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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 Pictures

Guangzhou’s first duty-free shop, which opened on January 23 and attracted thousands of shoppers, will be become only a showroom for customers to inspect merchandise before placing their orders online, its operator said yesterday.

Tuesday, 27 January, 2015, 6:22pm

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

Chinese workers sort out packages meant for online shoppers at a delivery firm. Photo: AFP New

Official survey ‘unfair’ for sampling only 51 of the online shopping giant’s 1 billion products

27 Jan 2015 - 7:39pm

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

Chinese people place their bids for cars that used to belong to the central government during an auction this week. Photo: SCMP Pictures New

Hundreds of Chinese bidders flocked to Beijing in the hopes of winning bids in an auction for seized vehicles that used to belong to the central government.

27 Jan 2015 - 5:11pm 1 comment

Xi’s first grand military parade ‘meant to deter Japan and corrupt officials’

Missile launchers on show during the last grand military parade, marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, on October 1, 2009. Photo: Xinhua

A grand military parade this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war will be a show of force to deter Japan and corrupt officials, according to an opinion piece published on the Wechat account of People’s Daily.

27 Jan 2015 - 3:39pm 32 comments

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

Workers assemble street lights in China. The street lighting industry involves enormous amounts of bribes, insiders say. Photo: EPA New

Bureaucrats inflate the costs of public lighting – paid for using taxpayers’ money – while raking in big bucks from advertisements displayed on them

27 Jan 2015 - 5:33pm

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

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

The head of one of the China's most prestigious universities is tipped to take over the country's top environmental job.

27 Jan 2015 - 4:31pm 1 comment

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

Police have cordoned off the scene at Citibank Plaza in Central. 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.

27 Jan 2015 - 6:20pm

Travel bans lifted after blizzards shut down New York, US northeast

Residents of the Queens borough of New York wake up to snowfall. Photo: AP Update

Blanket driving bans were lifted and limited New York public transport was to reopen on Tuesday after a night of snowfall that dumped up to 60 centimetres in some areas.

27 Jan 2015 - 10:15pm

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

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

North America’s first case of bird flu in humans has been identified in a Vancouver-area woman who returned to the city on a flight from Hong Kong this month.

27 Jan 2015 - 5:06pm

Facebook denies hacking to blame for global outage that affected millions

Facebook was down for some 40 minutes, driving social media users to vent on Twitter. Photo: Reuters Update

Facebook and its Instagram photo-sharing site, suffered temporary outages around the world for up to an hour on Tuesday and the company said later that an internal software networking error was to blame.

27 Jan 2015 - 6:44pm 1 comment

Blocking VPN access on the mainland is 'China's own business', says government

Blocking access to some mainland virtual private networks (VPNs) is China’s 'own business', the government says in first official response to questions on recent crackdown.

27 Jan 2015 - 7:24pm 5 comments

Chinese cities in race for high-speed railway stations

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Residents raise the stakes for local officials by threatening to have them sacked if they failed to win approval for the stations

27 Jan 2015 - 6:24pm
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
About 46 per cent of the 907 respondents polled last week backed lawmakers in voting down the government proposal on how to elect the chief executive in 2017 if it is based on Beijing's restrictive framework. Photo: Nora Tam

Almost half of Hongkongers want lawmakers to vote down Beijing's electoral reforms: SCMP poll

27 Jan 2015 - 9:02am 54 comments
Xi Jinping meets with senior officers of the Nanjing Military Area Command during an inspection tour in Jiangsu province. Photo: Xinhua

China president stresses Marxist materialism in effort to silence critics

27 Jan 2015 - 1:00pm 36 comments
Beijing commuters crowd into a train on their daily journey to work, which takes an average of 52 minutes. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing workers have longest daily commute in China at 52 minutes each way

27 Jan 2015 - 10:08am 2 comments
Another 15 new cases of severe flu were reported in adults in the past three days, taking the total to 100 during the current outbreak of the virus. Photo: Sam Tsang

Girl, 6, in intensive care amid flu outbreak which has killed 51 in Hong Kong

27 Jan 2015 - 11:01pm 2 comments
The former vice chairman of the Chinese Football Association, Nan Yong, was jailed for 10½ years in 2012 for taking bribes. Photo: Xinhua

Obsession with gold medals, trophies has led to corruption, admits China’s top sports body

27 Jan 2015 - 10:46am 1 comment
Shandong businessman Zeng Xianbo, left, delivered a customised Rolls Royce to a customer in Qingdao on Saturday. Photo: SCMP Photos

Tycoon Zeng Xianbo denies he tried to help Ling Jihua’s wife flee to Japan

26 Jan 2015 - 12:14pm
The drone (inset) was found by Secret Service on the South Lawn of the White House, causing a temporary lockdown. Photo: Reuters

Security scare as drone crashes at White House; hobbyist says it was 'accident'

