Human Geography

Asia must heed warning of recent floods

Asia must heed warning of recent floods

Are Asia's recent floods the result of bad luck, bad weather or bad design? Manila was left paralysed, with a third of the city under water and thousands evacuated from their homes.

Friday, 31 August, 2012, 3:53am

Beijing unites in rescue efforts

Reports of chaos and tragedy abounded in the wake of Beijing's worst rainstorm in more than six decades, but there were also reports of unprecedented kindness and stories of Good Samaritans coming to others' rescue.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Time to review one-child policy

China's controversial one-child policy has helped its rapid rise by restraining population growth. But the ageing of the generation that wrought the country's economic miracle is bringing forward the policy's use-by date. China now needs more babies, not fewer, to avoid the economic and social consequences of serious population imbalance.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Geopark twins with Fermanagh counterpart

Surprising as it may be, 'Asia's World City' Hong Kong is not twinned with any other major city in the world. However, this has not stopped it from partnering with a small Northern Irish county called Fermanagh.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

'Despicable' Jerome Lau faces jail sentence

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing in drive on illegal foreigners

Beijing has launched a 100-day crackdown targeting foreigners who have entered the country illegally, stayed longer than allowed or who are working in the capital illegally.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

Drawing life lessons from graffiti

Graffiti is an art form that can help ex-offenders turn their lives around, participants at an art workshop learned yesterday.

About 20 teenagers and young adults received professional training in the art during the Sha Tin event, taught by two established graffiti artists from France.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Hooray for the holiday ... but fun trips come at a high price

National holidays offer workers the chance to gather up the family, escape the city and wander around one of the mainland's famous national parks, lakes or mountaintops. A rare break from a monotonous job, smoggy sidewalks and a slow death in traffic.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Gender imbalance remains a problem

On the same day it was revealed that a Shanghai high school got the go-ahead from the municipal education bureau to run two all-boys' classes, the authorities reported that the ratio of newborn boys to every 100 girls born on the mainland last year was 117.78.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A generation of greed cripples its children

Have we declared war on our children the world over?

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Nations 'can learn' from China's successes

The lessons that China has learned from coping with an explosive rate of growth of its urban population can be put into practice in developing economies around the world, say analysts.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Talks start soon on rare earths WTO row

Negotiations on resolving the rare earths trade dispute between China and the US, EU and Japan would start soon, the Ministry of Commerce said yesterday.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Sales at highest level in a year

New offerings are expected to release pent-up demand and help lift Macau home sales to their highest levels in nearly a year, estate agents say.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

An outsider's look at culture

Running all year round in Beijing means enduring the bone-chilling cold of winter and sweltering through the intense heat of summer, but it is never a dull experience, offering free entertainment galore from the colourful cast of characters that populate the parks, and a backdrop that features 500-year-old imperial temples.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Activists have designs on new look for street stalls

A new action group plans to change the face of hawking in the city and at the same time help threatened vendors.

The group of designers, artists, academics and activists, called the Street Design Union, or SDU, wants to design better street markets.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am