Chengguan are an urban management force installed in almost every city on mainland China. They mostly clamp down on illegal street vendors but also enforce rules on city sanitation, landscaping and parking. Chengguan officers have been increasingly criticised after some of them used bullying tactics that have resulted in injuries and sometimes death.

Officials probe claims that 100 stray dogs buried alive in northern China

Claims that about 100 stray dogs were buried alive in northern China are being investigated. Photo: David Wong

Claims that about 100 stray dogs were buried alive in northern China are being investigated, an official said on Sunday, the latest apparent case of animal cruelty to shock the nation.

Monday, 28 April, 2014, 7:37pm 1 comment

Chengguan officials seriously injured after assault by large crowd

The crowd surrounded the officials. Photo: Screenshot via Weibo

Five urban management officials in Zhejiang province were set upon and assaulted by hundreds of enraged locals angered by their law enforcement technique on Saturday, leaving two severely injured.

24 Apr 2014 - 5:59pm 1 comment

Hubei man beaten by more than 10 chengguan after calling them 'thugs'

An illegal streetside vendor stands on the pavement in China. Photo: Xinhua

A Hubei man was beaten up by more than 10 chengguan and hospitalised after he insulted them by calling them “thugs,” Beijing media reported on Wednesday.

11 Dec 2013 - 6:30pm

Eighteen chengguan officers hospitalised after acid attack

The officers mostly received injuries on their faces and upper bodies. Photo: Screenshot via Sina Weibo

Eighteen members of China’s chengguang urban management force were hospitalised earlier this week after they were sprayed with sulfuric acid in Fujian province’s Xiamen city.

21 Oct 2013 - 9:53am 3 comments

Death of sugar cane seller reignites debate on reforming chengguan

The body of Xu Lizhong seen lying amid onlookers in Yiyang, Hunan province, on Sunday. Screenshot via Sina Weibo.

Contradictory statements about a sugar cane seller’s death have added fuel to an ongoing debate about excessive violence by chengguan, members of an official force tasked with enforcing municipal bylaws.

Photos of a dead man lying next to a chengguan vehicle circulated widely on Sunday on Chinese social media.

30 Sep 2013 - 6:10pm

Taiwanese celebrity Annie Yi adopts executed hawker’s son as godson

Executed hawker Xia Junfeng's wife Li Jing (left) poses for a photo with Taiwan celebrity Annie Yi. Screen shot via Sina Weibo.

Outspoken Taiwanese singer, actress and writer Annie Yi said she had adopted a Shenyang hawker’s son as her godson and promised to financially support his future education, one day after the boy’s father was executed for killing two chengguan officers in a controversial case that drew wide public sympathy.

26 Sep 2013 - 4:53pm

Shenyang hawker hoped for justice ahead of execution for double killing

Street vendor Xia Junfeng with his family. Photo: SCMP

A street hawker who was executed yesterday for stabbing two urban management officers to death in 2009 after they beat him was still hoping for vindication during his last hours, according to his wife.

26 Sep 2013 - 1:10pm 6 comments

Street hawker at heart of controversial chengguan homicide case executed

Xia Junfeng (left) with his son and wife, Zhang Jing. Photo: Xinhua

A street hawker at the centre of a highly controversial double homicide case that gripped the nation was executed today, a court in the northeastern city of Shenyang said, ending a relentless four-year campaign by supporters and activist lawyers to reverse the man's death sentence.

25 Sep 2013 - 8:17pm

Chengguan beat graduate in Nanjing for filming house demolition

A man films local urban management officers. Photo: Screenshot from Sina

A university graduate in Nanjing was beaten by local urban management officers or "chengguan" for attempting to video them demolishing a house, in the latest in a series of violent attacks by chengguan.

10 Aug 2013 - 10:56am

Heat foils Wuhan man’s plan to fake chengguan beating death

Chengguan, who are tasked with enforcing non-criminal regulations in towns and cities, have long been accused of abusing their powers. Photo: EPA

A Chinese vendor’s plan to fake his own death at the hands of social enforcers failed when he could not play dead long enough in scorching heat, state media reported on Monday.

More than 10 men claimed the soft drinks vendor had been beaten to death in the central city of Wuhan by chengguan, who are tasked with enforcing non-criminal regulations in towns and cities.

5 Aug 2013 - 6:26pm

Watermelon farmer died of 'malformed' vascular hemorrhage, says Hunan police

People gather around the body of Deng Zhengjia on July 17. Photo: AP

The Hunan watermelon farmer - who was brutally attacked by an urban management officer - died of brain hemorrhage induced by external force, local police said citing an autopsy report.

2 Aug 2013 - 12:08pm 2 comments

Chengguan violence escalates with police beating

Bystanders documented the Qinghai policeman's beating by chengguan on Tuesday. Screenshot from Sina Weibo.

A policeman has been beaten up in Qinghai province by a group of men, sparking outrage in the latest episode of violence by the notorious urban management force or "chengguan".

Ren Jie, a policeman in Xining, the provincial capital, suffered injuries to his head when a group of chengguan beat him with his own police baton on Tuesday.

27 Jul 2013 - 3:54am 5 comments

Chengguan blamed for beating another vendor

A vendor in Harbin allegedly beaten up by urban enforcers, causing more anger online against thuggery. Photo: SCMP

In the latest incident, four or five chengguan allegedly bashed a hawker over the head with their walkie-talkies and even bricks - then refused to take him to hospital even though his head was covered in blood, People's Daily reported.

22 Jul 2013 - 4:43am 6 comments

Six face charges of 'intentional injury' in death of watermelon vendor

Relatives grieve as they hold a picture of Deng. Photo: Reuters

Six urban management officers were sent to a detention centre in Chenzhou city for causing "intentional injury" to the street vendor Deng Zhengjia, 56, who died as a result of his injuries, Xinhua reported, citing officials from the Linwu county government.

21 Jul 2013 - 4:16am 1 comment

Six urban enforcers held over Hunan watermelon seller death

People protest after a fruit seller Deng Zhengjia died in Linwu county, central China's Hunan province on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Six Chinese local government employees involved in a dispute that saw a roadside watermelon seller die have been detained, state media reported on Friday as outrage over power abuses mounted.

19 Jul 2013 - 6:25pm