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Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County

Shoddy schools, grand offices

Widespread government overspending on vanity-driven construction projects in regions hit by the massive Sichuan earthquake in 2008 has been found by state auditors, who also exposed new quality problems at rebuilt schools.

Sunday, 22 April, 2012, 12:00am

Pain never fades for parents who lost children in collapsed schools

Deng Xiu named her second son Xiaoping, which sounds like the word for 'safety', in the hope that he will be shielded from danger.

The brother he never met died three years ago, aged 17, when Beichuan Middle School collapsed after Sichuan was hit by a magnitude 8 earthquake.

12 May 2011 - 12:00am

Quake zone is reborn as a tourism hub

The towns of Beichuan, Yingxiu and Shuimo were almost unknown outside Sichuan before the magnitude 8 earthquake that rocked the province three years ago today.

It tore open the earth, flattened buildings and claimed tens of thousands of lives, but the three towns have risen from the ruins to become booming tourism destinations.

12 May 2011 - 12:00am

Despite discontent, officials hail rebuilding of Sichuan

Mainland officials have declared their rebuilding efforts in earthquake-ravaged Sichuan and two other provinces a 'decisive victory' ahead of the third anniversary, amid simmering discontent over many unanswered questions.

11 May 2011 - 12:00am

Coping with life 3 years after deadly earthquake

They have tried to heal their wounds and move on, but life remains a struggle for those scarred by the massive earthquake that killed more than 87,000 people in Sichuan three years ago tomorrow.

Their joy at being rescued paled next to having to cope with the thought of the injured or the loss of loved ones.

11 May 2011 - 12:00am

Workers cash in on Sichuan building boom

The unprecedented rebuilding work since the quake has triggered a construction boom in Sichuan , with modern hospitals, schools, residential estates and even resorts rising from the ruins.

12 May 2010 - 12:00am

Beichuan feels social aftershocks of quake

Xie Xinghe made a wish on Lunar New Year's eve.

The 45-year-old Beichuan villager hopes he can eventually afford to adopt a three-month-old baby a friend of his wife gave them to take care of two months ago.

'The baby boy gives me and my wife some hope and [to a degree] makes up for the loss of our son,' he said.

17 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Wen urges openness over quake projects

Premier Wen Jiabao has called for greater transparency in rebuilding efforts across quakeravaged Sichuan province .

28 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

8 dead, thousands homeless after torrential rain lashes Sichuan

Days of heavy downpours have left at least eight people dead and displaced hundreds of thousands in the quake-hit area of Sichuan province, adding to the plight of two million victims still struggling to rebuild their homes.

19 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Old town reopens for visiting mourners

Beichuan's old town has reopened for four days - leading to an influx of thousands of quake survivors yesterday to mourn relatives and friends who were killed there and remain buried under rubble.

Up to 100,000 Beichuan natives are expected to visit the levelled town, home to many ethnic Qiang, where nearly 20,000 died and more than 2,500 buildings were flattened.

11 May 2009 - 12:00am

Couples wary of adoption

One of the unexpected ways the nation responded to the earthquake came when couples from across the mainland volunteered to take in children who lost parents in the disaster. But one year on, just 12 orphans have been adopted, and those who remain in the state's care face a difficult life, one made worse by permanent physical injury and emotional scars.

9 May 2009 - 12:00am

Sichuan remembers victims on first tomb-sweeping day since quake

Sichuan residents yesterday mourned tens of thousands of quake victims on the first Ching Ming festival since the massive earthquake, amid a delicate calmness carefully managed by the authorities.

The government organised a 10,000-strong mass memorial ceremony at the epicentre, Yingxiu county, while a similar but smaller event was held in Chengdu city.

5 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Officials cool on quake museum

Tourism officials in Beichuan, Sichuan province, are trying to distance themselves from a plan to build a 2.3 billion yuan (HK$2.6 billion) museum in the area, which was devastated by last year's earthquake.

A bid to commemorate the May 12 quake, the proposed museum was supposedly planned to cover 8 sq km, including central Beichuan and the Tangjiashan 'quake lake'.

31 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Shopkeepers return to damaged buildings

The need to make a living is outweighing personal safety in Qingchuan , northern Sichuan province , as stallholders and shopkeepers move back into quake-shattered buildings.

'There have been a lot of aftershocks but we're used to it now. I don't feel as though it's dangerous anymore,' said Guo Yixing .

1 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Patience starts to wear thin in quake zone

Almost nine months after the devastating Wenchuan earthquake brought Sichuan and neighbouring provinces to their knees, the region is only just beginning to pull itself together.

31 Jan 2009 - 12:00am