14 slave workers freed from Guangdong kiln

Fourteen slave workers were rescued from a small brick kiln in the remote area of Huizhou, Guangdong, on Wednesday, but it is believed several dozen more remained in the hands of the kiln owners last night.

Friday, 13 May, 2011, 12:00am

Porcelain relics just 'kiln waste'

Porcelain relics exposed to damage at a kiln site in Tai Po that dates back to the Ming era are only 'kiln waste', heritage officials say, while remaining silent on an aborted long-term-management plan.

27 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Worst kilns still open, say slaves' parents

There are many brick kilns worse than the infamous Hongtong county kiln and sentencing the operators of one is not enough to end slavery in the industry, a parent, who visited hundreds of kilns in Shanxi in search of her missing children, said.

18 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Paying the price for dealing in death


Heng Tinghan , foreman, life sentence

Zhao Yanbing , kiln supervisor, death sentence

Wang Bingbing , kiln owner, nine years in jail

Yang Xiaolan , Heng's wife, two years in jail, suspended for three years

Heng Mingyang , Heng's brother and kiln supervisor, two years' jail

18 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing's damage control moves behind the scenes

Beijing has unleashed a massive damage-control exercise to repair harm done to the state's image from the brick-kiln slavery scandal.

Five suspects in one of the most notorious incidents have been arrested and hastily tried, and Shanxi's governor has offered repeated apologies.

10 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Slave labour exposed


Parents of children feared to have been abducted and forced to work in brick kilns have appealed to the government to step up rescue efforts.


In Shanxi province . Illegal kilns in Henan province have also been raided.


26 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Police admit failure to stem child slavery

Henan labour abuses 'solved' three years ago

Police admitted yesterday they had failed to prevent the spread of child slavery despite forcing the closure of brick kilns using child labour in Henan three years ago.

They said they were hunting 20 suspects in the Shanxi slavery scandal and investigating possible dereliction of duty by police officers.

20 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Image above all

Every now and then, stories emerge showing that the main cities of mainland China, with their sleek high-rises and modern highways, are home to only a tiny portion of the 1.3 billion people, and that the real China remains hidden, primitive and dangerous.

20 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Horror stories of brick slaves prompt police rescue of 200

Police in Henan have rescued more than 200 people, including 29 children, forced to work in brick factories. Beijing ordered tens of thousands of officers to check kilns throughout the northern province following horrific accounts by state media of abuse by employers.

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Even the heavens are against Link listing

A colleague and lover of anagrams has pointed out why Link, the Housing Authority's real estate investment fund, is having so much trouble hitting the market.

'It's bound to be a hot burning issue, explosive even, given its name,' she said. 'Think about it - it's actually 'kiln', a hot burning oven to make clay or ceramics.'

18 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Open Space, Treasured Places - Beyond the Visible

Featuring impressionistic, sculptural kiln-formed glass works by Kirstie Rea, and textured kiln-formed glass wall panels by Lisa Cahill. Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm. Gaffer Studio Glass, Unit 5a, 15/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham St, Central. Inquiries: 2521 1770. Ends Jun 19

2 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

The cover-up to preserve our heritage

The rain has just stopped and the senior landscape architect from the Airport Authority is standing in an overgrown clump of banana trees that has escaped the bulldozers on Chek Lap Kok island.

'It's not too impressive at the moment,' he concedes.

26 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Beijing completes cement plant

BEIJING has completed the construction of a new cement plant that will go a long way towards satisfying the demand of the building boom in the city.

With a daily output of 2,000 tonnes of slag, the cement plant is a key state construction project and one of the largest in the city.

23 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Wood processing deal

BIG Field, a subsidiary of Frankie Dominion International, has entered into an agreement to develop a wood processing factory in Dongguan.

The 15,000 square foot plant, in Jing Xia, is expected to be completed before the Chinese New Year and will start operations in mid-1994.

13 Jan 1994 - 12:00am