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China's tourist turn-offs: visitor numbers down thanks to rising yuan, pollution and visa issues

Tourism experts on the mainland say the slowdown of inbound tourism was to be expected after years of rapid growth since the early 1980s. Photo: Simon Song

While a record number of Chinese travelled overseas in 2014, spending hundreds of billions of US dollars, the country's inbound tourism suffered another year-on-year decline.

Wednesday, 28 January, 2015, 10:03am 11 comments More on Focus

New Guangzhou duty free shop to stop over-the-counter sales as staff struggle with huge crowds

The management of Guangzhou Meijoy Best E-Commerce store have been inundated with customers since it opened on January 23. Photo: SCMP

Guangzhou's first duty-free store is to stop selling goods over the counter because it does not have the staff to cope with the huge numbers of shoppers it has attracted.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:12am 3 comments

US President Barack Obama's India trip is a 'message to China', say analysts

US President Barack Obama gives a speech at the Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. Photo: Xinhua

US President Barack Obama's trip to India, in which he displayed a close personal rapport with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has highlighted New Delhi's deep mistrust towards Beijing, analysts say.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:15am 8 comments More on Barack Obama

Xi Jinping's first grand military parade 'meant to deter Japan and corrupt officials'

Missiles displayed at the last big military parade in Beijing in 2009. The event is usually held every 10 years on National Day on October 1. Photo: Xinhua

A huge military parade to be held in Beijing later this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war will also show off the nation's growing international influence and military might.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:10am 41 comments

Computer glitch leading to pilot error may have caused Air Asia crash

A man shoots video footage of part of the fuselage of crashed AirAsia Flight QZ8501 inside a storage facility at Kumai port in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, on January 19. Photo: Reuters

Investigators probing the crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 are examining maintenance records of a key part of its automated control systems, and how the pilots may have handled the plane if it failed, two people familiar with the matter said.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:29am More on AirAsia flight QZ8501

Great white nope: Forecasters on the defensive after snow storm fails to live up to hype

Brooks Smith, two, from Manhattan, plays in a pile of snow on Tuesday on the Upper East Side of New York. Photo: AFP

New York authorities and meteorologists have defended a decision to shut down America’s biggest city for a storm that ended up dumping far less snow than predicted on the Big Apple.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:15am

Ageing Shanghai urges couples to have a second child

Children in uniform sing after raising the national flag at the Beichuan Red Army elementary school in Beichuan, Sichuan province. Photo: AFP

Shanghai's Population and Family Planning Commission, which oversees the city's birth control, has appealed for 'qualified young couples' to have two children.

28 Jan 2015 - 9:34am 1 comment

China's regulators mull plan to let Shanghai, Shenzhen review IPOs by middle of 2015

CSRC is likely to allow the Shenzhen and Shanghai exchanges to review some of the back-logged IPO applications. Photo: Bloomberg

The mainland's securities regulator is considering handing over the power of approving initial public offering applications to the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges this year.

27 Jan 2015 - 9:59pm

Bank executive, 31, jumps to death from workplace ‘after dispute with girlfriend’

Police cover the body as people arrive for work. Photo: Felix Wong Update

A 31-year-old man jumped to his death from a bank tower in Hong Kong's Central this morning after an argument with his girlfriend, according to a police source.

28 Jan 2015 - 8:42am

North Korean defector with cancer avoids jail after Hong Kong court told she stole to pay medical bills

Until the court case, Lau Shaun's true identity was hidden from all except her foster family in Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP

A North Korean defector living in obscurity among Hongkongers revealed publicly how 16 of her family were possibly sacrificed after she and her sister fled the totalitarian regime nearly four decades ago.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:26am 1 comment

Flu kills 8 Hong Kong patients in one day, as infection rate hits 5-year high

Eight more flu patients died on Tuesday, pushing the number of victims to 59 so far this year - with a warning that the virus could last well into April and claim more than 200 lives.

28 Jan 2015 - 10:48am 4 comments

Apple supplier Foxconn denies report it is cutting 1.3 million work force

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Taiwanese electronics manufacturer and Apple supplier Foxconn Technology Group has denied reports that it plans to shrink its 1.3 million work force, one of the largest in the world.

28 Jan 2015 - 10:46am More on Apple
Chinese anti-terrorism efforts have triggered international criticism.

In its zeal to eradicate the terrorist threat, China must still protect civil liberties

27 Jan 2015 - 7:30pm 5 comments
Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa attends the International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Jewish Community Centre in Mid-Levels. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Hong Kong memorial service for victims of the Holocaust

28 Jan 2015 - 11:00am 9 comments
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (right) receives a gift of a watch from British transport minister Baroness Susan Kramer. Photo: AFP

Taipei mayor gets a ticking off after calling watch gift from British MP 'a piece of junk'

27 Jan 2015 - 4:50pm 14 comments
Workers wearing protective gowns and masks prepare to cull poultry in Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market on December 31, amid concerns about a H7N9 bird flu outbreak. Photo: EPA

