Lean times come to 'richest village'

The 74-storey Long Wish Hotel towers above Huaxi. Photo: AFP

Residents of China's so-called richest village, Huaxi, where everyone is a shareholder, have been asked to stay at its luxury five-star hotel to "drive consumption" after the town-corporation in Jiangsu province began posting losses, Chinese media reported yesterday.

Tuesday, 16 April, 2013, 4:35am

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US Secretary of State John Kerry and Premier Li Keqiang before their meeting at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing, April 13, 2013. Photo: AP

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29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Beijing restaurants adapt to ban on lavish banquets and Party scholar calls for transparency

The price of high-end Moutai liquor has dropped by a third since Xi Jinping called for austerity in Dec. (Photo: Xinhua)

China's new First Lady

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Amid all the craze about the new first lady Peng Liyuan, China Digital Times discovered this photo of her “comforting the troops at Tian’anmen Square” in 1989.  

27 Mar 2013 - 10:59am

Funeral fit for a king: China’s ‘richest village’ mourns leader

Villagers and representatives of all circles express condolence to the death of Wu Renbao. Photo: Xinhua

Residents of China’s “richest village”, Huaxi, on Friday bid farewell to the man who made them wealthy by transforming a rural settlement into a socialist paradise.

22 Mar 2013 - 1:17pm 4 comments

Fights erupt after political beating

Two men badly beat the wife of a popular challenger for a seat in a local people's congress in a Zhejiang village as the couple strolled in Huaxi at 7pm on Monday, according to locals.

6 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Post takes honours in 9 categories

The South China Morning Post and Sunday Morning Post were winners in nine categories at the Society of Publishers in Asia Awards.

An article by Polly Hui and Barclay Crawford on the sentencing of Nancy Kissel for murdering her banker husband won in the breaking news category; Didi Kirsten Tatlow's reporting of riots in Huaxi village in Zhejiang earned an honourable mention.

26 May 2006 - 12:00am

Farmers pay a heavy price in victory over factories

Nearly a year after the village of Huaxi in Zhejiang province was rocked by a massive riot against the government, the target of villagers' anger - chemical factories built on illegally taken farmland - lie empty, a rare victory for the farmers.

Yet Si Xiaoyan , 31, is paying a heavy price for that victory.

3 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

We've nothing left to trade, say residents of one test-case village

One of the villages selected to test the land reform policy, Huaxi in Shunde , has 2,700 residents, but no one seems to know much about the new measures or understand how they work, because they say they have no land left.

1 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Pollution protests a powder keg, say activists

Meishan township, Xincheng county and Huaxi village lie within a 200km radius, stretching in a north-south band across Zhejiang, one of the mainland's richest provinces.

29 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Five elderly villagers held as police break up protest

Tensions in Huaxi, Zhejiang province , are rising again after the arrest of five elderly villagers by police who tore down roadblocks around 13 chemical plants accused of poisoning the environment.

28 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Poisoned village up in arms again

Local officials in Zhejiang pledged to move factories after a bloody protest, but four months later the pollution continues

Villagers in Zhejiang province who won a promise from their local government to clear out factories that are blamed for poisoning the environment are threatening to resume protests after officials failed to act on their vow.

26 Aug 2005 - 12:00am