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  1. News - China - PEARL BRIEFING

    Shenzhen makes a half-hearted start to trial ban on live poultry

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 02:44am by He Huifeng

    ... for about HK$300 each. Many Hongkongers used to go to Shenzhen at the weekend and buy a freshly killed chicken to take home. "I usually paid 100 yuan [HK$126] for a live chicken at the wet markets near the Luohu checkpoint and another 10 yuan to boil it," said Hong Kong resident Fung Chan-kin. "I'd rather catch the subway to outer suburbs like Longgang to shop ...

  2. News - China - PEARL BRIEFING

    Orphan's seizure by officials after wellwishers gave millions exposes child welfare shortcomings

    Posted Jun 28th 2014, 02:46am by Mimi Lau

    ... years ago. Since then, Liujin had lived alone with no help from anyone bar a migrant worker cousin who sent him 500 yuan a year as pocket money. The boy foraged wild plants and caught fish ... a place to live and study after obtaining consent from the boy's cousin. At the same time, more than 5 million yuan (HK$6.3 million) in donations flowed in from around the country. Suddenly, ...

  3. News - China - PEARL BRIEFING

    Excess levels of wastewater spews into sea from outlets in Guangdong

    Posted Jun 14th 2014, 04:06am by Li Jing

    ... are the result of global climate change. Marine-related disasters caused 7.44 billion yuan (HK$9.38 billion) in economic losses in the province last year, dwarfing 2012's estimate of 1.75 billion yuan. This should be a wake-up call for a province that hopes to make marine industries a driver of future economic growth. In 2011, Guangdong unveiled plans to boost coastal fisheries, marine ...

  4. News - China - PEARL BRIEFING

    Guangdong's GDP growth decline weighs on region

    Posted Apr 26th 2014, 05:18am by He Huifeng

    ... in export value and profit this year. "You see, in Guangdong, a migrant worker costs more than 3,000 yuan (HK$3,765) or even 4,000 a month, twice what they cost three or four years ago," ... at large industrial enterprises grew by 7.5 per cent year-on-year to 55.88 billion yuan (HK$73.89 billion), compared with growth of 31.4 per cent during the period in 2013. Growth in other sectors ...

  5. News - China - PEARL BRIEFING

    Sickening slaughter of rare tigers for sport on mainland China must be stopped

    Posted Mar 29th 2014, 03:21am by Li Jing

    ... that as many as 20 tigers may have been slaughtered during this period, according to a report in the official Nanfang Daily newspaper. The going rate to buy a tiger in Vietnam is about 200,000 yuan (HK$250,000), according to the report. The meat and bones of the animal can be sold later in Leizhou for as much as 300,000 yuan. Even before a tiger is shipped to China, enthusiastic buyers, mostly ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - PEARL BRIEFING

    Dafen, village of fake masterpieces, sees fortunes revived thanks to local newly rich

    Posted Mar 01st 2014, 03:40am by He Huifeng

    ... of the Huang Jiang Oil Painting Company which owns dozens of galleries in Dafen. "Export markets are no longer profitable. A replica of a simple landscape oil painting sold for 70 or 80 yuan in 2007. Now American clients still only want to pay us 70 or 80 yuan [HK$101]. But, in the meantime, our costs have soared. We only paid painters 20 yuan for such a work in 2007. Now we must pay ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - PEARL BRIEFING

    World's oldest profession still one of the most honest in China

    Posted Feb 15th 2014, 04:05am by Mimi Lau

    ... the crackdown could wipe 50 billion yuan (HK$64 billion) from Dongguan's economy, or 10 per cent of the city's gross domestic product. And while the police might drive the sex industry out ...

  8. News - China - PEARL BRIEFING

    Will Guangdong hit air-reduction targets? Governor not betting his life on it

    Posted Jan 25th 2014, 03:48am by Li Jing

    ... of a 670-billion-yuan (HK$850 billion) stimulus effort. This deeper embrace of fossil fuels runs counter to what rival industrial regions are doing- Beijing, Hebei, Shandong and Jiangsu have all pledged ...

  9. News - China - PEARL BRIEFING

    How tough Chaoshan became the Sicily of South China

    Posted Jan 11th 2014, 04:08am by Mimi Lau

    ... production line could be set up for two million yuan. The region has been repeatedly targeted by police, but at the local level, top officers were bought off. It took a legion of provincial-level ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - PEARL BRIEFING

    Foshan district's 'negative list' a positive step for Pearl River Delta economy

    Posted Dec 14th 2013, 05:22am by Li Jing

    ... yuan (HK$7.3 trillion) last year. As Guangdong Academy of Social Sciences economist Ding Li put it, Guangdong needs to come up with its own innovations that will impress Beijing, making ...




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