Work on Guangzhou Metro Line 6 destroys five ancient tombs

Guangzhou Metro is facing a public outcry after contractors destroyed five ancient tombs during construction of Line 6 of its subway system. Photo: Xinhua

The protected site, on the eastern slope of Da Gong mountain, had been sealed off by the Guangzhou Archaeology Research Centre, with warning signs posted and red lines marking the protected area.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:51am 5 comments

Hong Kong tycoon's firm razes Guangzhou home of opera legend

The compound where Sit Kok-sin's mansion used to be.

Hong Kong tycoon Peter Lam Kin-ngok has been pulled into a controversy over the alleged unauthorised demolition of two historic buildings in Guangzhou, one of which was the home of Sit Kok-sin, the late "King of Cantonese Opera".

17 Jun 2013 - 5:51am 1 comment

Large Guangzhou site sells for record price

A large residential site in Guangzhou sold for a record 4.56 billion yuan (HK$5.73 billion) at a government auction last week, underscoring optimism about the housing market in first-tier cities over the next several years.

12 Jun 2013 - 4:07am

W Guangzhou hotel unlocks another side of the city

The W Guangzhou

Less than a decade ago the area was little more than a communal farm. But today, Zhujiang New Town is Guangzhou's towering central business district.

13 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

Caterpillar plague empties Guangzhou park

Fuzzy white caterpillars at Baiyun Hill in Guangzhou. Photo: Screenshot via Sina Weibo

Local residents and experts say the managers of the state-run park have a case to answer after they recently allowed a commercial event to take place at which thousands of butterflies were set free in the reserve between April 29 and May 12.

2 Jun 2013 - 12:40pm 2 comments

Guangzhou's 10-year limit on licence plates sparks concern

A traffic jam in Guangzhou. Photo: AFP

A new expiry on licence plates means Guangzhou car owners will have to scrap their vehicles within a decade.

27 May 2013 - 6:17pm

High cadmium levels found in Guangzhou rice

Guangzhou food-safety authorities find high levels of cadmium in rice

Nearly half the rice and rice products on sale in Guangzhou contain too much cadmium, a toxin and carcinogen that can damage the kidneys, a three-month investigation by the city's food safety authorities found.

18 May 2013 - 10:20am 9 comments

Guangzhou halts exports from poultry farm to HK after bird flu found nearby

Exports from a Guangzhou poultry farm have been suspended after the bird flu virus was found in a nearby market.

The Centre for Food Safety said it learned from the Guangdong Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau that a H7 subtype of the virus was found in a poultry sample taken from a market stall in Zengcheng on Wednesday.

17 May 2013 - 3:11am

Suspicious powder found at US consulate in Guangzhou

An office at the American consulate general in Guangzhou has been closed indefinitely after an employee found some suspicious powder in an envelope.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Guangzhou district town governments in spending spree on receptions

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: Reuters

Quite a few eyebrows were raised in Guangzhou this week at the news that three town-level governments - two in relatively poor rural areas - spent more than 4 million yuan (HK$5 million) a year between them on official receptions.

11 May 2013 - 4:34am

Guangzhou says new cemetery is not just for officials

The main entrance of a Muslim cemetery on Jiefang Beilu, opposite Yuexiu Gongyuan, in Guangzhou. Photo: Oliver Tsang

Guangzhou’s Bureau of Civic Affairs denied accusations that it’s building a cemetery “exclusively”  for deceased government officials, according to a Southern Metropolis Daily report on Friday.

10 May 2013 - 3:27pm

SEC sues Chinese video firm Subaye for fraud

SEC sues Chinese video firm Subaye for fraud

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is suing Chinese video-advertising and entertainment company Subaye for fraud, saying it has an "imaginary business" and has misled investors about its financial prospects and revenue.

10 May 2013 - 2:36am

Guangzhou developers must submit new home prices to city for approval

Guangzhou is the second city to curb new home prices. Photo: Reuters

To try to contain the fast growth in home prices, Guangzhou's Municipal Land Resources and Housing Administrative Bureau ordered developers and property agents to submit pricing for all new projects for scrutiny.

24 Apr 2013 - 5:16am

Hong Kong property buyers can turn the tables on mainland Chinese

Property in Guangzhou has interesting history. Photo: AStock/Corbis

Hongkongers who are tired of mainland buyers driving up local property prices may want to flip the situation and buy real estate across the border.

Property specialist Christopher Dillon looks at exactly that in his new book Landed China. He writes about the steps foreigners must take to buy property on the mainland.

22 Apr 2013 - 2:28am

Guangzhou urban villagers defend homes

Yao Qijiu stands in Tan, the last urban village in Zhujiang New Town. More than 20 villagers are fighting to keep their homes. Photo: Mimi Lau

With eight centuries of history, Tan is the last urban village left in Guangzhou's Zhujiang New Town, a prime site filled with high-end office buildings. Like the 137 other urban villages in Guangzhou, old Tan is gradually being reduced to concrete rubble by the wreckers' ball.

24 Apr 2013 - 6:07pm