Woman flying from Hong Kong to Vancouver becomes first human bird flu case in North America

28 Jan 2015 - 2:39am
Chinese workers sort out packages meant for online shoppers at a delivery firm. Photo: AFP

Taobao cries foul over study's claim that it sells fake, substandard goods

28 Jan 2015 - 10:05am 1 comment
Workers assemble street lights in China. The street lighting industry involves enormous amounts of bribes, insiders say. Photo: EPA

China casts spotlight on its street-lamp officials’ corrupt practices

28 Jan 2015 - 6:53am
The head of one of the mainland's most prestigious universities is tipped to take over the country's top environmental job with Minister of Environmental Protection Zhou Shengxian (above), reaching retirement age. Photo: Edward Wong

Chief of prestigious Chinese university ‘to be appointed country’s environment minister’

27 Jan 2015 - 4:31pm 1 comment
Chinese people place their bids for cars that used to belong to the central government during an auction this week. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Auction of China’s ex-government cars fetches 14.5 million yuan as bidders drawn to their ‘status’

27 Jan 2015 - 5:11pm 1 comment
A train runs on the Shanghai-Kunming high-speed railway line in China. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese cities in race for high-speed railway stations

27 Jan 2015 - 6:24pm 1 comment
Takashi Uemura will pursue a defamation suit. Photo: AP

How threats and intimidation change the life of key former journalist in Asahi "comfort women" scandal

28 Jan 2015 - 6:10am 2 comments

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Pay rises alone cannot end public-sector graft in China

Pay rises alone cannot end public-sector graft in China

28 Jan 2015 - 8:08am 1 comment
Marathon race deserves city's support as it puts Hong Kong on world map

Marathon race deserves city's support as it puts Hong Kong on world map

28 Jan 2015 - 8:22am 1 comment

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Insight

In its zeal to eradicate the terrorist threat, China must still protect civil liberties

Chinese anti-terrorism efforts have triggered international criticism. ZHOU ZUNYOU

On January 18, police from Pingxiang, a city in Guangxi bordering Vietnam, shot dead two Uygurs who had tried, with several others, to cross the border illegally and had attacked the officers.

27 Jan 2015 - 7:30pm 5 comments

Focus

China's tourist turn-offs: visitor numbers down thanks to rising yuan, pollution and visa issues

Tourism experts on the mainland say the slowdown of inbound tourism was to be expected after years of rapid growth since the early 1980s. Photo: Simon Song Amy Li

While a record number of Chinese travelled overseas in 2014, spending hundreds of billions of US dollars, the country's inbound tourism suffered another year-on-year decline.

28 Jan 2015 - 10:03am 11 comments

Harry's View

China

The ground in the Hou Hai historical area in central Beijing caved in, leaving a 15-metre-by-5-metre hole. Photo: News.sina.com.cn SOCIETY

Chinese legislator’s illegal basement causes his neighbours’ houses to collapse

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Construction of the 18-metre-deep structure within historical buildings was stopped by authorities in July, but workers resumed digging soon after

28 Jan 2015 - 12:05pm

Asia

A man shoots video footage of part of the fuselage of crashed AirAsia Flight QZ8501 inside a storage facility at Kumai port in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, on January 19. Photo: Reuters AVIATION

Computer glitch leading to pilot error may have caused Air Asia crash

Investigators probing the crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 are examining maintenance records of a key part of its automated control systems, and how the pilots may have handled the plane if it failed, two people familiar with the matter said.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:29am More on AirAsia flight QZ8501

World

Brooks Smith, two, from Manhattan, plays in a pile of snow on Tuesday on the Upper East Side of New York. Photo: AFP WEATHER

Great white nope: Forecasters on the defensive after snow storm fails to live up to hype

New York authorities and meteorologists have defended a decision to shut down America’s biggest city for a storm that ended up dumping far less snow than predicted on the Big Apple.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:15am

China Insider

Beijing police warned women in 2013 not to wear miniskirts, hot pants or skimpy clothing in the summer to avoid sexual harassment. Photo: Reuters CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing advisers call for women-only carriages to fight sexual harassment

27 Jan 2015
The photo shows a policeman lifted a woman by the collar and threw her on the pavement as dozens of fellow officers watched. SOCIETY

Police in three Chinese provinces take heat after ‘brutality’ images surface online

28 Jan 2015
Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff HEALTH

Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff

27 Jan 2015
The diners are seen walking out of the seafood restaurant in this photo taken by Southern Metropolis Daily. MEDIA

Chinese police officials suspended after allegedly assaulting journalists at 'secretive' banquet

27 Jan 2015
Workmen tried twice - and failed both times - to fill a large hole that kept appearing in the street beside a building in Deshengmen Inner Street, Beijing early on Saturday. Photo: China News CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: residents' underground digging sparks Beijing night road collapse

27 Jan 2015
Hell bank notes, used as offerings to the dead, can sometimes resemble the real thing late at night. Photo: SCMP Pictures SOCIETY

