Huairou District

Road to eco-ruin

As Labour Day holidaymakers clog roads leading to Beijing's eco-tourism zoned Huairou district stalled in carbon dioxide, they will compare who has the latest Audi, BMW or Mercedes models, but will see little wildlife because eco-tourism has degenerated.

Tuesday, 24 April, 2007, 12:00am

Law and disorder

Last week's attack by chainsaw gangsters on a nature reserve in Beijing's Huairou District - part of an attempt to extort money from hoteliers and restaurateurs - underscores how Beijing in the run-up to the 2008 Olympic Games has already entered an epoch of social breakdown. Some call it 'terrorism with Chinese characteristics'.

17 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Editor's Note

An architect friend once remarked to me that Hong Kong is a true design melting pot. It's perhaps the only city in the world where you will find buildings by renowned architects such as IM Pei, Norman Foster and Cesar Pelli in such close proximity to one another.

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Rebels at Beijing's front door

Huairou district, a rapidly growing suburb of Beijing, is an excellent example of local defiance of authority and the rule of law. It is a vivid illustration of how such a breakdown can occur under the nose of the central government.

2 May 2006 - 12:00am

Comedy and chaos as China runs the show

THE festival of global sisterhood at the NGO Conference in Huairou ended typically in yet another rain-drenched ceremony of dancing and laboured sentiments of international friendship.

'Don't quote me, but I am glad it is over. It's been like living in a refugee camp,' said one dispirited American woman who watched Friday's symbolic proceedings huddled under an umbrella.

10 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Warning about 'dirty' delegates

WORRIED about unwanted diseases, Beijing has ordered government officials to ensure their offices are 'cleaned up' after receiving delegates.

Many delegates are leading professionals in a variety of fields including banking, law, economic development and politics. Some are using the opportunity of being in Beijing to meet some of their Chinese counterparts.

8 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Relaxed approach needed

CHINA'S promise to relax surveillance, improve transportation and allow newspapers to be published at the NGO women's forum in Beijing could be an encouraging first step towards putting the trouble of recent days in the past - and allowing the international gathering to focus on the issues it was convened to discuss.

4 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

No winners at the forum

ALL aspects of China's multiple and contradictory personalities were on show at the Huairou women's forum over the weekend.

There was China's intense desire to become a regular member of the world community by playing host to international and UN conferences while interpreting the rules to suit its own concept of debate.

4 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

The women's conference meets reality

THE facilitating committee of the NGO women's forum in Beijing has given the Chinese authorities a 24-hour ultimatum to end surveillance and harassment of delegates. Otherwise, it said, it would consider shutting down the meeting. More powerful bodies - the United States Government, for one - have given the Chinese authorities ultimatums in the past and come unstuck.

3 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Round one of forum battle gets under way

THE first round of the fight between the standard-bearers of China's proletarian dictatorship and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) activists began even before today's opening ceremony.

In one corner, Vice-Minister of Public Security Tian Qiyu said that while the NGOs could hold demonstrations, 'these should not infringe on the sovereignty of the host country'.

30 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Delegates get tills ringing

THEY came, they debated issues of global importance and pertinent questions on gender discrimination - and they shopped.

With 50,000 potential customers in town, Beijing is hoping the cash registers will keep ringing all through the UN conferences. At the Beijing Friendship Store, a mob of happy bargain hunters was already opening wallets.

29 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

A double-edged sword

TWO separate delegations of Hong Kong women will head for China this week to offer contrasting views on women's issues in the territory at the huge non-governmental organisation women's forum which begins in the mainland on Wednesday.

28 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Beijing braces for conference

BEIJING'S finest are being warned to keep a tight grip on their batons as the capital prepares for a feared invasion of rampant foreign lesbians.

In hotels, the phrase 'blanket security' is being given a new meaning as sheets are being readied to throw over anyone attempting to stage nudist protests.

24 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

The shape of things to come

WITH less than two weeks to go before the start of the huge Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Forum, which will run alongside the Fourth UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, the site for the forum does not appear a venue ready to receive 30,000 visitors.

21 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Vow to provide safe talks venue

BEIJING'S municipal leaders have vowed to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the United Nations World Conference on Women, according to the official media yesterday.

3 Aug 1995 - 12:00am