Speed increase on Harbin to Dalian rail line delayed

Winter weather is being blamed for the speed delay. Photo: Xinhua

The 50 per cent speed increase on the high-speed rail from Harbin to Dalian, originally scheduled for April 1, is likely be postponed for operational and safety reasons.

Sunday, 24 March, 2013, 6:56am

China Digest, September 28, 2012


Salmon raised in caves

Half of all salmon sold in Chongqing food markets for use in making sushi come from mountains near the city, not the ocean, the Chongqing Evening News reports. Fish experts said many of the salmon were raised in freshwater lakes in mountain caves, and the fish are said to be cleaner and tastier than saltwater ones.

28 Sep 2012 - 2:19am

Harbin probe blames overloaded trucks, not bridge, for collapse

A Harbin city government investigation has blamed "severely overloaded" trucks - rather than design flaws or shoddy construction - for the deadly collapse of a ramp leading to a newly built suspension bridge last month.

20 Sep 2012 - 3:20am

China must improve quality of construction or face scepticism

Reputation is everything in the construction industry. China's quest to move up the economic value chain by becoming the world's civil engineer has taken another knock as a result of an accident. Three people were killed and five injured last Friday when an approach ramp on the longest bridge in north China, at Harbin , collapsed.

29 Aug 2012 - 2:22am

Concern after deadly bridge collapses on mainland

Concern after deadly bridge collapses on mainland

At least 18 bridges have collapsed on the mainland since 2007, killing 135 people, according to the records of the State Administration of Work Safety. Most had been in use for less than 15 years.

The latest victims were three people killed on Friday when a 100-metre section of approach ramp snapped a bridge in Harbin , Heilongjiang .

28 Aug 2012 - 8:25am

First thing China, August 27

Guangzhou's deputy head of police is currently under investigation for "serious discipline violations", local media reported late Sunday night.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:05pm

3 die in collapse at Yangmingtan Bridge, Harbin

Four trucks loaded with construction materials were on the ramp. Two of the injured are in critical condition in hospital. Photo: Reuters

Three people were killed and five injured yesterday when an approach ramp on the longest bridge in northern China collapsed after only nine months in operation.

Four trucks loaded with construction materials were on the ramp when the 100-metre section of the Yangmingtan Bridge in Harbin , Heilongjiang province, broke off and landed on a footpath at about 5am.

25 Aug 2012 - 4:14am

China Digest, August 23


12,000 bikes rolled out

23 Aug 2012 - 7:25am

Harbin Bank may be eyeing listing

Harbin Bank has joined a clutch of city commercial lenders on the mainland to make plans for a stock market listing that is likely to raise 10 billion yuan (HK$12.25 billion) via a dual Hong Kong-Shanghai initial public offering.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

10 children injured as bus tips over

Ten kindergarten pupils were injured when their school bus tipped onto its side in Harbin yesterday.

The accident happened when the children, all under the age of five, were on their way to kindergarten, Xinhua reported, citing local police.

Premier Wen Jiabao promised in his annual work report this year that the government would enhance school-bus safety.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Frederick O'Neill

MEDAL OF HONOUR On August 20, I learned of an auction to be held five days later of the medal the Chinese government awarded in 1920 to my grandfather, Frederick O'Neill, an Irish Presbyterian missionary in Manchuria.

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Academic may lose privileges in China

A prominent Chinese-born researcher hired by Harbin Medical University via a global recruitment scheme by the central government could lose privileges in China as an honoured professor following a decision by a Canadian research institute to shut down his laboratory amid an investigation into scientific misconduct.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

HK firms invest 24.7b yuan in Harbin

The municipal government of Harbin has recently attracted 24.7 billion yuan (HK$29.75 billion) worth of investment from Hong Kong companies, including China Resources Group, Bank of East Asia and China Merchants Group.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Top railway official probed for graft

The general manager of an important rail line that is scheduled to open soon in northeastern China is reportedly being probed for corruption, becoming the fourth senior railway official to be investigated in the past month and casting another shadow on a rail sector clouded by graft scandals.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Drug company cuts output over pollution news

A top mainland antibiotics producer has cut production after media reports of decades of serious pollution.

Harbin Pharmaceutical Group said yesterday it would temporarily cut production on several product lines, build new waste-treatment facilities and punish managers responsible for recent illegal discharges of pollutants.

9 Jun 2011 - 12:00am