Sichuan tower block the height of controversy

A controversial Sichuan commercial centre built on the site of a school funded by Hong Kong donations that was torn down has exceeded height limits and caused mayhem at a local airport.

Friday, 29 June, 2012, 12:00am

Sichuan returns HK$2m after rebuilt school is razed

Sichuan authorities have returned to the Hong Kong government a HK$2 million donation that was used to build a school that has been pulled down to make way for luxury flats.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Sichuan may return HK donation

Authorities in Sichuan have agreed to consider a Hong Kong government request for the return of a HK$2 million donation used to rebuild a school, after admitting they did not seek Hong Kong's consent before the demolition of the HK$4 million building.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Mixed messages in Sichuan school demolition flap

Conflicting statements about the demolition of a new school in Sichuan, funded with HK$4 million from Hongkongers, were thrown up as Chief Secretary Stephen Lam Sui-lung left for the province.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

Panic buying of bottled water

The southwestern city of Mianyang is scrambling to dispatch water to hundreds of thousands of residents whose drinking water has been polluted by a factory's ore residue.

Grocery stores and shopping malls in the city in Sichuan province have been cleared out of bottled water after the government issued a notice on Tuesday warning against drinking tap water.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Quake zone hit by yet another relief scandal

Another scandal hit quake reconstruction efforts in Sichuan this week, with 90 million yuan (HK$108 million) found to have been misused by a county government in Mianyang , one of the regions worst affected when the quake struck three years ago.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Corruption fears as quake rebuilder held

A Sichuan official who became deputy mayor of Mianyang after being promoted for his efforts in the wake of the 2008 earthquake has been taken away for interrogation by the provincial party disciplinary committee, the Dongfang Daily reported yesterday.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am

Quake zone is reborn as a tourism hub

The towns of Beichuan, Yingxiu and Shuimo were almost unknown outside Sichuan before the magnitude 8 earthquake that rocked the province three years ago today.

It tore open the earth, flattened buildings and claimed tens of thousands of lives, but the three towns have risen from the ruins to become booming tourism destinations.

12 May 2011 - 12:00am

Daring villagers display priceless mountain skills

The torchlight descended the cliff above me so quickly and smoothly, it had to be someone coming down by abseil. It was 3am on Saturday, in a rocky gorge in one of the parts of Sichuan province devastated by last May's earthquake.

30 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Sichuan spirit inspires Jockey Club chairman

'Hongkongers should really learn from Sichuan people,' said Jockey Club chairman John Chan Cho-chak during his trip to the earthquake-hit areas in the province.

12 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Site chosen for county town

Sichuan officials have finally decided where a new town for survivors of quake-ravaged Beichuan county will be rebuilt, mainland media have reported.

The decision came after six months of research and often rancorous discussion.

10 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

'Before the Olympics? How dare they, these separatists'

Xu Yongjun dropped his writing brush yesterday afternoon when news of the attack in Xinjiang interrupted his daily calligraphy practice session in Beijing's Jingshan Park.

'Now? Before the Olympics? How dare they, these separatists,' the 75-year-old said.

However, Mr Xu was not surprised.

5 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Torch relay set to cheer up quake-battered city

At first glance, it seemed as if the Olympics torch had already reached Mianyang's Jiuzhou Stadium - which once sheltered more than 10,000 homeless people after the Sichuan earthquake.

3 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Farming and industry struggle to recover

Cherry farmer Fu Xingguo had to give most of his 500kg of cherries away because the Sichuan earthquake had damaged roads to the outside world.

3 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

'Quake lake' nears bursting point with more rain forecast

Troops prepare for the worst as dam springs a leak

Residents of Mianyang held their breath yesterday as rising waters in the Tangjiashan 'quake lake' threatened to unleash a deluge at any moment

6 Jun 2008 - 12:00am