Cultural Revolution

Hu's policy speech prepares ground for political theory

President Hu Jintao has made a major push to leave his mark on the Communist Party's constitution at the party congress later this year, analysts say.

Wednesday, 27 June, 2007, 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1966

19 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

China's make-or-break exam


A record number of 10 million mainland students took the National College Entrance Examination at the end of last week.


How many years has the exam been running? Thirty years. It was abolished for 11 years during the Cultural Revolution.


12 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Eye spy

In the opening chapter of The Eye of Jade, the first novel by Chinese author Diane Wei Liang, there's a testy exchange between a mother, Ling Bai, and her daughter Mei. Mei is a budding private detective who spent her teenage years 'in a world of her own, surrounded by her books and her thoughts. She read everything she could find. She wanted to be a writer like her father.'

20 May 2007 - 12:00am

No spit, but plenty of polish in Beijing

453 days to go

Luan Hong, a tourist from Fujian province, thought she was going to have the vacation of a lifetime when she visited the capital this month for the 'golden week' holidays. Instead, she grumbled, she and her fellow holiday-makers were 'treated like little kids'.

13 May 2007 - 12:00am

China, too, must heed lessons of the past

Mainland leaders speak frequently of the need to take heed of history; Premier Wen Jiabao did precisely that earlier this month when addressing Japan's parliament, telling lawmakers that to do so 'is not to dwell on hard feelings, but to remember and learn from the past'.

25 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Problems at home

When Mei Yuan returned to Beijing last year after completing a Masters in communication studies at Leeds University in Britain she didn't think it would take her a year to find the job she wanted. Armed with a post-graduate degree and fluent English, the 26-year-old anticipated a glittering, well-paid future in one of the thriving new companies in the internet sector.

25 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Blooming of discontent

May 1956

Mao Zedong urges intellectuals to help advance the cause of socialism, saying: 'Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend'

April 1957

Communist Party orders 'rectification campaign' to raise ideological status of party, government officials and intellectuals

May 1957

24 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Road to eco-ruin

As Labour Day holidaymakers clog roads leading to Beijing's eco-tourism zoned Huairou district stalled in carbon dioxide, they will compare who has the latest Audi, BMW or Mercedes models, but will see little wildlife because eco-tourism has degenerated.

24 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Corruption cases spur call for moral education

The downfall of high-profile senior officials for corruption and having decadent lifestyles is a concern for some CPPCC delegates, who say the central government should step up moral education.

Delegate Han Meilin said he had suggested the government include moral criteria among requirements for cadres being considered for promotion.

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

200-year-old art form had ups and downs

The birth of crosstalk entertainment dates back about 200 years in Beijing and Tianjin , where performers made a living by entertaining audiences on open ground.

Performers worked hard to appeal to audiences through comedy and even vulgarity, and their social standing was lower than that of artists such as Peking opera singers and storytellers.

22 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

When speaking the truth means breaking a silence

In Shanghai's muzzled arts world, softly spoken playwright Sha Yexin has made a habit of irritating officialdom with his independent voice.

The self-described off-beat writer has acquired a reputation for exposing and criticising the dark side of society, through his plays, articles and willingness to speak out.

2 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Hearing voices

JAMES ATLAS WALKS along the hutong in the shadow of Beijing's Drum Tower, taking in everything with wonder: the fading 'Long Live Chairman Mao' slogan on the wall; the names of newly elected neighbourhood committee members displayed for public viewing; and rows of white cabbages drying on grey tiled rooftops.

28 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Party introduces new censorship rule

Media ordered to seek permission before covering sensitive topics in lead-up to 17th national congress

The Communist Party has further tightened its grip on the mainland's increasingly bold media by imposing a pre-censorship rule on coverage of politically sensitive topics, according to sources.

16 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

The shadow of a flawed giant

Saturday marked an important date in the history of China. On that day 30 years ago, I was a little girl playing with other children in a residential compound in Urumqi, Xinjiang province . Out of the blue, my mother emerged and dragged me back home. I kicked and screamed, but soon noticed the stern look on her face.

11 Sep 2006 - 12:00am