Going with the flow

My cameraman, Leon McCarron, and I are now nearing the final stages of our long walk from Mongolia to my home in Hong Kong. Today, we have at last reached the outer edges of Guangzhou, and from here it is just a few days' hike to Lo Wu, so the end is really in sight.

Tuesday, 22 May, 2012, 12:00am

Nine punished for cadmium spill

Guangxi's regional government has disciplined a vice-mayor of Hechi and eight other officials responsible for the cadmium contamination of Longjiang, including two junior officers from a district environmental protection bureau who may face prosecution for dereliction of duty.

4 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Luxury with a conscience

WHAT: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat, Guangxi, China (

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Dennis Goodboy

Last weekend I jumped on an aircraft... well, first I waited and waited. The Hong Kong Airlines flight bound for Guilin International airport was delayed for two hours.

Guilin is quite a random destination for a pup with particular food requirements, you may be thinking, but read on.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong tourist, 67, dies in Guangxi

A tourist from Hong Kong has died after falling from a road at the famous Longji rice terraces in Guangxi . Yu Chi-wo, 67, was found lying near the road at Dazhaicun, 80km northwest of Guilin, with a bleeding forehead. He was confirmed dead at the scene, the state news agency Xinhua quoted a county government official as saying.

15 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Little-known gems lie across the border

While mainland tourists flock to Hong Kong, the city's residents are heading in the opposite direction to visit tried-and-tested destinations and seek out lesser-known areas.

Cultural ties, reasonable prices and convenience all rank among travellers' reasons for getting to know the motherland better.

3 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Paper plant's toxic gush threatens millions

The health of more than 100 million residents living beside the Pearl River is under threat from a small paper factory in the Guangxi autonomous region that is pumping large volumes of crimson toxic waste into the waterway's major source, an internal government report has said.

3 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Rescued from the great pyramid lie

Dreams of quick riches are luring many into secretive illegal sales schemes

To the casual observer, there is nothing strange about the groups of three or four people who gather in the street or sit in circles in parks, chatting in low voices.

15 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

600 Guilin tour guides held after protest over pay

More than 600 tour guides from the Guangxi tourism destination of Guilin have been detained for demonstrating to demand government help to improve their working conditions.

31 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Rally highlights how scams keep the travel industry ticking along

The Guilin protest has exposed one of the dark sides of the mainland travel industry, which often survives by offering travellers heavily discounted tours at the expense of their guides.

31 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Great Asian Escapes - Guilin, China

The wonders of Angkor Wat, the sublime scenery of Guilin or the thrill of the roulette table in Macau ... whatever you yearn for, you can find it just a short flight (or ferry ride) away from Hong Kong. On the following pages are six cities to get you inspired.

4 May 2007 - 12:00am

Halfway between hotel and exhibition

The Hotel of Modern Art is a real find for anyone with even a slight interest in art. Halfway between Yangshuo and Guilin in Guangxi province, it is also a great place for anyone who craves the countryside.

18 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Art meets nature in the hills of Guilin

Turn off the highway halfway between Guilin and Yangshuo and you enter a landscape that looks familiar, yet like nothing you have ever seen. The misty mountains made famous by countless Chinese paintings provide the backdrop for a vast collection of modern sculpture spread over 60 hectares. Art and nature appear to have merged.

18 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Flight to Guilin turns into an ordeal for tourists

For 14 mainland-bound tourists, it was a case of so near and yet so far.

They were among 154 Dragonair passengers for whom a one-hour flight to Guilin turned into a 22-hour ordeal.

The 14 yesterday refused to board the Dragonair flight for a third time, after two previous attempts to land at the popular tourist destination failed because of bad weather.

3 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

High society

The cries of children, screaming as if being punished by their parents for misbehaviour, break the village's serenity. I pry myself away from the view of the surrounding hills and investigate their shrieks, running to see what horror is unfolding on the other side of the rustic cabin.

28 May 2006 - 12:00am