Shanghai's subway police name and shame beggars to deter them

A panhandler kneels in front of the commuters on a Shanghai subway train. Photo: SCMP

Shanghai's subways are a beggars' paradise, attracting panhandlers from all over the mainland. That has prompted the city's police to think up a novel idea to get rid of them - releasing a ranking of the worst offenders on a microblog.

Monday, 3 September, 2012, 4:36am

Ringleaders in Anhui ordered to surrender

The authorities urged the kingpins behind a child-begging ring to turn themselves in. Media reports revealed that possibly thousands of children kidnapped or lured to villages in Fuyang, Anhui , were deliberately disfigured and disabled, then forced to beg in big cities.

10 Feb 2011 - 12:00am


Begging problem should be solved

In an international city like Hong Kong, I find it shocking that there are so many beggars. What's even more upsetting is that so many of the beggars are disabled and/or elderly.

18 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Family begs for the chance to save the lives of loved ones

Three generations of a Guangdong family have been begging in Shenzhen and Guangzhou for nearly three years to raise money for stem-cell transplants for their two children who were diagnosed with thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder. The children's father, Huang Yawu , talks about their 900 days and nights on the street.

When did your family start begging?

11 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Beggars on Campus empty of real ideas

'He said that although he was advocating collaboration with mainland hi-tech businesses, the tie-up would require a change in attitude from the obsession with a quick financial return.'

Education Post, May 24

26 May 2008 - 12:00am

Should we give money to people begging on the street?

Each week our two teenagers debate a hot topic. This week ...

Dennis Wu, 19, St Joseph's College

In this cosmopolitan city, beggars are surprisingly easy to find. They are a nuisance to pedestrians who walk away looking disgusted.

Some kind-hearted passers-by, however, stop and drop a coin or two into their hands.

6 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing to persevere with plan to evict beggars ahead of Olympics

Despite Beijing's repeated promises ahead of next year's Olympic Games to address human rights concerns, officials have signalled they will continue with plans to rid the city of beggars and other undesirables to ensure public order.

2 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Taken for a ride

Downtown last week I spotted a desperately thin, long-haired beggar making his slow but sure way towards me. At each person he passed, he held out his hands in supplication, whispering a request for spare change. When he got to me, I barely had time to tell him I had no change before he spat out: 'You have money, you son-of-a-bitch.'

23 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Greying parents left to beg as children cut ties

Shenzhen officials recently evicted dozens of elderly beggars from the two-floor tenement house they had rented for years in Lowu district's Huangbeiling area, one of the city's biggest slums.

20 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Awkward beggars

Shanghai is testing out a new set of tactics to manage its vast army of beggars, telling citizens it's all right to be sympathetic but warning them to look out for frauds. A booklet just published by the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau identifies seven types of 'fake beggars', who pretend to be destitute to fleece the unwary.

30 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Capital considering beggar-free zones

Beggar-free zones in the capital's popular public spaces are being considered by the Beijing municipal government.

The proposal, which is modelled on similar measures already in place elsewhere on the mainland, comes after an official survey found more than 85 per cent of the city's growing horde of beggars are refusing government assistance.

17 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Blitz on begging as gangs pour over border

Police have vowed to continue a crackdown on begging, arresting a further five people amid reports organised crime syndicates from the mainland are plying their trade on the streets of Hong Kong.

Gangs of up to 30 two-way-permit holders, most of them handicapped, are each reported to be earning up to $500 daily by panhandling.

14 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Begging hits public in the pocket

Lanzhou residents are losing an average of 10 million yuan a year to pickpockets posing as beggars in the streets of the Gansu provincial capital.

About 1,000 'professional beggars', mainly women and children, ply their trade in the city's streets, the China News Agency quoted an official as saying.

12 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Chengdu acts to get beggars off the street

Chengdu has joined other major cities in launching an aggressive campaign to restrict begging in central areas.

People living in the Sichuan provincial capital have been asked by the Civil Affairs Bureau not to give money to beggars and to report them to so-called salvation management centres.

28 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Begging for help

Last week, Guangzhou's deputy party secretary, Zhang Guifang, floated the idea of barring beggars from parts of the city. His idea was so well received that security guards immediately chased vagrants from places likely to be designated 'no begging zones', including the popular Shangxia Jiu shopping district.

25 Feb 2004 - 12:00am