Lake Tai

Le Cove in Huzhou, Zhejiang, is aimed at affluent buyers

An impression of a villa in Le Cove, a development in Huzhou on Lake Tai which at buyers looking for a holiday home. Photo: SCMP

If you have no idea where Huzhou is, take a look on Google Maps and you will see it is a city in the northern part of the eastern province of Zhejiang.

Wednesday, 3 October, 2012, 4:37am

Good omens for a hairy harvest amid drought

This spring's record drought may have brought farmers and fishermen in the central mainland to the brink of ruin, but in the east some food producers are cautiously rubbing their hands.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Spring in the air means algal blooms in the water

Spring is finally in the air, and in the Yangtze River Delta that means one thing: algal blooms.

Yes, it's nearly that time of year again, when lakes, canals and other waterways will start to burst out in a proliferation of stinking green gunge.

All environmentally conscious eyes are now on Lake Tai - the highest profile victim.

13 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Hopes Lake Tai cleanup will cut down algal bloom

Blue-green algae will reappear in Lake Tai this summer, but residents of Wuxi expect it will be less severe after government efforts to clean up pollutants.

1 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Laying the foundations for a greener China

Last week in America, The Associated Press ran a story on how the California wildfires were spewing millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and suggesting that the emissions could contribute to global warming. Most readers probably found the piece pretty harmless.

9 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Environmental pawns in a game of power

Being an environmentalist may be a respectable job in most countries but it doesn't really pay on the mainland. The Wuxi Intermediate People's Court has overturned an appeal by celebrated green activist Wu Lihong and upheld a three-year jail sentence for extortion and fraud against him.

8 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

No green award for whistle-blower

Jailed environmental whistle-blower Wu Lihong , who first revealed to the public the devastating algal bloom on Jiangsu's Tai Lake, is not in contention for this year's Green China People of the Year awards and could instead be named an environmental villain, an award organiser said yesterday.

4 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Officials sacked over damage done to Tai Lake

Five officials from Jiangsu have been sacked or disciplined for allowing further contamination of Tai Lake just days after an algal bloom sparked a water crisis affecting millions of residents in nearby Wuxi .

The penalties came as Premier Wen Jiabao said local governments should do much more to resolve the problem of Tai Lake.

12 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Residents blame lake crisis on officials

Algae blooms in city's water source after authorities fail to act, say locals

While authorities yesterday tried to deal with a tap-water crisis in Wuxi , Jiangsu , residents were quick to blame them for failing to deal with pollution problems leading up to the incident.

Few took at face value government assurances that their tap water was safe to drink.

1 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Battle to restore lake's lost beauty

Eco-warrior Wu Lihong has made it his life's mission to clean up Tai Lake.

The native of Zhoutie township in Yixing, Jiangsu, has spent the past 16 years encouraging polluting factories and bureaucrats to clean up the shores and waters of the once-beautiful lake - China's third-largest body of fresh water.

29 May 2006 - 12:00am

Poisoned by waste of 2,850 factories

Tai Lake's water quality has been ruined by the 2,850 polluting factories built along its shores since 1990.

29 May 2006 - 12:00am

Venice of east fights sinking feeling

Suzhou is suffering the same fate as its Italian namesake

The city dubbed by many as 'the Venice of the east' is sinking - just like its Italian sister.

Since the 1950s, the city of Suzhou has sunk 1.5 metres, and between 1994 and 1996 it sank more than 10cm a year. Venice has sunk 24cm over the past century.

15 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Park catches the spirit of Europe

ON the shores of China's third-largest lake, Lake Tai, ducks are used to catch fish.

Plunging their heads into the water, the ducks return to their masters with big catches. Their necks are ringed to stop them swallowing the fish and their masters chivvy them with sticks to encourage their efforts, producing an unusual spectacle for tourists.

13 Apr 1995 - 12:00am