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  1. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Clamping down on illegal guest houses in Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 05:03am by DAVID MALLINSON AND EMILY WONG

    ... or providing short-term sleeping accommodation at a price to be a guest house unless the contrary is proved- this should make prosecution easier. Empowering the licensing authority to apply for a court ... David Mallinson and Emily Wong Government is seeking public input on changes that would improve health and safety of guests Clamping down on illegal guest houses The government is seeking ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Housing bubble the real problem in China

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 05:25pm by Andrew Collier

    ... by US$7 trillion from 2000 to 2007. Not surprisingly, when housing prices fell, these poorer households lost the most. The reason this became a national problem is that these poor and indebted ... in house prices- cut their consumption by almost 20 per cent. This was almost four times the national 5 per cent decline in consumption. What can the US financial crisis tell us about China? ...

  3. Comment - Blogs

    Vancouver house prices took a record fall, so is the market really ‘steady and stable’?

    Posted May 07th 2014, 09:07am by Ian Young

    ... it was shutting down the Immigrant Investor Programme, average house prices in greater Vancouver suffered their biggest month-on-month fall on record, plunging more than 11 per cent. This came amid ... home buyers or sellers are likely aware that it is even occurring. It certainly hasn’t been widely reported. Since early 2011, average house prices have changed direction by a factor of 10 per ...

  4. Magazines - 48hrs - FOOD & WINE

    Food review: food and service are good at Sichuan House

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 12:04am by Susan Jung

    ... Text: Susan Jung Sichuan House 7/F M88, 2 Wellington Street, Central Tel: 2521 6699 Open: 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-11pm Cuisine: Sichuanese Price: about HK$300 without drinks or the service ... and the house-made crispy eel (HK$128) were nice starters, and we especially liked the latter, which was crunchy and just slightly sweet. Mouth-watering chicken (HK$128) came as plump pieces of boneless ...

  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    Average home prices in Hong Kong hit another record

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 02:55pm by Sandy Li, Yvonne Liu

    ... Properties began marketing the world's most expensive house per square foot in the city's exclusive Peak district. The Rating and Valuation Department's monthly price index of private ... problems of the property market. "Home prices will be supported by low interest rates and the housing shortage. Besides strong demand from end-users, we have seen investors at home and from ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Is there no better choice for China than putting a price on peace?

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 04:18am by KAREN LEE

    ... Dr Karen Lee 'Red packets' and security staff for dissidents prove costly in China's bid to maintain stability Is there no better choice than putting a price on peace? ... the 19-month house arrest of rights activist Chen Guangcheng, before his escape to the US embassy in Beijing in 2012. From security equipment to personnel, Chen's detention "has become ...

  7. Property - Hong Kong & China

    ‘Country house’ hotel on sale for 250m yuan

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 04:11pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com Owners expect the Zhejiang property to lure rich mainlanders and Hongkongers 'Country house' hotel on sale for 250m yuan A hotel in Zhejiang province in the style of a French country house has been released for sale with an indicative price of 250 million yuan (HK$314 million). Owners Christophe Peres and Pauline Lee began to build Le ...

  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    Prices for new homes in China drop in record 64 cities

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 10:30am by Langi Chiang

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com Relaxation of curbs in more than 30 cities fails to stimulate buying demand for new homes as the downturn worsens New home prices plunge in 64 cities A record number of mainland cities reported a drop in new home prices last month, official data showed yesterday, indicating that the property market downturn is deepening despite the relaxation ...

  9. Business - Commodities - METAL TRADING

    China taps Singapore in push to boost pricing power in metals

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 11:31am by Reuters

    ... of Western banks from the global commodities trading business. China has long sought more pricing power in commodities as it is the largest consumer of many resources, including copper and iron ore, but does not produce enough and must import at global prices. Chinese firms are now aiming to cut out middlemen and connect with a wider array of producers and users. As Western banks have ditched ...

  10. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Mainland developers set for price cuts to boost cash flow

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 01:27am by Langi Chiang

    ... set for price cuts to boost cash flow Mainland developers will cut prices, or even sell their products at a loss, to secure enough cash in the rest of this year to survive a market downturn ... price falls in the coming months. She expected a 5 per cent drop in average home prices this year compared with last year. "Even leading developers are under pressure to set prices in line ...




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