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  1. Relic thefts surge despite crackdown

    Posted Jul 06th 2005, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... meet for the first time in China, he said. He noted that the council meeting in Xian followed the World Heritage Committee annual session in Suzhou last year. 'It shows the progress ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing Insatiable world market for ancient artefacts has made tomb raiding an international concern, says senior official China faces an uphill battle against rampant tomb ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/507269/relic-thefts-surge-despite-crackdown
  2. Suzhou factories start to produce keen homebuyers

    Posted Mar 16th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong buyers], however, the number has dropped to about 50 per cent in recent years,' said Paul Tao, the managing director of New Heritage Holdings. He said an increase in mainland buyers was due to more relatively high-paid workers migrating to Suzhou from other cities. New Heritage is a Hong Kong-funded developer which has focused on mid- to high-end residential projects ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/492883/suzhou-factories-start-produce-keen-homebuyers
  3. Auction prices break all records

    Posted May 31st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter World records tumbled on the second day of a Christie's auction of Chinese treasures at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. A rare blue and white basin of the early Ming dynasty's Yongle period (1403-1425) fetched nearly $30.4 million, well over double the former record of $13 million. The auction house said the piece was one of only three bowls ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/502657/auction-prices-break-all-records
  4. Away with the fairies

    Posted Jan 04th 2005, 12:00am by Jon Campbell

    ... the park on its World Natural Heritage list. In 2002, the organisation's Man and Biosphere programme granted Jiuzhaigou Biosphere Reserve status. The park consists of a Y-shaped series ... of a reduced-price ticket. The fee is a shocker for the seasoned China traveller, but reasonable compared with national parks around the world. It's buried in a multi-day full-service package for most ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/484130/away-fairies
  5. Chengdu- pearl of western China

    Posted Sep 16th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a variety of interesting topics on the world-famous and spectacular sights of Jiuzhaigou, Mount Emei and the Grand Buddha of Leshan, along with local attractions such as the giant panda (a national treasure of China), mask play (Bianlian) and even spicy hotpot feasts. Local customs and recent economic developments will also be covered. September 23- The First Story Some things you would like ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/516433/chengdu-pearl-western-china
  6. Unesco World Heritage sites

    Posted Mar 13th 2005, 12:00am by Christina Pfeiffer

    ... Christina Pfeiffer A Caribbean seascape and an ancient pre-Mogul Islamic city in India exemplify the diversity of the 30 new Unesco World Heritage sites. Dresden Elbe Valley, Saxony, ... remnants of lava domes, rise majestically from the sea. The first World Heritage site for this small island state in the Caribbean is a water wonderland with 168 species of fish; there are also 60 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/492539/unesco-world-heritage-sites
  7. Heritage listing hailed as key to widening Macau's appeal

    Posted Jul 16th 2005, 12:00am by Freda Wan

    ... is something we might have to work on.' Macau was the only site nominated by China for the World Heritage list in 2005. For 2006, China has announced plans to nominate the Yin Ruins, Anyang, ... Heritage list. The 29 sites, which played a key role in the earliest encounters between east and west, now rank alongside such famed sites as China's Great Wall and the Angkor temples ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/508390/heritage-listing-hailed-key-widening-macaus-appeal
  8. Heritage group visits disputed site for the first time

    Posted Dec 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Barclay Crawford

    ... that govern the site. Katty Law Ngar-Ning said the government had to realise community sentiment no longer supported the destruction of heritage in Central Hong Kong. 'There is enough residential ... on a tour of the now deserted quarters. The council has vowed to stand with residents and heritage activists to fight the redevelopment of the 62,400 sq ft block of land. They have already won ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/527576
  9. Macau celebrates cultural heritage

    Posted Sep 15th 2005, 12:00am by Lilian Goh

    ... The unique city offers a mix of western and Chinese culture and architecture, writes Lilian Goh Macau, a recent addition on the World Heritage Sites list, is within easy reach for those who want to get a taste of the former Portuguese enclave's cultural heritage and have some fun. On a weekend trip, you can visit famous tourist sites, such as the Macau Tower and Senado ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/516356/macau-celebrates-cultural-heritage
  10. Heritage trail

    Posted Sep 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Having ascended to the World Heritage pedestal, Macau's historic landmarks are being wheeled out as top tourist attractions. The 'Historic Centre of Macau' has a high concentration of the relics not too difficult to reach on foot, especially in the balmy days of autumn. Ruins of St Paul's This was the site of the first Jesuit centre in Macau, built in 1565. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/517889/heritage-trail

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