Taxi passenger suffers heart attack after being given ‘hell bank note’ in change

26 Jan 2015 1 comment
Smoke billows from the chimney of a factory in Foshan, which recorded Guangdong province's worst air quality in last year's final quarter. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Foshan’s air quality worst in Guangdong during final quarter of last year

25 Jan 2015
A man bumped into his former girlfriend recently but but the reunion quickly turned sour when he demanded she return his SIM card, which she then swallowed. Photo: Bloomberg Around the nation

Around the nation: Woman swallows ex-boyfriend's SIM card during row

23 Jan 2015
A lesbian Chinese couple kiss for the cameras outside a marriage registry office after being turned away. Some lesbians are opting to marry gay 'beards' to ease social pressure and discrimination. Photo: EPA LGBT RIGHTS

Seeking a lesbian wife: pressured Chinese gays turn to online dating for ‘cooperative marriage’

23 Jan 2015 6 comments
The Chinese man who surprised commuters by riding on the Beijing subway with a "watermelon head mask" appeared to be drunk. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: 'Melon head' man spotted on metro in China - and taken away by police

23 Jan 2015
A man high on drugs thought he was proposing to popular Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (pictured), but it turned out to be his colleague. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Hallucinating Chinese man proposes to 'Fan Bingbing' - or so he thinks

22 Jan 2015
Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video Animal Care

Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video

22 Jan 2015
Diners visiting a new restaurant in Shenyang, Liaoning, have a winter-only option of being serving in an igloo. The interior is heated enough to prevent diners from freezing, but not so warm to melt the surroundings. Photo: SCMP Pictures Around the nation

Around the nation: Shenyang restaurant offers winter dining in an igloo

21 Jan 2015
Disgraced former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun (right) showed off his calligraphy work in 2010. Anti-corruption

'Leave the arts to artists,' China's top graft-buster warns officials of corruption under disguise of art groups

20 Jan 2015 3 comments

Business

Tencent is among the top of the list of the 100 most valuable Chinese brands for this year in a BrandZ survey. Photo: Bloomberg SURVEYS

Chinese brands close value gap with foreign peers

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The gap between home-grown and multinational brands in China is narrowing as its enterprises improve marketing strategies and local consumers become more mature, the latest BrandZ study by research agency Millward Brown finds.

28 Jan 2015 - 10:31am
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Yahoo spinning off 15 per cent stake in China’s Alibaba

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Yahoo plans to spin off its 15 per cent stake in China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, responding to pressure to hand over to shareholders its prized e-commerce investment valued at roughly US$40 billion.

28 Jan 2015 - 10:09am More on Alibaba

Property

Aloysius Lee, the chief executive of South Beach Consortium, is on a road show in the region to promote South Beach hotel. Photo: Nora Tam HOSPITALITY

CDL launches campaign to woo Hong Kong and mainland China tourists

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City Developments Ltd (CDL), a major developer in Singapore, is launching an aggressive push to market its joint-venture luxury hotel to lure travellers from Hong Kong.

28 Jan 2015 - 6:00am
C-SUITE

CDL's Aloysius Lee gears up for next challenge after steering S$3 billion project in Singapore

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Five years ago, Aloysius Lee Tse-sang returned to Singapore from Hong Kong after serving as chief executive of South Beach Consortium, a joint venture formed by City Developments Ltd (CDL) and other parties to head a S$3 billion (HK$17.3 billion) hotel-office-residential-retail development projec

28 Jan 2015 - 6:00am
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ANTI-HERO: Jake Gyllenhaal plays thief-turned-reporter Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler.

Nightcrawler - the American dream at its most warped

Rene Russo smiles. "The odds are against this movie, and we still can't believe that it happened at all," she says.

27 Jan 2015 - 4:12pm

How Taiwanese pianist Chen Ruei-bin has struck a chord with Hong Kong

27 Jan 2015

Wang Jianwei's artwork Time Temple is inspired by quantum physics

27 Jan 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook visits an iPhone production line at a Foxconn facility in China in 2012. Foxconn denied reports it is cutting its labour force. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple supplier Foxconn denies report it is cutting 1.3 million work force

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Taiwanese electronics manufacturer and Apple supplier Foxconn Technology Group has denied reports that it plans to shrink its 1.3 million work force, one of the largest in the world.

28 Jan 2015 - 10:46am More on Apple

Motorola marks return to China with new smartphone models

28 Jan 2015 1 comment

Taobao cries foul over study's claim that it sells fake, substandard goods

28 Jan 2015 1 comment

Magazines

Sport

An accident? Diego Costa lands on Martin Skrtel, one of two stamping incidents for which he might be retrospectively punished. Photo: Reuters ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP

Chelsea reach League Cup final as Diego Costa stamps his authority on Liverpool

Chelsea’s Diego Costa has quickly become a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge but his fiery temper could have earned him a red card after two stamping incidents in their League Cup semi-final with Liverpool on Tuesday.

28 Jan 2015 - 9:04am

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