Getting a flat in new affordable housing project in Beijing like winning a lottery

While the supply of subsidised homes in Beijing is increasing, some say this will result in higher land costs that will flow through to the broader housing market. Photo: Reuters

It's like a lucky draw.

Wednesday, 26 February, 2014, 5:17am

Faith can go on its merry way, but get the festive spirit and shop

A view of holiday lighting decorations on trees and installations at an open plaza of a shopping district in Beijing. Photo: EPA

"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" is probably the most frequently heard greeting these days in offices or on the street in Hong Kong. On the mainland, the story might be a little bit different.

23 Dec 2013 - 8:21am 1 comment

Will the dealmakers go to Shanghai's financial centre?

Photo: AFP

How can Shanghai get ready to be a financial centre by 2020? We've talked about world-class infrastructure, freedom of capital flows, and of course the rule of law. But are we missing a basic requirement - people?

7 Oct 2013 - 7:12am

Pictured: 'zombie' commuters ditch cars and walk amid massive Beijing traffic jam

Pictured: 'zombie' commuters ditch cars and walk amid massive Beijing traffic jam

Users on Sina Weibo liken the scene to a zombie apocalypse.

17 Jun 2013 - 3:39pm 2 comments

Residents fear Hebei expressway will drive up house prices

Hebei transport authorities had signed an agreement with Beijing to work together to speed up construction of several highways. Photo: Bloomberg

Hebei media have painted a rosy picture of a 940-kilometre expressway that will link the province with Beijing in 2015, even dubbing it the capital's "seventh ring road", but some residents are not impressed.

6 Jun 2013 - 3:50am

Beijing readies more curbs as prices resist policies

Beijing readies more curbs as prices resist policies

Beijing, which already has the mainland's strictest property curbs, is being forced to take additional steps to contain surging home prices as demands for record-high deposits fail to deter buyers.

5 Jun 2013 - 4:05am

In search of green in China's Silicon Valley

The 40-hectare Haidian Park (海淀公园) is an oasis of green and calm. Photo: Jeanette Wang

I take my running shoes with me wherever I go. Across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, round and round the padang in Georgetown, Penang, under freezing conditions in London, Ontario... my trusty trainers have been the best travel companions ever. Running is definitely the best way, in my opinion, to get acquainted with new surroundings.

31 May 2013 - 5:39pm 5 comments

Strong winds blow away smog but bring sand to Beijing

Beijing residents cover up as they brave the air pollution - and later thick dust and sand - yesterday. Photo: AFP

Strong winds swept through Beijing yesterday and cleared the air of smog that had blanketed it on Saturday, only to bring sand.

20 May 2013 - 7:14am

Police launch murder investigation after torso found on Beijing street

The torso seen in a photo shared on microblogs, May 16, 2013. Screenshot from Sina Weibo

A brutal murder case is gripping Beijing. On Thursday, a man's headless, limbless body has been found in the Chinese capital, just one block south of the Tiananmen Square.

The torso was found in the early morning hours of Thursday on the sidewalk at the intersection between Zhushi West Street and Meishi Street.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Making noise - the intrinsic protest of rock bands in Beijing

Bedstars play at Mao Livehouse. Photo: Jasper James

If there is a Brooklyn in Beijing, it is the Gulou district. Funky western-style coffee shops line the teeming main road, alongside the street stalls, the construction works, the scattering of dive bars tucked away behind the hot pot restaurants.

19 May 2013 - 2:41pm 1 comment

Ai Weiwei shares video of Beijing street brawl 'between Chinese and Tibetans'

Ai Weiwei shares video of Beijing street brawl 'between Chinese and Tibetans'

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Sunday uploaded this video of a fierce brawl in Beijing's Guijie Street, describing it as a fight between Tibetan and Han Chinese street vendors.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Discovering Beijing's off-road trails

Tina Lewis on her way to winning The North Face 100 Beijing. Photo: Salomon Running

Mention Beijing and what usually comes to mind is the Forbidden City, Wangfujing Street, Great Wall, Peking duck or pollution. But it may not be long before the Chinese capital is known for its hiking and running trails. 

15 May 2013 - 10:48am 1 comment

Police footage of Beijing migrant worker moments before 'suicide' sparks cover-up claims

Yuan Liya is seen in video footage shared by police (left) and photos shared online (right). Photo: Screenshots from CCTV, Sina Weibo

Police surveillance footage said to show a young migrant worker moments before she fell to her death has sparked accusations of a cover-up after she appeared to be wearing different clothing to that photographed by witnesses at the scene.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Don't just blame pollution for the flood of fleeing expats

Don't just blame pollution for the flood of fleeing expats

I think I have read more than enough about why some expatriates have decided to leave the mainland and why now. Articles and blogs are awash with complaints pointing to the worsening air pollution as the main cause.

Does all this really suggest that the mainland is losing its attractiveness? Is air pollution really the most important reason for them to consider leaving?

13 May 2013 - 9:17am 30 comments

China news round-up: Riot police quell protest in Beijing, Baidu expands in Indonesia

Chinese paramilitary policemen on duty stand outside a clothing wholesale mall where a woman fell to her death on May 3, in Beijing, May 8, 2013. Photo: AP

Street protest in BeijingWeibo* Posts sharing the dead woman's photo go viral.People's Daily*Police is investigating the cause of death.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am