Dongguan suspends free services as debt crisis bites

Shuikou Cun, Dongguan. Photo: Edward Wong

In a telling sign of the mainland's mounting local government debt crisis, some towns in Dongguan - one of the richest cities - are being forced to suspend free public services and infrastructure projects.

Saturday, 18 May, 2013, 5:05am 3 comments

Chronic corruption behind Dongguan village uprisings

A villager from Shuikou, Dongguan, shows a document for a village committee loan. Committee members were accused of borrowing money and splitting it among themselves. Photos: Edward Wong, SCMP Pictures

"The police bent my arms back while asking who my husband was and what he did for a living," a woman in her 60s recalls as she describes a scary scene that unfolded at her home last month. "If I had not been carrying my grandson on my back, they would have brought me to the police station."

18 May 2013 - 5:28am

Hong Kong garment firm diversifies into indoor fish farms

Chairman William Choi with COO Aloysius Lew. Photo: Edward Wong

William Choi and his partners recently spent HK$80 million setting up the Santai Eco Fishery in Chashan. He hopes that the 24,000-square-metre indoor fish farm will capitalise on the steady stream of tainted food scandals on the mainland.

6 May 2013 - 5:22am 3 comments

Dongguan's manufacturing reputation fades but sex industry thrives

Hu Chunhua. Photo: Simon Song

Many have been asking what the future holds for Dongguan, long known as "the world's factory" but now struggling with problems of economic restructuring.

Much will depend on the direction chosen by new Guangdong party secretary Hu Chunhua to steer the province in the coming years, but in the meantime the city is attempting an image makeover.

27 Apr 2013 - 4:10am 2 comments

Millionaire's wife and son kidnapped and murdered in Dongguan

The kidnapper admitted to his crimes in an internet cafe in Dongguan. Picture: SCMP/

A Dongguan man kidnapped the wife and five-year-old son of a rich acquaintance, demanded 800,000 yuan in ransom, and then brutally killed them when he did not hear from him, according to a Nanjing Daily report.

The crime occurred just days before the Lunar Chinese New Year.

1 Mar 2013 - 3:46pm 2 comments

'Sin city' Dongguan goes to work on losing its sleazy reputation

A police detain a suspected prostitute in Dongguan.

"Sex capital" and "sweatshop city" were just two of the labels Dongguan earned during its heyday as a booming manufacturing hub in Guangdong, but the local authorities are now flexing their propaganda muscles to rebrand the city.

28 Feb 2013 - 5:39am 3 comments

Dongguan hopes to rid image as China's 'sex capital'

New promotional videos launched by the city’s propaganda arm aim to shed Dongguan’s reputation as a city of sin, the Yangcheng Evening News reported on Wendesday.

28 Feb 2013 - 5:39am 4 comments

What the local media says

A man walks past an old factory building in Tai Kok Tsui. Photo: David Wong

More village houses have been built on farmland for sale, which is against the law, amid a property boom. Reporters found a 1,300 sq ft luxury house with a 2,200 sq ft garden in Yuen Leng village, Tai Po, was offered for HK$4.98 million. 

26 Jan 2013 - 5:25am

Dongguan officials in probe over unapproved commercial complex

Mass protests over land grabs erupted in Wukan, Lufeng last year.

Several senior cadres in Dongguan, including a public security official, are under investigation following claims that they profited by building a large commercial development on cheap land bought from farmers for an industrial project.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:46am

Ian Poulter wins WGC-HSBC Champions in style

Ian Poulter of England tees off at the sixth hole at the WGC-HSBC Champions at Mission Hills. Photo: AFP

Ian Poulter said at the start of last week that despite his Ryder Cup heroics, he felt his season would not be complete without a tournament victory. He duly delivered in style at the WGC-HSBC Champions on Sunday, shooting a 65 for a two-shot win at Mission Hills.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

HSBC Champions back to Shanghai, US$8.5m purse

Lee Westwood of England walks towards the green after teeing off. Photo: AFP

The WGC-HSBC Champions will return to make its “permanent home” in Shanghai next year with an increased, Major-size purse of US$8.5 million, officials announced on Sunday.

Title sponsor HSBC is extending its current contract for another three years, they said on the last day of this year’s edition at Mission Hills in Dongguan.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Dongguan village chief's luxury villa draw comment

The three-storey house with fish pond, swimming pool, basketball court, artificial waterfall and landscaped grounds belonging to Chen Yaogen, party head of Yi village. Photos: SMP

A village chief in Dongguan has sparked outrage among internet users when it was revealed that he owned a luxurious villa in a 7,000 square metre compound.

14 Oct 2012 - 4:36am

Boom city Dongguan faces bankruptcy as village debts soar

A row of empty shops that have been idle for more than nine months – a common sight in what was once a hi-tech heartland.  Photo: May Tse

After three decades of spectacular growth, Guangdong's boom town of Dongguan is on the brink of bankruptcy.

Up to 60 per cent of its villages are running up deficits and will soon need a bailout from the township, researchers at Sun Yat-sen University have discovered.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am 1 comment

Due West, online novel about sex tourism in Dongguan, now a movie

On the set of Due West, My Sex Journey. Photo: Nora Tam

A clutch of scantily clad young women sit giggling and striking sexy poses as their fancy two-tier sofa revolves.

Each wears a number. Their hope is that one of the group of men ogling them will pick them out for a night of passion.

9 Sep 2012 - 3:46am

Police use force to disperse anti-Japanese protesters in Dongguan

Riot police yesterday used force to disperse hundreds of antiJapanese protesters in an apparent move to stop any nationalist sentiment getting out of hand in the industrial city of Dongguan, near Guangzhou.

Yesterday's crackdown was in marked contrast to recent demonstrations that appeared to have the tacit support of the authorities.

27 Aug 2012 - 6:35am