having to walk over, which was very inconvenient.

To solve these problems, the city has launched its new transportation plan. Starting July 19, Beijing subway Line 1 and Line 2 will have extended operating hours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A total of 25 night bus lines in key areas will have shorter departure intervals and seven new bus lines will open to facilitate night travel for residents of Huilongguan and Tiantongyuan.

Online car hailing platforms such as Shouqi Limousine and Chauffeur and taxi companies have adopted new measures and reward policies to encourage taxi drivers to serve customers in key areas.

Meanwhile, business areas have been encouraged to share paid parking lots with those who drive out into the city to enjoy night life.

From a business perspective, developing the night economy will have a positive effect on making profits and building brands in the long run, although it may increase costs by extending business hours in the short term, said Yi Shaohua, director of the Circulation Industry Research Office, Financial Strategy Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

The city's transportation upgrading can better serve the night economy and will be more conducive to the city's commercial prosperity, the report said.

Data from the Ministry of Commerce shows more than 60 percent of urban consumers spend money at night, which plays a positive role in urban vitality and economic growth.

From a global perspective, many developed countries have made the development of the night economy part of their urban development plan for a long time. The night economy created 100,000 night jobs from 2004 to 2016 for London, whose night economy revenue in 2017 reached 26.3 billion pounds ($32.89 billion), accounting for 6 percent of Britain's GDP as the fifth largest industry of the country.

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Post time 2019-7-23 11:31:03 |Display all floors
There is much talk nowadays about boosting the night economy all over China, another attempt to prop up a sagging economy while GDP has dipped.  Don't go overboard though; night economy, while good for the nation's economy, is bad for individuals, who are already suffering health problems through lack of sleep due to hardwork and business entertainment!  Any health expert would say that going to bed with a stomach full of food and drinks from late night meals, is a recipe for health disaster!

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Post time 2019-7-23 21:56:27 |Display all floors
pnp Post time: 2019-7-23 11:31
There is much talk nowadays about boosting the night economy all over China, another attempt to prop ...

the 996 working hours are becoming a standard in china, particularly in those booming internet related companies, young people working there receive high salaries their parents wouldn't have dreamt about but the price is they have to sacrifice their personal life and health.
I think maybe soon china will be like japan, men finishing work late at night and then go to bar or somewhere to have late meals and drink, then going home at midnight. really I see no future in there.

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Post time 2019-7-24 13:11:42 |Display all floors
vlwow Post time: 2019-7-23 21:56
the 996 working hours are becoming a standard in china, particularly in those booming internet rel ...

"I think maybe soon china will be like japan, "

Never ape the Japanese, their economy is going downhill and people are in poor health from too much drinking after work!  They give their lives to their employers!

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Post time 2019-7-25 14:10:55 |Display all floors
vlwow Post time: 2019-7-23 21:56
the 996 working hours are becoming a standard in china, particularly in those booming internet rel ...

Don't follow the Japanese, they are economic animals!!

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Post time 2019-7-26 13:59:03 |Display all floors
Night time is sleep time, the body needs rest after a day's hard work!!

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