Distant dreams of a better life for the working poor of Qingbao village

Long Yongquan's family home at Qingbao village, an impoverished region in the southwest of Hubei province. Photo: Simon Song

After working for more than 20 years as a coal miner in northern China, 40-year-old Long Yongquan has decided to stay at home - a traditional timber cabin and a leaking cement bungalow in the mountains of Hubei's Enshi autonomous prefecture - with his grandfather, father

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 6:28am

Hubei pig farmer considered one of the 'better off' but still left penniless

Fu Maoyan and his wife, Yang Fang, have been visited twice by Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: Simon Song

Fu Maoyan and his wife have been busy building a storehouse for pig feed beside their three pigsties.

The more than 80 pigs they raise and their pig feed business have made them better off than most households in Qingbao village in Hubei's mountainous Enshi autonomous prefecture.

2 May 2013 - 7:09am

Hubei backwater struggles to meet Li Keqiang's order to grow

Gong Yanqiang, 73, and his wife Wang Dazhi, 61, at home in Longma. Like many older residents, they see little point moving into town and worry what they would do without their farmland. Photos: Simon Song

The new cement road leading from Longfeng, a remote township in the mountains of southwestern Hubei , to the villages of Longma and Qingbao has never been so busy.

1 May 2013 - 5:05am

Death toll in hotel blaze in Xiangyang, Hubei, rises to 14

A firefighter holds a ladder as guests using sheets as ropes try to escape a hotel blaze in Xiangyang yesterday. Photo: Reuters

The death toll has risen to 14 from a fire at a commercial building with a hotel in Xiangyang, Hubei province. But three of four suspects wanted by police in connection with the blaze turned themselves in yesterday, according to a local government statement online.

16 Apr 2013 - 5:04am

Bus in Hubei falls off bridge, killing 14

Rescuers look for survivors after a bus fell off the Jingzhou Yangtze River Bridge in Jingzhou, Hubei. Photo: Reuters

Chinese authorities say 14 people were killed after a sleeper bus fell off a bridge in central Hubei province. Hubei highway police said on its microblog on Tuesday night that the bus went off a bridge spanning the Yangtze River in the city of Jingzhou and crashed into a river beach, killing 14 and injuring eight more

13 Mar 2013 - 1:51am

Four children die in Hubei school stampede

An elderly man talks to a girl who was injured after a stampede accident at a primary school, at a hospital in Xiangyang, Hubei province. Photo: Reuters

Four school children were killed in a stampede in China’s central Hubei province on Wednesday morning, according to local authorities. 

The stampede happened around 6.15am at Qinji Primary School in Hubei’s Laohekou City. It left 11 students injured. Four of them died in hospital, said local authorities.

27 Feb 2013 - 11:54pm 1 comment

19 Hubei workers plunge to death after lift collapse

The grim wreckage after an elevator crashed from the top of a high rise building in Hubei. Photo: Xinhua

Nineteen construction workers have plummeted 30 storeys to their death after an elevator scaling the high rise block they were building collapsed beneath their feet, prompting new calls for more stringent safety conditions in the mainland workplace.

14 Sep 2012 - 4:25am

Probe into intravenous drips for Hubei pupils

Hubei officials are looking into an incident in which a class of senior high school pupils were intravenously given amino acids in a night course in preparation for the national college entrance exam, an education spokeswoman said yesterday.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Conflicting reports on seizure of 12,000 shells

More than 12,000 artillery shells were seized from a truck in the central province of Hubei on Sunday, local media reported yesterday.

The truck was heading to the northeastern provonce of Jilin from the southwestern municpality of Chongqing when traffic police stopped it.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Endangered monkeys make move to Ocean Park

With their blue faces and little snub-noses, two golden monkeys are the latest example of China's endangered wildlife to greet visitors to Ocean Park.

The pair moved in next to giant pandas An An and Jia Jia at the park's new Sichuan Treasures exhibit, which opened yesterday.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Section of high-speed railway collapses

An unopened section of a high-speed railway in Hubei province has collapsed due to heavy rains - the latest in a string of mishaps to hit the network since the fatal collision last summer in Wenzhou .

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Snow threatens last-minute dash home

Tens of millions of travellers were making last-ditch efforts to rush home for Lunar New Year's Eve reunion dinners today, even as heavy snow was falling across seven provinces.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Hubei's chief lays down law to the media

The Hubei provincial party committee, led by a controversial official who once seized a reporter's recorder during an interview, has ordered local media to stop investigating events outside the province.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Suspect in bank blast seen on video

Wuhan police yesterday released online three photos of a suspect in a deadly bank explosion on Thursday, and 100,000 yuan (HK$122,000) was offered for tips leading to the man's arrest.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Two dead, 10 injured in blast outside bank

At least two passers-by were killed and more than 10 others injured in a massive blast, reportedly set off by someone armed with a bomb who tried to rob a bank in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, yesterday.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am