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  1. Migrants failed by cities' efforts to mitigate unfairness of hukou system

    Posted Feb 14th 2011, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... He applied instead for a Shanghai residence permit, a 'green card' he thought would eventually give professionals who had worked in the city for years the same status ... a department manager at a Shanghai company, who arrived in the city from Heilongjiang in 2002. 'If I needed to sell my blood to pay for it, I would definitely do it.' A legacy of the planned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/738143/migrants-failed-cities-efforts-mitigate-unfairness-hukou-system
  2. Beijing imposes stiff rule to fight rising property prices

    Posted Feb 17th 2011, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li Beijing will require non-local residents to prove they have paid taxes in the city for five years before they can buy a home there- the strongest measure it has taken so far ... transactions,' said Kenneth Pak Kei-yuen, a senior general manager in the Beijing office of Hong Kong estate agency Midland Realty. Other cities require homebuyers who are not local residents to produce ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/738427/beijing-imposes-stiff-rule-fight-rising-property-prices
  3. Pushing their duck

    Posted Jan 28th 2011, 12:00am by Mark Graham

    ... a much more contemporary style. The whole feel of the city is becoming more international.' That growing cosmopolitan awareness inspired advertising executives Patrick So and Ellis So (no ... of effort into it.' Duck de Chine is among several outlets that Elite runs in a converted machinery factory compound, now known as 1949- The Hidden City. Diners enter the 60,000 sq ft complex ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/736988/pushing-their-duck
  4. Independent air to elections welcome

    Posted Oct 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Elections on the mainland are a daunting business for independent candidates. The monolith that is the Communist Party of China holds absolute power, its tendrils extending into every ... of the party's hand-picked choices not to take office. Yet two independent candidates in Guangdong have bucked the trend, being voted in by villagers to be deputies in a district people's congress. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/982313/independent-air-elections-welcome
  5. Independent Town Planning Board is essential to ensure all parties' interests

    Posted Jul 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... There are growing calls for the Town Planning Board to be independent of the Planning Department. While other organisations that oversee citizens' rights- such as the Ombudsman and Consumer Council- are independent, decisions affecting the fundamental right to a well-planned and sustainable city are currently made 'in-house'. The board's chairman ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/974492/independent-town-planning-board-essential-ensure-all-parties-interests
  6. Gilded life makes it tough to nurture independence

    Posted Jul 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Rebecca Tomasis familypost@scmp.com In defence of Hong Kong parents- of which I am proudly one- it is not easy to raise independent children in this city of ours. Most enjoy the luxury ... independent. Our son used to be very clingy at birthday parties, but he seems to have outgrown that now. Hong Kong is undoubtedly a unique city in which to raise independent children. Most children ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/973046/gilded-life-makes-it-tough-nurture-independence
  7. Daring to be different

    Posted Apr 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in Hong Kong, RLP now also has offices in four mainland cities. Its projects include two high-end residential developments and a shopping mall in Guangzhou, and a large mixed-use development ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/965183/daring-be-different
  8. HK Land bullish on office market

    Posted Mar 04th 2011, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Hongkong Land, the largest landlord in Central, yesterday said its underlying profit grew 4 per cent to US$810 million in 2010, helped by rising rents. The company's net profit grew to US$4.74 billion last year from US$1.81 billion in 2009, while its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/739884/hk-land-bullish-office-market
  9. The art of witty repartee

    Posted Mar 22nd 2011, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... at the tender age of seven. He moved to Beijing in his early 20s and began performing in teahouses all across the city. He soon opened a comedy club in Beijing. His crosstalking acts, throwing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/741596/art-witty-repartee
  10. Time to reassess China's love affair with high-speed railways

    Posted Feb 18th 2011, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... handsomely. The country's first high-speed rail line, a 115-kilometre route from the capital Beijing to the neighbouring city of Tianjin, opened in August 2008, just three years after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/738526/time-reassess-chinas-love-affair-high-speed-railways

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