Life grinds to a halt as dense smog descends on northern Chinese cities


Schools closed and flights cancelled as Harbin and the surrounding area is cloaked in smog. Drivers who jumped red lights because they could not see them “will not be penalised”, the state news agency Xinhua quoted local traffic official Xue Yuqing as saying.

Tuesday, 22 October, 2013, 4:46am 6 comments

Bo Xilai prepares for his 'last stand' against life verdict


Disgraced politician Bo Xilai will make a surprise court appearance on Friday to hear the outcome of his appeal against his conviction on three charges and sentence to life imprisonment last month, according to sources.

22 Oct 2013 - 2:39am More on Bo Xilai

Xi Jinping sets up special unit to probe Zhou Yongkang corruption case

President Xi Jinping has set up a special unit headed by Fu Zhenghua, Beijing police chief and deputy minister of public security, to investigate the scandal surrounding retired leader Zhou Yongkang, bypassing the Communist Party's internal disciplinary apparatus, sources say.

21 Oct 2013 - 2:25pm 8 comments More on Zhou Yongkang

CCTV's criticism of Starbucks 'pricy coffee' prompts online backlash

Chinese state television’s criticism of Starbucks’ “hefty product prices” in China and its demands for the coffee chain to be fair and to avoid price discrimination have backfired, resulting in widespread online criticism.

22 Oct 2013 - 3:30am More on Starbucks

Taiwanese soldiers wearing ballistic masks look like 'the cavalry from hell'

Images of Taiwanese soldiers decked out in black body armour and ballistic masks have gone viral thanks to exposure on Japanese news sites, where viewers compared the look of the officers to something out of a video game or comic book.

21 Oct 2013 - 7:39pm

Striped Shanghai puppies painted with chemicals to dupe shoppers

This is Tiger. He is not some weird rare breed of pole cat; he is a tiny black puppy, dyed with chemicals by Shanghai traders to make him look like a rare breed. 

21 Oct 2013 - 4:09pm 5 comments More on Animal cruelty

Jiangxi businessman pays model Mo Lulu 100,000 yuan to breastfeed him

A businessman offered a young model 100,000 yuan to breastfeed him during a group dinner in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province. And, astonishingly, she accepted.

21 Oct 2013 - 9:40pm

Debate rages as China seeks to reduce emphasis on English language education

Education reforms seeking to reduce the emphasis on English in college entrance exams have sparked debate online.

21 Oct 2013 - 9:38pm 1 comment

North Korean painters add 1970s twist to Chinese propaganda posters

Under the rose-tinted skies in Beijing marches a festive group. The seemingly endless procession marches past skyscrapers, factories, the famous twisted loop of the China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters, waving to two foreign tourists standing to the side.

21 Oct 2013 - 1:21pm

Apple expected to liven up iPad range in face of fierce competition in tablets

21 Oct 2013 - 12:56pm 1 comment

Nasa reverses ban on Chinese scientists at exoplanets conference

22 Oct 2013 - 3:26am 5 comments

France and Mexico demand answers from US over new Snowden claims

22 Oct 2013 - 3:20am

How foreign authors are willing to bow to China's censors

21 Oct 2013 - 8:41am 4 comments

Website leaking Chinese hotel guest details closed down

21 Oct 2013 - 3:05pm

Scientists closer to discovering why supermassive black holes grow so big

21 Oct 2013 - 5:11pm

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  • Pro-government lawmakers to join hands with pan-democrat rivals in urging CY Leung to intervene in TV licence row
  • UK barrister, lawmaker Lord Anthony Lester calls on Hong Kong to reform 'ludicrous' defamation law
  • After Hong Kong defeat, Alibaba launches marketing efforts to woo investors in US, UK 

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Villager rights deserve protection, but they can't trump all else

Ian Brownlee

The development secretary opened a can of worms with his suggestion that residential development could take place in country parks. However, the more complex issue is what to do with the "enclaves" that are surrounded by country parks, but not included as part of them.

22 Oct 2013 - 3:19am 2 comments

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Spirit of Hong Kong: Time to vote for the People's Choice Award

Annemarie Evans

Over the past months, we have shared with you more than 100 stories of Hong Kong heroes - people who have been nominated for the Spirit of Hong Kong Awards for inspiring or empowering others; for giving selflessly within the community; for their honesty and integrity; or by showing perseverance and endurance.

A poet at heart who harbours a love for his city

'Ordinary mum' on an extraordinary mission

Helping Hand volunteer's errands of mercy

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Hong Kong’s handcarts keep the city on a roll


It’s a simple contraption – an iron frame, foldout handle and four rubber wheels – but in Hong Kong the old-fashioned handcart is what keeps the city rolling.

When words are not enough: The dying art of professional letter writing

How calorie-counting and supermarkets are hitting Hong Kong's rice shops where it hurts

Dim Sum: A tradition that's anything but dim


Hong Kong


Calls for government to explain denial of free-TV licence to HKTV mount


More current and former executive councillors are urging the government to explain its rejection of Hong Kong Television Network's bid for a free-to-air television licence, as consensus builds across the political spectrum that a third licence should be granted.

22 Oct 2013 - 3:31am 3 comments



'Black widow' female suicide bomber kills 6 in Moscow

A suspected female suicide bomber set off a blast on a bus packed with students in southern Russia yesterday, killing six people and raising security fears less than four months before the Winter Olympic Games.

22 Oct 2013 - 4:58am



Alibaba in talks with London bourse after Hong Kong snub

Alibaba, China's No 1 e-commerce firm, is considering a London listing as part of its potential US$15 billion share-sale plan.

22 Oct 2013 - 3:27am More on Alibaba

Export slowdown takes shine off 'Abenomics'

Japan's export growth fell well short of expectations last month, a sign that slowing demand in Asia is taking the shine off Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's stimulus policies and clouding the outlook for the country's budding economic recovery.

22 Oct 2013 - 1:11am



Glorious on the brink of HK$3 b privatisation

Shares in Shanghai-based developer Glorious Property were suspended from trading in Hong Kong yesterday because of a possible privatisation bid estimated to be worth HK$3.1 billion.

22 Oct 2013 - 3:30am

Shanghai-based island6 Gallery is gaining renown as an arts collective

The long, narrow fish tank in the corner of Shanghai's island6 Gallery is empty, but a couple of weeks ago it was full of water and a naked woman, completely submerged, writhed about inside. That may sound exotic, but it was just another day in the office for gallery director Jean Le Guyader.

21 Oct 2013 - 6:21pm

Review: Jaap's Beethoven 5 by the Hong Kong Philharmonic

21 Oct 2013

Review: Anna Karenina by the Eifman Ballet of St Petersburg

21 Oct 2013

Inside the Fook Lam Moon family feud that spawned Seventh Son

The signature crispy chicken looks darker than most, but the skin is delicate and crunchy, while the barbecued suckling pig is a caramelised shade of matte russet, the meat tender and flavourful.

21 Oct 2013 - 7:24pm

Croque your world with these delicious recipes

21 Oct 2013

Yum cha: Chasing the dragon

20 Oct 2013



Ronaldo v Ibrahimovic in World Cup play-offs

It will be Cristiano Ronaldo versus Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a place at soccer’s World Cup.

22 Oct 2013 - 12:09am


Pass masters: Ancient Himalayan Route of Wind and Wool retraced

Two explorers, with a few hardy local guides and a pack of mules, retrace the steps of ancient traders on the Himalayan Route of Wind and Wool. Words and pictures by Jeff Fuchs.

21 Oct 2013 - 11:11am

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