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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Getting a flat in new affordable housing project in Beijing like winning a lottery

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 11:07am by CELINE SUN; LANGI CHIANG

    ... Celine Sun in Beijing and Langi Chiang The city's latest affordable housing scheme leaves more than 140,000 applicants vying for just 2,000 homes in an outer district Buying ... cities such as Beijing and Shanghai will keep rising despite a slowdown in the mainland's economic growth. While home price inflation has eased to multi-month lows, it remains high ...

  2. Business - China Business - MR. SHANGKONG

    Faith can go on its merry way, but get the festive spirit and shop

    Posted Dec 23rd 2013, 04:47am by George Chen

    ... George Chen george.chen@scmp.com That's what Christmas means on the tinsel-laden streets of the mainland's big cities, even though state media outlets aren't buying into all ... or on the street in Hong Kong. On the mainland, the story might be a little bit different. In big mainland cities like Shanghai and Beijing, almost every shop has been trying to make the best use ...

  3. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    China's cities narrow gap with West in global survey

    Posted Mar 27th 2013, 12:00am by Thomas Lam

    ... Thomas Lam Shanghai and Beijing's affluent set help them race up the rankings of global survey, but other factors keep them from the top slots - for now China's cities narrow gap with West Cities in China are catching up with their Western counterparts. In Knight Frank's 2013 Global Cities Survey, Shanghai and Beijing power up the rankings, pushing Geneva and Paris down ...

  4. Property - Hong Kong & China - MAINLAND

    Affordable-housing sales poor in tier-one mainland cities

    Posted Feb 20th 2013, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com Big-city affordable-housing sales weak Sales of government-subsidised housing in Shanghai and Beijing have been disappointing because those who qualify ... flats in the city centre for a bigger flat in the suburbs. It is more convenient to live downtown," he said. Dickson Wong Hung, Centaline ( China)'s chief executive for the northern ...

  5. Comment - Blogs - Beijing

    Beijing researchers abstain from drinking city's 'deteriorating' tap water for 20 years

    Posted Jan 07th 2013, 05:31pm by Ernest Kao

    ... officials, researchers and scholars, who had a choice not to drink tap water, could do so little to provide "the most basic of public services" to a modern city of nearly 20 million people. ...

  6. Business - Banking & Finance - MR. SHANGKONG

    Will the dealmakers go to Shanghai's financial centre?

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 12:00am by George Chen

    ... for them to get their money out of the city or the country. So what's the point of doing an IPO roadshow in Shanghai? With the launch of the free-trade zone in Shanghai, which aims to free-up foreign exchange controls, raising hopes for the international stock board there, we may see more frequent flows of people into the city. When you see that happen, you will know that the financial ...

  7. Candles still burn brightly on June 4

    Posted Jun 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the June 4 crackdown in Tiananmen Square. Once again many thousands are expected to gather in Victoria Park tonight for the annual candle-light vigil ... be no more than a childhood memory. This is testament to the strong feelings still aroused in this city by the tragedy and by Beijing's refusal to reverse the official verdict- that the use ...

  8. 'Beijing pulling the strings in Tang affair'

    Posted Feb 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and that Hongkongers' views are not being respected, according to City Forum speakers in Victoria Park yesterday. 'The main problem that Hong Kong faces today is that Hongkongers don't get to vote ... and pro-Beijing, will get to choose the city's next leader. 'The election campaign has degenerated into a power struggle among different factions in the pro-Beijing camp,' Leong said. ...

  9. Newspaper flood report upsets city officials

    Posted Aug 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Raymond Li raymond.li@scmp.com A leading newspaper that ran an investigative report on Beijing's recent deadly floods has been accused by the city's authorities of 'violating press regulations' and now faces the risk of its operations being suspended. The city's cultural enforcement agency yesterday raided the Economic Observer's headquarters ...

  10. Dreams of most liveable city go down the drain

    Posted Jul 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the capital would become a 'most livable' world-class metropolis in the next decade. Beijingers have since been regularly bombarded with propaganda as senior city officials put forward their ideas on how the capital can become a 'world city' on a par with the likes of Hong Kong, which has embarked on a spree of infrastructure construction. But such high hopes- as well ...




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