As China drafts property tax law, fate of pilot programme up in the air

A trial property tax in Shanghai has failed to cool down home prices. Photo: Xinhua

The mainland has started drafting a property tax law, but analysts are not sure whether it means a pilot programme already in place for three years will be suspended.

Wednesday, 12 March, 2014, 2:40am

China's 'green' highway the way to the future

The completed section of China's first low-carbon expressway.

The most difficult section of China's so-called first low-carbon highway was finished at the weekend and the whole project is expected to be open to traffic by the end of the year.

11 Jun 2013 - 4:10am 1 comment

Chongqing presses on with cheap housing

Chongqing presses on with cheap housing

Chongqing's ambitious programme of building affordable housing, launched by its disgraced former chief Bo Xilai, has fallen far short of its targets. Yet the city, which is running a massive fiscal deficit, plans to continue spending billions on the project.

25 May 2013 - 4:46am 1 comment

Former Chongqing deputy police chief Tang Jianhua given suspended death sentence

The former deputy police chief of the Chinese megacity of Chongqing has been given a suspended death sentence for bribery, a court said on Wednesday, the latest episode in the scandal that brought down Bo Xilai.

15 May 2013 - 7:24pm

21 officials sentenced over sex scandal in Chongqing

Zhu Ruifeng. Photo: Simong Song

The Chongqing Communist Party's disciplinary commission has endorsed penalties for dozens of city officials linked to a sex and corruption scandal.

Xinhua reported yesterday that 21 officials, including Lei Zhengfu, former party chief of Beibei district, have been sentenced.

3 Aug 2013 - 9:40am

Go West lure of low land prices

Chongqing mayor Huang Qifan (back row, second from left) applauds investment ties. Photo: Nora Tam

Chongqing's policy of low land prices was a drawcard for foreign direct investment and the authorities were working to keep those costs down, the municipality's mayor said yesterday in Hong Kong as more than US$30 billion of contracts were signed between the two centres.

16 Apr 2013 - 5:24am

China news round-up: Chongqing labour camp inmate denied compensation, Sichuan graft crackdown continues

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Premier Li Keqiang before their meeting at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing, April 13, 2013. Photo: AP

US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to ChinaGlobal TimesEditorial: The visit is a test to Kerry’s ‘gentle’ side.Foreign Policy

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chongqing's dead get spa treatment in afterlife

A Chongqing funeral parlour offers foot massages and a hair wash, as pictured in a weibo post. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A funeral parlour in Chongqing is seeking to attract more customers by offering foot massages to its dead clients, leading to widespread criticism online. 

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chongqing showing Hong Kong it's back in business after Bo scandal

Huang Qifan

Chongqing mayor Huang Qifan will lead a large business delegation to Hong Kong early next week to attract new investment as the mainland city seeks to rebound from the scandal-tainted era of its former party boss Bo Xilai.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:50am

Cars, spas and singing stars: This is what a 5 million yuan wedding looks like

Nigerian-born singer Uwechue Emmanuel ('Hao Ge') performing on stage at the wedding ceremony. Photos: SCMP Pictures

Zeng Guo, the groom's father and boss of Chongqing-based Fuxing Doors Industry Group, spent an alleged five million yuan (HK$6.3 million) on the “most expensive wedding in Chongqing’s history”, the Chongqing Morning News reported on Sunday.

7 Apr 2013 - 7:10pm 4 comments

Bo Xilai supporters gather in Chongqing

Protest outside the Chongqing Intermediary Court, March 29, 2013. (Photo: SCMP Pictures)

Die-hard supporters of disgraced Communist Party Politburo member Bo Xilai gathered outside a Chongqing court on Thursday to defend his “triad-busting” legacy.

29 Mar 2013 - 11:17am

Chongqing university teachers in uproar over 'unfair' appraisal plan

Faculty held a peaceful protest at Chongqing Technology and Business University on Friday. Photo: Xinhua

Teachers contended that the new appraisal was not in line with Chongqing's education policy because it would take away emphasis on teaching. The government recently said it would put more educational resources into teaching instead of school administration.

18 Mar 2013 - 12:19pm

Former Bo aide Huang Qifan urges top judges to 'learn from Hollywood'

Huang Qifan

Mainland judges should watch more foreign films that involve heroes and courtrooms because they show that justice always prevails over evil - or most of the time, anyway. Such is the advice to China's top judges from Huang Qifan , the mayor of Chongqing.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:43am

Chongqing man saved by quick-acting police after posting suicide note online

The photo posted by the suicidal man alerted netizens who called the police.

A young man in China’s southwestern Sichuan province was rescued by police early on Monday after posting a suicide note on Weibo, China’s twitter-like service, according to Chinese media reports.

12 Mar 2013 - 4:09pm

Watch action-hero films and legal dramas, Chongqing mayor advises judges

Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan speaks at the Chongqing delegation's group discussion during the National People's Congress. Photo: Reuters

Chongqing's mayor believes there are two types of films judges should watch: action-hero films and courtroom dramas.

12 Mar 2013 - 7:01pm