Ürümqi

Xinjiang party chief ridicules separatists

Xinjiang's Communist Party Secretary yesterday dared separatists to make trouble in his region, saying Chinese forces would be there waiting for them.

Wednesday, 30 May, 2001, 12:00am

A bonanza or fool's gold?

WHAT DOES CHINA'S vast western region hold for investors, especially those from Hong Kong? Will it offer a new 'gold rush', or will it prove another dud, dreams evaporating as time passes?

These questions will be foremost in the minds of the SAR delegation led by Chief Secretary for Administration Donald Tsang Yam-kuen later this month as they visit the inland provinces.

13 May 2001 - 12:00am

Farmers sue city government

More than 1,500 farmers from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region are suing a city government for allegedly reclaiming their land and paying them too little or no compensation.

31 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

SAR man held in Shenzhen aids $9m jade theft probe

A 50-year-old SAR man was arrested in Shenzhen after five pieces of jade worth more than 10 million yuan (HK$9.4 million) were stolen, according to mainland media. Public Security Bureau officials in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, said the man and an associate were arrested at the end of last month and had been taken to Urumqi for questioning.

15 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Safety lacking

Horrific accidents occasionally happen on the mainland to make people wonder if there is serious regard for human lives.

11 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Urumqi firms sold

Three bankrupt state-owned firms in Xinjiang have been auctioned, the China news service reports. The Urumqi Yuejin Iron and Steel Plant was sold to Urumqi Huanpeng Co for 85 million yuan (about HK$79 million), while Urumqi Tianshan Dyeing Plant was sold to Urumqi Textile Group for 15.5 million yuan, it said.

18 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Roughing it along the desert road to Turpan

The ride to Turpan is a fascinating journey. In vast stretches, the road from Urumqi, the capital of the mainland's northwestern Xinjiang province, appears to be a trail of gravel that lines a bumpy way to the foot of surrounding mountains.

14 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Ethnic ire looms on influx of workers

An influx of large numbers of migrant workers into Xinjiang cotton fields threatens to stir up ethnic unrest.

For the first time, the Xinhua (the New China News Agency) has admitted hundreds of thousands of surplus workers from other rural areas are pouring into the trouble-hit province for the harvest.

20 May 1997 - 12:00am

Xinjiang riots no barrier for trade

A senior official of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region says economic development and foreign trade were unaffected by riots in the border cities in February.

Tourism was the sector hit by the violence, but vice-governor Li Donghui said operations of the 15 ports on Xinjiang's border were uninterrupted in February.

11 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

A day in the life of the Kazak horsemen

MY Xinjiang tour was eventful: pickpockets ripped open my handbag without me noticing and I had an argument with a horse owner who tried to make me pay him more for the ride than had been agreed.

But my compensation was a visit to Tian Chi - translated as Heavenly Lake.

9 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

School activity ban

SCHOOLS in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang province, have been banned from organising large-scale activities following the fire which killed almost 400 people in a cinema in a remote oil town in the province earlier this month.

Most of the victims were schoolchildren who were to present a cultural show reportedly for a visiting education investigation team.

23 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

City of the far west takes on a new face

MENTION a visit to Urumqi and reactions will range from 'is it in Outer Mongolia?' to 'do people travel on camels?'.

At best, there will be comments only on the splendid view at renowned tourist spot Tian Chi nearby.

8 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Airport work in northwest

CONSTRUCTION or enlargement has started on several airports in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Airports being built or renovated include Urumqi and Kashi international airports in the programme which will cost more than one billion yuan (about HK$1.35 billion at the official rate.)

11 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Xinjiang picks up a windfall from economic crunch

CHINA'S economic crunch has re-directed funds from coastal cities to the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to officials.

The cash from Xinjiang is returning because the coastal area projects it was invested in have come to a halt under the austerity plan.

6 Aug 1993 - 12:00am