Officials chided for taking too many days off for Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year fireworks light up the sky in Changsha, Hunan province. Photo: Xinhua

Long holidays can sometimes be too much of a good thing – as officials from Gansu and Hunan provinces are now learning.

Tuesday, 19 February, 2013, 1:01pm 1 comment

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Tourism Board chairman James Tien Pei-chun

Tourism Board unveils its plans

19 Feb 2013 - 5:03am

Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang on tour to poor areas

Party leader Xi Jinping on a tour of farmland in Gansu yesterday in an effort to stay in touch with the people. Photo: SCMP

Xi reportedly came bearing gifts for the nearly 450 households in the village. Noodles, cooking oil, pork, sweets, melon seeds and cotton-padded quilts were among the items distributed to each household.

4 Feb 2013 - 8:29am

Party chief sacked for making villagers buy mobile phones to 'raise intelligence'

Although priced at a subsidised rate, each mobile phone reportedly costs about 200 yuan.

He told them owning a mobile phone would “raise their intelligence” and get them out of poverty, but was later accused of colluding with a county telecoms provider.

28 Jan 2013 - 3:42pm 1 comment

Tibetan man burns to death in Gansu, first self-immolation in China this year

A Tibetan man has died after setting himself on fire in protest at China’s rule of the Himalayan region, a rights group and overseas media said, relaying the first self-immolation of this year.

13 Jan 2013 - 12:18pm

Gansu police offer cash for tip-offs on immolations

Police and residents converge on the body of Dorje Rinchen who self-immolated on the main street in Xiahe in Gansu province. Photo: AP

Police in the heavily Tibetan region of Gansu province are offering tipsters a reward of US$7,700 for information about planned self-immolations in a bid to stem a wave of protests against Chinese rule.

25 Oct 2012 - 5:18pm

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Students, teachers and parents gather outside Central Government Offices in Tamar to protest against national education. Photo: David Wong

National education petition goes to school

7 Sep 2012 - 2:27am

Think outside the Planet

The only book I've ever thrown away unread - nay, unopened - is a guidebook a Norwegian travel agent forced upon me when I set off on my life's biggest journey back in 1988: the Trans-Siberian train trip to China.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Put your best foot forward with mum to help charity raise funds for drought-hit Gansu

If you want to do something different with your mum this Mother's Day, how about taking her on a hike for a good cause?

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Marriage headed for the rocks on mainland

Women marry for money and houses, while men wed for passion and looks, according to a countrywide survey of single and divorced mainlanders.

Almost 80 per cent of women interviewed said they would not consider a man who earned less than 4,000 yuan (HK$4,900) a month.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Two villagers die in clash over mosque's demolition

At least two members of the Hui ethnic minority in Ningxia have died in clashes between more than 100 protesting Muslims and hundreds of armed police officers when a new mosque was demolished by the authorities on Friday, a resident said.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Poor western provinces to be given big infrastructure boost

Despite high government debt, mainland authorities will invest hundreds of billions of yuan in infrastructure projects over the next few years as part of its 'go west' policy to develop poorer western provinces.

21 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Rural fears come home to roost

The horrifying school bus crash, which claimed the lives of 19 young children in Gansu last week, is a tragedy that should never have happened. The danger of cramming far too many pupils into small buses has been apparent in rural areas for years, but has been allowed to continue. We should not have had to wait for a terrible accident before action was taken.

23 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


Crack down on breeding farms

I am angry at the snail's pace of legislation to ban the private farms which breed animals to supply pet shops.

The current legislation is clearly inadequate and Hong Kong has an oversupply of these sad creatures, whose end, like their life, is tragic, and whose life-long distress and pain is easily preventable.

23 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

436,000 yuan payouts for relatives of 21 killed in school minibus crash

The families of the 21 people killed in Wednesday's school bus accident in Gansu will each receive 436,000 yuan (HK$534,235) in compensation from the local authorities.

The semi-official China News Service said yesterday the Zhengning county government in Qingyang prefecture had drafted a compensation plan over the 19 children and two adults who died.

19 Nov 2011 - 12:00am