27 Jan 2015 - 4:17pm
A sharp rise in the official non-performing loan ratio and a slowing economy have darkened the outlook for debt-laden firms. Photo: Reuters

China's financing curbs raise credit crunch fears

26 Jan 2015 - 10:15pm
Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff

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

27 Jan 2015 - 8:45am

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Leader

Alexis Tsipras, Syriza party leader and winner of the Greek parliamentary elections, signs papers appointing him as Greece's first leftist prime minister after his swearing-in ceremony. Photo: AP

Greek elections show folly of relying on austerity

27 Jan 2015 - 8:00am 1 comment
There were 12 major service disruptions last year, up from seven in 2013. Although the total duration of the delays was actually shorter than before, punctuality fell from 99.94 per cent to 99.91 per cent, the lowest since 2008. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Despite occasional problems, Hong Kong's MTR is second to none

27 Jan 2015 - 8:10am 3 comments

Today's Poll

  • Yes: 41%
  • No: 59%
27 Jan 2015
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Total number of votes recorded: 338

Insight

The tale of HSBC, the hippo, the jumbo and JP Morgan

In new history book. Howard Winn

The tale of HSBC, the hippo, the jumbo and JP Morgan

We are looking forward to getting a copy of the new yet to be published history of HSBC.

27 Jan 2015 - 10:14pm

Focus

Albert Ho digs in on plan to force 'referendum' on HK elections

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying delivers his recent policy address in the Legislative Council. Photo: K.Y. Cheng GARY CHEUNG

Veteran pan-democrat Albert Ho Chun-yan appears unmoved by public disapproval for his idea to force a "referendum" on how Hong Kong should choose its next chief executive.

27 Jan 2015 - 9:04am 6 comments

Harry's View

China

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

Ageing Shanghai urges couples to have a second child

China is caught in a population policy dilemma, as the world's most populous nation struggles to strike a balance between its strict domestic migration controls that limit the influx of rural residents to cities and its need to deal with a rapidly ageing population.

28 Jan 2015 - 12:07am

Asia

Takashi Uemura will pursue a defamation suit. Photo: AP JAPAN

10,000 people sue Japanese newspaper over stories on wartime comfort women

More than 10,000 people are suing Japan’s leading liberal newspaper over stories on Tokyo’s system of wartime sex slavery, which they say have stained their reputation as Japanese nationals.

28 Jan 2015 - 12:00am 1 comment

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

27 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.

27 Jan 2015 - 9:11pm
SMARTPHONES

Motorola marks return to China with new smartphone models

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Motorola unveiled three smartphone models on its return to China following a two-year absence from the most populous mobile phone market.

Motorola was a mobile phone pioneer in China but pulled out in 2013 after its acquisition by Google.

28 Jan 2015 - 1:00am More on Lenovo

Property

Side table STYLE

Style with David Roden, January 28, 2014

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What: Side table

Why: This acrylic beauty folds away for convenient storage

How much: HK$1,350

Where: Tang Tang Tang Tang, 66 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2525 2112

What: Menteith cushion

27 Jan 2015 - 6:59pm
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
Baked fines de Claire oysters.

Head chef of Chez Patrick is back, opening La Table de Patrick in Central

After closing Chez Patrick in Wan Chai, chef Patrick Goubier has returned to the fine-dining scene with La Table de Patrick (tel: 2541 1401) on the sixth floor of a nondescript building on Cochrane Street in Central.

27 Jan 2015 - 4:41pm

Vicky Lau, Asia's Best Female Chef 2015, not afraid to experiment

24 Jan 2015

Wine lovers, do your homework before an auction

24 Jan 2015
People walk past a booth of Huawei, which plans to increase smartphone shipments to 100 million units in 2015. Photo: Bloomberg

Huawei aims to up smartphone shipments to 100 million in 2015, boost international sales

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Huawei Technologies aims to increase smartphone shipments to 100 million units in 2015, compared with 75 million last year, and will boost smartphone sales from international markets to more than 60 per cent this year from 52 per cent in 2014, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

27 Jan 2015 - 1:50pm More on Huawei

Xiaomi’s new Mi Note ticks just about all the boxes in styling, performance and price

27 Jan 2015 2 comments

Google accused of secretly handing WikiLeaks staff data to US authorities

27 Jan 2015

Magazines

Sport

The Dongfeng Race Team is the first Chinese boat to win a leg in the 41-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race. Photos: SCMP Pictures SAILING

Messages from girlfriend helped Hong Kong's Dongfeng Race Team hero in Volvo Ocean Race

Hong Kong sailor Cheng Ying-kit was kept sane by the girl waiting for him in port as he helped Dongfeng Race Team create history on Tuesday, becoming the first Chinese boat to win a leg in the 41-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race.

27 Jan 2015 - 11:32pm

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